Cuban Style Spicy Rice, Plátanos Madras and Chili Lime Tilapia

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Cuban style plátanos madras – sweet fried plantains sprinkled with coconut sugar and cinnamon, spicy garlic rice with onions, tomatoes, peas and cilantro + crispy bites of chili, lime tilapia.

Plátanos Madras Recipe
1 plantain (sliced into long ovals)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
*sprinkle plantain slices with coconut sugar and cinnamon. Place on a hot skillet seasoned with sunflower oil (or any tasteless veggie oil). Fry until golden.

Tilapia Recipe
1 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp paprika
1 lime (juice)
1 cup panko crumbs
*mix honey, paprika and lime juice together in a small dish. Dip tilapia in the mixture and then dredge through panko crumbs. Place on a seasoned skillet and cook until the the crumbs are golden and the fish is white and flaky.

Cuban Spicy Rice
1 cup white rice
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup onions (chopped)
1/2 cup red bell pepper (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (pressed)
2 tomatoes (diced)
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup cilantro (minced)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt

*Partially cook rice in chicken broth and set aside. In a hot oiled skillet, cook onions, bell peppers and garlic until slightly caramelized. Add partially cooked rice, peas, cilantro, paprika and salt.  Cover with lid. Simmer on low until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
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Seared Ahi Tuna With Crispy Panko

Panko Ahi

My Grandpa went fishing the other day a caught a huge tuna! We were lucky enough to reap the reward! Thanks for sharing Grandpa. Here’s what Dan and I decided to do with it…

What you’ll need:
{Serves two}

8oz tuna steak
6 tbsp. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic {pressed}
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 cup Panko
2 tbsp. olive oil {for frying}

Directions:
-Cut 8oz piece of raw tuna in half
-Put Panko crumbs into a medium sized bowl {set aside}
-Mix the soy sauce, pressed garlic and sesame oil in a medium sized bowl
-Dip each 4oz tuna steak into the soy sauce mixture and then roll them in the Panko crumbs
-Place each tuna steak into a frying pan with olive oil
-Fry each side of the tuna until the Panko is golden brown
-Cut the tuna into bite site pieces — center should be pink

Enjoy!


Our Fishing Trip

Danny and I went fishing with my Grandparents at 6:30AM yesterday. We launched the boat in Dana Point and headed north towards Laguna and Newport.  We snacked on edamame, fresh strawberries and oatmeal cookies while Grandpa gave us lessons on tying polymer and cinch  knots for our hooks. I loved taking pictures of the beautiful coastline and spending time with my family. P.S. Grandma, Danny and I caught about eight mackerel and released them (yucky eats). Grandpa…the fish whisperer of fishermen, caught two beautiful Sea Bass. Good job Grandpops!

Grandpa and Danny getting the boat ready


Giant sea cliff mansion in Dana Point
Fishing with Gpa

Laguna Beach
This is one of my favorite beaches called “Thousand Step” in Laguna Beach. This early morning picture doesn’t do it justice — it’s a beautiful secluded cove with clear water and a soft white sand. The trek to get here is a little tiring (hence the name) but it’s well worth it!


One of Grandpa’s Sea Bass! He never fails to catch a fish!

Sun bathing beauties (Dana Point)
 Crumbling cliff? Yikes! (Dana Point)