I am back from Chicago and had a fabulous time at the Healthy Living Summit! The sponsors did a great job providing us with balanced and nutritious meals throughout the weekend, but I was still happy to be eating a home cooked meal on Sunday night. And I was even happier coming home to Derek cooking some a-mazing halibut tacos!
This halibut has a story behind it though which makes it extra-extra special! And just look how thick and flakey it is! Wowey!
My brother-in-law caught this halibut way up north in British Columbia, by the Alaskan border. Lucky for us he is very generous and gave us a huge care package of fish when we left after visiting a couple of weeks ago.
It was pretty darn funny, because we wrapped the frozen fish up in a cooler, stuffed it with newspaper, duct taped it up, put it inside another box and made sure we got all sorts of ‘fragile’ stickers when we checked it at the airport in Vancouver. We treasured our box as if it were gold, only to see it tumble on to the conveyor belt at baggage claim once we got to Toronto!
The good news is that the fish handled the journey just fine – it was a huge 100 pounder after all. Such a tough guy!
To cook the fish, Derek rubbed it with some salt and pepper, and also with lots of blackened cajun seasoning. Bake in the oven at 400F for 15 minutes or until the meat flakes apart. Squirt with lemon and/or lime once done.
I bought a bunch of key limes last week simply because I thought they looked so cute and pretty in a bowl on the kitchen counter, and these were perfect for squirting on to the fish.
For the mango salsa we chopped up the following:
- red onion
- red pepper
Squeeze some more lemon and lime over it and mix! There was actually a lot of mango salsa left and it was delicious as a little side salad.
For the tacos we just used store bought taco shells – and it is worth the extra $ to get the ones with the flat bottoms that stand up on their own (I’m all about eliminating any potential disasters!).
Served with a side of corn to round off the meal. Hey – I figure it is now prime corn season and I need to get my corn-fill before they are gonners This one was perfectly sweet and juicy.
And there you have the perfect summer meal! Light, fresh, healthy and tasty! But really, the star of the show was the fish. You just cannot beat the freshness and the taste!
Alright – I’m off to go find some dessert in my HLS swag bag! I think I need some chocolate…