Baja sauce on bibb lettuce fish tacos

Baja Tacos and Sauce

If you’re looking for ideas to make some simple changes to your nutrition and menu choices, here’s another great one.  Lunch today. In fact we eat this one often.  We’ve been experimenting with low carb (but not no-carb) as well as going free of corn and wheat.  That leaves limited choices if you like wraps and burritos but we’re willing to try something new.  And we’re glad we did!

So here’s the Uli Nalu take on fish tacos on Bibb lettuce leaves.  The key to any good fish taco (in my humble opinion) is the sauce.  In fact, it’s the sauce that really makes just about any low carb or keto meal. It’s hard to spruce up vegetables and meat if you’re going free of rice, bread ‘n beans but I’m here to tell you, this one is a winner and it’s because of the amazing baja flavor.

The beauty of this sauce is that: 1) it’s ridiculously easy to make; 2) it’s delicious and in fact we’ve had feedback that kids love…this….stuff; 3) it’s completely homemade and you know exactly what’s in it; and 4) it’s full of healthy fats, prebiotics, herbs and of course, egg yolks.

If you’re one of those, “I can’t possibly give up my bread and wraps!”, just know that the bibb lettuce wraps are way better than you might think.  This particular meal included the Trader Joes pre-bagged broccoli, kale, and radicchio slaw for garnish but normally we would have just chopped up some red cabbage which is traditional (at least in the California fish tacos I’ve tried).  Also we always broil our fish and don’t cover it in breading.  Just good fresh lime juice and cayenne pepper for taste.

Here we go….  Start with making home made mayo which takes 5 minutes.  This recipe makes enough sauce for about one meal.  We usually double or triple it so we can make the baja sauce plus some other sauces like our smokey steak sauce or just plain mayonaise for things like tuna and egg salad.

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp mustard powder, juice of 1 fresh squeezed lemon, salt and black pepper to taste
  • mix above ingredients well in blender or with immersion blender and then slowly drizzle oil in until mixture gets to correct thickness.

We use MCT oil especially if we are going to add a lot of other strong flavors.  You can also try bacon fat (for a “baconaise”), olive oil, macadamia oil, or our favorite, avocado oil, for home made sauces that you want just plain to enjoy the taste of the oil.  Avocado mayonaise has a pretty amazing flavor all on its own and you may not want to spoil that with other ingredients.

[Please realize that if you’re using bacon fat, you need to choose a very high quality, grass fed, organic bacon. I’ll save you the PETA posts but know that meat sources for pork, beef, and chicken like Polyface Farms makes a huge difference in both your quality of life and digestion as well as the quality of life of the animals you end up consuming.]

For the Baja sauce which will take another 5-10 minutes:

Mix all sauce ingredients well in a blender or with an immersion blender and allow flavors to settle for about an hour. Works well on just about anything including scrambled eggs, quesadillas, enchiladas, steak sauce, etc.

From there all you have to do is broil your white fish, place on lettuce wraps, top with greens or cabbage and cheese and then finally, the coup de grace, the baja sauce.

Total time if you have the sauce pre-made is about 15 minutes too broil fish and build your creations.

Enjoy!

 

Salt Block Steak with Smoke Sauce

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We are always looking for new and interesting ways to prepare our dinners.  When we have lots of time on the weekends, we break out the salt block.  Cooking on a salt block can be a fun and easy way to prepare simple tasty food.  It brings an intense flavor to your food beyond what you’d get from merely dusting with salt before eating.  It’s been a little bit of a learning curve to figure out how to best use the block.   Eventually we established a “protocol” of sorts and enjoy bringing this out when we have the time to allow the block to heat up slowly.  It’s a great choice for a cooking method when you have that amazing piece of grass fed meat that needs to be prepared perfectly.

We bought a 2″ thick himalayan salt block from amazon, with a book … and then went to town!  We’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way, which we’ll summarize here:

  • Cooking on a salt block takes some practice and time.  You want to heat the salt block up slowly, so trapped internal moisture has time to escape without cracking your expensive block!  Place your block on the exterior ring of a removable bottom tart pan on top of your stovetop burner.  Do not place your salt block directly on your burner!  Gradually increase heat over the course of 45 minutes to one hour until very hot.
  • You want the salt block very hot.  This will create an instant sizzle and salt-crusty shell that seals in the moisture of what you’re cooking, but doesn’t let too much salt permeate your veggies or meat.
  • Ideally, it’s best to buy your salt block in person (not sight unseen), because you want to inspect it for large cracks.  These will become huge fissures quickly, allowing oils and juices to flow through, and eventually break your salt block.
  • Slice up whatever you want, and it’ll cook quick!  Sliced grass-fed steak is one of our favorites. It takes about 5-10 minutes once the block is hot.  We have also had great luck with peppers, onions, zucchini and believe it or not, eggs sunny side up.

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Because we at Uli Nalu are advocates of the high healthy fats lifestyle (ketogenic), we always try to come up with a dipping sauce for our meats and veggies.  For this meal, we whipped up a batch of smokey cream sauce.  Its one of our best sauces yet!

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Here’s our smoky dipping sauce recipe:

  • 2 eggs yolks
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of one fresh squeezed lemon
  • 2-3 cloves of (preferably) roasted garlic (raw is ok)
  • MCT oil (Brain Octane) (amount depends upon when you reach desired consistency)
  • 1 tsp of hickory liquid smoke
  • Two chipotle peppers from a can

Mix together yolks, salt, pepper, mustard, lemon juice and roasted garlic with a blender or immersion blender.  Once well mixed, slowly drizzle in oil until you reach your desired consistency (approximately 3/4-1 cup of oil).  Then add peppers and liquid smoke.  Add more peppers if you want it hotter but this does have a bit of a kick to it!

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