Monday, August 29, 2011

A little bit tropical in Nebraska...

Fact: Before I was married, I rarely ever cooked. I can remember 3 times off the top of my head that I made a meal, by myself, for my family. And one of those times I was forced to by a school project. So, needless to say, my poor, love-struck, newly wed husband was pretty much doomed when we got married, as far as good cooking and good food goes. Hey love conquers all, right?! :)

Anyways, for their 25th wedding anniversary, my parents went to Hawaii. They had lots of good food over there, but when they came back, my dad raved about one meal in particular. He then recreated it for us. And I helped...cut up the pineapple. ;) 

Since Andrew and I have been married, I've made it several times. It's one of our favorites, and it is super healthy, fresh and delicious! And easy to make, too! 

 You start with your fish. I personally like it best with Mahi Mahi. It's my favorite kind of fish because it doesn't taste very fishy, and it's just flat out good. That is how my dad originally made it and how he had it in Hawaii. But Nebraska hasn't caught on to the amazing-ness of mahi mahi yet, because I can't find it anywhere. So, I've been using frozen Tilapia. Honestly, you can made it with whatever kind of fish you want. My dad has even done it with salmon before. So whatever fish you prefer will probably taste good with it, but if you have access to Mahi, USE IT! it's the best. :)

 Next, you chop up your pineapple. I get the fresh pineapple they have already cut up in the produce section. It's much easier than buying an entire pineapple and it's still fresh. It needs to be the fresh stuff. Canned pineapple just doesn't taste the same. The amount of pineapple you use is pretty much to your liking.
 Next comes the Salsa. Fresh, all natural Salsa from the produce section. It must be fresh. Again, the stuff in the jars just won't taste right. Oh my goodness, I seriously could drink this stuff! It is my absolute favorite salsa in the world. Think, I'm exaggerating? I'm not. Ask my husband. I down this stuff!
I usually use about half the container for the two of us. {Partly because I want to eat the rest with chips.} ;) It all depends on how many you're serving and how much you want. Don't ya'll just love my measurements?! lol
The end product. Yummy, amazing, goodness.

My asparagus recipe is super complicated. ;) You wash and break off the dry ends, spread them on a heavy baking sheet, drizzle a little olive oil over them {and then toss them a bit to get them covered} sprinkle them with salt and cracked black pepper, and stick them in the oven! So hard, right?! I baked these at 400 degrees for just under 10 minutes. Bigger stalks will go for 10-15 minutes. You just want them to be tender. It's delicious. 

Lastly I cook my fish. Just drizzled a little olive oil, {you could use butter, too, if you prefer that} in the pan to keep them from sticking. Even though it's a non-stick pan, fish will still stick if you don't put something in the pan. Crazy little critters. You cook them till they're white all the way through  {2-3 minutes on each side for tilapia, other fish will vary depending on size and thickness}

And wahhhla! A perfectly healthy, amazingly good meal! I also cook up some brown rice, according to the package, and serve it with the fish and pineapple salsa on top. It brings that refreshing taste of the islands right to our little apartment in Nebraska. Enjoy. :)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome, I need to try asparagus like that! And yes, that salsa is the BEST!!!!!~ Amy

Danelle Wiederholt said...

That looks awesome! We will have to try that! :)

Leah said...

Yum! Love it that you're posting!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Yum! That looks so good!

Rachel said...

Looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

You should cook more often Andrew will love that especially his favorite foods :)

Din't u wish u knew?!?! said...

I love how you cook! U ROCK!!!!!

hiswayserves said...

Hope you're soon making scrumptious meals for your husband and yourself.
God bless your efforts! Rebecca K.

Talitha said...

Wow, looks delicious and rather tropical. :) Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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Anonymous said...

Sure looks like you can cook! The salsa/pineapple looks delicious. Thanks for posting more.

Best wishes,
Janelle

Anonymous said...

Looks Good! I've only had mahi mahi once, but we eat other types of fish. I'll have to tell my Mom about this recipe!