EASY SOUTHWEST SHRIMP SALAD

EASY RECIPE

While surfing recipes, for a light Monday night meatless dinner, I came across an interesting shrimp salad recipe on the Skinny Recipe blog. As usual I  couldn’t leave well enough alone, so after some thought I tweaked the recipe to arrive at my Easy Southwest Shrimp Salad.

recipe serves 4.

Ingredients:

3/4 pound of pre-cooked medium shrimp – sliced in half or thirds depending on size.

1/2 cup red onion chopped.

1 lime – juiced.

1 tablespoon virgin olive oil.

1 beefsteak size tomato – diced.

1 avocado – diced.

1 jalapeño – seeded and minced.

1/4 cup kalamata olives – sliced.

1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese -crumbled.

1 bag spring lettuce mixture.

Preparation:

To a large mixing bowl add: onion, jalapeño, tomato, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir to mix.

To mixing bowl add avocado, shrimp, and kalamata slices, and gently stir to mix.

To four plates add spring lettuce mixture, top with shrimp mixture, and finish by crumbling gorgonzola cheese over each salad.

That’s all there is to making  super quick and crazy easy Southwest Shrimp Salad!

AND STUFF

A perfect gift idea for the Young Adult reader on your list is my sci-fi adventure novel The Regnum Event. The novel is available at all major e-book retailers.

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite.

“A perfect read for young adult fans of sci-fi, The Regnum Event by Roger Scouton features a cast of compelling characters, a gripping plot, and a rollicking ride that provides great amusement and excitement for readers. Meet twin bikers Germaine and Sarah Thompson, poised for the biking competition level BMX. The twins are in their final year in high school and could become the pride of their family. But an unplanned meeting with a starship changes everything. The alien, Novo, is wont to watch events around the universe and, from his distant and safe place, positively influence these events. He has been watching the twin bikers and he believes they could have an answer to a problem he’s been thinking about for a while. Perhaps they could be the answer to the impending war in a far off planet where a dying king is about to leave his people in the hands of a son with very little experience in leadership.

Sarah and Germaine are whisked off their biking trail by Novo, who wants them to witness a similar competition in another planet, to observe the prince and determine if he has what it takes to win an interplanetary war. This has to happen within the time frame the kids are supposed to be out biking, so they should be home before their mother suspects anything. But then a lot happens and they are facing more than what they bargained for. The adventure has just begun and it’s a thrill! Roger Scouton’s The Regnum Event is wonderfully crafted and readers will easily connect with the characters. Sarah and her brother, Germaine, are characters that young readers will adore. I loved their courage, the connection they share with each other, and how they evolved through the story. Great prose, a compelling and masterfully developed plot, and exciting action! It was an awesome and satisfying read!”

Good Eating and Table Talk,

Roger

 

 

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Cold Pasta Shrimp Salad With Roasted Green Anaheim Chile Pepper

A had a few leftover corn on the cob after Memorial Day and decided to come up with a new recipe to use them. After pondering ingredient options, I came up with my, wife and son approved, easy recipe for Cold Pasta Shrimp Salad with Roasted Green Anaheim Chile Pepper. Having just barbecued up a storm, rather than grilling shrimp, I bought ready to eat shrimp cuz … this is an easy recipe.

Easy Recipe

recipe serves 4

Ingredients:

24 medium size shrimp.

13 grape tomatoes – halved.

8 oz medium size pasta shells.

1 and 1/2 ears of corn – use knife to slice corn from cob.

1 Green Anaheim Chile Pepper.

2 cloves of garlic – minced.

1/2 of large shallot – diced.

1/8 cup of flat leaf parsley – chopped.

2 oz jar of diced pimentos.

Juice of one lemon.

1/4 cup quality extra virgin olive oil (such as California Olive Ranch).

Grated parmesan cheese.

Preparation:

In large pot prepare pasta as directed on packaging. When pasta is ready (don’t overcook) drain water in colander and rinse pasta with cold tap water to stop the cooking.

Using metal tongs, place the Anaheim pepper on a grate of a gas burner or BBQ at medium heat and rotate pepper every couple minutes until nicely chard.

Remove from burner and set the pepper aside as it cools. Once cool to touch, slice the pepper open, remove seeds, and chop the pepper.

Rinse the fully cooked shrimp.

To a large bowl add shallot, flat leaf parsley, corn, Anaheim pepper and diced pimento.

In a small mixing bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Add the olive oil mixture to the vegetables, stir. Next add the shrimp and gently stir.

Add the cold pasta and grape tomatoes to the bowl with the other ingredients, sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese  and then stir to mix. Finally, sprinkle a little more grated parmesan cheese on top of the finished pasta salad.

And that’s all there is to making a great family meal!

Good Eating and Table Talk,

Roger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Meatballs with Squash Dinner

EASY RECIPE

I wanted a good meatball dinner but not the heavy pasta or potatoes that usually accompany such a dish. First I started my quest to find a relatively light but flavorful meatball recipe. Armed with general knowledge of meatball construction I ventured off on my own. I immediately veered off the road with my choice of 90/10 ground beaf. Not enough fat many would yell. But I had a plan. To bring up the fat and flavor I decided to incorporate Farmer John Classic Sausage.  The result? An easy but awesome home made dinner!

recipe will serve 2 with left overs.

Ingredients:

1 lb. 90/10 ground beef.

4 0z Farmer John Classic breakfast sausage or similar.

2 slices day old sourdough bread (toasted and then crushed).

1 egg.

1/4 cup minced onion.

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce.

1/4 tsp salt.

1/4 tsp pepper.

1 zucchini – julienne cut.

1 yellow squash – julienne cut.

1 garlic – minced.

tbsp canola oil.

1/4 cup mayonnaise.

1/4 cup ketchup,

1 tsp Sriracha sauce.

Tbsp lemon.

3 Tbsp. soy sauce.

6 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar.

3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice.

1 Tbsp. Sugar Free Syrup (fake maple).

1 tsp. dry mustard.

1 tsp. Italian seasoning.

Preparation:

Super light sauce for vegetables:

In dressing jar mix together: 3 Tbsp. soy sauce; 6 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar; 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice; 1 Tbsp. Sugar Free Syrup (fake maple); 1 tsp. dry mustard; 1 tsp. Italian seasoning.

Stir and shake to mix, and then refrigerate.

Meatballs:

To large bowl add ground beef, sausage, egg, breadcrumbs, minced onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix together by hand. Form the meatballs (but don’t overwork them, as one recipe advised, you are not making snowballs).  Plate the meatballs.

Tip: Place aluminum foil over adjacent burners to make cleanup easier.

Sauce for meatballs:

In small bowl combine: 1/4 cup mayonnaise; 1/4 cup ketchup; 1 tsp Sriracha sauce, and 1 Tbsp lemon. Mix and refrigerate.

Vegetables:

Add canola oil to fry pan, bring up the heat to medium and then add zucchini, squash and garlic. Simmer until vegetables brown abit. Remove and plate.

Add a little more canola oil to same frypan, raise the temperature to a little above medium and add meatballs. Occasionally turn the meatballs so they brown on all sides (nothing wrong with a little char). Until cooked through center.

To the dinner plate smear some of the mayo sauce as a bed for the meatballs. Plate the vegetables, and drizzle a little of the super light sauce over them. And that’s it you just made an awesome home made dinner!

AND STUFF

THE REGNUM EVENT

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite.

“A perfect read for young adult fans of sci-fi, The Regnum Event by Roger Scouton features a cast of compelling characters, a gripping plot, and a rollicking ride that provides great amusement and excitement for readers. Meet twin bikers Germaine and Sarah Thompson, poised for the biking competition level BMX. The twins are in their final year in high school and could become the pride of their family. But an unplanned meeting with a starship changes everything. The alien, Novo, is wont to watch events around the universe and, from his distant and safe place, positively influence these events. He has been watching the twin bikers and he believes they could have an answer to a problem he’s been thinking about for a while. Perhaps they could be the answer to the impending war in a far off planet where a dying king is about to leave his people in the hands of a son with very little experience in leadership.

Sarah and Germaine are whisked off their biking trail by Novo, who wants them to witness a similar competition in another planet, to observe the prince and determine if he has what it takes to win an interplanetary war. This has to happen within the time frame the kids are supposed to be out biking, so they should be home before their mother suspects anything. But then a lot happens and they are facing more than what they bargained for. The adventure has just begun and it’s a thrill! Roger Scouton’s The Regnum Event is wonderfully crafted and readers will easily connect with the characters. Sarah and her brother, Germaine, are characters that young readers will adore. I loved their courage, the connection they share with each other, and how they evolved through the story. Great prose, a compelling and masterfully developed plot, and exciting action! It was an awesome and satisfying read!”

I love that review of my e-book, and hope you will get a copy for the Young Adult reader in your family!

Good Eating and Table Talk,

Roger

 

 

 

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Super Easy Shrimp Wok

EASY RECIPE

So here we go, keep this secret from your significant cause it is awesome and sooooo easy.

Let’s do a spicy shrimp wok.

Meal serves 2

Ingredients

1/2 lb Argentinian red shrimp.

4 thick green onions – cut in one inch lengths.

1/2 red bell pepper julienne cut.

1/2 cup broccoli.

1/4 cup mushrooms sliced.

1 and 1/2 Tbsp canola oil.

1 Tbsp Oyster Flavored Sauce.

1 Tbsp Hoisin sauce.

1 clove garlic.

1 quarter size slice of ginger – minced.

1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes.

Preparation:

Call your significant other and see where they are on the commute home because this dish cooks fast!

In large fry pan or wok put oil and heat on high. Add the shrimp and turn now and then for maybe 2 minutes. When red remove shrimp.

To fry pan or wok add all oils listed above, and then all vegetables, and red pepper flakes. Stir.

Start frozen rice per package.

Stir vegetables and add shrimp.

Plate rice, and shrimp  and enjoy. BUT NEVER TELL your mate you did this kick ass meal in less than 30 minutes.

AND STUFF

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Good Eating and Table Talk,

Roger

 

 

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