Tonight was another dinner taken from The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week.
- fish tacos with tilapia and homemade corn tortillas
- rice with cilantro, cumin and lime juice
- black beans (from a can, just heated)
Rice with Cilantro and Lime
I started the rice in the rice cooker first, just adding all the ingredients together and turning it on. Easy enough, eh?
- 1 cup white rice
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 Tbs chopped cilantro
- juice from half a lime
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbs butter
Cook in a rice cooker or bring the rice, broth and salt to boil in a saucepan. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, then cover and lower the heat to a bare simmer and cook for 15-10 minutes.
Prep all the condiments and get the beans ready to heat. I had:
- shredded green cabbage
- half an avocado, sliced
- green salsa
- a bottle of Tapatio hot sauce
- the buttermilk Ranch dressing I’d mixed up yesterday
Homemade Corn Tortillas
I used to make tortillas back when the kids were little but fell away from that and donated my tortilla press at some point. I bought “instant” masa harina and set out to follow the directions in the cookbook for tortillas but quickly realized the proportions were off as the dough was way to wet. Yep, looked on the package and it’s 2 cups of the masa harina to 1 cup of water as compared to 1 cup of each plus 2 Tbs water as in the cookbook. I just mixed more of the instant masa harina until the texture felt right.
I liked the tip in the book about using a freezer bag cut apart to roll the tortillas out. I slit a gallon freezer bag along two sides and placed a golfball size of dough in between the sheets. I rolled out the first few with a rolling pan but they quickly became so thin as to fall apart. I found it worked much better to just pat them out flat with the palm of my hands. The shape stayed more round and I could feel how thick they were. I had put a cast iron skillet on the stove over medium high heat when I started and fell into a nice rhythm. Roll out a tortilla. Lay in the pan and set the timer to 45 seconds while I rolled out another tortilla. Flip the tortilla. (Worked best using a spatula.) Cook another 45 seconds and then put on a plate and cover with a cloth. Start the next tortilla. When I was done I used the same pan to cook the fish in. The tortillas stayed plenty warm under the towel.
- 1/4 pound of tilapia filets per person (I was serving 2 so used less than half a pound, 2 filets)
- 2 Tbs oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in the skillet over medium heat and cook the fish until done. Your time will vary depending on how thick the fish is. I was using the previously frozen filets from Costco which are pretty thin (two pieces) so they cooked in about 2 minutes per side. Thicker fish can take up to 5 minutes per side.
Put everything on the table and let everyone make up their own fish tacos. Yum!