Grilled Fish Tacos + Cookbook Giveaway

I am an unapologetic taco lover. Love, love, love them. Always have since I was a kid. But here’s the thing – I’ve only ever had the traditional ground beef tacos. I’ve heard rave reviews of fish tacos and have been wanting to try them for some time, but obviously have fallen short. Until now. See, part of the thing is that I’m not a huge fish person. Shrimp, salmon, crab, sushi, all good. Also, cannot forget battered cod sandwiches, those are killer. And they should be in abundance soon with Lent right around the corner! But all those other types of fish? Trout, bass, snapper, etc? Meh, never appealed to me. Well, let me tell you. I am officially converted because this is, hands-down, one of the best meals I have made in a long, long time.

You can use red snapper or striped bass for this recipe. You rub down the fish fillet with a spicy herb mixture, let it marinade for a short time, and then grill it over high heat. Since there is still snow on the ground here, I used an indoor grill and had great results. Serving suggestions include shredded green cabbage, avocado, hot sauce, sour cream, pickled vegetables and some fresh lime juice. You can of course top them with whatever you’d like, but this combination of flavors is positively suburb. The fish is really mild and has a great smoky flavor from the rub; pair that with cabbage that’s a little salty, creamy avocado, tart pickled vegetables, a dash of hot sauce and cool sour cream and you have a seriously amazing taste buds dance party.

Back at the beginning of the year when I shared some of my favorite healthier recipes from the site, I also put a list of bestselling healthy cookbooks on the sidebar. Well, the editors at Whole Living saw that I had their book, Power Foods, on the list and asked if I’d like to check out a copy. I said sure, and have since really fallen in love with the book. Not only are there tons of great (healthy) recipes like this one, but they also go through 38 “power foods” that are great to include in your diet.

While it probably appears that I subsist primarily on butter, sugar and chocolate (with a side of cream cheese), that actually couldn’t be farther from the truth. I strive to eat mostly clean (nothing processed) meals the majority of the time – whole grains, fruits, vegetables (this is the hardest for me!), very little sugar, etc. So when the time comes to have a sweet treat I allow myself the indulgence, and then share the love with others. And since watching Food, Inc. a few months ago, I have been eating significantly less meat and poultry, so meal options like this one are great to have in my repertoire.

Since I loved this book so much, I want to share a copy of it with one of you! Details below on how to enter to win…

How to Enter

To enter to win a copy of the cookbook Power Foods, leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite healthy eating tip.

You can receive up to four additional entries to win by doing the following:

1. Subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by either RSS or email. Come back and let me know you’ve subscribed in an additional comment.

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Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using and emailed. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: The cookbook is provided by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to commenter #24, Mariah!

Mariah won her chocolate by liking Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook: “Following you on Facebook too!”

And if you are curious, Mariah’s healthy eating tip: “My favorite healthy eating tip is substituting plain yogurt for mayonnaise in chicken or tuna salad. It tastes the same and is lower in fat than mayo =)”

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Grilled Fish Tacos

Yield: Makes 12 tacos

Prep Time: 20 minutes (active), 30 minutes to 2 hours (inactive)

Cook Time: 8 to 12 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Tacos:
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
Coarse salt
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish
2 pounds skin-on striped bass or red snapper fillets
5 cups shredded green cabbage (½ head)
Neutral-tasting oil, such as canola or safflower, for grill
12 corn tortillas
Lime wedges, avocado, sour cream, and hot sauce, for serving
Quick Pickled Vegetables, for serving (optional, below)

For the Quick Pickled Vegetables:
2½ cups apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons coarse salt
3 cups cold water
4 carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally ¼ inch thick
2 small red onions, halved and sliced into ¾-inch wedges
4 jalapeño chiles, quartered lengthwise; ribs and seeds removed

Directions:

1. To make the Quick Pickled Vegetables: Combine vinegar, sugar and salt in a saucepan with the water; bring to a boil over high heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Add carrots, onions, and jalapeños, and reduce heat to medium-high. Simmer until carrots are just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Pour into a bowl; let cool completely before covering and refrigerating. (Pickles will keep up to 2 weeks. Recipe makes 1 quart.)

2. Stir together cumin, oregano, chili powder, and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix in the olive oil and cilantro. Use a sharp knife to make shallow slits about 1½ inches apart into the fish skin; transfer to a large dish and rub both sides with spice mixture. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

3. Toss together cabbage and 1½ teaspoons salt in a medium bowl. Let sit 30 minutes.

4. Heat grill (or grill pan) to high (if using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 2 to 3 seconds); lightly oil grates. Place fish, skin side up, on grill. Cook, without moving fish, until opaque throughout, 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip, using two spatulas if necessary. Cook until fish flakes slightly when pressed in the center, 5 to 7 minutes more.

5. Transfer fish to a serving platter; let cool slightly, then shred with a fork into bite-size pieces. Garnish platter with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs. Serve warm or at room temperature (within 1 hour). Allow guests to assemble their own tacos, layering fish with cabbage, avocado, sour cream, hot sauce, pickled vegetables, and other toppings, as desired.

(Recipe reprinted from the book Power Foods by the editors of Whole Living magazine. Copyright © 2010 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.)

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  1. Melissa on February 28, 2011 at 9:28 am

    My healthy eating tip is everything in moderation!

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  4. Bettye on February 28, 2011 at 9:33 am

    My most healthy tip that I do is stay away from the fried anything section!!!! It does taste great, but I know it’s “bad” for us, SO, I stay with roasting anything as much as I can!!!! I will use a whole roasting pan for various vegetables for just the two of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And you just can’t help after the meal is over, by snacking the rest of the veggies! Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Athena on February 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I usually only keep healthy snacks in the house: nuts, fruit, veggies and hummus..etc.

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  6. Athena on February 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I already subscribe via email.

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  9. blueka on February 28, 2011 at 9:38 am

    My favorite healthy eating tip is to not “ban” certain foods. I have a major sweet tooth and there is no way I could ever completely ban sugar, but controlling what I eat and how much makes things MUCH easier!!

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  14. Becky C. on February 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

    My healthy eating tip is to stay away from processed foods!

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  15. Amber Lewis on February 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I twittered this giveaway…even though I want to win it! :-)

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    Follow you on twitter @GoddessFoodie.

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  17. Amy on February 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Great recipe. I’m going to try it at lunch. I think the boys will like it. My healthy eating tip is to always offer at least two vegetable items at meals AND to eat at the table. If you make it, they will eat it….eventually. lol Works for my husband & six children anyway. And they are now all teens or young adults w/decent eating habits.

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  18. Amber Lewis on February 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I was already a fan on facebook!

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  19. Christy Rose on February 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I am trying to eat clean, too.

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  21. Athena on February 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I’m a FB fan.

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  22. Fawn on February 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Following you on rss. Loved the fish tacos in Mexico and can’t wait to try these.

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  23. Amy on February 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I am your fan on facebook as well.

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  24. Cynthia Winter on February 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Eating more vegetarian meals during the week. Including replacing the meat in recipes with beans. And eating yogurt everyday.

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  25. Valerie on February 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

    My favorite healthy eating tip is to bulk up your meal with lots of veggies! It helps fill you up for minimal calories!

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  26. Kendra on February 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I’ve been trying to eat a lot healthier since taking a class on nutrition at college…it’s since I eat all of my meals in the cafeteria, but I do have a few healthy eating tips:
    1. Always eat a good breakfast to keep you from snacking on not so good foods later in the day.
    2. Keep healthy snacks like fruit on hand, because if you have it, you’ll most likely eat it.
    3. Read nutrition labels…you’d be surprised by what you see, even on foods you think are “healthy”.

    …and on a side note, by spring break starts thursday and I can’t wait to go home and be able to cook-fish tacos are now on my list!

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  27. Michelle on February 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

    My favorite healthy eating tip is to eat well balanced meals. Each meal should have a balance of carbs, protein, and fat. That’s the best way to stay full and satisfied!

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  28. Michelle on February 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Also, I subscribed to your RSS feed.

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  29. Kendra on February 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

    And I’ve been a longtime fan on FB!

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  30. Elizabeth on February 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

    My healthy eating tip is to eats lots and lots of fruit.

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  32. Maria on February 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Always start your day with a healthy breakfast! Love this recipe!

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  33. Chris's Gourmet Fashion on February 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

    OK my heathy habbits tips: Avoid processed foods and red meats; use only organically grown vegetables and where possible grow your own (yes you can grow tomotoes in planter pots even if you live in an appartment); use the oven instead of the frying pan. And once every so often indulge yourself with your favorite less healthy food to stop the craving!

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  34. Marilyn on February 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

    My favourite healthy eating tip is to eat in moderation, eat less meat, and eat plenty of leafy green vegetables. Nothing revolutionary. I should also add that I wish I followed my own advice more often!

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  36. Lisa @ Healthy Diaries on February 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

    This looks great! I will HAVE to make these this week! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Jessica D. on February 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

    My favorite healthy eating tip is to grow your own vegetables! It sounds like a lot of work (and it can be… I won’t lie) but there is such a sense of accomplishment in eating food that you have raised. It also allows you to know exactly where the food is coming from and what chemicals/poisons have come into contact with it! I can’t wait until early summer when my garden starts growing!

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  42. Jessica D. on February 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

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  44. mere... on February 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My healthy eating habit is to fill my plate only 1/2 full (or if I’m at restaurants the first thing I do is cut my entree in half). Once I’ve finished half, I stop and take the time to decide if I am actually still hungry before I go back for more.

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  45. mere... on February 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

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  46. Naomi S on February 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Eat small meals every few hours. :)

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  47. Brigette on February 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Smoothies are my healthy eating (drinking?) tip. Lots of fruit, maybe some yogurt or whey protein powder. . . Yum!

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  48. Jess on February 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

    The tip I try to follow is to buy most of my groceries from the perimeter of the grocery store – the fresh stuff!

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  49. Jess on February 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I subscribe to you through Google Reader, and have for years!

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  50. Leslie on February 28, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Something i learned recently to eat healthy is not to delay meals. Most people know not to skip meals, but I’ve found when I put off dinner till after 7 I snack soo much more during the day.

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