Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dinner of the Week: Chili-Lime Guacamole Shrimp Tacos

Want a light, fresh, and healthy summer meal in under 25 minutes?  Here you go!  They were a serious winner in our home, and I know they will be one in yours, as well.

Chili-Lime Guacamole Shrimp Tacos

Ingredients: 
- 1/2 pound raw shrimp
- 3 limes
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- Guacamole ingredients (try my favorite recipe here!)
- Romaine lettuce
- Shredded Mexican cheese
- Black pepper, to taste
- Flour tortillas

First, peel the shrimp and place them in a bowl.  Squeeze the limes and sprinkle the chili powder to the bowl.  Mix well and let marinate for 10 minutes.


Meanwhile, make your guacamole.  Try out my absolute favorite, easy-to-make fiery guacamole recipe here.  You'll never buy store-bought guac again.


Skewer the shrimp and sprinkle black pepper liberally over top.


Grill the shrimp for a few minutes on each side, just enough for them to curl up and turn pink.


As your shrimp are grilling, wash, pat dry, and chop up your romaine.


Then, heat up your tortillas.  My favorite way is to place a few of them on a microwaveable plate, and then wrap the plate in plastic wrap.  Microwave the tortillas for 30 seconds and they'll be perfectly steamed.


Dress up your tacos with a layer of guacamole, a bed of romaine, grilled shrimp, and shredded cheese. Fold, serve, and enjoy!


The grilled shrimp are packed with flavor, perfectly marinated with the lime juice and topped with a bright kick of chili powder.  The fresh guacamole and crisp romaine add wonderful texture and a great crunch.  


These tacos are light, healthy, and bound to become a summer favorite in your home.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dinner of the Week: 20-Minute Marinara Sauce

It's time that we ditch our jars of store-bought pasta sauce and make our own from scratch.  I promise you that in as little as 20 minutes, you can make your own homemade marinara sauce that will knock your family's socks off.  Here's how!

Homemade 20-Minute Marinara Sauce

Ingredients: 
- 10-15 small to medium-sized tomatoes
- 1/4 cup dried basil
- 1/4 cup dried oregano
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1/3 cup red wine
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 can tomato paste
- Pasta of choice

You can really use any kind of tomatoes for your sauce base.  I used a Roma and Better Boy blend because we had a ton of them from our garden.  Rinse them well and pat dry.


Chop the tomatoes in quarters and place them in a medium saucepan.


Add your spices.  I don't measure when I cook, so all of the measurements listed above are mere estimates.  Sprinkle them on as liberally or marginally as you prefer.  Mix and match additional spices, too.  You can't go wrong, so have fun.


Pulse the tomato and spice mixture well with either an immersion blender or actual blender. I tend to not liquefy the sauce completely -- leaving some of the tomatoes chunky will give your sauce some great texture.


Place the saucepan over medium heat, and pour in your wine and a few pinches of sugar.  A Port wine or Cabernet Sauvignon will work perfectly.  Mix well.


Cook and stir the sauce over medium heat for a good 10 minutes, until piping hot.


Right before you serve, fold in the can of tomato paste to thicken the sauce up.


Enjoy!


Few things are better in this world than a homemade spaghetti sauce.  This simple and fresh 20 minute recipe is packed with flavor and is sure to taste better than the jars you'll find in the grocery store.  And, it's easy enough that it can be served on any busy weeknight.  


Hope you'll love it as much as we do!



You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

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