Grilled Mahi Mahi

I’m a 28 year old mom who loves to cook, but I had never grilled fresh fish… Until now. I’m not sure why, but grilling fish just intimidated me, so anytime we had grilled fish my husband made it. Now, I had cooked it in the oven, but never grilled it. Then, yesterday I decided to put that fear behind me when I saw fresh mahi mahi, wild caught for a very good price at the store. I selected my massive filet and came home with a mission.

Y’all, I am kicking myself for not doing this sooner, because it was stinkin’ good. Nathan enjoyed it, and the boys ate it up (with ketchup, of course. Why does every protein need ketchup?). My recipe is pretty basic, and because I knew my little ones would be eating it, there’s not a lot of heat to it, but you could adapt it. Now, on that note, I didn’t measure so the ingredients I am giving you are purely a “guesstamite.” Let’s begin.

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Ingredients:
• 1 ½ – 2 pounds on mahi mahi, skin on one side
• 3 tablespoons of butter
• 1 lemon, zest and juice
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon pepper
• ½ teaspoon paprika
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:
1. If needed, cut your fish in individual portion sizes (about the size of your palm).
2. Heat the skillet on medium high heat until the butter is melted.
3. While you’re waiting for the butter to melt, season the flesh side of the fish with half of the seasonings and half of the lime zest.

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4. Once the butter is melted, place the flesh side of the fish down. Cook for 3 minutes and season the skin of the fish with the remaining ingredients. (I know you don’t eat the skin, but it just felt wrong not to season it. Plus, I thought the seasonings may absorb into the fish while cooking. I have no idea how accurate this is, but that’s what I did.)

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5. After those 3 minutes, flip the fish skin side down and cook an additional 6-7 minutes. During this time you can check the natural seam in the fish to see when it is done.

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6. Once it is completely cooked, turn the heat off and squeeze the lime juice over the fish.

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7. Serve with your choice of sides and a couple extra lime wedges for garnish. We ate our fish with basmati rice and raw veggies. Yum!

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Notes:
• Again, these are rough estimates of the seasonings, so add more if needed for your taste.
• The fish should easily come off of the skin. I took it off for the kids when I made their plates, but my hubby and I served ourselves the whole thing. I did notice on one of the thinner parts of the filet it was slightly tough near the edges where it was overcooked, so keep an eye on the thinner pieces. Other than that, it was so tender and juicy.

Is there a dish that’s intimated you in the kitchen? Let me know, and maybe I’ll give it a go!

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Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

So I have a confession: I am slightly obsessed with Jen Hatmaker’s writings: her blogs, her books, and now… her recipes. For those of you may not know of this awesome woman, you can read her blog and become obsessed as well. Her first book that I read was 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  She has a way with words: humorous, raw, authentic, and her writing will touch your soul (and now tastebuds). Go check her out at jenhatmaker.com and you can thank me later.

Anyho, this tomato sauce recipe came from her website and I just tweaked it to my preferences. This is a big batch of sauce (enough for 4 pizzas or multiple pasta dishes) so you can use some now and freeze the rest for later. Also, it’s so versatile you can use it for any dish calling for a tomato sauce: pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, baked ziti… Are you hungry yet?! Seriously, try this sauce out and I guarantee you’ll always keep your house stocked with it!

Ingredients:
• ½ cup olive oil
• 1 tsp – 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
• Entire head of garlic, grated
• ½ red onion, minced
• 28 ounce can of organic tomato puree
• 15 ounce can of organic crushed tomatoes (I used fire roasted, yum!)
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
• Salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:
• In a medium sized pot on low heat warm the olive oil, red pepper flakes, onion and garlic. Cook about 4 minutes. Your nose will know when it’s done, it smells so good!
• Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until the olive oil is incorporated.
• On low heat, let the sauce simmer for at least an hour.
• Taste throughout the hour and add more seasoning, if needed.
• After an hour feel free to use on the Italian dish of your choice!

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Notes:
• This first note, I’m taking directly from Jen Hatmaker because she words it so perfectly. “First, a word about the tomatoes. I use Muir Glen, and there is really nothing you can ever say to make me change my mind. DO NOT GET SOME JANKY TOMATO SAUCE FROM THE BOTTOM SHELF. I am so serious. This sauce is only as good as the ‘maters. Cento is a 2nd place brand if my store punks out on the Muir Glen. Fresh, homegrown peeled tomatoes are the Prom Queen of this recipe in the summer obvs, but how many of us are going to boil and peel 20 tomatoes when we could open a can?” (I know, you love her now too!)
• I learned while making this dish balsamic vinegar has different leaf ratings. When I was buying the ingredients, I just got the 1 leaf because it was cheaper, but I came with a sample for 4 leaf… Y’all, I could drink that 4 leaf out of the bottle… But I didn’t, mainly because I only had a sample which I used for the recipe. I gotta tell ya, after sampling the 4 leaf that is all I am going to use from now on. Try it!
• I only used 1 teaspoon of the red pepper flakes, but the original recipe calls for 1 tablespoon. I strongly suggest if you’re not worried about burning your little toddlers tongues to use the whole tablespoon.
• In my picture, next to the sauce there’s my homemade dough rising, also from jenhatmaker.com. I followed that recipe exactly so if you’re looking for a pizza dough recipe to go along with the sauce, check out her website.
• Again, this is super basic and versatile. You can adjust it to the dish you’re making or add your favorite herbs and seasonings to come along for the ride.  Here’s a picture of the pizza I made.  It was AMAZING.

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Have you been looking for an amazing pizza sauce recipe? What other recipes could benefit from this sauce?