Skip to main content

Caribbean Island Escape Shrimp


 
Never doubt your ability to pull off a delicious 30 minute meal.  I know Rachel Ray has been showing us how to do this for years; but I have always thought to myself...yeah right, she has a talented staff behind the scenes helping her.  Well, I'm here to tell you it can happen...with or without a talented staff of many. As goes with most things in this life...it's all about the timing. 

I picked my son up Sunday evening after his life guarding job and because it was already 7:00, I suggested we grab something to eat on our way home.  (Come on...it's always an easier option!)  He said, "Nah...you've been talking about grilling shrimp, so let's do that".  OK, shrimp it is and we headed home. 
 
It was true; I had a recipe that I wanted to try and had all of the ingredients to make it happen.  The one thing he failed to tell me until we got home, was that he needed to be somewhere in 30 minutes!!  Are you serious??  Step back...this girl has got some work to do. 
 
With one quick twirl in the kitchen, here is the menu that I pulled together in my mind.  The Caribbean shrimp recipe that I have been wanting to try, red quinoa and sauteed veggies.  We've got this.  
 
First I put the quinoa and water in a saucepan and turned it on med high.  Once it came to a boil, it would be placed on low and allowed to simmer for about 15 minutes.  That's super easy and requires absolutely no babysitting.
 
Next, I quickly whisked together the marinade for the shrimp.  The beauty of marinating fish is that you don't want to leave it in the marinade too long...which was perfect for me on this time crunch! 
 
Caribbean Island Escape Marinade
1 cup pineapple juice
2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp. honey
1 good squeeze of fresh lime juice
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes
 
                                                           

Throw in skewered shrimp and let them get all happy while you focus on the veggies.
 
                                                        

The veggie part is where you will personalize for your own (or actually for your family's)  tastes.  For Zach, I sliced a small zucchini and red pepper.  5 minutes before serving, I pressed a clove of garlic into the skillet, covered with a lid and all of the flavors quickly met and married.  (No need for a long courtship with this combination.)
 
Now for the shrimp.  Zach had agreed to man the grill.  They only needed about 3 minutes per side, so I kept nervously yelling from the kitchen window..."It's been 3 minutes; have you flipped them yet!!"  He finally put me in my place by saying, "I've got this Mom!"  Of course he did, which gave me an extra minute to put a Connie spin on the plating of our 30 minute meal. 

I grabbed a 3" ring I had often used in my tea room plating days.  I placed it in the center of the plate and lightly packed in the quinoa, which was now all happy and fluffy.  Around that I placed the colorful, aromatic veggies.  Zach soon came in with the shrimp and was WOW-ed by the presentation. 

We had silly fun taking pictures of our efforts.  Zach sent some pics out to his friends and one soon sent a message back..."Connie you are a food freak!"  Yes Blake, I think I am...don't you love it?!


 

Once the photo was taken, I mixed everything on my plate together.  Zach hates when I do that...says it makes the plate look so messy.  Who cares.  All of the flavors combined together were deliciously Caribbean.  Pack your bags, we are on the way!


 

 

Comments

  1. Oh my, this sounds and looks delicious. Definitely will try.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yay!! Please do...so easy and quite delish!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I've been wanting to try a new shrimp recipe! And red quinoa? I didn't know such a thing existed.

    ReplyDelete

  4. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up.
    Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I'm impressed!
    Extremely helpful info particularly the last part :) I care for such info much. I was seeking this particular information for a very long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Cheers!

    Here is my web site :: Diet Plans for Women to Lose Weight

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Supps To Fuel Your Busy Day

A good place to start... This is what I will call my supplement sandwich...the sups I take every day; the crack to my action packed days.  lol Equi-Fem,  a great multi-vitamin for women...and for my guys out there,  Pro-Multi Plus  would be a good choice for you.  Read the ingredient list...nothing but pure goodness. If you want to be prepared to fight off those nasty cold and flu germs that are floating all around us this time of year, this little goodie is a must-have.  Since taking Bio-Immunozyme Forte , I have been able to successfully dodge all of those nasty colds I so often used to be plagued with.  I remember a friend saying, "Your sick again?!"  Well, not anymore.  This Multi supports normal, healthy immune function so you can fight off those bad germs like a champ! If I do start to feel like a cold is trying to set up camp in my body, I take an extra Bio-Immunozyme Forte for a couple of days and my symptoms quickly go away.  Victo

GARDEN BRUSCHETTA PIZZA

I have been inspired to create this blog, as a sort of 'branch' to my original blog... Marital Status: W .  I don't want others to think that my life is all about grief and sadness...I am forging forward with this new passion my Rick lovingly shared with me....health and wellness.  I am exploring options and opportunities that will enable me to share my previous love affair with food in a more nutritious and appealing fashion.  I am still an avid foodie, I am just a foodie in transition. I was a little surprised when my post entitled, Butter Girl Goes Organic had more views than many of my other posts.  When I shared this with my vibrant hairdresser; she replied, "Well yeah, people probably think it is something kinky!"  Really??  Call me naive, but that never crossed my mind and honestly, I don't like to think of what that could even possibly mean!  Oh well, I like to pretend it is because others have an interest like mine...creating lifestyle changes a

Supplement Store Grand Opening!

      SUPPLEMENT STORE GRAND OPENING   Well here it is....finally!  I have aspired for the longest time to make an addition to my website where you can order quality supplements.  REAL supplements vs. the pretend ones you pick up and throw in your shopping carts along with your toilet paper, light bulbs and frozen green beans at Wallie World! As a Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, I am super excited to be able to offer these quality products to you.    Why do I want to make Biotics products available to YOU ?  Because they are REAL my friends, and to state it simply and honestly...they will make you feel great!  These superior products are all natural, organic, plant and animal based.   If you want to run like the wind from 6 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. every day like me...I suggest you give them a try!          More nitty gritty on these fabulous products:   Biotics Research Corporation has been a leading manufacturer of specially designed nutritional p