Monday, July 28, 2014

Copycat Rubios Fish Tacos

I absolutely love Rubio's fish tacos! I rarely buy cabbage. But the other day my son requested orange chicken and chow mien (recipe to come soon!) and so I had some left over cabbage so I threw this easy weeknight meal together and it was an absolute hit in our home! You can make this easy like I did and use my sons favorite Costco fish sticks chopped up or you can make some of your own breaded fish for the tacos. I feel like the sauce is the star in the recipe! 

Copycat Rubios Fish Tacos
Corn Tortillas (10)
Breaded Fish sticks (12)
Cabbage, shredded (1/3 of a head)
Lime, cut into small wedges (4)
Rubios sauce:
1/2 cup yogurt, plain
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped or 1 teaspoon dill pickle juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the sauce: whisk together all ingredients in a bowl. Can be refrigerated up to 2 days in advance.

For the fish sticks: Cook them in the oven according to the back of the package. Once they are cooked in the oven grab a skillet and place 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil in the bottom of it. Place the fish sticks (I used about 12 sticks) and using a spatula cut into small pieces and fry for a few minutes in the oil until fish gets a little crispier. 

For the corn tortillas: Place a teaspoon of vegetable oil in the bottom of a skillet. Lightly fry each side of the tortilla in the oil. Place on a paper towel and pat off the grease. Repeat until all tortillas are done. 

To assemble: Grab a tortilla and a couple spoonfuls of the cut up fish. Add some cabbage and then a heaping Tablespoon (or more) of the sauce. Serve with a few lime wedges.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunshine Muffins

These muffins right here are packed with all kinds of deliciousness! They are moist from the carrots and raisins and crunchy from the apples and nuts. These muffins aren't your average muffin they are so much better! These muffins are the perfect way to start your day and will sustain you for a lone time! Plus they are a perfect way to sneak in some fruits and veggies into your diet!

 Sunshine Muffins

3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups carrots, grated
1 cup organic sweet apples, finely chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup Diamond chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients except carrots, apples, raisins, and nuts; mix well. Once all ingredients are mixed well stir in the carrots, apples, raisins, and nuts.

Grab some muffins tins and grease them. Then fill each muffin tin about 3/4's full. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

Remove from muffin tins and let cool. Then enjoy!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chicken Waldorf Salad

The taste of a crunchy apple is so refreshing. And this salad is just that. A very easy lunch time salad that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. Paired with a delicious dressing just hits the spot. Hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do!

Chicken Waldorf Salad
yields: 6 servings

2 cups celery, diced
2 cups Crunchpak sweet apples, diced
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded

In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Pour dressing over salad.

1 cup mayonnaise
2 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Apple Turnovers

This recipe is my absolute favorite apple recipe! So when I received a fun package from Crunchpak I knew exactly what I was going to make first. When I make this recipe I am used to peeling and dicing every apple. Instead Crunchpak did more then half of the work for me and boy was it great! I have always been a huge fan of Crunchpak for my kids for their perfect go-to snack ideas but since I have gotten the package from them I cannot stop baking with their apples. I had planned on only sharing this apple recipe on the blog with them but instead have decided to share my top 4 apple recipes over the next week. So hope you apple lovers are ready for a great variety of apple recipes! And below is a picture of the pure excitement that my kids gave me when they opened up the box and the apple fun has not stopped!

Apple Turnovers
3 cups flour
1 cup Crisco

Cut together until the dough is the size of peas. Then add:

1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
7 Tablespoons ice water

Mix together until it becomes play dough texture. Form into a ball and let sit for 20 minutes. While it sits make the apple filling

Apple Pie Filling
1 (14 oz) Crunchpak tart apple package, diced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of salt
1 Tablespoon Crisco, diced into small cubes
1 teaspoon rum extract, optional

Mix together all ingredients except the crisco. Once it is all combined lightly add in cubed Crisco.

Once the dough has sat for 20 minutes divide into 6 sections (thirds first and then halves) and then roll out. Each ball should make 3 circles. Use top of Crisco lid to make the circle or something around the same size. Fill it half way with apple pie filling. Fold over and use fork to press down and seal the sides. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and frost immediately.Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
Diamond chopped pecans

Combine powdered sugar and milk. Icing should be thick. It will melt when you place on hot apple turnovers. Then sprinkle chopped pecans on after you ice them.

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