Monday, August 17, 2015

Sunday Suppers - Weekly Planning

Sunday Suppers - Baking

Chicken Strips
Chicken Thighs
Tilapia Fillets
String Beans
Roasted Potatoes & Butternut Squash

This meal needs no introduction. Let's pre-heat dat oven and get cookin' hot stuff. 

String Beans
Butternut Squash
Roasting dishes
Baking sheets
Olive oil
All your meats: Chicken tenderloins, chicken thighs, tilapia fillets

1.  First season your meats. 
I like to season my meats before freezing or storing them in the fridge. This gives my meats marinated flavor and texture. Get creative, go crazy to this. Not to mention, it saves time when you're ready to cook
2. Spread your foil, or since I ran out, use parchment paper. End result still has great flavor and texture. 
3. Divide your meats evenly however you choose. Try to keep them separate if possible, so as not to blend all those distinct flavors into one. 
4. Once all the meats are in place, WASH YOUR HANDS. Then, proceed to slice, dice, and chop your veggies.
5. Season generously with season blends of your choice, and moisten with olive oil. Olive oil is your roasting, baking, basting, bbf (best buds forever)! Trust me. 
(Remember season salts, season alls, and various pre-packages seasoned blends hide quite a bit of salt, sodium and preservatives. Try to create your own spice blends whenever possible. However,there is nothing wrong with sparingly keeping and using your go-to's and time savers.  Everything in moderation. 
6. Evenly distribute your vegetables.
(This time, I let the string beans hang out with the bbq chicken thighs. On another baking sheet, I let the potatoes and butternut squash get to know each other.) 
7. Tuck everyone into the warm oven. Cooking times will vary.  (For me the chicken strips and tilapia finished first. The root vegetables were pulled out last. )
8. You're all set. Dinner for tonight and meals for the week. 

Pre-seasoned meats. Marinate in your own creativity

Snug as a bug in a rug

Meals for the week
(Pictured but not in the recipe, steak, red beans and brown rice....coming soon)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Simple Sauteed Shrimp

(Serves 3-5)

We all love a home cooked meal. We all love it even more when that home cooked meal is easy-to-make.  This shrimp recipe is not only quick and simple, but sure to delight you and your family. So roll up those sleeves and let's get cookin' good lookin. 

1/2 onion
1 lb of deveined shrimp
1 - 2 garlic cloves
Fresh thyme
Fresh lemon
Other herbs of your choosing
Your favorite seafood seasonings
Olive Oil

1.Slice and dice that onion and garlic
(Chop onion and mince garlic)
2.Grab the lubricant and heat it up
(Warm the skillet on low heat, add olive oil)
3.Caramelize the prep, and toss in the green
(Brown the onions, toss in the thyme as well)
4.Add the garli to the party
(Once onions are soft, add garlic)
*Time out 4 a Tasty Tip*:  I love to add fresh herbs to the cooking oil, to infuse it with flavor before adding the main ingredients. 
Ok, so back to business
5. Massage in a secret spice blend 
(Create a dry-rub using your own blend of your favorite seafood seasonings.)
6. Everybody in the pool
(Add season shrimps to pan with onion, garlic and herbs.)
7. Let them get  nice tan
(Cook well until they turn a redish/orangish hue)
8. Shower your super simple shrimp
(Squeeze in fresh lemon juice)
Add lemons directly to the pan to allow shrimp a chance to absorb all the flavor
Serve with corn and green beans

Garlic, #IASOTea sachet, onions

Add fresh herbs to olive oil to infuse flavor

Be careful when using seasonings like #OldBay, they tend to hide a lot of salt
I encourage you to create your own blend

 Enjoy, you did dat!