Low Carb Fish Tacos + a Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Lettuce Wrapped Mahi Mahi Tacos with Low Carb Tartar Sauce

It is summer and I just do not feel like cooking big, heavy meals. So when I grabbed a box of salmon fillets from Costco a few weeks ago, I was dying to try them out. The fillets go in the oven (boo) but cook really quickly and what you can do with them afterwards is even better! 

We had been just serving the fillets with some veggies or over a salad but I decided to get a little creative and create some mock fish tacos that fit my low carb lifestyle. I’ve been low carb since the beginning of June (actually started last year but that lost steam around the holidays). With my new lifestyle, I also started a blog because… why not? It’s a local blog that covers local restaurants and how to eat low carb around San Diego but it’s also going to be chocked full of the LCHF recipes I try out. Like this lettuce wrapped mahi mahi taco with low carb tartar sauce. 

I’ll make sure to share a snippet and photos of my recipes here with a link over to the full recipe on each post so you can stay in the loop! And if you’re living a low carb lifestyle already, I’d love to hear your go-to food ideas! 

Grab the full recipe here: 

LETTUCE WRAPPED MAHI MAHI TACOS WITH LOW CARB TARTAR SAUCE

Lettuce Wrapped Salmon Tacos - delicious low carb dinner

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon

With the hubub of the holidays around us, I’ve found myself indulging a bit too much lately. So I’ve decided to try and get back on track and watch my eating habits over the next few weeks. Sure I’ll save a few moments of indulgence for Christmas when it arrives but there’s no excuse for treating every day in December like a holiday! This grilled teriyaki salmon is one step in my plan of eating healthier than I have been.

In order to get this beautiful char on the salmon, and not have my salmon stick to the grill pan I used, I sprayed a little Pompeian Grapeseed Oil that I received for review onto the grill pan first before using it. And what do you know?! The salmon came off the pan easily and effortlessly! Plus the oil didn’t interfere with the awesome taste of the marinade I used on the salmon.

To keep things simple I served this salmon to the family with my kids favorites: brown rice and broccoli. They’re broccoli fanatics so I knew they’d gobble up their plates. And they did! They even tried the salmon. My daughter still isn’t a fan but my son asked for another fillet! The next day I stir fried the left over broccoli, rice, and a few other ingredients in my fridge using the grapeseed oil again and made a delicious healthier “fried” rice for breakfast. Yum!
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Our New Pets {Toddler Responsibilities}

Last week our family grew by two little members.

They don’t have names yet but they’re much adored! My daughter and son went to the pet store with my husband after waiting what felt like an eternity for the tank to be set up. And they picked out two guppies (or fancy guppies??).

My son was quick to point out that the blue one was sisters and the orangish one was his. And that he was in charge of feeding them. Every.single.day.

Can’t wait to see what the kids do with their new responsibility. So far my son has not forgotten one day. That’s more than I can say for myself and the poor dog… Oh Scout. You’re still loved!

 And no, the fish aren’t still in that little bowl. They’ve now been transferred successfully to their tank and are happily swimming around in the playroom.

What’s next? Probably a chinchilla. Those are awesome! 

Here are a few reasons why pets ROCK in teaching children responsibility: 

  • Kids have to think about someone other than themselves when caring for an animal.
  • There’s more than just feeding and watering, kids start to realize that pets need love and attention too.
  • With life comes death. Yeah… one of the fish just died. Lets go have the talk!
  • By taking care of a pet, your child can show you how independent they are.
  • Pets can share the same joy their small owners have making the relationship mutually beneficial (well… maybe not fish, but dogs are awesome for this. So are chinchillas).

Do you own pets?

Curry Tuna Melt {Lunch Recipe}

Every Friday during Lent I scramble for a great alternative to our usual meat filled lunches. Usually I have a salad with grilled chicken and I make the kids a sandwich, leftovers, etc. But in an effort to stick with meatless meals I turn to fish to make sure my kids are getting the protein they need.

I’ve recently been really lucky with my garden and have a great supply of celery, green onions, and cilantro. So I’ve tried to find various ways to use them up. I started to think of what cuisines uses these different ingredients and how and immediately I thought of Indian food. So I grabbed some curry powder, picked some veggies from the garden, and started mixing.

What I ended up with was a delicious dish that is sure to make any boring lunch into a great one. The kids even enjoyed it and split one amongst themselves. They were even more excited about the fact that we used the veggies from our garden to make the sandwich.

Curry Tuna Melt

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Tuna Noodle Casserole {Dinner Recipe}

I’ve been pretty bad about keeping the cupboards stocked lately. I started to get lazy when it came to dinner planning and have been making sandwiches or eating what’s in the freezer to make up for it. So when Lent came around I was not prepared for a non-meat dish for dinner. But I didn’t have to worry… we always have the ingredients on hand for tuna noodle casserole. It’s a family favorite.

Only we were out of cream of mushroom AND cream of celery condensed soup.

So I went in search for an alternative. It was about time. I mean… really… I, er, we don’t need all of that extra sodium and additives. Plus I’m sure I read somewhere about canned stuff being bad. Or was that just for veggies?

Anyway… I only had 30 minutes until everyone under the roof starved and was already starting to get complaints about hunger pains so I searched the web until I found a recipe that sounded tasty and didn’t include canned soup.

This recipe is a winner! And I love how versatile I can be with the veggies. Next time I’m going to try some spinach. Delicious, nutritious, and the kids liked it. Added bonus.

tuna noodle casserole

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