Curried Fish Nachos and 10 Lessons I Want My Daughter To Know…

Good Morning Everyone!

Are you having a lovely weekend? I certainly hope so! Today I hope you are taking time for you. I pray that you are with the people you love, having your most favorite meal, and enjoying the little things in life. Today’s recipe screams comfort, family, and home: curried fish nachos. I love curry and I love fish. So as I was curled up in bed several days ago, watching a movie on Netflix with my daughter, my brain began building this dish. Piece by piece I thought of things I had lying around in the fridge, and the next thing I knew I was in the kitchen bringing it all together. The result was a huge communal platter of nachos that were spicy, cheesy, and loaded with flavor.

As I watched my daughter help chop the tomatoes, and sprinkle on the cilantro I marveled at how much she’s grown. So often as parents we get caught up in the day to day activities and forget that time is slipping through our fingers. So I decided to dedicate today’s blog post to my daughter. Here are 10 lessons I want her to always remember:

  1. Always be yourself. The world is going to try and change you. There are lip kits, and surgical procedures galore. Magazines will tell you to diet, and fix this or that. But the most beautiful thing about you, is YOU! Everything about you is special and unique. Just be yourself, and people will love you that much more.
  2. Your weight does NOT define you. Eat your veggies, and make sure you always do something fun to exercise. But no matter what that scale tells you, who you are is never defined by a number. People might judge you based upon your looks, but those people don’t matter. Remember: the ones that matter don’t mind, and the ones that mind don’t matter!
  3. When God closes a door, He opens a window… we might just have to look for it for a bit, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t out there. Remember that book, “Oh The Places You’ll Go” By: Dr. Seuss? There will be times where you’ll fall behind and get in a slump. Things won’t happen, or things will disappoint you. But it’s how we react to them that matters. I will always be there with a hug and a ear to listen to you, as you pick yourself up and keep looking for that window.
  4. You are ALWAYS loved. Love is a funny thing, kiddo. When we’re young, we think we’re in love. Those feelings of infatuation can mimic love easily, and sometimes they will blind us. It’s okay to be infatuated, but that isn’t love. When you experience love… especially love between a parent and a child, it is on a whole different level. I sometimes say to you, “you are the breath in my lungs”, because you make the world a more beautiful place just by being in it. I love you more than words can say. Give it 25 years… you’ll know what I mean 😉
  5. Your body is your own. This one is important. I want you to take care of yourself. Not just taking a shower and doing your hair. I want you to respect your body. Treat it like a temple. And remember: NO ONE should ever tell you what to do with your body! If you don’t feel comfortable doing something, just say NO. Period.
  6. Forgiveness is an ongoing lesson. Forgiving someone is difficult. Sometimes people let us down, and sometimes we let each other down. Saying “I’m sorry” sincerely is important, but forgiving is also equally important. Never be too proud to stop and forgive someone. You don’t want anger to eat up your soul. Learn to take a breath and let forgiveness wash over you. It will make all the difference.
  7. Budget your money. I wish I had learned this when I was younger, but better late than never! Honey, there is no money tree in the backyard. Money comes and goes, but you have to learn to separate your needs from your wants. Thankfully, I am raising you that way. But it will be up to you to put those lessons into practice when you finally earn your first paycheck. Pay your bills first, put a little into savings, then if there is anything left spend a little bit on yourself.
  8. Honesty is the best policy. I don’t care how much of a pickle you get yourself into, always be honest! When people tell a lie, they have to remember the lie. The lie will grow and grow until finally the person will slip up and the truth will come spilling out. Not only will there be hurt feelings, but then the trust will be gone! Just tell the truth from the beginning and save yourself a world of hurt.
  9. Allow yourself to feel. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to be so happy you dance under the sun! It’s okay to feel. I’d rather see you experience a range of emotions than bottle everything up inside and not want to talk about it. I’ll always be here for you to talk to. Always!
  10. Always trust your gut. This lesson will take some practice. Remember that book I read you once about the “Soul Bird”? Everyone has a soul bird inside, and we have to take care of it. It’s that tiny voice inside of us that tells us how we feel, and what we think is right. You have to be really still to hear it, but I promise it is there. Listen to your soul bird, and trust in what you feel is right.

These nachos have been made three times since I whipped up the recipe several days ago. They scream of family and fun times. I love that I can chop everything up, toss in a bunch of spices, and roast it all together. It’s a super easy dish to make, and such a delicious plate to share. I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Have a wonderful day everyone and keep on cooking! ❤

Curried Fish Nachos
Curried Fish Nachos

Curried Fish Nachos

Courtesy of: Lisa aka The Noob Chef 

Yields: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. white fish fillets (tilapia, swai, cod, etc.)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro/coriander, chopped
  • 2 Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • drizzle of olive oil

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (F)/ 200 degrees (C).
  2. In a 9 X 13 baking dish, put in the chopped: potatoes, red onion, and bell pepper. Season thoroughly with curry powder, turmeric, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix it all around to coat everything. Take the frozen (or fresh) fish fillets and nestle them into the seasoned vegetables.
  3. Then drizzle everything with a bit of olive oil. (Not so much that everything is dripping, but just enough so that it won’t stick to the pan).
  4. Bake for 1 hour in the oven. Then remove and while it’s piping hot, sprinkle on the cheese and let stand for 2 minutes. (Don’t worry… the cheese will melt!).
  5. Sprinkle out nacho chips on a plate and once the cheese has melted in the pan, use a spoon to break down the fish and mix everything around. Scoop out a serving of cheesy curried nacho mix and place on top of the chips. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and cilantro and serve hot. Enjoy!
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