Caribbean Shrimp over Brown Rice

Caribbean Shrimp over Brown Rice

Serves 2-3

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup dry brown rice
1/2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
3/8 tsp dried oregano
3/8 tsp ground cumin
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 of a 6-oz. can tomato paste
1/2 + 3/8 cup dry white wine
1 lb large shrimp, peeled & deveined
3/8 tsp sea salt
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Prepare rice according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

3. Add onion, peppers, oregano, cumin and garlic; and sauté until tender (about 5 minutes).

4. Stir in tomato paste and wine, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

5. Add shrimp and toss to coat evenly. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until shrimp are cooked through (about 5 minutes).

6. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper.

7. Serve over rice and garnish each plate with fresh cilantro.

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Careful where you search for happiness!

Oh my gosh!!!!

Soooo crazy that I would happen upon this video today!

I recorded it five years ago, but I just realized today that I’ve fallen back into this very same trap again! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!! (Maybe it’s a “winter” thing! LOL!)

Do you ever fall into this trap!? How do you handle it? I’d love to hear any tips you’ve got!

(And, again, please ignore the captions in this video…because the “Dreamers in Motion” website no longer exists.)

Romaine Salad with Hard-Boiled Eggs & Homemade French Dressing

Romaine Salad with Hard-Boiled Eggs & French Dressing

This is a great meal that you can prep ahead of time and have all of the components ready to roll as soon as hunger strikes! It’s incredibly delicious, especially for the tiny amount of work involved (which is how every great meal should be judged, eh?).

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INGREDIENTS:

Romaine lettuce
Homemade French/Catalina Dressing , to taste
Hard-boiled eggs, 2-3 per person
Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Prepare dressing in advance, if possible. We prefer the flavor after it sits for a day or so.

2. Boil and peel eggs. We use 2-3 eggs per person. We prefer to boil the eggs in advance so they can cool in the fridge completely.

3. Peel and slice eggs. We use an egg slicer in both directions (as shown in photo above).

4. Wash and chop Romaine lettuce.

5. Build salad by placing lettuce on each plate/bowl. Top with dressing and sliced eggs.

6. Sprinkle with (optional) freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!

(Psst….If you enjoy this recipe,  be sure to get yourself a copy of our additive-free cookbook & grocery shopping guide, “Eating Additive-Free“! It’s stuffed with 150+ more tasty recipes!! Your satisfaction is guaranteed…or your money back!)

Hawks & Owls Swooping Right Over Our Heads!!

christy-and-rv-in-pacific-groveAs many of you know, my hubby Chad and I are from Omaha, NE…but 5 years ago, we decided to sell our property there…buy an RV…and hit the road!

I haven’t blogged much about our travels because: (1) this blog was originally intended to be about natural foods, (2) we’ve been really busy exploring, experiencing and photographing new things…and (3) we’ve often had limited or no internet along the way.

But, now we are sitting still for a while… living in our RV and working at a campground along the coast of California. So I’m finally sitting down (with my newly-acquired, awesome unlimited internet access) to share some of our most amazing experiences and photos from along our journey. I hope you enjoy the ride and the evolution of the content here!

Oh, and don’t worry…we’ll still be doing the natural foods thing here, too! Just with a sprinkle of RV life, nature and wildlife photos and experiences, and anything else that makes my heart sing! 🙂

Harris's Hawk

Okay, so onto the hawks and owls…

Wow! We had an absolutely amazing time at the “Raptor Free Flight” show at the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ (see video below)! Please, please, please add this to your “bucket list” if you love birds!

The trainers of these hawks and owls have taught them to swoop right over the heads of the audience – and you could feel the breeze from their wings! It was incredible!

a IMG_1565I couldn’t catch every swoop on camera…it was tricky with so much going on….but you’ll see some good examples every minute or 2 in the footage below.

These birds are highly trained, yet free to leave (for the wild) if they so choose. That’s explained by the trainer near the end of this video.

Luckily, they choose to stick around to perform awe-inspiring shows like this!

They are not tethered or wearing bracelets or anything…just “free flight” amazing-ness out in the open desert. We stuck around for both 30-minute shows that day, so this is just a taste of the full hour of experience we had.

Oh, and I absolutely LOVE raptors, so you can imagine I was in complete heaven that afternoon!!!!

Have you ever attended a show like this? I’d love to hear about it below!!