Easy Garlic shrimp

Seafood is one of those things that you either love or hate , I am definitely on team seafood. Some health professionals recommend eating 2 portions of seafood each week e.g salmon and shrimp because they are a good source of protein and minerals. As we all know white meat is better that red meat health wise, so if you are not a big fan of seafood you can start with shrimp as it is easy to cook. My darling boyfriend is a seafood lover and there is one dish that he loves ‘Garlic Shrimp’  He has asked me to make it so many times that I could make it with my eyes closed. I decided to share this easy recipe with you and I can assure you it is very tasty too!

Ingredients
1/2 pound shrimp
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 lemon juiced
2 tsp fresh parsley finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  •  Mix lemon juice, garlic,  red pepper flakes , 1 tbsp olive oil, shrimp ,salt and pepper in a medium size bowl.
  • Meanwhile heat the rest of the olive oil in a griddle pan.
  • Place shrimp in pan , make sure they are not too close together to prevent them from steaming.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes each side
  •  Once shrimp is cooked on both sides serve immediately . I served mine with mushroom risotto and steamed broccoli. Yummy!

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Basmati Rice Medley

One of my favorite things to eat is rice and I am always looking for new ways to make it more exciting. Thanks to one of my favorite grocery stores ‘Trader Joes’ I found just what I needed to up my rice game. I found a colorful package of rice which contains a blend of Aged Indian Basmati Rice, Wild rice, Dehydrated garden herbs and vegetables.What I liked about the little package of gold compared to other rice blends is that it does not contain salt , preservatives or ingredients with names I cannot pronounce. If you happen to be at Trader Joe’s I recommend you pick up the Basmati Rice Medley package.
I decided to serve the rice with roast chicken and sweet plantains. Although the rice has some vegetables in it, I added more fresh vegetables from my kitchen for more nutritional value. The end result was delicious and has become a regular on my weekly rotation.

Ingredients
2 cups Basmati rice Medley
4 cups chicken broth
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1tsp fresh ginger minced
4 sticks of asparagus sliced
5 button mushrooms sliced
11/2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
1 green onion chopped
salt and pepper to taste

 Directions

  • In a heavy saucepan combine rice, chicken broth, olive oil and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover with tight fitting lid and and simmer for 15 minutes. Once rice is cooked remove from heat and let is cool . I like to make my rice the day before or in the morning so it is not too soft and mushy when I mix it with the vegetables later on.
  • In a large pan or wok heat a little olive oil.  Add garlic,yellow onion and ginger and cook until onions are tender (about 1 min). Add curry powder and cumin to onion mixture and cook for another minute.
  • Add a mushrooms and asparagus and cook for about 3 minutes. Make sure not to overcook asparagus, it should not be soggy but have a crunch to it.
  • Add about a 1 tsp of olive oil to the pan then add rice. Cook rice until it is heated up and combined with the other ingredients.
  • Add cilantro and green onion to rice mixture and remove from heat.
  • Serve with chicken or any seafood of your choice. I served mine with roast chicken , boiled plantains and cherry tomatoes.You can also eat this alone if you are not a meat eater.

Chicken Mozarella Sandwich

Looking for a quick weeknight meal ? try these delicious chicken mozzarella sandwiches. This is a recipe I came up with one evening by accident. I had planned on making basil chicken with rice until I realized I was out of rice. My sister has been bugging me to post a sandwich recipe so I thought why not make chicken sandwiches for dinner. Since the chicken had already been marinating in the fridge this recipe took me less than 20 mins to prepare which was a plus. If you are a working girl like me and don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I suggest marinating it the night before so it is ready to cook when you get home from work.

Ingredients
4 boneless chicken thighs
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 red onion sliced
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
3 dorot chopped basil cubes (can be found at Trader Joe’s)
8 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
1 tomato thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
4 plain bagels toasted
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp chopped fresh chives

Directions

  • Add garlic, thawed basil cubes, balsamic vinegar, 2 tsp olive oil ,salt and pepper to chicken thighs and marinate in the refrigerator for an hour. (You can use finely chopped fresh basil if you don’t have the frozen basil )
  • Add 2 tbsp olive oil in heated pan and cook marinated chicken thighs until chicken is cooked and browned.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and chives in small bowl and set aside.
  • Place slices of mozzarella on top of each chicken thigh and cook in oven until cheese starts to melt.
  • Meanwhile toast bagels and thinly slice the red onion and tomato.
  • Spread mayonnaise dressing on bagel, add onion slices, then place chicken and cheese over onions and top with sliced tomato.

Eating out : Lobster roll at Legal Harbourside

I always try to eat something new every week and this weekend it was a lobster roll. I have seen a few chefs on the food Network channel rave about lobster rolls and have always wanted to try one .Boston is famous for its lobster rolls so this was an easy choice.
Last weekend my boyfriend and I decided to go to a new hot spot in Boston’s Seaport district named Legal Harbourside. This restaurant is situated right by the water so you will enjoy the lovely views while you have dinner. Legal Harbourside has 3 floors, the 1st floor is for casual dining, second floor for fine dining and 3rd floor is a deck that offers a four season rooftop lounge and bar. We decided to go with the 1st floor because of the traditional seafood dishes they offered.

The lobster roll comes with coleslaw and fries but I switched the fries with sautéed spinach and pine nuts instead. I loved that the lobster meat did not have too much dressing and the brioche roll was nice and crisp.

The lobster roll comes with coleslaw and fries but I switched the fries with sautéed spinach and pine nuts instead. I loved that the lobster meat did not have too much dressing and the brioche roll was nice and crisp.
On a scale of 1 to 10 I will give this lobster roll an 8. For anybody that loves seafood, I suggest you try Legal Harbourside in Boston. Not only is the food great, the service is excellent too. You will also love the vibrant scene and awesome views.

Stay tuned for my next review!

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