Since shortly after setting up our Aerogarden a few months ago, we’ve had an abundance of basil, parsley and mint. At the time, I had visions of snipping fresh herbs for our nightly dinners (cooked fresh to perfection by me, of course). Every dish would be adorned with the fragrance of green herbs and would taste like I’d gone to culinary school in every major city in the world. On an unrelated note, I’m not ambitious.
Yet, the herbs remained in the Aerogarden, unused. That’s why this month’s Recipe Redux is perfect:
Sprouts of green popping up from the earth, window gardens of herbs, and wistful gardeners flipping through seed catalogs of green. This month, use any fresh green herb in a nontraditional way.
What a great opportunity to stretch my creativity in the kitchen! Armed with Peter’s trusty Flavor Bible (as lauded in this post) and a bundle of fresh mint, I threw together this sweet ‘n’ sour shrimp dish that had me going back for seconds. Serve with steamed veggies or a salad on the side for a light meal.
P.S. Why is my Recipe Redux post going up so early? Becacuse I’m traveling over the next week and a half and won’t have access to a computer during that time. I still have posts going up on their normal days (MWF), but I may not be able to respond to emails.
Edited to add: I almost forgot! Today is Registered Dietitian Day – hug an RD today!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Keywords: saute entree shrimp
- 2/3 cup brown rice
- 1 1/3 cup water or broth
- 1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
Prepare brown rice according to package directions. While rice cooks, mix soy sauce, vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and red pepper flakes in small bowl. Set aside.
When rice is done cooking, stir in chopped mint and set aside.
Heat canola oil in heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, flipping once, for three minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through.
Serve shrimp over rice with sauce drizzled on top. Enjoy immediately.
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Happy Easter, everyone! What are you all doing for Easter? Peter and I are taking it easy (well, I’m doing homework, but at least that’s easy :P ). We made some Waffles of Insane Greatness this morning with King Arthur white whole wheat flour.
Pouring the batter:
Smothered with Chillin’ Chocolate and Adirondack Jack from Saratoga Peanut Butter Company, topped with sliced banana and a dab of Crofter’s raspberry jam.
Who would have ever guessed that this waffle was made with whole wheat flour? The waffle was light and fluffy, with a wonderful buttery taste (no butter in it). The secret to this recipe is the cornstarch – if you look at the recipe, you’ll notice that it has 1/4 of cornstarch in it. Insane! But, ESSENTIAL to making a fluffy waffle with crisp edges.
Everywhere I look I see celebrations of Easter! My Aerogarden marigolds decided to show themselves :)
And my favorite peanut butter is hanging out in the sun:
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I have often waxed poetic about how much I love Saratoga Peanut Butter Company. Their peanut butter is smooth and rich, and the PB’s only ingredients are peanuts and salt – perfect! I’ve never eaten a smoother peanut butter. My food processor only wishes it could make PB that good.
So! In honor of Easter and of my 66th post (did you know that 6 is the first perfect number?), one lucky THIH reader will win TWO jars of Saratoga Peanut Butter Company peanut butter! The winner will get to choose between one of the following two options: (1) TWO jars of Plain Jane Creamy peanut butter, or (2) ONE jar of Plain Jane Creamy peanut butter and ONE jar of Plain Jane Chunky peanut butter. I would offer two jars of Chunky as a choice, but I only have one jar :P
There are several ways to enter, most of which involve some kind of shameless self-promotion on my part.
(1) Come up with a caption for the picture below. Not required, but I will gather all the captions I get and post them in my next entry like I did in the last caption contest.
Sample: “What? You say there’s a what behind me?”
(2) Tweet about the giveaway. You can copy and paste this: I want FREE Saratoga Peanut Butter from thehappinessinhealth.com! @JessieHealth
(3) Mention the giveaway on your blog and link back to this post.
(4) Add THIH to your blogroll.
(5) Almost forgot! Add THIH your reader for another entry.
Leave a comment for each entry so that I can enter you in the contest! The winner will be chosen this Friday. Good luck! :D
Before I go, I want to wish my wonderful friend Marie a very happy birthday today! Happy Birthday, Marie! :D
I also want to wish my dear friend Amy a very happy birthday this upcoming Tuesday! I know it’s early, but due to a huge project coming up in school (we’re catering a huge meal!), I won’t be able to post again until Wednesday at the earliest. Here we are in high school:
This wonderful gal has seen me at my my best AND my worst. Love ya, Amy! :D
Have a very Happy Easter, everyone! :)
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