Cilantro-Lime Shrimp

Confession…

I’m not a big shrimp fan – – mostly because of the texture

(Actually, I’m not really into seafood, in general, if I’m being totally honest. It’s just so “fishy,” ya know?!)

So the fact that I enjoy this dish, really says something about its appeal. LOL!  

Plus, “score” for Chad because he likes shrimp…but I never cook it because, as I mentioned…not a fan. 

Well, we made this dish last week …and we’re making it again this week, so I guess I’m officially on the “shrimp train” now. (Luckily for Chad! Ha!)

If you like lime and cilantro (and cumin), you’ve got to try this dish! If you like shrimp, that probably helps, too. But, apparently, that’s not necessary! Hee, hee! 

Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Recipe 

Serves 4 

INGREDIENTS:

3 TBSP olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp dried oregano
3/8 tsp ground cumin
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
juice of 1 1/2 limes
1 lb wild-caught, raw shrimp (peeled, deveined and tails removed)
½ tsp salt

Black pepper, to taste
3 TBSP freshly chopped cilantro

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare rice (if using).

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally until the onion becomes translucent, about 6 minutes.

Add oregano, cumin and garlic, and saute 1 more minute.

Add the tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes are softened.

Add the shrimp, lime juice, sea salt and black pepper. Cook until the shrimp are just opaque. 

Serve over rice (or riced cauliflower).

Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro. Yum!

Enjoy! And be sure to check out our RECIPES PAGE for more delicious recipes!!!!

 

 

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Mmmmm…mmmmmm….mmmmm!!!!

This is probably my most favorite make-ahead lunch recipe of all time! 

It’s a bit of work to put together – and it takes about 45 minutes to make this large batch (if you multi-task) – but it’s soooooooooooo worth it when lunchtime rolls around!

Yum! 

Feel free to cut this recipe in half if you don’t need so much. I like to make the whole batch, though, so Chad and I will have lunches ready for the next several days. 

Southwestern Quinoa Salad Recipe 

Serves 8 

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups dry, uncooked quinoa
4 cups water
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 yellow bell peppers, seeded & diced
2 red bell peppers, seeded & diced

6 large green onions, thinly sliced 

2 jalapenos, seeded, minced (optional)
2 small bunches cilantro, chopped

 

DRESSING INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice (about 4 large limes)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp black pepper
4 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic granules
4 dashes cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl. 

3. In a very large mixing bowl, combine all of the veggie ingredients and black beans. 

4. Pour dressing over the veggie/bean mixture, and stir to combine. 

5. After quinoa is cooked and cooled, fold it into the veggie/bean mixture. 

6. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow flavors to combine.

7. Enjoy! And be sure to check out our RECIPES PAGE for more delicious recipes!!!!

 

Dry Roasted Nuts

We LOVE dry roasted, unsalted nuts at our house!

Buuuuuuuuuuuuut...nuts are friggin’ expensive AND… we tend to have better luck finding them at cheaper bulk prices if they are NOT already roasted.

Sooooo...we tend to buy them at Costco and just roast them ourselves.

Added bonus – the house smells amazing! Boom!

Here’s how we roast ’em up…

Dry Roasted Nuts Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

Approximately 1 pound nuts (plain/unsalted, not roasted)

*We’ve tried cashews, pecans and almonds using these directions. Yum!

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread nuts onto large, ungreased cookie sheet. It’s okay if they are in a slightly double layer.

Bake for about 5 minutes. Give them a stir, then cook an additional 5-6 minutes until they just start to turn color.

Cooking times may vary, so watch them carefully the first time until you learn how long your oven takes!

Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy warm or store for later! The nuts may not be crispy right away. If you let them cool completely, they’ll crisp up. 🙂

And be sure to check out our RECIPES PAGE for more delicious recipes!!!!

Sweet & Savory Yams

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Growing up (and for much of my adult life), I hated yams!

Yes, “hate” is a strong word. And, yet, its usage is 100% appropriate here! I literally shivered at the thought of yams. Bleh!

Of course, my only exposure to yams had been to yams from a can! Ewwww! 

Luckily, I eventually discovered fresh yams! Now, they’re one of my favorite foods!

Whether you already love yams…or you’re just now willing to try them for the first time…I hope you love this recipe as much as we do at our house!

Mmm…….

Sweet & Savory Yams Recipe

Serves 4    (Well…serves 4 as a side dish, but 2 of us tend to eat it all as a meal with berries or veggies!) 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large yams, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

DIRECTIONS: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  2. Grease a casserole pan.
  3. Add yams to the pan.
  4. Drizzle with oil and syrup, and sprinkle with spices.
  5. Toss to coat evenly.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes, stirring at least once. Bake until tender and browned.
  7. Season with more salt, to taste, if needed.
  8. Enjoy! And be sure to check out our RECIPES PAGE for more delicious recipes!!!!

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