Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Shrimp Tacos

I made these tacos last night with ingredients we had on hand. The flavor combinations were excellent. Please share your ideas, too!

I used 2 shells per taco -
warmed in the oven covered with foil

Ingredients

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
I lb. shrimp, cleaned and shelled - I used about 20 large shrimp, so I cut each one in half or thirds
Corn tortillas

Shrimp Marinade Ingredients

Juice from ½ freshly squeezed lime
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Chipotle Aioli Ingredients

½ to ⅔ cup mayo - I used Kraft olive oil mayo
1 chipotle chili pepper in adobe sauce (about 1 tablespoon), finely chopped - I got this from my freezer, as I always divide the can of peppers into tablespoon-size portions and freeze after opening.
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Squeeze of fresh lime juice

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Crockpot Cashew Chicken


If you do an Internet search, you can easily find many recipes for Crockpot Cashew Chicken. The following recipe is pretty similar to most of the recipes out there, although I always substitute healthier ingredients, when I can. I did not have any cashews when I prepared this, so I substituted peanuts (I have previously prepared this with cashews). The result was still delicious!

ready to eat

Ingredients

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks - If you want a dish similar to stir-fry, you can cut the chicken into smaller pieces. I was going to be serving this with whole-grain pasta, so I wanted larger chunks.
2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar - I have used rice wine vinegar in the past; this time I used Pompeian white wine vinegar.
2 tablespoons reduced sugar ketchup - If you have read my book, you know that ketchup has a lot of sugar! Heinz is one of the few brands of reduced sugar ketchup available at my local grocery store.
1½ teaspoons brown sugar substitute - Meijer has a brown sugar substitute now, which is what I used. This is not shown in my photo because the original packaging was tossed when I opened it, and it is stored in one of my canisters.
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ cup cashew halves - or peanuts, if preferred

some of the ingredients I used