Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Casabella, Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices and Melissa’s Produce.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Please don’t miss the Giveaway here and other amazing Guacamole recipes below!

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This week my husband and I went out on our weekly date night (toting along the two littlest ones of course).  We had our usual no-idea-what-to-eat dilemma, him no longer eating red meat and myself very rarely eating any meat.  We went to the food court at our local mall as I was off on a search for new shoes to fit my finally repaired and healing broken toe.  (Can you believe how much pain one little broken toe can produce!?)

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

After almost ordering a walnut and goat cheese salad from the sandwich place, I spotted a well know Mexican grill that sells the famous sofritos which inspired this meal.  Actually their entire menu inspired this dish of Tofu Sofritos Tacos with Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw and Grilled Corn Guacamole.  We used to order from this grill at least once a month during our company lunch meals at my workplace.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Despite the fact that I never actually had the sofritos from this popular place (I used to get the chicken), I wanted to make them because of a) my craving for tacos and b) my desire to remove meat from my diet.  Let me just say that I LOVED my sofritos at least 10 times more.  I braised mine to perfection, ridding all traces of “soy” taste from these tacos.  And the guacamole…okay that is what we are here for.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The guacamole at this famous Mexican grill is so delicious that they charge nearly $2 more to add it to your meal.  I love that they give large portions, so that’s good.  They also serve this wonderful corn pico de gallo.  These two toppings together make any taco or burrito bowl supreme.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So when I was given the opportunity to create a recipe for Casabella’s newest innovation, the Guac-Lock guacamole container, I knew I had to make a Grilled Corn Guacamole.  The fresh avocados shipped direct to me from Melissa’s Produce went divinely with the purees and dried herbs from Gourmet Garden.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And love the Guac-Lock I did!  I ate guacamole for a week.  On everything!  This photo was actually taken on day 5 of storing this guacamole.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Please note the freshness!  And it didn’t even taste sour or overwhelmed with onion, as most avocado dips do when they contact air.  I didn’t have to scrape off any grey unappealing discoloration from the top of the guacamole each day I ate it.

I just spooned out what I wanted and smoothed out the top.  The handy pusher tool provided made it simple to “squeeze” all the air out and seal the lid.

Love this thing!!

Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 106 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 10 g

Protein 2 g

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Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or 1 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic puree)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder (or pinch Gourmet Garden red chili flakes)

Instructions

  1. Spray a griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Place 2 shucked ears of corn on the grill, sprinkling with salt and pepper if desired. Grill over medium heat, rotating to grill each side, about 10-15 minutes until corn is tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Place diced avocado in a medium bowl and smash lightly with a fork or masher.
  3. Cut corn kernels off cob using a sharp knife, catching the kernels into a medium bowl.
  4. Add corn and remaining ingredients to mashed avocadoes and mix well, mashing while mixing.
  5. Transfer mixture to an airtight container (such as the Guac-Lock) and store up to 6 days in the refrigerator.

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This post was sponsored by Casabella, Gourmet Garden, and Melissa’s Produce. I received a Guac-Lock container, fresh herbs and pastes, and fresh avocados from the sponsors for participating in #GuacSquad12. All opinions, text, images, and recipes are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.

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Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. Apparently it’s not just for Alice you know. It’s for crazy busy moms with not enough time on their hands, over 40 hours of work a week, more doctor appointments than one can handle, and school functions that I didn’t even know existed.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve still been cooking. Er, well, I guess if bean tostadas and pasta and tomato sauce count. When I’m busy, my creative cooking sides goes into hiding. I literally cannot find her. I will be thoroughly pouring myself into my newest cookbooks to rectify that.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

We’ve also been eating a vegetarian lifestyle. So thinking of things to make has been a challenge.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I still make meatballs for a couple of the kids, but my finicky shark usually doesn’t eat meat, so I have to separate EVERYTHING. Funny thing, I gave it up for him-the meat stuff. Then I discovered my body was happier without meat. I still have it occasionally. Maybe twice a month. My husband apparently decided to follow suit and has given up red meat and eat less of everything else too. We feel good. We still love our dairy and eggs though!

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This recipe was one I made before I gave up meat, surprisingly. I just love pasta and spinach. So yea, that’s where this comes in. And it’s super easy to get on the table in around 30 minutes.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The final product!

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 232 calories

Fat 11 g

Carbs 25 g

Protein 9 g

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Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 8 dry lasagna noodles
  • one large zucchini sliced lengthwise into eight pieces
  • 8 loosely packed cups baby spinach
  • 1 oz fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tb basil purée from tube
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 12 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Add [1 tsp salt] and 8 uncooked lasagna noodles. Add sliced zucchini.
  3. In a food processor, combine the spinach, garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Stream in the olive oil with the processor running, until the mixture is emulsified.
  4. In a 2 quart casserole dish, spread 4 oz of spaghetti sauce.
  5. Drain the lasagna noodles and zucchini and place on damp paper towels.
  6. Spread a tablespoon of pesto down the center of each lasagna noodle. Top with a slice of zucchini. Roll up and place seam side down over pasta sauce in casserole. Repeat with remaining noodles and zucchini. Top with remaining pasta sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.

Notes

Use remaining pesto to spread onto plates before serving.
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Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I’ve been wanting to cross shrimp and grits off my cooking list. Little did I know I would be making Indian Curried Shrimp and Grits.

I was only using the brand new bottle of organic turmeric that was calling my name. A savory bed of spinach and shrimp all nestled into a bowl of flavorful grits sounded so good!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I really had no intention of writing this recipe, as I was just making myself dinner and lunch for the next day.

Let me just say, it was so delicious, I knew I would have no leftovers for lunch as I would have to share with my honey when he came from work. My kids had already enjoyed leftover spaghetti. My baby girl did eat some of my grits and of course, even she loved them. (She really does have good taste!)

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

What I love about this dish is…everything!

I love how the savory grits complement the smoky curry flavors of the sweet shrimp and onions and slight bitterness of the spinach. The love how the steam created when covering the spinach, and mixed with the olive oil and curry spices, creates a rich broth that runs gracefully over the corn grits.

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I love that each bite was as delicious as the first. And I love the light tang of Greek yogurt on top.

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I’m sad that it’s gone. But I am happy that I wrote it down so I can make it again!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

Cheers to a healthy gluten free dinner bursting with omega rich olive oil and lean protein!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

And now-I eat…

Please, tell me what you think!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach Over Grits

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Per Serving 256 calories

Fat 17 g

Carbs 17 g

Protein 12 g

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Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach Over Grits

Recipe may be doubled to serve 4. Recipe has been tested for 2 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quick cooking grits
  • 3 cups water plus 3 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 1/4 large onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt to taste
  • 6 oz frozen cooked jumbo shrimp, thawed and chopped
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 4 Tb nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the water and chicken bouillon over high heat to boiling. When the broth is boiling, slowly whisk in the dry grits. Reduce heat to medium low and continue whisking until grits begin to thicken. Reduce heat to low and cook a few minutes more, until desired consistency. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes, cooking and stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the minced garlic and cook 2 minutes more until fragrant. Add the spices.
  4. Stir in the chopped shrimp. Cook and stir about 3 minutes until heated through. Season to taste with salt.
  5. Top with baby spinach. Remove from heat and cover until spinach is wilted, about 4 minutes. Remove lid and stir to combine. Serve ladled over grits. Top with Greek yogurt, if desired.

A Tale of Two Proteins…and Two Oatmeals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The a2 Milk Company™ for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Life is full of choices.  Take the mid term in English or skip school for the beach. Go to college and get a degree or go directly to work. Turn right and go the pizzeria or turn left to grab a burger.

Have your oatmeal warm with milk or cold straight from the fridge. Have that milk with one protein or two. Wait-there’s an option?!

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You bet there is! Did you know that most milk companies produce milk with two forms of protein-a1 and a2. These proteins are found in most dairy products, including butter, cheese, sour cream and regular milk. Recent studies have found that a1 protein is a cause of most discomfort in persons with self diagnosed lactose intolerances, where in actuality, only 3-4% of people are professionally diagnosed with such.

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Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

One of my biggest childhood comfort foods is oatmeal. My grandma always made oatmeal for us with milk and sugar. But until recently, I found I cannot tolerate regular milk well and switched to almond milk. For anyone that has had warm almond milk, you know it is no treat.

I decided to create two healthy oatmeal recipes to feature this milk. Oatmeal is naturally gluten free and a2 Milk® is easy on the belly, so these two oatmeal recipes are perfect for anyone with tummy sensitivities.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

One oatmeal recipe starts with a jar of dry ingredients that can be left for your kids to prepare for themselves in the morning. Growing up, my mom always left a bowl of instant oatmeal on the counter for us before school, and all we needed to do was add some hot water. With this recipe, cold milk can be added, then a few minutes in the microwave and they have a delicious hot breakfast that tastes like a warm oatmeal raisin cookie. Your kids will love it!

Vanilla sugar with brown and white sugar and vanilla bean paste.

Warm Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Oatmeal
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup a2 Milk®
2 Tb raisins
1 Tb vanilla sugar (recipe below)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
pinch sea salt

Combine the dry ingredients in a mason jar or bowl with tight fitting lid. Store until ready to serve, up to 2 weeks. To serve, add dry ingredients to a 3 cup microwave safe bowl. Add a2 Milk® and heat on high for 2-3 minutes, watching carefully for overheating. Stir and serve. (For the vanilla sugar, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 granulated sugar and 1 tsp vanilla bean paste in a shaker jar. Shake well until combined and store tightly covered at room temperature.)

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The other oatmeal recipe is created for grown ups with healthy eating habits like myself. It’s a simple grab and go overnight oatmeal that can be prepared anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days before hand. Full of protein and omega rich almond butter and chia seeds, this berry almond coconut oatmeal is a real grown up treat.

A fresh start to a busy mom's morning begins with the milk that is right for you and heart healthy ingredients.

Berry Almond Overnight Oats with Coconut and Chia Seeds
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 – 1 1/4 cups a2 Milk®
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
2 Tb sweetened flakes coconut
1 Tb chia seeds
2 tsp almond butter
1 packet stevia or sweetener of choice

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or bowl with tight fitting lid. Stir to combine and refrigerate a minimum of two hours to overnight, before serving. Enjoy cold, straight from the fridge.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Which oatmeal recipe will you choose?

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Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patrick’s Day

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When I was a young girl, my parents bought me an Easy Bake Oven for my birthday. I remember mixing a teeny bowl of cake mix and carefully pouring it in a miniature cake pan, putting the pan on a little metal tray and inserting it into the tiny oven that was basically a very hot light bulb in a metal box. I made my little brother his very own First Birthday cake with that cool toy, which he joyfully smeared all over his face.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My oldest son loves to cook with me and he’s been creating new recipes on his own. He’s always wanted his own Easy Bake Oven, until he watched the infomercial for The Perfect Cooker. He hounded me and hounded me for one until I caved. I found one on sale at Kohl’s (lucky me!).

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You wouldn’t believe how many delicious meals the little appliance can whip up. Mac and Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and even Cheesecake! So far he’s made Banana Bread, Lava Brownies and Spaghetti in his Perfect Cooker. One meal he really wanted to make was a Shepherd’s Pie.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

One day my son had a lot of homework, so he didn’t have time to play with his new appliance. So I decided to surprise him with a quick and easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie.

My son is a mashed potato king, so it’s no wonder he was craving it so much. Every week we go to Hometown Buffet-I know, every week but that’s a whole other story. The only thing he always gets is mashed potatoes and gravy. So yea, Shepherd’s Pie was highly appealing to him.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love this skillet version I threw together, as it starts with lean ground turkey and seasonings, with simple frozen veggies and spaghetti sauce mixed in, all topped with cheesy mashed potatoes. It’s a perfect quick weeknight meal.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you have a hankering for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day dinner, but are short on time or haven’t got around to picking up a corned beef, this dinner is perfect for you!

Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 334 calories

Fat 20 g

Carbs 19 g

Protein 22 g

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Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 1-2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 1/2 cups instant mashed potato flakes
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • 3 Tb butter
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook two minutes. Add the ground turkey and break down, cooking with the onion until onion is softened and turkey is browned.
  2. Add the garlic, salt and pepper. Stir in the frozen vegetables and spaghetti sauce. Cover and cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 cups water to boiling. Add the instant potato flakes and 3 Tb butter. Whisk until combined. Stir in the milk and whisk until fluffy.
  4. Spread the potatoes over the ground beef mixture in the skillet. Top with shredded cheese and cover until cheese is melted and pie is heated through. Remove from heat. Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark Have you gotten into the spaghetti squash fad yet? So many people that are on gluten free or low carb diets are eating spaghetti squash by the truck load. While I’m not in that crowd-yet-I am watching a lot of my gluten intake lately.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

As a person with IBS and chronic bloating, I’m trying a lot of low FODMAP (Google it-it’s a mouthful) foods lately. Basically foods that don’t make you bloated or gassy or…well you get the picture.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This past weekend I made the family steak and potatoes. They also requested baked beans. Those are on my No-No list. So opting for another veggie I pulled out my leftover spaghetti squash flesh I made earlier this week. I wanted to make an easy to plate fritter. I added spinach and onions.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My baby girl polished off her portion. My boys said to leave out the onions. They really give them amazing flavor so use onion flakes if you have them. I’m not supposed to have onions, but in moderation, it’s okay.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love the crispy outside and tender inside of these fritters.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This dish is also perfect for vegetarians and those giving up meat this time of year. You can serve it as a side dish for 4, or as a main dish for 2! And I love that it’s quick, easy and tasty!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

A bit of greek yogurt or sour cream is just lovely with these. If you have lactose intolerance, you can certainly leave it out.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These are so easy to throw together. Especially if you already have leftover spaghetti squash. If you don’t, it’s really simple to make. Check out the notes portion in the recipe below for directions.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I finally bought myself a really good waffle maker about a month ago. I love it!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Check out how to make this recipe below!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 76 calories

Fat 3 g

Carbs 7 g

Protein 5 g

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Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and stranded spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup baby chopped spinach
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion (or 1 tsp onion flakes)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tb coconut flour
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp tarragon
  • Dash chili powder
  • 4 Tb nonfat greek yogurt (optional)
  • 2 Tb chopped parsley (optional)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in the order listed and mix gently.
  2. Spray a preheated waffle iron (with 4 sections) with cooking spray. Spoon half the mixture into the waffle iron and close. Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Repeat with remaining vegetable mixture.
  3. Serve with a spoonful of greek yogurt and chopped parsley. Make 2 main dish or 4 side dish servings.

Notes

To cook spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Place flesh side down on baking sheet. Prick with fork in several places. Bake at 375F until flesh pulls away from shell, 45-90 minutes, depending on size of squash. Or microwave, pricking all over first, then heating for 10-15 minutes. Cool slightly then cut open, scoop out seeds and then flesh.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad – #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The easiest Valentine’s meal you can make your sweetie this year is a great big salad bursting with fresh crispy vegetables, sweet succulent shrimp and nutty sesame dressing. I threw together this gorgeous salad one evening-made to serve 6-and my sweetie ate half the pan.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Though I don’t blame him! The Asian Sesame Dressing by TLish is pretty darn addicting. It is nutty, sweet and savory all in one bite! Tiffany Denson used to make jars and jars of these dressing for her neighbors in Birmingham, Alabama before being convinced to sell it market wide, after having sold over 1700 jars in the year 2010.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

It’s no wonder this sold like hotcakes, just look at that sweet dressing. You know you want to reach out and catch that drip right there. Just like the bottle says, “all natural. all good.”

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I layered plenty of fresh produce to create texture and depth to this crispy salad. Topped with crunchy wonton strips, this salad is a gem. Mann’s Packing, which began from a carrot stand in 1939, quickly began selling a larger variety of fresh produce and has it’s own Asian Citrus Crunch Salad Kit too, if you’re in a pinch for a quick dinner. It has all the fix’ins in the bag! Majority women owned and always fresh, Mann Packing has just what you need to complete your meal.

 

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Though I made this with individually purchased produce, because I didn’t get around to using my gifts from Mann’s Packing-yet-I just had to share that they had a comparable product that was perfect for this dish!

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

All the way down to the wonton strips!

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Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

First layer up, a red and green lettuce combination and diced bell peppers.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cabbage and more bell peppers.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

More lettuce and sweet red onions.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fresh cucumbers and carrots.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Succulent salad shrimp and nutty sesame seeds. And a sprinkle of lime zest.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Finally some wonton strips and salad dressing. (Notice a pattern of layering by twos?)

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Such quick prep for salad that will disappear from your plate right before your eyes. Yummy!

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Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 652 calories

Fat 47 g

Carbs 50 g

Protein 10 g

6


Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups red leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 large red onion, quartered and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 2 cups salad shrimp
  • 2 Tb black sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 1/3 cup TLish Asian Sesame Dressing
  • 12 wonton wrappers
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Prep and wash the produce. Thaw and drain the shrimp, if frozen.
  2. In a large glass bowl or 13x9" baking dish, layer the salad ingredients. First half the lettuce, then half the bell peppers, followed by all of the cabbage and the remaining bell peppers. Layer the remaining half of the lettuce, followed by the red onion. Layer next the cucumbers and carrots. Drizzle the salad with the sesame oil and lime juice.
  3. Top with the salad shrimp and the sesame seeds. Sprinkle with the lime zest.
  4. In a small fry pan, heat oil to 350F. Cut the wonton wrappers into strips. Carefully fry the wrappers until they are lightly golden, flipping to cook evenly on both sides, about 30 seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Top the salad with crispy wonton strips and drizzle with TLish Asian Sesame Dressing.

Notes

Any Asian dressing can be substituted in place of the brand name dressing.

This post was sponsored by TLish and Mann Packing. I received complimentary product from the sponsor for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.


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Lemon Chicken and Broccoli

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

There’s a thing about Chinese food. It’s either super greasy and laden with salt, or it’s simple, lightly woked and bursting with freshness.

I choose to make my Chinese food at home the latter way. I love my vegetables to be crisp tender and bright, therefore I blanch them. And I prefer my meats to be grilled with a bit of sauce that can actually stick. So I toss my proteins in cornstarch and lightly cook them in a touch of oil, then add in my sauce.

 

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enter this Light Lemon Chicken and Broccoli. Where I’ve diced little pieces of lean chicken breast and tossed them in cornstarch, then cooked them evenly and tossed together with freshly blanched broccoli.

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Our family loves Chinese buffets, but I really wish more of the selections were made like this, instead of swimming in salty sauce and loads of grease. Maybe it’s the just the buffets that make it this way. Because I have dined at Chinese restaurants, and their food-so much better!

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love the bright green of this broccoli and light coating on the chicken. Such a match made in poultry.

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 311 calories

Fat 16 g

Carbs 13 g

Protein 30 g

4


Lemon Chicken and Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 14 oz chicken breast, diced in 1/2" pieces
  • 2 Tb cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb broccoli florets
  • dash salt
  • dash pepper
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash chili powder (optional)
  • 1 Tb canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet or wok set over medium heat, heat 1/2 Tb canola oil. Add the broccoli and season with salt, pepper, garlic and chili powders. Saute lightly to coat then pour 1/4 cup water over and cover. Cook until crisp tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Transfer broccoli to a colander and rinse quickly under running water. Set aside.
  3. Toss the chicken in 2 Tb cornstarch, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.
  4. Wipe the skillet then add remaining 1/2 Tb canola oil. Cook the chicken over medium, stirring occassionally, until cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 3/4 cup cold water, 1 tsp cornstarch, lemon juice and ginger. Pour over the chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook until sauce is slightly thickened and bubbly, then add back in broccoli, until heated through.
  7. Serve with rice or noodles, if desired.

Grilled Asparagus and Brussels over Greens with Tuna and Egg

Grilled Asparagus and Brussels over Greens with Tuna and Egg | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Okay seriously, I love food! So why can’t I just take my love of food and learn to really love food!?! It’s like I need to be challenged to get my tooshie moving and my mind creating and my body craving.

I’ve had baby #4-enough is enough! I need to burn this baby fat!! If my finicky shark can learn to love green veggies-even beg for them-then I can learn to crave all things healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE veggies!! But I also crave evil food like carbs and starches and gooey sugary goodness. Wait, back on track…

Can you believe Jesse actually enjoyed the sautéed kale at dinner last night!? And of course he also enjoyed the grilled asparagus I made for dinner tonight.

I think the fact that I love a challenge and love writing encouraged me to write myself a great meal plan for this week.

Egg White Kale Scramble Wraps, Chicken and Wild Rice Thai Lettuce Wraps, Pork Cauliflower Fried Rice, and Sausage and White Bean Fennel Stew are just a few ideas in my head for the week!

My dinner was so beautiful and tasty healthy that I just had to share. Even if I did only snap a photo with my iPhone 6 instead of my Canon DSLR!

Grilled Asparagus and Brussels over Greens with Tuna and Egg
Ingredients:
2 cups green leaf lettuce
1 cup asparagus
1 cup brussels sprouts
1 3.5 oz can chunk light tuna, drained
1 egg, hard boiled
1 Tb olive oil
1 tsp Mrs Dash
Dash hot sauce
Squeeze lemon

Directions:
On a griddle, drizzle the olive oil. Heat over medium.

Trim the ends of the asparagus and stems of the brussels sprouts. Cut the brussels in half along the stem.

Grill the vegetables about 5 minutes, turning frequently and seasoning with Mrs Dash.

Grilled Asparagus and Brussels over Greens with Tuna and Egg | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Chop the lead lettuce and place in a large bowl. Cut the asparagus into bite sized pieces. Top the raw greens with the grilled greens, tuna and egg, sliced.
Finish with dash hot sauce and squeeze of lemon.

Enjoy eating green and staying healthy!!

Grilled Asparagus and Brussels over Greens with Tuna and Egg | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta – #SRC

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If ever there was a dish I wish I’d made sooner, it is this one. I think I’ve had Chicken Piccata maybe once before in my life. After last night this meal will have to be in my make again list at least once a month. And that is saying a lot, because in my house, I rarely make things more than 6 times a year. No lie! I love variety!

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And apparently Kate loves variety too! Kate is a member of our Secret Recipe Club where we share recipes from other bloggers every month, and then, surprise, “we picked you!” It really is a fun way to “check out a new cookbook” every month. Especially Kate’s blog at A Spoonful of Thyme.

I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time on another person’s blog perusing around and just reading everything!

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Kate’s love of cooking came from many Sunday dinner’s at her grandmother’s house as a kid. Kate and I really have a lot of food love history in common, I noticed.

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

She had loads and loads of recipes to choose from as she is really quite the recipe collector, like Warm Salad with Asparagus and Prawns and Mississippi Mud Cake. I searched and searched for something that really came from Kate. I almost made her lasagna, quite literally called Kate’s Lasagna.

I like to pick recipes that are the most original when I do my SRC posts. Recipes that come from the blogger’s heart and not a recipe of a recipe.

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This Chicken Piccata is Kate’s spin on one of her favorites. And I already had all the ingredients in the house. (You mommies know you hate dragging all the kids out just to get a few ingredients from the store.) The only changes I made was adding a bit more butter and chicken stock (or pasta water in my case) and more capers. And I served this with angel hair pasta.

Oh my, this truly was one of the best things I’ve enjoyed. Making-this-again!!!! My hubby said—make more sauce!!! He loved it! Next time I’m doubling the sauce! It was so refreshingly delicious!

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
1/2 cup flour for dredging
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 Tb olive oil
4 Tb butter, divided
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3/4 cup chicken stock, or pasta cooking water mixed with bouillon
2-3 Tb fresh lemon juice
2 Tb brined capers, rinsed and drained
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 Tb parsley, chopped, for garnish
8 oz angel hair pasta, uncooked
1 Tb butter
1 Tb parsley, chopped
Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Directions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling and cook the angel hair pasta as directed on the packaging. Reserve up to one cup of the pasta water when draining.

Begin by butterflying the chicken breasts, then slicing them all the way through. Pound the chicken if it is still too thick. This will make 4 pieces of chicken.

Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the salt and pepper and dredge well in the flour.

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Heat the olive oil and 2 Tb of the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the coated chicken pieces and cook on each side about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep warm in the microwave or oven.

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Drain any remaining oil from the skillet and return to the stove top. Deglaze the pan with the wine, scraping up the tiny bits from the chicken. Add the rinsed capers and garlic and simmer two minutes until the wine is reduced by half.

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the chicken stock or pasta cooking water mixed with 1 tsp chicken bouillon. Stir in the lemon juice and add the chicken back to the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, carefully flipping the chicken over. And yes, in all my haste I forgot to take a picture with the chicken in the sauce!

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Transfer the chicken back to a warm plate. Add the remaining 2 Tb butter and lemon slices to the skillet and cook and stir until the butter has melted and the lemon slices have slightly softened.

To serve, toss the cooked angel hair pasta with 1 Tb butter and 1 Tb chopped parsley. Plate 1/4 of the pasta topped with one piece of chicken. Spoon over some of the sauce and sprinkle with additional chopped parsley. Serve with additional white wine, if desired.

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I used the same wine I cooked with, a refreshing Gewürztraminer. It was perfection!

Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 639 calories

Fat 31 g

Carbs 59 g

Protein 29 g

4


Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup flour for dredging
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 4 Tb butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock, or pasta cooking water mixed with bouillon
  • 2-3 Tb fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tb brined capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tb parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • 8 oz angel hair pasta, uncooked
  • 1 Tb butter
  • 1 Tb parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling and cook the angel hair pasta as directed on the packaging. Reserve up to one cup of the pasta water when draining.
  2. Begin by butterflying the chicken breasts, then slicing them all the way through. Pound the chicken if it is still too thick. This will make 4 pieces of chicken.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the salt and pepper and dredge well in the flour.
  4. Heat the olive oil and 2 Tb of the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the coated chicken pieces and cook on each side about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep warm in the microwave or oven.
  5. Drain any remaining oil from the skillet and return to the stove top. Deglaze the pan with the wine, scraping up the tiny bits from the chicken. Add the rinsed capers and garlic and simmer two minutes until the wine is reduced by half.
  6. Stir in the chicken stock or pasta cooking water mixed with 1 tsp chicken bouillon. Stir in the lemon juice and add the chicken back to the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, carefully flipping the chicken over.
  7. Transfer the chicken back to a warm plate. Add the remaining 2 Tb butter and lemon slices to the skillet and cook and stir until the butter has melted and the lemon slices have slightly softened.
  8. To serve, toss the cooked angel hair pasta with 1 Tb butter and 1 Tb chopped parsley. Plate 1/4 of the pasta topped with one piece of chicken. Spoon over some of the sauce and sprinkle with additional chopped parsley. Serve with additional white wine, if desired.

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