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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Healthier Eating Out for Families and Swimming Fish Taco Recipe

*Disclosure: I am receiving compensation for my involvement in the #KidsEatWell initiative. All opinions are my own.

Just the other day, I was talking to you all about this awesome program to offer healthier choices to children while dining out - Kids LiveWell. Here's the cool thing - this isn't a small little program. There are more than 145 brands representing 42,000 restaurant locations nationwide that participate in the program! If you haven't already, make sure to
check out and download the free smartphone app for a list of all Kids LiveWell restaurants and menu items.


On Saturday, May 17th is when the National Restaurant Association hosted their annual show, which was full of all kinds of fun stuff, including celebrity chefs, (like Robert Irvine, one of my faves) education segments and lots of great exhibits. Of course, Kids LiveWell was also there, spreading the good news about their great program and being part of a super fun recipe challenge. You can see below one of the 4 winners receiving their great big check! 


In case you missed who all the winners were, let me give you a quick recap. 

  • Bean Sprouts Cafe and Cooking School - They created the DoReForMe Sandwich with organic multi grain oat bread spread with sunflower butter and organic strawberry jam, served with a skewer of grapes and water in fun shaped pieces to represent piano pieces. 
  • O'Charley's - Their Cloudy with a Chance of Spaghetti and Meatball Pizaa has grilled sirloin meatballs and spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and whole wheat pizza dough served with apple juice.
  • Sysco Hampton Roads - The Kids Quesa WOW Dilla is a chicken quesadilla with broccoli, chicken, peppers, and corn, served with a side of grapes and water.
  • UW Health - The Swimming Taco is served with fresh grapes on the side and a frozen banana avocado smoothie.

Thankfully for all of us, UW Health has shared their winning recipe with us! Enjoy!

Swimming Fish Taco

This recipe by UW Health chef John Williams won the National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge in 2014 in the independent noncommercial foodservice category.
1 piece of Tilapia (6 to 8 oz) 
3 ounces of shredded cabbage 
1 mango (Peeled and diced) 
3 lime wedges 
3 tsp chopped cilantro 
salt and pepper, to taste
  • Heat a nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook the fish for 4 minutes undisturbed, then turn over and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and place fish on cutting board and cut into three equal pieces. Set aside.
  • Place three corn and whole-wheat tortillas on a plate and sandwich them between two slightly dampened sheets of paper towel. Microwave on high for 45 seconds.
  • Place the warm tortillas on a plate and place a piece of each fish on the tortilla.
  • Top with 1oz of shredded cabbage on each piece of fish, top with mango, cilantro and squeeze of fresh lime.
Suggested side dishes: Grapes or cut up watermelon.

So, the next time you are going out with your family, make sure you visit a restaurant that offers your whole family healthy options! Thanks to the Kids LiveWell program, it is very easy to find one at


  1. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Swimming Fish Taco's seems like a terrific recipe. I am always looking for seafood recipes!
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  3. I thought the fish would be prepared to look like it was swimmng! Lime and mango sound good - kind of a Carribean flair to it?


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