Summery Salsa & Shrimp Couscous

When it comes to meals for myself, I like fairly easy recipes and something that can be eaten again as leftovers… and as for not wanting to add to the baby bod poundage, healthy is a ‘bonus’-bonus right now 😂

I also really like shrimp.

That’s why this recipe hits THE spot 👌🏻

It’s fairly simple to throw together, especially after the first time and it has a very summery freshness to it that I love. It would also be super easy to change up and tweak to your personal desires… which is also a plus for me, because I can follow a recipe once but after that, it typically strays 🤓

 

Serves 4 portion aware woman who aren’t overly starving.

(What I’m trying to say by that, is it can feed four pretty easily but it’s for sure a lighter style meal🤪)

Scroll past pictures fro recipe.

 

Preheat oven to 450

For the salsa –

Make first and refrigerate, so that it has some time to blend 😉

1/2 cup mango, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup salsa
2 Tbsp lime
Salt and pepper

Shrimp –
2 cups worth of thawed Shrimp
2 Tbsp lime
Salt and pepper
2 decent sized cloves of minced garlic
(I always go heavier but we are pretty generous garlic seasoners in my family 🤪)

Base –
1 cup Couscous
1 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp garlic seasoning…I have used the ‘rosemary garlic blend’ from epicure and also ‘Johnny’s garlic spread’
Salt and pepper

Topping –
Shredded lettuce if desired

Directions –
After mixing the chopped salsa ingredients, place in the refrigerator.

Prepare the shrimp and base mixtures in their own bowls.

Line a 9 x 13 pan with foil and oil it.

Spread the base mixture in the dish and layer the shrimp on top, pouring the extra liquid from the shrimp on top as well.
Cover with another piece of foil and pinch closed.

Cook for 12 minutes.

(This can also be made on the BBQ using all the same steps minus the baking dish and just using a foil packet)

Remove and top with the chilled salsa and some shredded lettuce to not only add to the veggie intake but it also gives a little texture affect 😉

Then, devour at as polite a speed that one can devour at! 😉

*Side note*

The salsa can be kept for at least a day, it just gets discoloured so it doesn’t LOOK nearly as appealing 😉

A Pancake Of Uncertain Origin

This recipe is for either a Dutch baby pancake or lazy German pancake…

I don’t know what name to call this, as it kind of controversial considering who I am married to and have as sibling-in-laws 🤪

I’ve seen it called both but I don’t believe the name, affects the taste, so dub it as you will and continue on to the part of enjoying it  😉

I really like this dish, obviously or I wouldn’t be sharing the recipe.
I’m not usually a huge breakfast person and neither Michiel or I are big pancake lovers but we’ve found this ‘heavy, curd like’ pancake to be a wonderful addition to our life’s menu 😉

It comes together pretty quickly but I will say that typically, Mike and I consume the entire thing, so if you’re making for more than two you’d best have a fair bit of milk and eggs on hand 😉

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter Continue reading “A Pancake Of Uncertain Origin”

Falling In Love

Friday July 21st –

 

While waiting for my friend to arrive for a visit, I got to test out the ‘one cup’ option on our new machine and it worked brilliantly 😎👌🏻💕☕️
A delicious, single cup of coffee in minutes and no wasted coffee left to grow old.

I was already falling in love with this ‘Ninja’ (though I would prefer it had a different name) 😜

I attempted deep-frying some rice paper rolls I’d made the day before, as Pinterest seemed to say they could be deep-fried.
Pinterest doesn’t ALWAYS know 🙄😬

 

(Pre frying… when they looked cool)

Instead of frying, they almost melted… falling apart and becoming completely saturated with oil throughout and after one test bite, I wished I could take it back and now I don’t know when I’ll ever be eating rice paper rolls again, fried or not 💁🏻

The pal arrived and not long after her, the husband and Mother returned as well.

A kind of full house, with no full bellies… so that had to be fixed and I was the one to do it 😋

A recipe from Canadian Living had caught my eye so Mel and I got to work making it.

The bits and pieces came together and a lovely aroma began filling the kitchen. Continue reading “Falling In Love”

A Mundane Midweek

 

Wednesday June 21st –

The parents headed off to the lake and I was left at home with a slight ‘remember to do’ list😉📝

Instead of working on that, I made cupcakes as there was icing left from the unicorn cake and though I’m not a big dessert person, I love confetti cupcakes 😬💕

From there it was clean up, drink the coffee, do the blog, working on odds and ends that aren’t really worth mentioning but still had to be done, etc. etc. 😋

Tortilla pizzas were prepared for supper once Mike got back from work and then we moseyed over to the bro’s house for a slight visit and vehicle swap as a truck box was needed for the next days errands.

 

Thursday June 22nd –

Continue reading “A Mundane Midweek”

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