Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2014 with four JoyFoodly lifestyle habits that taste great, make us feel great, and are good for the environment. We know that food trends come and go but joyful eating habits are for a lifetime. Here’s to your family kicking off 2014 with a joyful and tasty bang!
What did you say? “Pie-chay!” That’s right. This super buttery, firm white fish from the Amazon, called Paiche (“pie-chay), is going to be your family’s new favorite fish.
We took this super cool fish that’s long been a favorite in Latin America for a test run in our JoyFoodly kitchen as part of our 2014 New Year’s Lifestyle Habits to choose better protein sources for our families. Here’s what we learned about Paiche from speaking with Whole Foods Market and through our own research, from the folks at CleanFish.
Paiche was in fact so popular in South America and overfished that the species almost went extinct. The purveyors Whole Foods is currently sourcing from, Artisan Fish, have created an innovative farming practice that’s not only keeping the fish on the table but also working with the government to help regrow wild populations. Their Paiche is raised without antibiotics, pesticides or added hormones. It has 20 grams of protein in every 3.5-ounce serving. Whoa! That’s a lot of protein.
Of course what we all really care about is whether it tastes good and if our children will enjoy it! So we took the fun and taste elements to a whole new happy winter level and made it purple and crunchy.
We crushed some Garden of Eatin gluten free blue corn chips, rolled our fish in a creamy avocado sauce and the tortilla “bread crumbs,” and baked it in the oven. We walked away and 10 minutes later, we had the perfectly cooked fillets for our stuffed taco.
To assemble, and for a little sweet winter crunch, we sliced some red cabbage into thin strips and topped our taco. We’ve found that kids really prefer a simple condiment and this way you can find a new fun snack, like red cabbage, to munch on more regularly.
We hope you enjoy this 35 minute end-to-end dish you can make with your kids and enjoy as a family. Here’s to joy-filled tacos on your family’s table this winter!
- 1 lb Paiche (ask your fishmonger to slice it into strips for you!)
- 1 bag gluten free, Garden of Eatin Blue Chips (blue corn tortilla chips)
- 1 package of 6-inch corn tortillas
- 1 small red cabbage
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 small bunch cilantro (about ½ cup)
- 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- Take 5 minutes to get out all your ingredients, measuring and cooking equipment needed, and place them on a cookie sheet within easy reach.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- In a blender or food processor, blend 6 cups Blue Corn Tortilla Chips until the size of small bread crumbs. Set aside in a bowl.
- Make the avocado cream sauce: place all ingredients in a blender or food processor, blend until creamy, and set aside in a separate bowl. Reserve about ¼ cup of avocado cream to use when you decorate your tacos.
- Cut cabbage into thin strips and place in a bowl. Don’t forget to snack on a few pieces while you cook and show your kids how beautiful the inside of a red cabbage is!
- Make sure your oven is at 375F
- Set up a fish fillet rolling station: first the fish, next the bowl of avocado sauce, next the blue corn tortilla bread crumbs, lastly a parchment lined cookie sheet. Save about ¼ cup of avocado cream to the side for a taco topping.
- Dip each fillet in the avocado cream, then the corn chips, and place on the cookie sheet. This is a fun activity to get your kids involved in, and Paiche does not have a fishy smell at all, so they’ll get familiar with the fish even before they eat it.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 375F.
- While they are baking, set up a taco station: 6-inch corn tortillas, cabbage, more avocado cream to top your taco, and extra cilantro.
- Enjoy your super crunchy purple Paiche fish tacos with your family!
- TIP: If you’re in a real pinch for time and ingredients for the avocado cilantro sauce, you can buy pre-made guacamole and loosen it a little with a tablespoon of plain yogurt!
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