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How to fake fish tacos

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Create this southwestern sensation in 15 minutes with frozen popcorn fish and slaw mix from the produce section of your grocery store.

Quick and easy fix tacosStep 1: Use convenience foods

The fish taco started out as a quick meal for hungry surfers and quickly turned into a national sensation. By using frozen fish, bagged slaw mix and shredded cheese, you can put these together almost as quickly as you'd make a peanut butter sandwich.

You can use either fish sticks or popcorn fish in this recipe. The popcorn fish usually cooks a little faster. Some brands have instructions for cooking in a microwave.

Step 2: Gather your groceries

You need to have a few things on hand before you get started:

  • 22 ounces popcorn fish
  • 10 flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 pound slaw mix
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (one lime)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 8 ounces shredded pepper-jack or Monterey Jack cheese

Step 3: Level up with options

Tacos are fun to make; consider putting a platter of optional ingredients on the table. This allows your family to add their favorite toppings to the tacos.The following foods work well:

  • Lime wedges
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Mandarin orange slices
  • Avocado slices
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Black beans
  • Jalapenos

Step 4: Prepare the ingredients

Cook the fish according to the instructions on the package. Put the slaw mix in a bowl and set aside. Whisk the honey and lime juice together with a fork until well blended, and pour over the slaw mix. Used the fork to toss the slaw and ensure that it is coated with the lime and honey mixture.

Mix the sour cream and salsa in a bowl and place it on the table for people to spoon onto their tacos. Arrange the optional ingredients on a platter and place it on the table as well. Just before the fish is finished cooking, wrap the tortillas in a damp tea towel and microwave them for two to three minutes or until warm and pliable.

Step 4: Put it all together

Lay a warm tortilla on a plate and spread a few tablespoons of the cabbage on it. Top with the cooked fish and a spoonful of the salsa mixture. Sprinkle with cheese, and serve to five appreciative people.

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For more info on this topic...For more household tips, check out:
Super Moms guide to cleaning & cooking for the family

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