When I was a kid I loved going to the grocery store with my Mom. Every Saturday morning like clockwork, my Mom piled us in the mini van and drove us to the local store. We would go aisle by aisle looking at all the products and getting everything we needed, filling our buggy to the brim.
After hours and hours in the store, my Mom would then carefully push the cart to the register and we would always help unload all of our items. I loved going to the store with my Mom because while for my Mom, I’m sure grocery shopping was a chore, for me, a small child at the time, I thought going to the store was glorious! I loved looking at all the colorful items, helping make the selection, riding in the buggy, getting to taste all the samples and of course that special time I got to spend with my Mom!
As I got older, I continued to enjoy going to the store with my Mom, but around the age of nine or ten, going to the store had a whole new meaning for me. You see that is when I started to get interested in cooking. At that point I had been baking with my Mom for years and due to her crazy work schedule at the time and me being the oldest of four kids and extremely mature for my age, I took on cooking dinner for the family one or two nights a week.
I loved this “grown up” responsibility and loved that I was in control of the dinner plans. I loved getting in the kitchen and the challenge of finding new, easy to prepare recipes that all my picky siblings would eat. I enjoyed going to the store and selecting all the ingredients to then get home and use to make my special meals.
Of course at that time in my life, many of these recipe ideas came from from the package of some ingredient, from coupon inserts, or from those recipe cards those ladies passed out with the samples at the grocery store! Oh how you should have seen my collection of carefully organized recipe cards and clippings!
Recently, when on our monthly trip to Sam’s Club, I was reminded of these favorite days from my childhood. While walking around grabbing our goods, I saw all the demo ladies passing out bite sized samples of various treats. Today’s recipe is inspired by some recent demos for premium seafood at Sam’s Club and those simpler meals I created in my early days of cooking. The meals my picky siblings still love and only have time to make!
We love tacos in our house (then and now)! Not only are tacos some of our favorite foods, they are so quick and easy to whip up! These Crispy Fish Tacos with Apple Pear Slaw are absolutely perfect for Taco Tuesday or any night of the week because they come together in less than 30 minutes, only use a handful of ingredients (things I was able to purchase at Sam’s) and dare I say it, cost less than $10 to feed a family of four! I’d say that’s a winner, winner, taco dinner!
Crispy Fish Tacos with Apple Pear Slaw
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 4
4 Daily Chef™ Breaded Flounder Fillets
1 Bartlett pear, diced
1 Granny Smith apple, diced
1 jalapeno (seeds and membrane removed), diced (optional)
1 (10.5-ounce) package chopped salad/coleslaw mix (with shredded cabbage, carrots, etc.)
¼ cup Virginia Brand® Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette
½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper, or to taste
8 (6-inch) white corn tortillas
3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 green onion, diced
1 lime, sliced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.
Place frozen flounder fillets on top of the wire rack. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until fillets are warm and crispy.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together chopped pears, apples, jalapeno (if using), coleslaw mix and dressing. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Set aside.
To warm tortillas, place tortillas one or two at a time in a large skillet over medium heat and cook for about 30 seconds on each side. Alternatively, tortillas can be warmed by placing the tortillas one at a time directly over a gas flame for 5-10 seconds per side.
To assemble tacos, cut each cooked fish fillet in half. Place half a fish fillet on top of a warmed tortilla. Top fish with a generous amount of prepared slaw. Garnish with fresh cilantro, green onion and fresh lime juice, if desired.
Inspired by Sam’s Club
Love sample days at Sam’s Club as much as we do? Visit your local Sam’s Club over the next few weeks (specifically on March 19 and 20 to sample the Daily Chef™ Breaded Flounder Fillets and Virginia Brand® Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette) and sample some of the delicious high-quality seafood they have to offer. The demo times vary depending on the club, but most demos should occur between 11am and 4pm, just look for the demo carts around the store. And be sure to check these premium seafood offers. Click here for an official participating store list.