Day 18:: Shrimp & Black Bean “Salad”

Shrimp is quick, full of lean protein, and yummy. I almost always have the ingredients on hand to throw this together (minus the cilantro – if anyone has tips on keeping cilantro good when you get it home from the store, I’m all ears – but that’s a two second stop at the grocery store) and my kids love it mixed up with rice so I can stretch it even further.

The Recipe

-1 Tbsp chili powder
-1/2 tsp garlic salt
-1/2 tsp ground cumin
-1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Cooking spray
-2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, divided (optional-if I have one, I use it – if I don’t , it’s not the end of the world)
-1 1/2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
-3/4 cup bottled salsa
-1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
-1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

To do:
-Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
-Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Add shrimp; toss to coat.
-Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shrimp; sauté 3 minutes or until done. Add 1 tablespoon lime juice.
-Remove shrimp from pan. Add corn to pan; sauté 1 minute. Stir in salsa, cilantro, and beans; cook 30 seconds or until thoroughly heated. Stir in 1 tablespoon lime juice. Serve shrimp over bean mixture.

Recipe modified from Cooking Light

The Discussion

Name an imaginary creature or extinct animal you would bring to life if you could.

The Daily Tip

Music is one of my favorite ways to set the mood in our house and dinner time is no exception. Because it can be a little crazy – the Mister just getting home from work, everyone wanting to talk at once, getting the food on on the table – I tend to lean toward more mellow and relaxed music. I know I’m a late adopter, but Pandora has been great for this – I use Mumford & Sons, City & Colour, Iron & Wine, or The Civil Wars as my “station” – if it gets too hectic, I do turn it off, simply because I tend to get “sound claustrophobic” but most of the time I find it helps mellow us out. And I just bought this speaker for the Mister – and I can’t imagine life without it (makes a great Christmas gift).

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