seafood

Easy Shrimp Stir Fry

Sometimes, we’re really organized and batch cook on Sunday for the whole week. Most weeks, though, we are lucky to get enough food cooked on the weekend to get us through Monday. The rest of the week is a bit of a scramble. So, if I want us to have dinner as a family, before Otto goes to bed, I need something super quick and easy.

This recipe is just that—and it’s also fairly economical. We love the bags of frozen vegetables at Costco (this week, we got the stir fry blend). The bags of raw, frozen shrimp are also much more affordable than buying shrimp fresh or even defrosted at the regular grocery store. The rest of this recipe consists of things we always have in the pantry.

I tossed it together tonight half hoping it would be good and that Otto would eat it, and half feeling fairly confident because “who screws up stir fry, right?”. Otto did enjoy it as did Brent and I. We hope you will, too!

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Macadamia and Curry Crusted Salmon

When wild-caught salmon is “in season” (read, available at Costco), it becomes a staple in our weekly meal rotation. We’ll buy it on Saturday or Sunday, cook it on Monday or Tuesday, and enjoy any leftovers later in the week. Most often, we bake the salmon with garlic, dill, and oil or ghee. It’s quick and easy, and always tasty.

Recently, though, I’ve wanted a break from our standard salmon meal. I was staring at our pantry, and felt inspired by the macadamia nuts. I have also been on a bit of a curry kick. So, I put the two together and I think it turned out rather well. We hope you will agree!

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Shrimp, Mushroom, and Asparagus Sauté

Heather and I are almost 13 months into our parenthood journey, and we’ve continued to learn about the need to have great time management skills (and to function on dysfunctional levels of sleep). While we enjoy cooking, and cooking together, the hazards of trying to do that with a waddling one-year-old in the kitchen or keeping him occupied has been a new challenge. As I write this, Otto is walking and crawling around the room and is anxious for me to be done.

We love this recipe because it is made quickly  in one pan and almost entirely with ingredients available at Costco. Taking advantage of frozen and bulk ingredients allows us to streamline our meal planning without sacrificing flavor or quality. We know you’ll love it. Even our little guy had seconds.

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Blistered Tomato and Seafood Pasta

With a six-month old, we have little energy or time for complicated recipes. That said, we don’t want to compromise on flavor either. Like last week’s recipe, this pasta sauce was inspired by watching the Food Network. Pasta sauce doesn’t have to be all diced tomatoes and tomato paste, so we blistered Campari tomatoes in ghee. We added scallops and shrimp for a protein, but this could easily be made with diced chicken or without an added protein.

Heather specifically requested gluten-free pasta (brown rice spaghetti), but you can serve with zoodles or another vegetable noodle. Whatever you choose, the result is a satiating but super fresh and light pasta dish. We hope you enjoy it!

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Creole Seafood Soup

A Whole Foods store just opened a couple miles from our home in mid-April, and every time we go, we wander through the hot and cold food bar area. We normally don’t need or want anything from it; but sometimes what we see in hot bar areas provides inspiration for us to make something at home.

This recipe is one of those meals that was inspired by what we saw at Whole Foods. We made sure ours is dairy- and gluten-free. Even though the summer is fast approaching, this flavorful soup really hit the spot for us. It’s great fresh and hot, but I have also enjoyed it served cold the next day. We hope you will like it as well!

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Smoked Oyster Pâté

Since getting pregnant, I have found myself eating a tin of smoked oysters almost every morning, soon after waking up before making a more complete breakfast. It’s a fast, easy way to get a dose of quality protein, omega-3 fatty acid, iron, and more.

Even before the pregnancy, we kept smoked oysters on hand at all times. In fact, we have them on automatic delivery every other month via Amazon’s Subscribe & Save. It’s great because we don’t have to think about finding them at a store and we get a discount! We recommend you consider signing up for it (whether for the oysters or another one of your favorite go-to items).

Perhaps, though, eating smoked oysters out of the tin does not appeal to you. You might enjoy them in a salad, like this one, or you might like a savory but light appetizer to share with friends. This pâté recipe is quick and easy, and it looks super fancy. We hope you will enjoy it!

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Garlic Lime Mahi-Mahi

We had some beautiful spring, almost summer-like, weather a couple of weeks ago. It inspired me to make a light and refreshing meal. We happened to have Mahi-Mahi filets and a lime in the refrigerator, and I realized they would be a perfect pairing.

Fish and citrus are generally a great combination, and this recipe did not disappoint. Poaching allowed me to gently cook the fish without needing to watch it carefully. The result was a perfectly cooked, bright and delicious meal that I served with a side of mixed greens. As the weather continues to warm up, we hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as we did. I think it will become a regular on our weekly meals as we move into summer!

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