Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa


 

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With the holidays coming up I am trying to keep our dinners light and somewhat fresh this month.  We have had grilled chicken, veggie omelets and this mahi mahi. My goal for this month is when I am not eating cookies or cake I am eating something healthy. It’s called balance, people:-).

We also have a birthday.  My oldest, Ella, turns eight today and I just can’t believe it.  Eight is kind of not so little anymore.

Eight means two more years and she is in double digits (and she has reminded me of that a few times.)  Eight means that she wants to redecorate her room with peace signs and glitter and not teddy bears and bows.  Eight means she is almost halfway through elementary school, when it feels like she just started.  It means if I am wearing something that she doesn’t like she will tell me what I should wear instead (and there is a good chance I will take her advice.)  Eight also means sleepovers, which is probably the most scary item in this list…especially when it is SIX girls at my house.  Seriously, I am stressing.

So, you can see why I am posting recipes like this in the middle of December.  I need some lightness in my life.  I also need to make it to the gym at least four days a week, which is tough right now.

The shining star of this recipe is the pineapple salsa.  The Mahi is a great fish, but this salsa is such a great recipe.  If you have never had pineapple salsa change that right now.  Make this.  If you like sweet heat this is probably the best sweet heat you will ever taste.   We had veggie burritos earlier in the day on Sunday and Jim threw some in his burrito and he said the salsa was awesome in it.  You could also just eat it with some chips – cause it’s salsa and that’s what you do with salsa.

If you have read this blog for any period of time, you probably know that I am a huge fan of Trader Joe’s.  Well, they have the best pineapple and they are usually 2.99, which is a great price.  If you have an Aldi’s I think you can usually get them really inexpensively there, too.  Did you know that Aldi’s and Trader Joe’s are owned by the same company? TJ’s also has great and reasonably priced frozen fish which is where this Mahi is from. I think Aldi’s has good frozen fish, too….it’s all making sense now:-).

Pineapple is also great to add to a stir fry.  Amazing, really.

So try this salsa today.  Add a ton of jalapeno and – Enjoy!

Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa
 
Recipe type: Main

Ingredients
  • 1 lb Mahi Mahi
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon EVOO
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 cups pineapple diced
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 1 good handful cilantro
  • 2-3 jalapenos seeded and diced
  • a good squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Teriyaki sauce (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Sriracha (optional)

Instructions
  1. Heat butter and EVOO in a skillet over medum high heat. Pat fish dry and salt and pepper on both sides. Place fillets in the skillet and cook about 3 minutes on each side.
  2. Remove fish from pan and squeeze lemon juice in with the butter and cook for one more minute. Spoon butter over fish if desired.
  3. For salsa add pineapple through Teriyaki sauce and mix until combined. Add salt to taste.
  4. Spoon salsa over fish. Drizzle with Sriracha if desired.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Crumb-Topped Apple Pie

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day here in North Carolina. Granted, the leaves are just past their peak, but the temps were glorious and the sun was shining. You can’t ask for much more. We threw some Chili Lime Chicken Burgers from Trader Joe’s (definitely try these the next time you are there) on the grill at lunch and topped them with some avocado and sriracha cilantro mayonnaise. Epic. For dinner we baked a ham and Jim made his mac and cheese. This pie was dessert.

By the way, the word dessert has two s’s and you can remember that because Strawberry Shortcake is a dessert. Nice, huh?

After lunch we did one of my favorite things and went for a long walk in the park.  We went over to one of our local parks that has a two-mile path around a lake.  You can also walk along some unpaved paths and that is what we did for about half of our walk today.  We went right down to the lake and let Bailey, our dog, go in the water.  She actually didn’t go in very far because she was on leash, but she at least got to get her paws wet.

We probably walked about 1.5 miles total.  Ella was a bit tired as she had a sleepover last night, otherwise we would have walked further.  Jim and I agreed that it was so beautiful we could have kept walking all day.  Taylor was a trooper today and kept ahead of us the entire walk.  I think she likes to be independent so walking ahead gives her that sense of freedom.

These are some pictures I snapped on our walk.  I haven’t taken many outdoor pictures with my new camera, so these are some of my first attempts.  It took me a while to get my settings correct, but I once I did they turned out pretty well.  We usually see lots of turtles at this park, but they weren’t out today.

Ella told me to snap this photo looking up at the trees.

We crossed this stream on a little bridge.  I thought it would make a nice shot because the stream leads your eye to the lake.

When we got home I baked this apple pie.  We couldn’t have a day like today and not have some type of fall dessert, now could we?

This is a great pie and we all liked the crumb topping a lot.  The filling cooks up to a caramel-like consistency which would really be wonderful all by itself.  I used the crust from Simply Recipes and it was great and very easy to work with (or maybe I am getting better at making pie crusts?)  It is an all butter crust.  I saved half of the dough for my pecan pie that I will make for Thanksgiving.  I used Golden Delicious apples for this pie.

Enjoy!

Crumb-Topped Apple Pie
 
Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients
  • 1 recipe pie dough
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 6 large), peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch-thick slices
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 recipe pie dough
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 6 large), peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch-thick slices
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Roll out your pie dough into an 11 inch circle and place in a 9 inch pie plate. Trim edges and then fold over to make a thick crust and then crimp. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Combine apples, ¼ cup flour, white sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Combine and let sit for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Pour into pie shell and press down into the crust.
  4. For the crumb topping combine remaining 1 cup of flour, brown sugar and butter with fingers until combined thoroughly. Set aside. DO NOT TOP the PIE with this until after the first 35 minutes of baking.
  5. Place pie in the oven on top of a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes and then add the crumb topping. Bake for another 40-45 minutes or until topping is nicely browned.

 

 

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