When you are married to someone in the military, you realize how important a home cooked meal is for your spouse. My husband is like a growing child, he is always hungry. When he comes back from the field, I know he is ready to enjoy real food after eating MRE’s for days, weeks, and sometimes months.
In this section of the blog, I will be sharing with you some of my husband’s favorite meals that are easy on your budget, healthy and balanced, as well as simple to prepare. Due to my new-found love of using fresh herbs in everything I cook, I will also include a section in each post describing the health benefits of the herbs used.
This week’s recipe is perfect for hot weather. Typically, when my husband is out in the heat, he doesn’t want a heavy meal when he gets home. This meal is light, healthy, and inspired by my love for Latin cuisine.
This recipe calls for fresh Thyme, Parsley, and Cilantro. Thyme is healthy for your body in many ways. It boosts your immune system, reduces stress, protects against heart diseases, and has been used to treat chronic coughs and respiratory diseases. Parsley is good for you in many ways. Most people are familiar with parsley as a garnish on a plate of food, or for the benefit of good breath. The health benefits of parsley are numerous. It can be used to control diabetes, helps reduce inflammation in the joints, boosts your immune system, and aids in fighting osteoporosis due to the calcium content in this magical herb. Cilantro is not only one of the tastiest herbs, but it also has many important benefits. First, it is can help detoxify your body from exposure to metals because of its bonding properties. Next, Cilantro contains Vitamin K, which is great for bone health. Also, this herb contains properties that help with inflammation, protects the skin against sun damage, and can help to fight cancer.
2-fillets of flounder (you can substitute this and use whatever type of fish you like)
½ tsp fresh thyme
½ tsp fresh parsley
Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, old bay blackened seasoning
2 sheets of tin foil
¼ cup cilantro-chopped fine
1-package of cherry tomatoes
1-jalapeño (for spicier salsa, you may want to use an extra jalapeño)
1-large kale leaf
1-large clove of garlic
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
To prepare salsa:
1-Finely dice the whole package of cherry tomatoes.
2-Chop cilantro finely and add to mixture.
3-Dice the garlic clove and add to mixture.
4-Squeeze the juice from the ½ lime into the bowl.
5-Dice the tomatillos finely and add to the mixture.
6-Cut avocado in half and scoop each avocado out, chop into small pieces, and add to bowl.
7-Chop the jalapeño into small pieces and add it to mixture.
8-Pull off the crinkled parts of the kale leaf and separate into small pieces before adding to the bowl.
9-Mix together and refrigerate at least one hour prior to serving.
To prepare fish:
1-Lay out two sheets of tinfoil.
2-Put one piece of fish on each piece of tin foil.
3-Squeeze the juice of the half lemon evenly onto each piece of fish.
4-Chop the parsley and thyme and sprinkle evenly onto each piece of fish.
5-Sprinkle each piece of fish with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper (be careful as this is super spicy), and Old Bay Blackened seasoning.
6-Wrap up the fish in the tin foil and place on grill for 20-30 minutes at 300 degrees.
1-Heat tortillas up on a plate in the microwave for 30 seconds.
2-Add half of the fish to each tortilla, then top with avocado-kale salsa.
This meal costs approximately $15.00 and serves 2.
*Grilled Flounder and avocado-kale salsa pairs nicely with corn on the cobb or as a non-taco meal you can serve the grilled fish topped with avocado-kale salsa, served with sautéed spinach, and a side of rice.
© Strength 4 Spouses, LLC 2018.
Oh yeah!! One of my favorite meals is fish tacos. Can’t wait to try this salsa!
Yes! I agree. The only thing I would suggest is possibly one more jalapeño to the salsa, as it was pretty mild. I know you like spicy! 😊
Oh my – this looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for including the meal price…$15 for two is a great deal on fish tacos. Perfect summertime recipe!
Definitely have to try this!
Yay! It’s really good and always a favorite. ❤️
Mmmm what a gorgeous sounding recipe! I wish someone would cook that for me!
It’s so easy to make and very healthy too! I hope you enjoy it.
Yum! I love fish tacos! I’ll have to try your salsa; it looks interesting.
I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing, have to try it out💕
Wonderful! Thank you for stopping by.
OMG! I actually love this. Sounds so much like something I would make and eat. Do you know what I appreciate most about this? Where you talk about the nutrients found in the herbs and how they benefit us. Well done! Another great and useful post.
Thank you Joleisa. This meal is so delicious and is good for you at the same time. Thank you for your sweet words and continued support.
I’m not a fish fan, but that salsa sounds amazing and my toddler loves kale so it’s a win win!
You could definitely substitute the fish for chicken or shrimp and it’s still tasty. I hope you enjoy the salsa. Let me know how it turns out. ❤️