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taco tuesdayz: salmon tacos

since i grew up in sunny socal, tacos are basically a food group. and in our house, they are eaten in one form of or another a few times a week. so i decided to start diving deep into my taco recipes on the first taco tuesday of every month.

first up on the list is one of my favorite fish tacos. salmon makes a tasty, beautiful substitute to the usual white fish options used for fish tacos. the sauce is zesty and bright and the purple cabbage adds some delicious CRUNCH to each bite.

salmon tacos

serves: 2

prep time: 20 minutes

cook time: 10 minutes

total time: 30 minutes

ingredients: 8 oz wild salmon (i like the skin on, but if you are not comfortable cooking the skin to a crisp, ask your fish guy to remove the skin, remove it your self or purchase salmon with the skin already removed). .5 cup greek yogurt. .25 mayonnaise. 1 tsp kosher salt. .25 tsp fresh ground pepper. .5 tsp garlic powder. .5 tsp cumin. .25 tsp paprika. 2 lime. 1 clove garlic, minced. 3 tbs coconut oil. 1 shallot, thinly sliced. .25 tsp apple cider vinegar. .25 cup cilantro leaves. 1 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage. 6 small corn tortillas. large non-stick pan.

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start by patting your salmon down with paper towels. put it in the back of your refrigerator, uncovered to dry out the skin about while you prep your other ingredients. combine your shallots and the apple cider vinegar in a small bowl to make quick pickled shallots. zest one of your limes and juice it. slice the second lime into wedges and reserve for serving. combine all but .5 tsp of your salt in a small bowl to make your spice blend.

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then in a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, greek yogurt, .25 of the spice blend, the lime juice, the lime zest and the garlic clove. mix well to combine and set it aside. start heating your pan over medium high heat.

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while the pan is heating, season the fish with .5 tsp of salt and then rub it with the remaining spice blend.

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when the pan is hot, add in the coconut oil till it is shiny and hot. cook your salmon, skin side down first if you have skin on, until the skin is really crispy and you can see the fish is cooked a little more than half way through. flip the fish and continue cooking until you can see that is cooked through. remove the salmon and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.

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while the fish is resting, wipe out your pan and heat your tortillas for 30 seconds a side until they are nice and toasty. chop up your salmon.

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to assemble your tacos, spread some of your zesty sauce on the bottom of your taco.

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top with salmon, crunchy cabbage, pickled shallots, some cilantro leaves and a squeeze of fresh lime. serve hot and enjoy.

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xo, a

salmon tacos

serves: 2

prep time: 20 minutes

cook time: 10 minutes

total time: 30 minutes

ingredients: 8 oz wild salmon (i like the skin on, but if you are not comfortable cooking the skin to a crisp, ask your fish guy to remove the skin, remove it your self or purchase salmon with the skin already removed). .5 cup greek yogurt. .25 mayonnaise. 1 tsp kosher salt. .25 tsp fresh ground pepper. .5 tsp garlic powder. .5 tsp cumin. .25 tsp paprika. 2 lime. 1 clove garlic, minced. 3 tbs coconut oil. 1 shallot, thinly sliced. .25 tsp apple cider vinegar. .25 cup cilantro leaves. 1 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage. 6 small corn tortillas. large non-stick pan.

start by patting your salmon down with paper towels. put it in the back of your refrigerator, uncovered to dry out the skin about while you prep your other ingredients. combine your shallots and the apple cider vinegar in a small bowl to make quick pickled shallots. zest one of your limes and juice it. slice the second lime into wedges and reserve for serving. combine all but .5 tsp of your salt in a small bowl to make your spice blend. then in a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, greek yogurt, .25 of the spice blend, the lime juice, the lime zest and the garlic clove. mix well to combine and set it aside. start heating your pan over medium high heat. while the pan is heating, season the fish with .5 tsp of salt and then rub it with the remaining spice blend. when the pan is hot, add in the coconut oil till it is shiny and hot. cook your salmon, skin side down first if you have skin on, until the skin is really crispy and you can see the fish is cooked a little more than half way through. flip the fish and continue cooking until you can see that is cooked through. remove the salmon and allow it to rest for 5 minutes. while the fish is resting, wipe out your pan and heat your tortillas for 30 seconds a side until they are nice and toasty. chop up your salmon. to assemble your tacos, spread some of your zesty sauce on the bottom of your taco. top with salmon, crunchy cabbage, pickled shallots, some cilantro leaves and a squeeze of fresh lime. serve hot and enjoy.

steak & stone fruit salad

no way around it. today, and every september eleventh for the rest of my life, will have a somber tone. seventeen years ago, i woke to my radio (back before we woke up to cell phones) and news of the first plane hitting the tower. i spent the morning with my parents watching the second plane hit, and both towers fall. i was a a sophomore in high school and it was the first time in my life i remember experiencing a national tragedy.

lucky for me, none of my nyc family was harmed, but our next door neighbors brother died in one of the towers. even on the other side of the country, it all felt VERY close to home. and every year when they play the coverage i feel that same burning in my chest as i well with tears.

but the older i get, the more i realize that the best way to honor the dead is to LIVE. and one of mine and wes’s BEST friends has a birthday today. i took a moment of silence today with my yoga students, but for the rest of the day i’m celebrating those i love with steak and cake. i encourage you to do the same!

steak & stone fruit salad

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 15 minutes

total time: 25 minutes

ingredients: 8 oz flank or flap meat steak (note that flap meat will be a bit thinner than flank and will take less time to cook). 6 cups arugula. 3 small or 2 medium plums, sliced into wedges. 1 medium yellow onion, halved and sliced into .5 inch thick slices. 3 tbs olive oil. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper. 1 tsp cumin. .25 cup mayonnaise. 2 tbs greek yogurt. 2 tbs lemon juice. 2 tbs orange juice. 2 garlic cloves, minced. 1 tbs finely chopped italian parsley. grill pan or large heavy pan. aluminum foil.

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start by preheating your grill pan or pan to a medium high heat. combine the olive oil, salt, pepper and cumin in a small bowl and whisk together till combined.

drizzle two-thirds of the oil over the meat and brush the meat till it is evenly coated with oil and seasoning.

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while your grill pan is getting nice and hot, combine the rest of of the oil & seasonings with the mayo, greek yogurt, both citrus juices, the garlic and parsley.

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whisk it together till well combined and set aside.

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when your pan is nice and hot, add the meat to the pan. flank and flap meat are both very thin, so you are just looking to get a really good brown on both sides and your meat will be pretty much done. about 4-5 minutes a side. if you prefer a more well done cut, you will want to give your meat an extra minute or two each side. while your meat is cooking, add your onions to the pan and start to let them brown.

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while your meat is cooking, toss your plums in with your arugula till they are well combined. when your meat is done, remove it to a clean platter or plate and cover with aluminum foil to rest. allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes before slicing the meat against the grain into .5 inch strips.

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when the meat has come off the grill, spread your onions out and allow them to soak up any bits of meat from the pan. cook the onions till they are soft and browned. when the onions are done, place them right onto your arugula. add your sliced steak to the salad.

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lightly dress the salad.

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toss and serve.

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xo, a

steak & stone fruit salad

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 15 minutes

total time: 25 minutes

ingredients: 8 oz flank or flap meat steak (note that flap meat will be a bit thinner than flank and will take less time to cook). 6 cups arugula. 3 small or 2 medium plums, sliced into wedges. 1 medium yellow onion, halved and sliced into .5 inch thick slices. 3 tbs olive oil. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper. 1 tsp cumin. .25 cup mayonnaise. 2 tbs greek yogurt. 2 tbs lemon juice. 2 tbs orange juice. 2 garlic cloves, minced. 1 tbs finely chopped italian parsley. grill pan or large heavy pan. aluminum foil.

start by preheating your grill pan or pan to a medium high heat. combine the olive oil, salt, pepper and cumin in a small bowl and whisk together till combined. drizzle two-thirds of the oil over the meat and brush the meat till it is evenly coated with oil and seasoning. while your grill pan is getting nice and hot, combine the rest of of the oil & seasonings with the mayo, greek yogurt, both citrus juices, the garlic and parsley. whisk it together till well combined and set aside. when your pan is nice and hot, add the meat to the pan. flank and flap meat are both very thin, so you are just looking to get a really good brown on both sides and your meat will be pretty much done. about 4-5 minutes a side. if you prefer a more well done cut, you will want to give your meat an extra minute or two each side. while your meat is cooking, add your onions to the pan and start to let them brown. while your meat is cooking, toss your plums in with your arugula till they are well combined. when your meat is done, remove it to a clean platter or plate and cover with aluminum foil to rest. allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes before slicing the meat against the grain into .5 inch strips. when the meat has come off the grill, spread your onions out and allow them to soak up any bits of meat from the pan. cook the onions till they are soft and browned. when the onions are done, place them right onto your arugula. add your sliced steak to the salad. lightly dress the salad. toss and serve.