I'll cut right to the chase. I'm just not that into you. I've tried to like you, I really have, but the bottom line is, you're fish, you taste fishy and you smell fishy. There's this mental block in my brain that just can NOT get over the thought of how you look all scaly and slimy and ugly swimming around when I'm about to put you in my mouth. Yuck.
And then there's seafood. All you lobster and crab lovers out there, I apologize, but I just don't get it. It seems like an awful lot of work for a little bit of reward. Not to mention it's messy and it isn't cheap.
I recall going to Red Lobster once with a friend and her then boyfriend (you know who you are, SD) and watching the two of them devour the all-you-can-eat crab legs like a couple of savages. While being subjected to the overwhelming aroma of the sea, I tried to choke down my pathetic and tasteless chicken counting the minutes till I could get the hell out of there.
The hubs, on the other hand, loves fish. He eats it every chance he gets (outside of our home, obvi) and doesn't understand how fish can taste "fishy". "It's fish!" is his response. The teen isn't into fish at all but the toddler will gobble it up. I know it's good for you, blah, blah, blah, and I want said toddler to be open-minded when it comes to food. So, over the years I've tried to like it and have attempted to cook it a handful of times.
But... it doesn't matter what I do to it, I just don't like it. I am pretty sure it's mostly a mind-over-matter thing, but the mind wins every time.
Take tonight for example. I made Fish Taco Bowls with a recipe I pinned from the blog, Pinch of Yum. Doesn't this LOOK good?
Black beans, corn, brown rice, onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, red peppers, tomatoes, Monterrey Jack cheese, avocado (my fave thing ever) - all delicious. Topped with some salsa and sour cream. Even better, right? But underneath all that goodness, there was the FISH. The fish was a RUINER! A ruiner, I say! I should have stuck to a Meatless Monday and left out the fish. Dinner FAIL. For me, not for the hubs and the toddler, they both liked it. The teen and me - not so much.
Fish recipe ideas (that don't taste AT ALL LIKE FISH) for me or suggestions for types of fish I should try would be greatly appreciated - leave me a comment!
I should note that the recipe is fab and I actually might try it with chicken (surprise, surprise...). No disrespect meant at all to Pinch of Yum. It's not you... it's the FISH.