Why did I start this blog? I have been having episodes of inflammation in my hands and fingers, feet and toes, and joints for some time now. I’ve consulted the doctor and have had tests done. It’s not rheumatoid arthritis and my uric acid is normal (tho at times borderline normal). In an effort to determine which food triggers the inflammation, I have been systematically eliminating certain foods from my diet and then bringing them back. After several years, I have now come to the conclusion that I seem to be reacting to animal protein in general (like some sort of allergic reaction). Different animal proteins affect me to different degrees; some cause inflammation faster than others. So I have decided to reduce my intake of meat. No, I am not going vegetarian; maybe semi-vegetarian if there is such a thing. I will be adding interesting and not too difficult recipes here as I find them. I will also include arthritis management tips that have worked for me.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fish Soft Tacos with Pico De Gallo-Black Bean Sauce


  • 6 ounces cooked fish, such as baked cod
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 can black beans , drained
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Mixed stir fried vegetables, recipe below
  • Lime wedges


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Heat fish and all 4 tortillas in a stack and wrapped in foil on a baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes.

In a bowl, combine pico de gallo, beans, sour cream and cumin.

Arrange fish on tortillas and top with pico de gallo-black bean sauce and mixed stir fried vegetables. Serve with a lime wedge on the side.

Mixed Stir-Fried Vegetables

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed and spears cut into 2-inch pieces

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, bell peppers, and asparagus and saute 3 to 5 minutes, until soft.

Source: Fish Soft Tacos with Pico De Gallo-Black Bean Sauce

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