Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tropical Fish Dinner

My family consists of two reluctant fish eaters and two happy fish eaters.  This means that I have to dress up fish, and not make it very often, in order for it to go over well.  This recipe was a complete success:

Mango Black Bean Salsa

3 Green onions, sliced
Handful flat-leaf parsley (cilantro if your family allows, mine does not), chopped
Juice of 4-5 key limes, or 1-2 regular limes
1 Mango, cubed
1 Can black beans, drained and rinsed
1T Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
(Corn, chopped red pepper, or a jalapeno would all be wonderful as well in this salsa that's really a salad.)

Combine all salsa ingredients a few hours before dinner and let it sit for flavors to "marry."
For fish:
2-4 Medium filets tilapia, patted dry
1 T each olive oil and butter
Juice of 1 more key lime
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Pre-heat large skillet with butter and oil.  Season fish with salt and pepper and squeeze lime over them.  Saute in skillet until opaque, about 4 minutes per side.  Remove to paper towel-lined plate.

Tomato Bread:
1/2 baguette, halved length-wise

Broil in hot oven until lightly toasted

Rub hot bread with the cut side if 1/2 clove of garlic, do the same with a 1/2 tomato.  Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper.  Mmmm.....you can't believe how simple and fabulous this is!  I can't take credit for this, I got the idea from my good friend Rachael Ray.  Of course, she didn't invent it either.  Those amazing Spanish have apparently been doing this forever.  Oh, it's so yummy, I could eat it every day!  

Beautiful, healthy, and everybody ate it!  You can't beat that!  Enjoy.

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