Panko Breaded Fish Taco with Kale, Cabbage and Lime

 

This week has been pretty busy with our laundry room renovation so when it came to making dinner it had to be quick and simple.

{stay tuned for the progress and final reveal of the laundry room}

Instead of making our usual tilapia with a side of rice and salad, we decided to skip the rice and put the salad (kale and cabbage) in a flour tortilla (you can also use a soft taco).

It was DELICIOUS and SIMPLE!

1.) First bread and fry your fish.  I used panko breading because its a little bit lighter than bread crumbs. Dip the fish in whisked eggs with a little bit of water, salt and pepper.  Then dip in flour; dip again in whisked eggs and finally in panko.

2.) You can say I cheated a bit with the kale salad because I didn’t actually make it.  Costco has an amazing sweet kale salad that contains seven super foods (shredded broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale).  It comes with toppings (dried cranberries and roasted pumpkin seeds) and a poppyseed dressing.  Why mess with a good thing?

3.)  Finally, assemble all above ingredients and voila!

And don’t forget the lime! Squirt it over everything to give it a fresh and zesty taste.

 

 

Warm Kale Salad with Chicken, Feta, Roasted Walnuts and Apples

It’s been determined that kale is the new “it” vegetable.  Everybody is talking about it!  It’s high in iron, calcium, vitamin A and C and filled with fiber and powerful antioxidants.

And I too, have jumped on the bandwagon.

With all the fresh fruits and vegetables in my fridge from my failed cleanse I decided to make a warm kale and apple salad with chicken, feta and roasted walnuts.

Here’s what to do:

1.) Take two golden delicious apples (royal gala will work just as well), slice them thinly and sauté them in a pan with sea salt and dried rosemary.

 

2.) In another pan, cook two skinless and boneless pieces of chicken with sea salt and crushed black pepper.  When the apples are done (you just want to soften them up a bit but still maintain a bit of a crisp) replace them with washed and shredded pieces of kale.

Cooking the kale until the leaves appear wilted actually helps with digestion.

{When doing this please be careful as the excess water and oil will spray}

3.)  Start assembling the cooked ingredients, while you roast halved walnuts in a hot pan for about three minutes.

4.) Lastly, crumble feta cheese and walnuts over salad.

Enjoy!

 

Although, I made a vinaigrette I didn’t actually use it as the natural juices from the cooked chicken, kale and apple were enough!

If you choose to add a dressing over top, here’s what I would suggest:

1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt

Whisk all ingrediants together and pour over salad.

 

 

Swiss Chard Soup

I had this brilliant idea of going on a three day cleanse starting today.  So this past weekend while shopping I filled my cart with fruits and vegetables.  Everything from tomatoes, kale, oranges, lemons, ginger, beets and so much more.  Sunday night I started juicing and preparing all five “meals” for the next three days.

Needless to say I quit about four hours after having my morning juice, which consisted of carrots, apples and ginger.

What was I thinking? I love juicing and knowing that what you’re drinking is so nutritious and healthy, but not being able to start my day with a coffee and a piece of toast was not going to work for me.

With all these delicious fruits and vegetables in my fridge I had to think of other ways to prepare them so they wouldn’t go to waste especially now that I was done with my juice cleanse!

I immediately thought I could either make a salad or soup with the swiss chard.  I decided to make a very easy swiss chard soup.

I sautéed half an onion and minced garlic.

  

Next, I chopped the swiss chard (stalks and leaves) and added them to the pot.  I Stirred once in a while until the leaves were half wilted.

Then I added the seasoning:

1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
6 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of cooked stelline pasta (stars) or any other small pasta

I brought everything to a boil and let it simmer for another 15 minutes.  Lastly, I blended everything together for a puree soup.

The croutons and parmesan are completely optional.

Enjoy!

No Time Like The Present

Well well look what I found at the back of my closet.  It’s a bittersweet reunion with my running shoes.  On the one hand I’m glad to see the paths peaking through the melting snow; yet another reminder that warmer days are coming.  But on the other hand its a daunting reminder that our wedding is only 157 days away!

We’re in full wedding planning mode and I’m super thrilled.  But as for my workout/diet regiment, well that is non-existent. They say “there’s no time like the present” so I suppose today’s a good day as any to put these on and go for a run.  

To speed up the getting in shape process I’ve also decided to clean up my eating habits.  I wouldn’t say I’m an unhealthy eater, but I will admit that I often make poor snack choices.

So instead of snacking on anything chocolate, I’ve stocked our pantry with nuts and dried fruit (cranberries, almonds, pistachios, and cashews are some of my favourite).

I have always loved water! I just need to make a habit to drink more of it.

     

 I started juicing a while back and loved the idea of getting all your vitamins in one glass.  The prepping is easy too.  Often time you don’t even need to peel the fruits or vegetables–just a good clean will do.  The extra wide feeder tube on this Breville is great for juicing whole apples! My favourite juice to make is with 2 carrots, 1 granny smith apple and half a raw red beet.

Greek salad is probably one of my favourite lunch or dinner meals.  There’s something about the fresh crunch of a cucumber and ripe tomato mixed with salty feta cheese and drizzled with a good quality olive oil and vinegar that I can’t resist.

Simple changes can go a long way…so lets see how this goes.