With my recent shopping excursion and committment to preparing meals as opposed to eating out, I've been trying my hand at some new recipes in the kitchen. I've challenged myself to venture out of my comfort zone and expand my menu--beyond the oh, maybe 10 different meals I make on rotation--and lucky for Phil, he is my guinea pig. With him as my solo audience, this is a challenge in and of itself, as he is a real meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. Fortunately, he's open minded enough to try new things, but secretly, I think he's just excited by the novelty of some new menu items.
Last night, I prepared baked mahi-mahi marinated in Papaya Seed dressing and laid on a bed of fresh spinach (horrid lighting and poor picture quality, I know, but it was late). I also made my own version of mango salsa which I placed on top of the fish. I was so proud of the outcome. Not only was the dish pretty, colorful and healthy, but it was delicious, if I do say so myself! On the side, I baked some pita bread drizzled with olive oil and mozzarella cheese, because really, cheese is good with anything!
1 mango - seeded and diced
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/3 cup diced red onion
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. lime juice
salt & pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients, toss and enjoy! My only suggestion is to purchase a mango that is just shy of complete ripeness (hard to the touch), as it will be slightly tart and a perfect complement to the fish.
I have some new menu ideas in store for The Hubs and will share them with you all (assuming they are a success) in the weeks to come!
Hope everyone is having a beautiful day!