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Linds and Ally here! We want to share our cooking experiences with you to help you start having a more fabulous experience in the kitchen. It is our mission to bring you simple yet deliciously healthy recipes that you can make in a flash! Thanks for visiting!
XOXO, CutieTwins

Feb 27, 2011

Ahi Tuna Perfection

One of my favorite meals has always been Ahi Tuna. It can be very pricey to order at a restaurant, so I looked in to the cost of making it at home. Surprisingly, it is much more pocket book friendly, as the ingredients last a long time and fresh tuna fillets can be found at an affordable cost when on special. Frozen Tuna will also work and can be found for a very reasonable cost at your local grocery store.

Ahi Tuna is the perfect meal for a special night in with your honey or when you just need a fast meal for yourself. I love the versatility of this meal, perfect for lunch (over a salad) or for dinner. And the best part is it literally takes minutes to prepare! Because who wants to spend all of their time cooking on date night anyways?

**And guys, this meal would definitely be an impressive and tasty meal to surprise your lady with...and so easy, anyone can pull it off effortlessly!**


4 small to medium Tuna fillets

1/4 cup white sesame seeds

1/4 cup black sesame seeds

1 tsp powdered ginger

1 tsp wasabi powder

1 tsp garlic powder

soy sacue

sesame oil

salt and pepper to taste

Brown rice

Your choice of vegetables


Start cooking the rice first, since it will take the longest. Rinse the tuna fillets off under running water and set on a plate. On a small place mix the black and white sesame seeds, ginger, wasabi (add more if you like it hot), garlic powder and a small amount of salt and pepper.

Pour about two teaspoons of sesame oil into a sauce pan over medium heat. Add 2 tuna fillets and turn heat down to medium low.

Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, just searing each side. Add about a teaspoon of soy sauce right before pulling them out of the sauce pan.

Make sure that your plate with the sesame seed mixture is close by.

Dip each side of the seared tuna fillets in to the sesame seed mixture, making sure to completely cover each side.

Return tuna fillets to sauce pan with more sesame oil and soy sauce. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. The middle should be pink, but warmed through. Repeat with the other 2 tuna fillets.

Remove fillets from heat and set aside. Place rice, which should be done at this point, int he middle of four plates.

Place tuna fillets on top of the bed of rice. Garnish with whatever vegetable you choose to cook and enjoy!! (You can also make this meal for lunch and serve over mixed greens or salad with an Asian inspired salad dressing, delicious!)

Hope you enjoy!!
XOXO, CutieTwins

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Feb 20, 2011

A Cure for My Winter Blues: Fish Tacos

Although I believe the worst of winter is now over, it sure has been a rough one! From snow to ice storms to incredibly low temperatures to more unexpected snow, I have found it hard to get warm all winter. One of the things that I have found to help cure my winter blues and more importantly make me feel warm from the inside, out are tacos.

Warm, spicy, crunchy, hearty, melt in your mouth delicious tacos! I usually only go for Mexican food in the summer when I can sit outside on the patio and drink a Spanish beer with some spicy food. This winter, a friend and I have been meeting at one of our favorite restaurants about once a month, and my favorite thing on their menu just happens to be their gourmet tacos. Once I realized that I could enjoys tacos just as much during winter (and inside) as I do in the summer, of course I had to try out some homemade tacos. I have tried a variety of different tacos, but will start with my personal favorite, fish tacos.
Tacos are one of the easiest and fastest meals to make, even without using the taco kits that you find in the grocery store isles. Making them with your own spin is simply much more enjoyable, cooking experience and all. The outcome of course is above and beyond what you get with those kits, and literally just as easy and fast.

What you will need:

2 large tillapia fillets (fresh or frozen work)
*I use tillapia, but any white fish you have on hand or prefer will do.
One half packet of fish taco seasoning (Casa Mexicana Authentic Seasoning Mix @ Marsh)
Olive Oil (about 2-3 tablespoons)
1/4 Red Pepper
1/4 Green Pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
*I use a Mexican blend of cheeses
Cholula Hot Sauce
*I prefer the salsa made by Whole Foods
1 box of Spanish or Mexican rice


Start cooking the rice before you start anything else, as it takes the longest to cook and you do not want to be waiting on it to finish after the fish is done cooking and still hot. It should be cooking the entire time you are preparing everything else. Make sure to stir occasionally in between these next steps.

First, let the fish thaw, if they were previously frozen, under warm water. While waiting on the fish, chop 1/4 of your red and green peppers into strips of whatever length you prefer. If you have time, chop up salad and place in a bowl to use as a garnish on tacos.

Next, cut fish into thin strips, making sure that they are all about the same length. Cut the long strips in half. Place half of the fish taco powder mixture, two tablespoons olive oil and about 3 tablespoons of water in a plastic, zip-lock bag and mix together. Then put fish into the mixture and coat all pieces and then place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Place some cheese in a serving bowl to be a garnish as well. Then place a pan on the stove and let get warm over medium heat.

After 5 minutes, take the fish out of the fridge. Pour the entire contents of the zip-lock bag into the frying pan. Cook the fish for about 3 minutes, flipping the pieces once or twice. Salt and pepper to taste if desired. Then add 2 tablespoons of salsa and the peppers and let the fish finish cooking. You can add a dash of Cholula sauce here if you like extra spice. Peppers should become a little softer and heated through. Set temperature to low or on warm and let stand.

Heat up tortillas, either in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds or you can use a quesidilla maker to warm each tortilla separately, which will make them a little crispy, even though this takes a little longer, I think that it is worth it.

Last, build your taco, however you like them. I usually put a little Mexican rice down first and then the fish mixture on top and garnish with more salsa, lettuce, cheese and of course my favorite hot sauce, Cholula!

Happy eating!! I can guarantee you will be full and warm for the remainder of the night!
Feel free to serve with your favorite white wine, I served a crisp Pino Grigio which complemented the spiciness of the dish!



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