Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean we need to eat boring dinners. Chicken and beef had been quite scarce in the past couple weeks, so when I saw a bag of uncooked frozen shrimp, I knew I could figure out something to make with it.

After looking through my pantry, I was saw I had everything for this recipe except for heavy cream. It was perfect timing because I was placing a milk order from our local dairy and added a pint of cream into my order.

The recipe was delicious. The shrimp were spicy and the creaminess of the sauce cooled everything down. I’ll definitely be making this recipe again!

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Fish Tacos with Lime Crema

Summer is officially here … and it’s finally feeling like summer in PA. Our first heat wave is here and I’m already looking for simple and easy dinner recipes. My husband and I love fish tacos and I love that I can make them at home in no time at all.

This recipe is simple and the lime crema brings it to completely different level. There’s a bit of heat in the marinade and the crema cools it down, plus it adds a creamy element to the taco. I used cod for our tacos, but they’d be great with any white fish (snapper, tilapia, haddock).

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Cod with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

I can’t wait until its brighter out in the evenings, as this picture does not do justice on how amazing this recipe is!

I’ve been trying to incorporate more fish into our lives and will definitely make this dish more often. I loved the creamy sauce – it was the perfect amount of red pepper and I bet you could use coconut milk to make it dairy-free. It would be delicious over pasta or grilled chicken. The fish is super flaky and went great with the sauce and veggies.

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Mustard Walnut Salmon

We all love salmon and I’m always looking for new ways to make it. Lately, I’ve been throwing it on the grill but we ran out of propane….so I decided to find a new recipe.

I found this recipe and it was delicious! The tangy of the Dijon mustard with fresh dill and chopped walnuts worked perfectly with salmon. I’ll definitely be making it again! I served with steamed asparagus and baked sweet potatoes. I had one piece left and placed it over a green salad with a red wine vinaigrette dressing and it was one of the best lunches I’ve had in a long time.

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Garlic Butter Grilled Lobster

Yum! That’s all I really need to say. If you take anything away from #CookoutWeek, you need to grill lobster tails! I surprised my husband with these for Father’s Day and he definitely enjoyed them!

Now onto what makes them really delicious – garlic butter with Parmesan cheese and basil from Chef Shamy. I was excited to receive two different butters from Chef Shamy as I had never heard of them before. Well….I’m kicking myself  for just learning and enjoying them! Chef Shamy has a variety of butters – from savory to sweet – and they’re perfect for just about anything. I’m excited to share my next recipe which features the honey butter.

Their slogan is “Making the World a Butter Place®” with their butters that contain no oils and are labeled as clean. The shelf life is really long, it has a 1 year shelf life (unopened), 2 years frozen, 1 year in the fridge unopened, 6 months opened in the fridge, and several weeks on the counter.

As a special thank you, Chef Shamy has provided me with a discount code so you get to try these delicious butters too! Visit Amazon and use the code 10BUTTER10 for 10% off your order. Hurry – the code is only valid until July 4th!

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Zoodles with Scallops and Bacon

I love scallops, but rarely make them at home. My former coworkers would always know what I was going to order when there were scallops on the menu. Ha! I’m not sure why I don’t make them at home, but now that I have this recipe, I’ll be making them more often.

My husband and I both loved the zoodles, the lemony sauce and the crispy bacon. I used bay scallops, but I bet this would be delicious with sea scallops. Maybe next time! I also need to work on my searing technique. I think my scallops were a not dry enough – make sure you press out the water.

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Hoisin-Glazed Salmon Noodle Bowls

I’m always looking for quick recipes to make during the week and this recipe was prepped and cooked within 30 minutes. We’re big fans of salmon and I love stopping at this specialty seafood store across the street from one of our offices. Everything I’ve bought from them is so fresh and everything tastes amazing.

My kids gobbled this up – yes even my picky 3-year-old! He’s currently asking me to make it for dinner tomorrow night because he’s “helping” me blog about it. This was the first time I’ve made rice vermicelli and I need to work on my technique. All the noodles stuck together, so I’m thinking I need to try them again. They tasted great though! Plus you can’t go wrong with anything glazed with hoisin!

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Spinach, Tomato & Shrimp in Garlic Butter Sauce

It’s been quiet around here and we’ve really enjoyed getting a chance to relax. This week is Thanksgiving and I’m so thankful to have a few days to recharge and get ready for a busy holiday season. We have some fun activities coming up and planning to take full advantage of all the amazing events that our community holds from Santa to train rides and everything in between.

I bought a pack of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes at Costco recently and knew I had to make something with them! When I was working on my weekly menu, I came across this recipe on Pinterest. It looked amazing and would be a perfect way to highlight those tomatoes. It’s a quick and easy meal to make for busy weeknights too!

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1 lb uncooked shrimp, shelled and deveined
pint of grape heirloom tomatoes, halved
16 oz package baby spinach
3-4 Tbsp butter
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 small lemon
10 oz fettuccine or thin pasta
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
fresh ground pepper

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and half of the minced garlic. Season with the paprika and salt and saute for 1 minute or until the cooked side of shrimp is pink. Flip the shrimp over and cook for an additional minute or two. Transfer the shrimp to a plate. Add in another tablespoon of oil if needed and saute the spinach, tomatoes and remaining garlic until cooked. Remove from heat and add in the shrimp.

While the shrimp is cooking, start cooking your pasta according to the package. When the pasta is cooked to your likeness, add it directly to the skillet with the cooked shrimp. Place an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter on top and a squeeze the lemon over the pasta. Add a little pasta water if you need to thin out the sauce. Place the skillet back on the stove to make sure the shrimp are fully cooked and the entire dish is heated through.

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Truly Tropical Shrimp with Sweet & Spicy Dipping Sauce

When you think of granola, I bet you’re thinking it’s a great for breakfast or a snack. Well, how about using it to make a crust for shrimp!?!? I know, as crazy as it sounds but it was oh so good! I’m a participant in the First Annual Golden Girl Granola Blogger Recipe Challenge and came up with this recipe for shrimp using their Truly Tropical granola.

First, the granola is amazing! It’s packed with delicious ingredients like dried mango, coconut and cashews….just the perfect amount of sweetness too. I had a hard time not eating the entire bag when I sampled it before deciding on how I was going to use it in a recipe.

The shrimp came out great and really reminded us all of coconut shrimp but much more crunchy and sweeter. I served it with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce and cole slaw. My eight-year old daughter loved them and keep sneaking a few more after dinner.

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1 lb raw shrimp, cleaned with shells removed
1 cup Truly Tropical granola, roughly chopped
2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour
1 egg, beaten

Dipping sauce:
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Prepare your dipping station. Flour in a small bowl, egg in a small bowl and the roughly chopped granola in another bowl. Season the shrimp with the salt. Dip the shrimp in the flour and shake off any excess. Dip into the egg and then into the granola. Evenly coat the shrimp with the granola and place on the prepared baking sheet. Continue the process until all your shrimp are coated. Lightly spray the tops with the non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the granola is crispy and the shrimp are cooked through. I had small shrimp so mine were one in 8 minutes. You’ll need to keep an eye on them so the sugars in the dried fruit don’t burn.

To make the dipping sauce, mix together the apricot preserves, rice wine vinegar and red pepper flakes. Enjoy!

Golden Girl Granola is a family based business in MA that takes pride in their granola by using only the finest ingredients and stirring each batch of granola by hand. Check out all the other flavors of granola!

Disclaimer: “I participated in the Golden Girl Granola Blogger Recipe Challenge. I received a product samples to use in my recipes. The views expressed here are entirely my own.”

Cilantro-Lime Salmon

My garden is loving all this rain we’ve been having lately. It’s growing like crazy! We’re going to be eating cucumbers and squash every day soon. I’m looking forward to making my famous cucumber salad and grilling zucchini. My herbs are out of control too. I’ll be making pesto tonight with the basil, but I struggled to find a recipe to use a lot of the cilantro I picked. I found this recipe and it was perfect since I have a bunch of limes in the fridge and picked up two fillets of Cooper River salmon. Cooper River salmon is amazing! If you haven’t tried it yet, you must!

This recipe was so simple, but delicious. It was refreshing and a great way to eat salmon on a hot summer day! I served it with Mad Hatter salad…there were no complaints for dinner!

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4, 6 to 8 oz salmon fillets
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
zest from half a lime

In a small bowl, mix together the cilantro, oil, lime juice, zest, garlic and salt. Reserve two tablespoons and pour the remaining over the salmon fillets to marinade. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes at room temperature.

While your salmon is marinating, preheat your oven to broil. Spray a boiler rack with non-stick cooking spray and place your marinated salmon on the rack. Divide one tablespoon of the reserved marinate over the four fillets.

Broil for 4 minutes from the heat for 7 to 8 minutes or until the fish is done to your likeness. Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining tablespoon of marinade. Serve and enjoy!

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