Thursday, May 5, 2011

Have a Happy & Healthy Cinco de Mayo!

These days finding recipes that are both healthy and popular with the family is a must.  My sister made Mexican stuffed tomatoes and fish tacos last year for Cinco de Mayo, and they were a hit!

Both dishes are from Rachel Ray, so you know they don't take long and are fairly easy to
prepare.  Check out the recipes below:

Mexican Stuffed Tomatoes


  • 5 yellow vine-ripe tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 jarred pimentos, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 small zucchini, 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed in palm of your hand
  • 2 tablespoons, a handful, fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley leaves, your choice, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the bowl


Cut the tops off 4 tomatoes and trim a thin slice off the bottoms so that they will sit upright easily. Hollow out the tomatoes with a spoon over garbage bowl or sink. Season tomatoes with salt and pepper. Remove stem of remaining tomato. Seed and chop tomato.
In a bowl, combine chopped tomato, pimentos, onions, zucchini, jalapeno, lemon juice, oregano and cilantro or parsley. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over the bowl. Add extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the bowl in a slow stream or about 2 tablespoons. Toss mixture to combine and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Fill the empty tomatoes with stuffing and serve.

Halibut fish tacos w/ guacamole sauce


  • 4 pieces fresh halibut, steak or filets, 6 to 8 ounces each
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 small to medium ripe Haas avocados, pitted and scooped from skins with a large spoon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, eyeball it
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, eyeball it
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1 heart Romaine lettuce
  • 12 soft (6-inch) flour tortillas


Preheat a grill pan or indoor grill to high heat or, prepare outdoor grill. Drizzle halibut with extra-virgin olive oil to keep fish from sticking to the grill pan or grill. Season fish with salt and pepper, to your taste. Roll lime on the counter top to get juices flowing. Also, any under ripe citrus may be placed in a microwave oven for 10 seconds at high setting to induce the juices to flow. Grill fish 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until opaque. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime down over the fish and remove from the grill pan or grill. Flake fish into large chunks with a fork.
While fish is cooking, in a blender or food processor, combine avocado flesh, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, yogurt and salt. Process guacamole sauce until smooth. Remove guacamole sauce to a bowl and stir in diced tomatoes and chopped scallions. Shred lettuce and reserve.
When fish comes off the grill pan or grill, blister and heat soft taco wraps. To assemble, break up fish and pile some of the meat into soft shells and slather with guacamole sauce. Top with shredded lettuce, fold tacos over and eat!

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