This Fish Tacos Recipe was developed for Collective Bias and Walmart Family Mobile. Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work. All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #Tips4Trips #CollectiveBias
There are plenty of downsides to running your own small internet based business (Exhibit A: no calling in sick), but there are also some really great perks. My favorite being the ability to travel freely because we can log-in from anywhere. The work hubby and I do makes for a lot of last minute vacations (although, he says I'm not supposed to call it vacationing anymore, because vacations are beachy and relaxing --- with five kids in tow, it's just called 'visiting different places').
Regardless of the chosen nomenclature, we like to loosely plan our travels, and then figure out details as the time nears. For example, we'll say "this summer we're going to spend time in St. Augustine!" - but we don't usually know the what or how of it until a week or few days before. When there's a little lull in the workload (I mean, yeh, we can do our jobs from anywhere, but if it's a 60 hour week up ahead, there's no real point in working it from the beach), we pack the car and GO! It makes for some frantic moments, but also really awesome ones.
My very favorite part about traveling is the food. Sure, there's lots of terrible quickie drive through meals, but we also always try to explore at least a few hole in the wall local joints wherever we go . And on one of our impromptu trips to the beach I had my first experience with fish tacos! I'll be honest, I wasn't actually excited about trying them. I had some weird imagery of fried fish and refried beans in a stale shell. I don't know what I was thinking, but when my fish tacos came out, I was immediately in love. So today, I have recreated my vacation fish tacos for you! I hope you're as googly eyes for them as I am!
Fish Tacos, Ingredients:
- Tilapia filets
- Seasoned salt
- Lettuce (I used a spring mix)
- Pico de Gallo (here's my recipe)
- Pickled red onions (here's my recipe - but you can sub plain red onions in a pinch)
- Cilantro garlic sauce (here's my recipe - but you can sub sour cream in a pinch)
- Flour tortillas
Fish Tacos, Directions:
- Place the tilapia filets on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, then dust with seasoned salt. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes, until cooked through and flaky when pierced with a fork.
- Layer ingredients onto the flour tortilla as follows: lettuce, tilapia, pico de gallo, pickled onions (be generous), and garlic cilantro sauce (be very generous).
The thing about journeying with five small kids, is that air travel is really out of the question. Not only is it cost prohibitive, but the logistics of lugging around five car seats and finding transportation on the other end that could accommodate us --- nightmare! So, needless to say, we're road trippers. Last April we even upgraded to a super huge 13 seat passenger van so we would have plenty of room to be comfortable!
What I've learned (the hard way) these past few years is that if you'll be driving any more than four hours, you'd better be prepared for boredom in a major way. To that end, I always pack each kid a surprise travel bag filled with books, games, puzzles, and dollar aisle trinkets. We have a seat-back DVD player too, and oodles of snacks at the ready. But on our last trip, the item that came in most handy, was an extra cell phone.
I loaded it up with games (some learning and some *ahem* not so learning), movies, and music. I also put a map app on the phone, so the kids could see exactly where we were and how much longer until arrival. My oldest son had fun texting us, and the little ones took about a million and three up-the-nose selfies. When we arrived at our destination, the kids were able to use the phone to take their own photos (no more "Mom! Take a picture of this!"), and had fun looking up information about the places we visited. My only regret was not getting two extra phones!
We grabbed the Alcatel One Touch Pop Astro from Walmart Family Mobile at our local Walmart. For less than $65, I got an extra phone that could do everything we needed. And the $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data was a great option.
Not to mention, I picked out the phone I liked online, called the store and had it put aside, then just ran in and grabbed it from the Electronics department. You don't even have to activate it in the store, because everything can be done online from the comfort of your own home!
Do you have any vacation tips or tricks? Please share them in the comments!
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/frw8 or your local Walmart for current pricing.