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Tabil Seasoned Sautéed Shrimp

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[UPDATED July 1, 2012: This ain’t a new recipe (it’s from over a year ago), but it continues to be popular and the old photos were all kinds of horrible, so I updated this post with new pics. Enjoy (again!)]

Frozen shrimp can be a godsend when you don’t know what to cook for dinner. Tonight when I woke up, I putzed around the kitchen in a daze until I remembered I had a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer. Bingo!

Here’s what to wrangle up to serve 2 people:

  • 1 pound large frozen shrimp (21-25 per pound)
  • 1 tablespoon Tabil seasoning (the recipe is available on my iPad app)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons macadamia nut oil (or coconut oil), divided
  • handful cherry tomatoes
  • handful fresh basil leaves (optional)

Here’s the process:

Dump the bag of frozen shrimp in a colander and run cold water over them for around 5 minutes or until defrosted.

Peel the shrimp and devein them by cutting a shallow slit down the back and pulling out the icky black intestine.

Toss the drained shrimp with Tabil seasoning, salt, and a tablespoon of macadamia nut oil.

Heat up a large skillet on medium high and add the remaining tablespoon of macadamia nut oil.

When the pan’s hot, sear the shrimp in two batches making sure they aren’t overcrowded…

…about a minute on each side.

Remove the shrimp to a serving platter and toss the cherry tomatoes into the empty pan. Roll the tomatoes in the grease until they’re warmed through and add them to the shrimp.

Chiffonade the basil…

…and sprinkle it on the shrimp and tomatoes.

Didn’t I tell you this dish was simple?

Curried Ground Pork and Broccoli Slaw Frittata

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I was inspired to make a frittata a tonight after seeing the yummy ones posted on The Paleo Table , Balanced Bites, and Everyday Paleo blogs. Plus, I woke up later than usual tonight, so I needed a dish that I could throw on the table pretty quickly.

For dinner, I like to make really meat-heavy frittatas — kinda like Cha Trung Hap, the steamed egg and pork meatloaf thingy you get when you order rice plate at some Vietnamese places. (Come to think of it, I bet I could make a Paleo version with kelp noodles…)

I decided to make a curry-flavored frittata with ground pork and broccoli slaw since I had those ingredients readily available. I followed the same frittata guidelines that I posted previously with some slight modifications that I’ll detail below. There’s no hard and fast rule for how to make frittatas, so feel free to experiment!  

Here’s what I assembled to serve 4 people:

  •  ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of shredded broccoli slaw
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup of shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

And here’s what I did with all this stuff:

I assembled all the ingredients…

… heated up the coconut oil on medium heat in an 8-inch cast iron skillet (you can use a slightly larger skillet but I like frittatas that slice up thick), and sautéed my onions with a dash of salt until they were softened.

I added the ground pork and garlic…

…and stir fried until the meat was no longer pink.

While the pork and onions were cooking, I whisked my eggs with the coconut milk, curry powder, salt, pepper, and parsley.

I don’t have an exact measurement for the salt and pepper. Just don’t be too heavy-handed ‘cause the filling will be seasoned as well.

Then I added the broccoli slaw and carrots to the pork and onions and sprinkled everything with salt and pepper.

I poured on the egg mixture and cooked the frittata for ~5 minutes to set the bottom.

I tried to cover the frittata but the skillet was filled to the brim.

I put my frittata in my preheated toaster oven set on broil. I would’ve put it in at a lower temperature (350 F) but I didn’t have 20-30 minutes to spare. Around ten minutes later, the edges were browned and puffy. But when I touched the center, it was a little gushy — and when I cut it in half, it was still kinda liquid-y. Darn it! 

So I popped the frittata back under the broiler for another few minutes to firm up the middle. The split down the middle helps speed up the cooking — it’s just not as pretty if you’re planning to serve the frittata whole.

I served the slices with some nuked frozen veggies (which we deemed not photo-worthy) and we dug in.

30 Minute Lunch: Crispy Chicken Thighs, Garlic Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes,” and Sautéed Spinach with Shallots

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Luckily for me, I had four sous vide chicken thighs in my fridge, just waiting to be crisped up. Unfortunately, I was out of veggie sides and I didn’t want to eat another bowl of nuked frozen veggies.

After surveying my crisper, I realized I could make TWO quick veggie sides, garlic cauliflower mashed “potatoes” and sautéed spinach and shallots, AND I could have everything on the table in thirty minutes. Sweet.

First, I cut up an orange cauliflower and steamed the florets with seven sliced cloves of garlic.

While the florets steamed, I crisped the Dukka-seasoned thighs in my cast iron skillet with some macadamia nut oil.

When the thighs were finished…

…I poured out all but a tablespoon or two of grease from the pan and I tossed in a diced shallot. Once they were softened, I put in a pound of prewashed baby spinach and seasoned with salt and pepper.  Lastly, I blitzed my cauliflower and garlic in my food processor with 2 tablespoons of butter until it was smooth.

Here’s my lunch plate:

Yummy.