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Fantastic [Gluten Free] Fish Tacos!

Me eating tabbouleh!!!

I am not a picky eater.  I never have been.  I grew up with my mom exposing me to many different foods.   Hamburgers, hotdogs, mac and cheese, and even peanut butter and jelly never were my favorites like a normal kid.  Hummus, tabbouleh, any type of fish, eggplant, spinach, ALL green vegetables, and plain yogurt were all things I loved when I was really young.  Thankfully that makes the gluten free diet much easier for me.  I will try anything and everything (free of wheat of course!).

When thinking about my favorite foods I first think fish.  Salmon, haddock, shrimp, scallops, tuna, clams, sushi…I love it all!  I also LOVE Mexican food.  Especially tacos!  Naturally, you would think fish tacos must be a favorite on the menu at my house, but surprisingly I had never tried them!

Until this weekend…

I decided to make my own fish tacos at home.  It was incredibly easy, and of course gluten free!  The right mixture of tilapia, jalapeno peppers, sweet mango,  tangy limes, and cilantro folded over in a warm tortilla is a tasty and even a healthier alternative to the customary cheesy beef taco.

Fish Tacos

Gluten Free

Ingredients

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 lime, juiced

1 jalapeno, diced

1 tsp. of cilantro

1/2 tsp. salt (divided)

2 tsp. olive oil (for pan)

1 lb. tilapia fillets

1 tsp. chilli powder

2 cups of thinly chopped lettuce

1 cups tomatoes, chopped

2 bunches of green onions, sliced thin

1 mango, diced

1 tsp. parsley

Corn tortillas (4-6 depending on how big)

Directions

1) Combine olive oil, lime, jalapeno, cilantro, and 1/4 tsp. of salt in a medium bowl.  Hold aside.

2) Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a large skillet.  Sprinkle tilapia with chilli powder and remaining 1/4 tsp of salt evenly.   Add fish to pan.  Then pour jalapeno and lime mixture over fish.  Cook fish on pan until cooked through (should flake easily).

3) When fish is finished remove from heat and cut into small pieces.

4) Prepare garnish by combining lettuce, tomatoes, green onion, mango and parsley in a bowl.

5) Heat tortillas in a pan. Add fish and garnish to tortillas and fold.

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So many choices at the Puritan Backroom Restaurant

My favorite restaurant in Manchester New Hampshire is the Puritan Backroom.  The Puritan is a place where Luke and I go to celebrate many happy occasions and accomplishments.  My college graduation, my engagement to Luke, special date nights, new jobs, and even my first 1000 hits on my blog (yes we look for ANY reason to celebrate) are all the happy moments I think of every time I go to the Puritan.  The reason I love the Puritan Backroom Restaurant so much is that they have by far the best and biggest gluten free menu out of all the places I have been.

Check out the menu, I guarantee there is something for everyone!

The Puritan Backroom Restaurant Gluten Free Menu

Two weeks ago Luke and I went to the Puritan Backroom Restaurant and it was delicious (as usual).  I ALWAYS start off the night with their amazing Greek salad (with oil and vinegar on the side).  This salad is my favorite!  I am sure it has to do with the giant hunks of feta cheese they give you.  Yum!!

If you like appetizers there are plenty of gluten free options to choose from. You can order fresh vegetables with Tzatziki (a Greek strained yogurt sauce), fruit cup with sherbert, Loukaniko (grilled Greek sausage with onions and peppers), scallops wrapped in bacon, jumbo shrimp cocktail, or fresh vegetables with hummus.  I typically don’t have enough room for an appetizer, but I could always go for fresh veggies and hummus.  This is a great healthy option to go with a lighter meal.

Choosing an entree is hard for me at this restaurant because there are so many choices!  When I’m in the mood for something on the lighter side I tend to go for the vegetable stir fry.  This meal is a giant plate of summer squash, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, pepper, and onion sauteed over rice. I love this dish because it is nice and healthy, really tasty, and big enough that I have plenty left over for lunch the next day.  Another dish I have tried in the past is the barbequed lamb.  Lamb is not something I usually order, but I tried it one day when feeling more adventurous and loved it.  It’s a smaller plate of barbequed lamb tips on a skewer with onions and peppers.

The only dish I have tried at the Puritan that I would not recommend are the broiled chicken fingers or the broiled chicken parmesan.  The Puritan is well known to have the best (regular) chicken fingers around.  I was hoping the gluten free ones would be similar, but I really just did not like them. The chicken was tough in texture and the gluten free sauce was too sweet for me.  Maybe it was just an “off day”, but there are so many items on the menu I do like, that I am not sure if it is worth trying it again.

I have been on a big fish kick lately, so this past time at the Puritan I ordered the swordfish.  You have the option to choose lemon pepper or Cajun spices.  I love food on the spicy side so I went with the Cajun!  It was delicious!  So far this is my favorite dish on the gluten free menu.  It’s much more expensive compared to other items on the menu ($19.95), but worth it!  I guess I am going to have to save this dish for those extra special occasions!

Some other great reasons to go to the Puritan:

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Check out Wheat-FREEdom’s Makeover!

As you can see my blog has a new look and a new address: http://wheat-freedom.com/ !

Hope you enjoy! Please feel free to comment, or send me an e-mail at wheatfreedom@live.com if there is any content you would like to see added to my site.

In the meantime, try my spectacular Shrimp & Rice Noodle Stir Fry!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Ingredients

4 oz. rice noodles

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 green onions, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

2 cups broccoli florets

1 cup bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup frozen edamame

3/4 cup vegetable broth

8 ounces of cooked frozen shrimp

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

2-3 drops of sesame oil

Directions

1) First, place noodles in a bowl and cover with bowling water. Let sit for about 10-12 minutes (or until soft).

2) Heat oil in a pan on med-high heat. Stir-fry green onions, mushrooms, broccoli, bell pepper and edamame (2-3 min).

3) Add broth and bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 min.

4) Add frozen shrimp, let cook until they are completely thawed.

5) Add cooked rice noodles, pepper, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Stir fry until heated through.

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Seafood Sunday! GF Haddock w/ Orange-Mango Salsa

Gluten Free, Dairy Free
All the planning I’ve been doing for my Aruba wedding has been made me wish I was laying on a beach in the Caribbean this very minute!  After the long, cold winter we’ve had, reading Michael Crichton’s “Pirate Latitudes” and making this tropical dish are as close as I’ve been able to get…

(Mango-Orange Salsa)

Ingredients

2 Mangos

1 Orange

1/2 red bell pepper

1 cup red onion

2 limes, fresh squeezed

1/4 cup minced cilantro

1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp.salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

Directions

1) Combine mango, orange, red bell pepper, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a large dish.

2) Chill until haddock has finished cooking.

(Haddock)

Ingredients

1/3 cup of gluten free all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/8 tsp. ground pepper

1 lb haddock fillets

1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

Directions

1) Combine gluten free all purpose flour, salt, coriander, cumin, and pepper in a small dish.

2) Heat olive oil in a skillet, dredge fillets in flour mixture and transfer to skillet. Cook until lightly browned.

3) Top with Mango-Orange Salsa for a tropical creation!!!

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