I have been cooking up a storm lately, however, it seems that I continue to have a sort of writers block. So I’m going to let this delicious recipe talk for itself. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Halibut and Scallop Ceviche
- Wild-caught Pacific Halibut
- A couple of scallops for added flavor
- 1 cup Lime or other citrus Juice (I actually mixed lime and grapefruit)
- 1 medium Tomato, chopped
- 1/2 Red Onion, chopped
- 1-2 Jalapenos, diced (add more if you really like it spicy)
- 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
- Salt, Pepper, and Mexican dried Oregano, to taste
- 1/2 Avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped, to top
- Cilantro, to top
Put the fish into a nonmetallic bowl and cover with the citrus juice. Mix thoroughly, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Drain off excess juice and an hour before serving, stir in the tomatoes, onion, and jalapenos. Add enough olive oil to coat. Add the salt, pepper, and oregano, and return to the refrigerator until just before serving. Taste for seasoning and mix in the avocado. Sprinkle with cilantro.
- My dad’s friends son was staying with us for the summer and actually went to Alaska and fished. The halibut that I used was one of the fish he caught. Non-commercial catching of fish is much healthier for the environment because there is no damage done to the ecosystem such as with nets and dredging.
- Pacific, wild-caught halibut is a sustainable fish according to Seafood Watch. Other types of halibut, are not sustainable so be careful what you’re buying.
- I used left-over scallops in this and ceviche really is a great way to use any excess fish you may have on hand.
- Buying seasonal and local vegetables helps allow for a greater flavor in this dish and it is more sustainable to not have to get ingredients transported large distances.
- Ceviche needs absolutely no cooking. Your gas bill and the environment will thank you.
And if you happen to be worried about fish parasites or other nasty no-cooking diseases, I recommend that you freeze your seafood for at least two days and then thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. The freezing will get rid of anything on the fish.
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Tagged avocado, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, grapefruit juice, halibut, jalapeno, lime, lime juice, oregano, pepper, red onion, salt, scallop, tomato
I’m going to start out by telling you a little about my Louisiana–>New Orleans trip: there’s definitely a reason it’s said that they are the masters of fried food… and believe me I ate a lot of it :). I figured I could treat myself with Cafe du Monde beignets since I do normally eat healthy (my mom and I have since made a pact to eat only salads for a couple of days just to counter-act the grease and not-so-healthy foods we ate while in New Orleans). Basically we ate, walked, and did all of the normal touristy things 🙂 (I have a ton of pictures to prove it). Sadly, we did not make it to the coast because most people we asked about it said that most of the beaches would be closed and that you can see everything better on the TV anyways. Even in New Orleans, however, the devastation of the oil spill has started to have its effects. We may have been there one of the last weeks that we could still have seafood at all (for awhile at least). Many restaurants had stopped serving seafood dishes (and in a town that is known for its seafood this will have effects on other things such as tourism). The people in New Orleans are still waiting to find out if the oil will travel into their town, but the effects have definitely already spread. My mom and I had a great time there though! Here are some pictures from our trip:
Char-Broiled Oysters from Dragos->theres a reason it's a New Orleans institution. I actually have a cookbook with the recipe so I'll green it up and post it someday.
I'm pretty sure if you're in New Orleans you HAVE to get a beignet and a chickory cafe au lait from Cafe du Monde. We got them twice!!
There's still a lot of work to be done from Hurricane Katrina. Only ~380,000 of the million people that used to be in New Orleans are back.
I loved this quilt! It shows some of the all-time jazz musicians.
We tried to be healthier with this vegetarian pasta... but because we were in New Orleans where there's such a strong French influence, the delicious sauce was super buttery.
A 100 year old shrimp creole recipe. Sooo good. And how pretty is that kale leaf? I've never seen kale those colors.
No trip to New Orleans is complete without bread pudding!
This ad is actually in Nashville but I find it so funny and you should eat mor chikin than beef if you want to be "greener" so it was appropriate :).
Since we’ll be eating salads, I decided to spice it up by making a tostada in a tribute to the south-of-the- border country I will be in soon (I’m going to be researching whale sharks in Baja, Mexico for the end of July).
Makes 2 Servings
2 Whole Wheat Tortillas
1 can Black Beans, warmed
- 1 Tomato, chopped
Romaine Lettuce, shredded
A dollop of low-fat Plain Greek Yogurt per tostada
A dollop of Homemade Guacamole per tostada (see recipe below)
Shredded organic Mexican Cheese
optional, top with more Cilantro
Fry the whole wheat tortillas in EVOO until crispy and hard. Top with beans, shredded lettuce, guacamole, plain greek yogurt (or sour cream), cheese, and tomato.
1 big clove Garlic, minced
1/3 Red Onion, chopped
1 tbsp. Lime Juice
1 tbsp. Cholula (or other Mexican hot sauce)
Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste
Cilantro, chopped, to taste (I like a lot!)
1/2 Tomato, chopped
Mix all ingredients together with a fork until blended and the correct texture.
Organic veggies! Local if you can find them. Most farmers markets have tomatoes and lettuce year round 🙂 (though in summer while they’re in season you can get them from local growers not using hot-houses). But make sure you get the Hass avocados while they’re in season during summer!
Whole wheat tortillas have less energy consumption than refined bleached white flour tortillas.
Beans are an awesome source of plant protein so you can avoid animal proteins for a meal :).
Organic cheese means organic produce for the cow! Same as when you eat organic this means no pesticides entering water systems!
I used Plain Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream due to the amount of protein found in greek yogurt! Super good for you!
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Tagged avocado, black beans, cheese, cholula, cilantro, garlic, greek yogurt, guacamole, lime juice, pepper, red onion, romaine lettuce, sea salt, sourcream, tomato, whole wheat tortilla