Fish Tacos

In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo next week, I wanted to recreate one of my favorite Taco recipes, which is not made using Ground Beef or Ground Turkey but instead with fish.
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As you know, we don’t eat a lot of red meat and most people make Tacos using beef or pork which is definitely a non-starter in my kitchen.
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Some of you may remember this recipe as it’s a repost from DeDivahDeals as evidenced by the watermarks on the picture, however, I hope that you will comment and share it again with your followers from DelBlogger.
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Fresh salmon is a staple in our house but using frozen Tilapia turned out to be a great ingredient for this weekend meal made for hubby and my son.
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Fish tacos can be made using any fresh seafood like Tilapia, Halibut, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, Salmon or Shrimp and any filler. You can grill, fry, sauté or broil the fish so, with all these options, you’re bound to find something you like.
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Ingredients:
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  • 3 Frozen Tilapia Filets1 Package Ortega Fish Taco Seasoning (use 1/2 pack for less sodium intake)
  • 1 Box Ortega Fiesta Flats
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (scallions)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Cilantro
  • 8 oz container of Sour Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon grated Lime Rind
  • Juice from a small lime
  • Shredded Cabbage (optional)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)
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Instructions:
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Preheat oven to 425 degreesCoat pan or cookie sheet with Cooking SprayCook fish filets in the oven according to package directions
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Chop onions and cilantro then place in a bowl, pour in Fish Taco Seasoning Mix, add Sour Cream, Mayo,
Grated Lime Rind and juice from the lime.  Stir until mixed thoroughly.
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The fish is done when it flakes easily, test with a fork before removing from the oven.  Add fish to the bowl or add some of the mixture into the pan and stir lightly with a fork to coat.
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I only used three Tilapia fillets, but you will have plenty of sauce to use for at least 12 Fish Tacos.

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Divide fish evenly amongFiesta Flatsand top with shredded cabbage and cheddar cheese.

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What is your favorite way to make Tacos?

Wayback Wednesday – Toons of the 60s

Last Friday I got home exhausted after a long commute from work and instead of turning on the evening news because I wanted to veg out and unwind, I turned to the Cartoon Network Boomerang.
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Laying there watching theTom and Jerry Show, episode after episode between 7 and 10 minutes each, I began to realize just how silly, sexist, racist and violent this cartoon was!

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Not only was there excessive violence between Tom and Jerry, but also between the other featured dogs and cats.  These cartoons also contained sexist and racist overtones, especially when horny Tom fell for the female felines or and when the maid, a headless black woman namedMammy Two Shoesran through the house.
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Gluttony, alcoholism, and mass destruction were also a major part of the Tom and Jerry Show, however, as kids, we just watched and laughed along, none the wiser.  Our parents and grandparents were probably too busy dealing with real, overt racism that subtle subliminal racist cartoons were accepted.  They didn’t see the need to shelter us from these images because reality was much harsher.
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Fortunately, times have changed and we have recognized how mentally destructive these cartoons actually were during the 50s and 60s.  Therefore, it is vital to ensure that the images that our children and grandchildren view today whether or not they are on television in the movies or on the internet they are images of positivity and acceptance of all.
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Let’s Discuss:  Which cartoons do you remember as being violent, sexist and racist and how much has changed since then?

Social Media and Self Esteem in Tweens and Teens

We can all agree that most tweens and teens love social media whether it’s Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or You Tube with many of them becoming “overnight sensations’ because of them.
However, what many of them may not seem to understand, especially in the beginning is just how much of an impact it may have on their self-esteem.

With social networking, tweens and teens are constantly checking their social media feeds worried about how many “likes” they can get, how many followers they gain and how many retweets they have.  According to the Dove Self-Esteem Project, “Social media creates an environment where disordered thoughts and behaviors really thrive,” Without a lot of “likes,” followers, or retweets, teens may see themselves as “not good enough.”
They are constantly exposed to seeing this “perfect image” of who they should be on social media. Some feel if they can’t become that “perfect image,” then they’re not good enough for anyone or themselves.  The constant exposure to “perfection” from social media affects a teen’s self-identity, self-esteem and may even cause depression. Social media can affect a teen’s self-esteem and this can create depression as they struggle to be socially accepted.

This depression can lead to teens having severe insecurities and social networking can even lead to addiction, which can also affect a teenager’s health. It can cause anxiety, sleeping problems and they may not being able to function in the real world.  However, social media wasn’t meant or intended to ruining lives, even Mark Zuckerberg has admitted this so hopefully there will be some positive changes coming to Facebook soon.
The social networking world does have some positive aspects, there are teens that are famous for trying to create a positive self-image and explain to their generation that perfection doesn’t matter.  A lot of these famous teens always say to“be yourself.”Many of them inspire others to be themselves and have helped them and their peers who love them to embrace being themselves.

There is a high level of importance of being a positive role model like ones we may have had when theCosby Show, Family Tiesand other fictional family sitcoms were on the air.  Social media was initially created to connect us with family and friends, to quickly catch up on what’s happening throughout the world.  It helped to keep us informed of major news and important events in our neighborhoods and around the world; to inspire us to make a change, and to explore the network by seeing other people’s interests, lifestyles and more.
Similar toblogging, it became the new white picket fence, where we went to share, congratulate, commiserate and check in with our family and friends. So the problem isn’t social media, it is the kind of people and accounts that tweens and teens follow on social media, which can say a lot about who they are, or who they want to be. There can be negative effects but we must encourage our teens to understand that we are born into society, not “accepted” into one.  All in all, social media has both positive and negative affects to tween’s and teen’s self-esteem and health and it is up to our future generations to not let it take over.
Think about it, before social media took over the way we connect with one another, there was radio, books, magazines, television and movies and low self esteem was also a concern when young kids didn’t see anyone who looked like themselves.  Which is why I love this picture ofPresident Obamaleaning over a young boy who just wanted to feel his hair to see if it felt like it own – that is a very powerful image.

Many experts have agreed that the best thing parents can do to minimize the risks associated with overuse of technology by their teens and tweens is to cut back on their own.   It’s up to parents to set a good example in everything and now more than ever especially when it comes to healthy computer usage.  Kids should be used to seeing our faces, not our heads bent over a screen.   I have actually seen parents texting and driving with the kids in the back seat…some even strapped into their car seats.Did you read about the Day Care Center in Houston that posted a sign that read in part:
“We have heard a child say ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy…’ and the parent is paying more attention to their phone than their own child. It is appalling. Get off your phone!!”

Parents can create a technology-free zone in the house or technology-free hours when no one uses the phone, including mom and dad. Don’t walk in the door after work in the middle of a conversation or walk in the door say ‘hi’ quickly, and then just check your email.  Try to get up a half hour earlier in the morning or stay up after the kids are in bed to check your email, give them your full attention.
No one should be using phones in the car commuting back and forth to school because that’s an important time to talk.  Especially when the kids are young because trust me, time flies.  As soon as you get used to buckling them into a car seat – they are buckling themselves into their owncar’sseats!

Not only does limiting the amount of time you spend plugged into computers, laptops and tablets provide a healthy environment for you and the family it also strengthens the parent-child bond and makes kids feel more secure. Kids need to know that you are available to help them with their problems, talk about their day, or give them a reality check, even when they don’t seem like it.
I still remember sitting at the foot of our sons bed when they were younger or reading a book or watching a movie together created such a wonderful bond for us that even now, in their 20’s, they are comfortable with me sitting at the foot of their bed talking about school or work or hubby laying down watching a game with them.

When offline you can help your kids build healthy self-esteem by getting them involved in something that they’re interested in. It could be sports or music or volunteering, anything that sparks an interest and gives them confidence. When kids learn to feel good about what they can do instead of how they look and what they own, they’re happier and better prepared for success in real life.
What is your opinion on Social Media and Self Esteem in our Tweens and Teens?

Millennials and Medications

According to statistics, the Millennial generation is reaching a tipping point of 84.6 million which makes them the largest living generation. With $1.4 trillion in spending power, they’re just entering their prime consumption years and because of this power, they are on every major brands’ radar.
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However, because they are not consuming information in the same way as boomers and seniors with nonstop commercials on television they aren’t being bombarded with advertisements for medications, drugs, and treatments for every ailment.

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Millennials get their health information from a variety of websites and sources which include general health sites, social media, magazine websites, fitness sites, and holistic wellness websites.
Marketers from health and wellness to vitamin supplements have an opportunity to appeal to the Millennial consumer by crafting marketing messages that appeal to their core values of good health, family, and physical fitness.
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Guests are Athena Wright and Dr. Matthew Weik of Diamond Sport and Spine Clinic in Wilmington, DE and we talked about why the Millennial generation’s approach to health and wellness is much better than that of the Boomers or Seniors.
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Click the link to hear to entire Podcast.
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Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger on AAU Global Production Media Group #millennials #medications #DelawareBlogger #AAUGlobalProductionMedia

A Spring Clean Should Begin Within

A Spring Clean Should Begin Within
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Hello friends, instead of my normal Friday Foodie Feature, I am putting a little twist on it.
How did you kick off your Spring clean…did you de-clutter and rid your home of unwanted or unnecessary items from your closets and dresser drawers? As you can see, I am still working on it, trying to gather all the clothes and shoes that I hadn’t worn all winter.
I keep a box in the upstairs hallway and once it gets full everything gets bagged up and driven to Goodwill – soon it will be time for a trip!
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So if you’ve gotten the house cleaned and de-cluttered, it’s time to do the same for your body. Remember a Spring clean should begin within.

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If you listen to my Podcast on Sundays at 6 then you know that during the time that I am on live, there is always a pot of greens cooking on the stove, whether they are Collards or Kale.

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I was raised by a grandmother who always had to have a vegetable as part of her meal because she felt it wasn’t complete without one. Eating healthy was the only way to keep her body strong and she would have known because she lived to the age of 98 and the only ailment she had was arthritis.

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Most of you have read about the various Colon Cleanse products on the market which are supposed to help your body rid itself of poisons and toxins that enter our bodies daily.

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I am, however, not one who advocates replacing meals with a gallon of Lemonade made with Cayenne Pepper or popping pills that put me in the bathroom all day.

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I only use natural healthy ways to cleanse, such as drinking boiled Parsley or Cilantro or a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar in water. One of my grandmother’s favorite digestive aids was to drink a glass of “pot liquor” which is essentially the juice that remains in the pot after you’ve eaten all the collard greens.

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Green Smoothies are another way to get a natural healthy cleanse and there are a millions of recipes on the internet, but blending any fresh fruit and veggie together with water or an Almond or Rice milk will work.

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A few years ago, I listened to an interview with TheHerbSistah and her recommendations were to use natural ingredients to help men and women cleanse and detoxify.

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I believe that incorporating Superfoods into your diet is truly the best way to keep yourself regular, so remember to add a few of these goodies to your grocery basket the next time you shop.

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*Salmon                       *Kale

*Tuna                           *Eggplant

*Avocado                     *Tomatoes

*Walnuts                      *Carrots

*Almonds                     *Sweet Potatoes

*Olive Oil                     *Apples

*Flax Seeds                  *Oranges

*Blueberries                *Butternut Squash

*Raspberries               *Spinach

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Superfoods not only help you cleanse and rid your body of harmful substances, but they also fight off any harmful agents that may be trying to attack your system. You can keep those nasty bugs and virus’ at bay with a natural cleanse if you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

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Now that your insides are cleared and cleansed you will be more energized and ready to tackle those cabinets and closets!

 

What are you favorite veggies?

 

 

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