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I’ve been following Dinner on a Deadline this past week the homework was to do a meal plan (check) I went with the advanced assignment because I already meal plan as a regular habit. So that was;
” Extra for experts: If you’re already planning meals ahead of time, this one’s for you: Make at least one full meal this week from what you already have on hand in your fridge, freezer, or pantry, without shopping for anything new.”
Saturday night I was hunting for something to make and remembered the challenge and came up with a shrimp tajine. I put mine over orzo but hubby ate it with crusty bread.
Prep Time – 5 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 minutes
1/2 pound medium pre-cooked shrimp, tails removed
1/4 of an onion diced
1 can (14oz) diced or crushed tomatoes (if diced – puree them in a food processor)
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
3 tsp garlic chopped/crushed
2 handfuls of green peas (i use frozen)
1 handful of sliced olives (green or black)
1 tsp chopped cilantro
1 tsp olive oil
Optional: andouille sausage (I use a tofu version)
In either a tall saute pan or a medium pot add the oil and begin to heat on medium. Add the onions and garlic and cook 3-4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the herbs and spices. Cook on a low to medium heat for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. You may need to add some water depending on the water content of the tomatoes you are using. Add the sausage. The cooking time will depend on whether or not the meat is raw or cooked. When the meat is cooked through, then add the shrimp, peas, and olives. These will only need to be in the pan for a short time, to warm up and acquire the taste of the sauce. You can serve this over rice, orzo or quinoa. Or you can eat it as is with bread.
I served this with two little side dishes too – simply a baguette spread with Chevrie goat cheese and then topped with either fire roasted peppers or fig jam. They were great!
Next week is about stocking your pantry - I’ve shared with you on my pages what my pantry looks like. For the rest of this series I’ll be sticking with the extra for experts, but for those who want to get better about meal planning and preparing more healthy, whole food meals you should participate too! I’d love to hear about what you come up with!