dinner in 30 minutes · Fast meal · Fish

Tandoori Grilled Shrimp

Tandoori Grilled Shrimp

It amazes me how cheaply, yet how well we can eat at home. A dinner of a pound of shrimp would be pretty high at a restaurant. Last week I made Tandoori Grilled Shrimp Skewers for under $10. We got four FULL skewers and two meals out of it, and was it ever scrumptious!! Also, as I always say, fish is a super fast meal. Because these were grilled, my kitchen didn’t even get heated up. Is that enough positives to make you want to try them for yourself?

This marinade is a lighter version and only needs 15 minutes to coat the shrimp and make it so flavorful. Grilling the shrimp only takes 2-3 minutes in each side. Dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!

Tandoori Grilled Shrimp Skewers

  • 1/3 cup(s) , or plain non fat Greek yogurt
  • kosher salt, 1 1/2 tsp
  • fresh lemon juice, 1 1/2 tsp
  • olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp
  • curry powder, 1 tsp
  • ground cumin, 1 tsp
  • ground coriander, 1 tsp
  • granulated garlic,1 tsp
  • ground ginger, 1/2 tsp
  • uncooked shrimp, 1 pound(s) , large, peeled and deveined
  • cooking spray, 1 spray(s)
  • cilantro, 2 Tbsp , fresh, chopped 
  1. Combine yogurt, salt, lemon juice, oil, curry powder, cumin, coriander, garlic and ginger in a large bowl; add shrimp and toss to coat. Marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature or covered, up to 2 hours in refrigerator.
  2. Divide shrimp among 4 metal or wooden skewers (if using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them for 20 minutes before use).
  3. Off heat, coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill skewers until shrimp are cooked through (opaque) and slightly firm, flipping once, about 2 to 4 minutes per side. Serve garnished with cilantro.
Tandoori Grilled Shrimp

The next time you think you should just go out for dinner, think about something this fast, this delicious, and this cost-effective instead. You get choice seating, a view of HOME and a satisfied appetite! I can’t wait to make these again!!

With love from my country kitchen,

dinner in 30 minutes · Fish · Mexican Food · Side dish · Tacos

A New Twist On Taco Tuesday

If you grimace at the thought of Fish Tacos, it’s probably because you’ve never had a really tasty one! We are HUGE taco fans in any shape or fashion, so I am always willing to try a new recipe for our favorite fare because they come together in under 30 minutes, they’re healthy when broiled, and they’re so yummy!

Smoky Tilapia Tacos

I recently came across a new recipe for Fish Tacos in my favorite source – a Cooking Light Magazine. If you’ve been with me for any length of time, you know I adore their recipes. They did not disappoint! This has become my new favorite Fish taco recipe! Their recipe has a little kick added, which I have found the fish really needs in order to be exceptional. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the seasonings, just wing it and enjoy! I’ll share my substitutions and omissions in the following recipe.

Smoky Tilapia Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika –I used regular paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander – I left this out
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets – I used frozen Polluck
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro – I’m not a huge fan, so I omitted this
  • 2 teaspoons canned chopped green chilies
  • 1 diced peeled avocado
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas – I used my homemade flour tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 lime wedges

How to Make It

Preheat broiler to high.

Combine first 4 ingredients and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Brush fillets with oil, and sprinkle with spice mixture. Place fillets on a baking sheet. Broil 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Combine remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, cilantro, chilies, and avocado in a bowl; lightly mash with a fork.

Heat tortillas on a grill pan coated with cooking spray 20 seconds on each side or until lightly charred. Divide avocado mixture and fish among tortillas. Serve with lime wedges.

To accompany the tacos, Cooking Light suggested a recipe for Pinto beans which are canned, and are cooked very similarly to the way I share here. Then they are topped with the best cream! I added this cream to the tacos, too, which gave them such a full flavor! These take only Minutes to put together!

My husband declared he’d rather I never fix refried Beans again, and only serve these with Mexican food. I heartily agree! I bet you will, too!

Simmered Pinto Beans with Chipotle Sour Cream

Simmered Pinto Beans with Chipotle Sour Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can unsalted pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced chipotle chiles, canned in adobo sauce

How to Make It

Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion, bell pepper, cumin, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add stock, salt, black pepper, and beans; simmer 7 minutes. Stir in juice and parsley.

Combine remaining ingredients; serve with beans.

Pure heaven!

Refresh your Taco Tuesday by fixing a fishy version with a side of the BEST beans you’ve ever eaten!

Budget friendly meal · dinner in 30 minutes · vegetarian

Pinto Beans Like Cracker Barrel’s!

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Have you ever eaten Pinto Beans at Cracker Barrel?  Yum!  They are delicious!  But what do you do when you can’t go to Cracker Barrel?  You use this shortcut method to get the same tasty results!! (I might also add, at a fraction of the cost!)

Even though we may have more time to cook these days, it’s always nice to have a recipe in our arsenal that packs heartiness, comfort, and is budget friendly.  As Cracker Barrel knows, Pinto beans and cornbread are synonymous in the south!  But if you use dry beans (which is the cheapest way), it takes hours to prepare.

I’ve recently found a way to take Bush’s canned Pinto Beans and cook them so that they taste just like the slower method!  I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to the long way of doing this favorite meal of ours! The added ingredients are staple items I always keep on hand, so I know that I can have dinner of Soup Beans and Cornbread on the table in under 30 minutes!

I only use Bush beans. Why?  They are gentle on your stomach!  I stock up when they’re on sale for $1!  Add a box of Jiffy Mix and you have a really inexpensive meal!

One can of beans feeds two people, so you can adjust the ingredients for your family.  Here’s the simple method I use:

 Pinto Beans Like Cracker Barrel’s

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs Olive oil
  • ½ inch slice of yellow onion – chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 slice of bacon – cut into 1 inch pieces – You could leave this out to make it vegetarian!
  • 1 can Bush pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup water – Or for more flavor you can use chicken  broth
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp white granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp hot sauce, optional
  • ½ tsp salt – Taste to see if it’s needed; the bacon will add salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and saute until soft and nearly transparent (about 2 minutes)
  • Add the bacon and cook together until the bacon is soft and nearly done.
  • Drain the liquid from the can of pinto beans.  Rinse.
  • Add the pinto beans to the sauce pan and continue to heat over medium heat.
  • Add 1/2 cup fresh water or (chicken broth) to the pinto beans
  • Put the butter, sugar, hot sauce, salt and pepper in and heat till bubbly.
  • Taste before serving and add more salt and pepper if needed.

I like to serve the beans with a piece of cornbread crumbled over it.  Chopped onions on top are a nice addition, too. 

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My menu:

Pinto Beans
Oven roasted potatoes
Cooked apples
Corn bread

If you’re curious about the cooked apples, simply peel , core and cube the apples and place them into a skillet.  Add enough water to just cover them.  Sprinkle with a little sugar and also cinnamon.  Cook on medium heat until they cook down and some of the liquid evaporates.  Adjust sugar as needed.  This is a great way to use up apples that are too soft to eat, or that you’re afraid will go bad. 

This is one meal that is on repeat at my house about once a month.  We love it.  I hope you’ll try it and enjoy the taste of Cracker Barrel at home!!

Are you a lover of Pinto beans and cornbread like we are?

denise a

 

 

Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes

Parmesan-Lemon Flounder

I’ve been trying to incorporate more fish into our diet – and cook it without frying it.  The recipe I tried for flounder fillets was so good that my husband said, “You can make that again any time you want!  You can make it tomorrow, if you want to!”  The Parmesan and Panko give a crunch and the lemon flavor brightens the flavor of the plain fish.
This is outstanding!  It also comes together so quickly, making it an “Under 30 minute entree’!  I’m so glad to have this recipe in my file of fast and delicious recipes!

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Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes · Fast meal

Turkey Kielbasa & Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

 

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I love sheet pan dinners for four reasons:

  1. The roasted vegetables get crispy and sweet in the oven!
  2. They’re so easy!
  3. They’re fast!
  4. They’re  sooo good!

I made this new Sheet pan meal last week and we loved it!  It was ready in under 30 minutes!  The Paprika Vinaigrette adds a really nice flavor to the sausage and vegetables. Wow, this is just a great recipe!! It’s great for a week night, but would also be good for company!

I tweaked the recipe to my liking and it is as follows.  You could change up the vegetables, or choose to use beef or chicken sausage, if you desire.  It’s super-easy to make it just the way you or your family would prefer.

I added a tossed salad and toasted bread to complete the meal.

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Turkey Kielbasa & Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 small red onion, chopped into 1 inch chunks
  • 15 fresh Brussels sprouts, stem trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 to 1 inch chunks
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 12 oz Fully cooked Turkey Kielbasa, sliced into 1″ pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste

 Paprika Vinaigrette

  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp  paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    Prep all the vegetables and place in a large bowl. sheet pan.  Toss the vegetables in the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.Place in the oven for 15 minutes

  • Meanwhile slice the sausage
  • Toss the vegetables with a spatula. Then place the sausage pieces over the cooked vegetables.  Place back in the oven for an additional 12 minutes
To make the Paprika Vinaigrette, put all the ingredients into a mason jar then screw the lid on tightly and shake vigorously until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Remove the pan out of the oven and drizzle the vinaigrette over the vegetables and sausage. Toss to coat.

    Serve immediately.

To prep ahead:
I cut up all the vegetables and drizzled them with olive oil early in the afternoon.  It made the preparation so easy when it was time to get supper in the oven!

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Have you tried a sheet pan dinner yet?  If not, this would be a great one to get your started!

Refresh dinner with something so fast and delicious!

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