Monday’s over here tend to be dreaded or welcomed depending on a number of different factors: the weather, amount of sleep had over the weekend, things on the to-do list or what’s to look forward to…well it’s a beautiful morning, I’m feeling well rested, we conquered a 4 mile run before 7am this morning, and on top of a delicious breakfast, I can’t help but look forward to this Thursday night. Why you might ask? My parents are coming to town!
I can’t wait to see them and enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled few days exploring all that Rhode Island has to offer. We always have a great time when they come to visit and this weekend is extra special as we’re celebrating Easter with Frank’s family (I don’t remember the last Easter I got to spend with my parents!!!) and we’ll be heading to the Boston marathon to root for my Auntie Lisa who will be running in her…wait for it…5th Boston marathon! She has four kids who she dedicated her first four medals to so this run is dedicated to her husband. As you know, this Boston Marathon is going to be extremely special and the crowd will probably triple what it has been in the past. We were at the marathon last year as well as the year before and we wouldn’t miss this one for the world.
Well, today’s agenda includes laundry and making solid progress on all of my final projects and papers for this semester…can’t believe the school year is over in just over 2 weeks! While my parents are here, my plan is to take a short break from my studies, so this week will be full steam ahead before they arrive!
On Friday night, we decided that take-out pizza was in our future. We ordered a small eggplant, roasted red pepper and ricotta cheese pizza with a big greek salad to share. I forgot how much I love greek salads and now that I’m an olive fan (Fact: I used to HATE olives until about 3 weeks ago, ha!), they’re even better!
While enjoying our pizza and salad, we watched Dallas Buyers Club which was a great movie. I didn’t really know what to expect going into it, but now I know why Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won the best actor and best supporting actor awards at the Oscars. This movie is a must-see! We’ve slowly been watching all of the Oscar nominated films and so far have watched American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, Nebraska (not so good), and Frozen (loved it!). 12 Years of Slave is on the list to watch next!
Saturday morning was a bright and early wake-up. Frank had to go to work so I dropped him off and headed over to Town Fair Tire. Following a 3 hour trip to Town Fair, I stopped by Starbucks to get some school work done before going back to pick up Frank.
Saturday afternoon was spent cleaning away! Finally, the spring cleaning weekend I’ve been waiting for and we made a ton of progress that afternoon. Three hours later, we took a break and enjoyed fish taco night! This is one of our favorite weekend meals and after a long day of work and cleaning, I swear the tacos tasted even better. Recipe breakdown below!
Sunday morning was another early one, though I hadn’t planned on waking up before 8am, I was wide awake at 7:30am. Sometimes the body just needs to get up and get moving! We continued our spring cleaning for another 3 hours yesterday morning and it felt so unbelievably good to get it all done!
By the time noon rolled around, the clouds started to move out and the sun started to shine. This was a sign that we needed to get outside and enjoy the weather. We headed out to the back yard and completed a fun and intense outdoor strength training circuit including battle ropes and hill sprint intervals (leave it to Frank for an intense afternoon workout!) that left me feeling accomplished and hungry!
The remainder of the afternoon included pumpkin protein smoothies, a trip to the grocery store, a refreshing afternoon beer and steamed mussels at The Bridge restaurant, meal prep and a grilled steak and veggie dinner to cap off the weekend. When bed time rolled around, I was feeling full, satisfied and happy 🙂
It truly was a great weekend!
Fish Taco Night!
If you haven’t tried making fresh fish tacos, you have got to make this recipe! I love the idea of a Mexican dish that centers around fish and homemade salsa. The ingredients are all fresh and you can make some additional healthy substitutes if you want to stay away from the carb-loaded tortillas. This type of meal is also really fun to make with another person since there are a number of things you can each be in charge of. It’s always fun enjoying quality time in the kitchen with the people you love!
For the fish
1.5. lbs. of fresh cod (or your choice of white fish)
Seasonings: A sprinkling each of salt, pepper, cajun spice, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika (Feel free to be creative with your choice of seasonings! Frank tries new variations especially since white fish can be combined with a number of different flavors)
1/4 cup of light beer
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Use non-stick cooking oil to spray the baking dish. Place fish in the dish and sprinkle seasonings on all sides. Pour beer into the baking dish (carefully pour around the fish, not directly on top). Cover with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting the fish into chunks. Place a piece of paper towel down onto your serving dish so it soaks up the liquid when you transfer the fish pieces; if you skip this step, you will have soggy tacos (no one likes a soggy taco!).
2 mangos, peeled and diced
1/4 cup of cilantro, rinsed and chopped
1/4 cup of red onion, chopped
The juice of 1 lime
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Guacamole (Follow the link for my guacamole recipe!)
Tortilla chips for dipping
Tortilla wraps (I like small flour wraps)
Iceberg lettuce (Kept whole as a gluten-free wrap option)
Thinly sliced red cabbage (Do not omit this! Gives the taco a great crunch and color!)
Cholula Hot Sauce
Margaritas (Frank will be stopping by with the margarita recipe!)
Assembling the taco
Okay, I’m sure this is the part you’ve been waiting for.
Warm up the flour tortilla, start with the fish, add a tbsp of mango salsa, a tbsp of guacamole, a few slivers of red cabbage and a dash of Cholula hot sauce. The second photo below features a lettuce wrap instead of the flour tortilla.
Let me know how your fish tacos turn out and I hope you enjoy! Here’s to a great week ahead!