52 Week Challenge – Meal #2

Cajun Maple Mahi Mahi

Originally, this meal was going to be played out on Sunday night (6/28), but then my wife wasn’t feeling it. That’s cool. She wanted to make Cobb salad and we would save the Mahi Mahi dinner for another night. Unfortunately, we probably should have “swam” with the fishes (weak, I know) for dinner. Since it wasn’t the meal challenge dinner, I did have other husband/daddy duties to attend to and simply left her alone to prep this meal. But then, she cut herself – twice. Call was made to the bullpen and I stepped in for a lot of the preparation. We joked that I should have done this one for the Challenge instead. ANYWAYS – the fish was planned for the following night. BUT – again there was a delay, but this time with work & family “FUN” (sarcasm) made us go with the quick and easy pasta & sauce for Monday night. For Tuesday (6/30), it was our anniversary night, so we ordered a special dinner from Ole Tapas – Mmmmmm. Finally, on Wednesday (7/1), the Meal Challenge #2 occurred.

The Line-up (Ingredients)
* 1/8 cup maple syrup
* 3/4 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (can use more or less depending on whether or not you want a sweeter or spicier meat)
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 2 Mahi-Mahi fillets

** That’s it for the ingredients, but then within the very first direction, they suggest to saute with some onions. So, go get yourself an onion. But then, my wife said, “Hey, let’s add some of our cherry tomatoes from the garden, so, you might want to grab a handful of them as well.

Game Plan (Instructions)

1) Mix all ingredients together except for the fish (and onions and cherry tomatoes). Spoon mixture over fish.

2) Briefly, saute the onion and cherry tomatoes together. They suggest cooking spray, but we used butter. It was at this point that I proudly stated, “Ooo – I can melt butter!” As my wife cut up the onions and cherry tomatoes, she then joked, “And, in six months, you can change the batteries in the fire alarm.” Nice, huh. She’s obviously referencing our beloved Christmas movie that we watch every Thanksgiving weekend – Elf.

I have to admit in the movie it mentions changing triple A’s, but since when? I only know the alarms taking the 9-Volt battery, which I believe keeps that part of the battery industry in business.

3) Add in the fish and continue the sauteing for about 3-5 minutes on the first side and 2-3 minutes on the second side. Add more of the syrup mixture if you want.

(Yeah – not colorfully pleasant)

Recipe says: “Best served with rice” (but, we did couscous AND artichokes!)

(recipe sold separately – ha)

Sadly, the linked recipe from above made this suggestion at the very end:

***Can also marinate fish for a few hours for maximum flavor.***

Thanks (more sarcasm). Nevertheless, here’s the final product!

Artichoke made this meal a winner.

Another side note – see that drink peeking in the upper right corner of the final picture. That was a concoction that my wife and I just randomly came up with (poor decision). For starters, we pitted some black cherries and tossed them in a blender. We then added vodka and blended away! We each had a glass of Butter Beer Soda aka butterscotch flavor soda. Our blended mix was then added to each of our glasses and stirred. Couple black cherries were tossed in as a final garnish. I wish I could say – “Mmmmmm”, but I can’t. In addition, I don’t know if I can even say “Mmmmmm” about the dinner, but maybe the drink was to blame. Nevertheless, I just want to be honest and state – neither one will occur in our kitchen again. Can’t wait for Meal #3!

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