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

2


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.

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!

I really love that both of these amazing sponsors offered up this perfect match made in salad heaven! And thanks to Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla, 22 awesome bloggers are offering over 1oo recipes for your Valentine’s Day meal plan.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

(Why does this salad look so tiny from way up here?) It’s huge!

For an opportunity to win these wonderful and healthful products, check out the giveaway at the end of this post.

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!

Don’t forget the Rafflecopter giveaway with #FreshTastyValentines below!!

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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Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto #TripleSBites

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So remember when I said steak was my husband’s most romantic meal? Well mine is Mexican food.

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The kind that is covered with sauces and creams and bursting with fresh herbs and spices. The kind that practically melts in your mouth when you take that first bite. The kind that zings on the tip of your tongue.

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love mine with gooey cheese and hearty corn tortillas. That is my favorite flavor combination on earth. And don’t even get me started on tacos. I especially love the thick yellow corn tortillas that taste homemade. Or better yet, actual homemade tortillas. With seafood being on the sexy and fancy side, I decided I would go with shrimp enchiladas frescas. Frescas – made with fresh ingredients, including fresh bottled salsa from Mekenita Mexican Grille.

 Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These enchiladas filled with citrus shrimp with fresh zested lemon, wrapped up in a warm corn tortilla and doused with creamy pepper jack cheese sauce totally meet that match. Gourmet Garden’s fresh herbs and pastes make the risotto extra savory. Served alongside a creamy brown rice risotto and stir-fried vegetables, this meal makes a reasonably healthy romantic Mexican dish.

 

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Ingredients:
Shrimp Filling:
12 oz small shrimp, peeled and thawed if frozen
1 Tb canola oil
1 Tb butter
1 lemon, juiced and zested (use your Kitchen IQ Spice Grater for zesting)
1 tsp Gourmet Garden cilantro paste
dash salt and pepper

Cheese Sauce:
2 Tb butter
2 Tb flour
3 Tb Neufchatel cream cheese
1 cup milk
12 oz pepperjack, freshly grated

8 thick yellow corn tortillas (I used 16 extra thin ones)
1/3 cup Mekenita salsa

Brown Rice Risotto:
3/4 cup brown rice
1 1/2 Tb canola oil
1 Tb Gourmet Garden chunky garlic paste
1 Tb Gourmet Garden cilantro paste
1 Tb chicken bouillon
3-4 1/2 cups BOILING water

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Directions:
For the brown rice risotto heat the oil in a medium sauté pan with the garlic and rice. Stir and brown the rice for about five minutes. Stir in the cilantro and chicken bouillon. Stir in 2 1/2 cups BOILING water and cover. Cook over low heat for 35 minutes remove lid and continue cooking adding half cup of BOILING water at a time and stirring frequently until the rice is creamy and soft, about 15 minutes more. Remove from heat.

When the rice is nearly done cooking, begin the enchiladas by combining the butter and milk in a medium sauce pan to create a roux. Add in the cream cheese until melted and whisk in the milk. When the mixture is slightly bubbly and thickened, stir in the grated pepper jack cheese.

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mix until smooth and remove from heat.

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For the shrimp melt the butter and canola oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Zest the lemon using your KitchenIQ Spice Grater or similar product. Add the shrimp, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cook and stir until the shrimp are pink, about five minutes.

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Heat tortillas on a griddle over medium heat, on both sides for about one minute, until warmed. Place on a plate and carefully spoon a few pieces of shrimp into each tortilla. Roll tightly with the seams down and ladle the cheese sauce over the enchiladas.

Serve along side the brown rice risotto and some stir-fried veggies, if you’d like. Garnish with Gourmet Garden’s lightly dried cilantro and Mekenita salsa.

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Now go surprise your honey with this romantic Mexican dish.

 

#TripleSBites #Giveaway | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This post was sponsored by Gourmet Garden, Mekenita and Kitchen IQ. I received herbs and pastes, salsa and a spice grater from the sponsors for participating in #TripleSBites. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

This post contains affiliate links.

 

Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto #TripleSBites – GIVEAWAY

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 869 calories

Fat 52 g

Carbs 60 g

Protein 42 g

4


Shrimp Enchiladas Frescas and Brown Rice Risotto #TripleSBites – GIVEAWAY

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 11

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Shrimp Filling

  • 12 oz small shrimp, peeled and thawed if frozen
  • 1 Tb canola oil
  • 1 Tb butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden cilantro paste
  • dash salt and pepper
  • For the Cheese Sauce

  • 2 Tb butter
  • 2 Tb flour
  • 3 Tb Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 12 oz pepperjack, freshly grated
  • 8 thick yellow corn tortillas
  • 1/3 cup Mekenita salsa
  • For the Brown Rice Risotto

  • 3/4 cup brown rice
  • 1 1/2 Tb canola oil
  • 1 Tb Gourmet Garden chunky garlic paste
  • 1 Tb Gourmet Garden cilantro paste
  • 1 Tb chicken bouillon
  • 3-4 1/2 cups BOILING water

Instructions

  1. For the brown rice risotto heat the oil in a medium sauté pan with the garlic and rice. Stir and brown the rice for about five minutes. Stir in the cilantro and chicken bouillon. Stir in 2 1/2 cups BOILING water and cover. Cook over low heat for 35 minutes remove lid and continue cooking adding half cup of BOILING water at a time and stirring frequently until the rice is creamy and soft, about 15 minutes more. Remove from heat.
  2. When the rice is nearly done cooking, begin the enchiladas by combining the butter and milk in a medium sauce pan to create a roux. Add in the cream cheese until melted and whisk in the milk. When the mixture is slightly bubbly and thickened, stir in the grated pepper jack cheese. Mix until smooth and remove from heat.
  3. For the shrimp melt the butter and canola oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Zest the lemon. Add the shrimp, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook and stir until the shrimp are pink, about five minutes.
  4. Heat tortillas on a griddle over medium heat, on both sides for about one minute, until warmed. Place on a plate and carefully spoon a few pieces of shrimp into each tortilla. Roll tightly with the seams down and ladle the cheese sauce over the enchiladas.
  5. Serve along side the brown rice risotto and some stir-fried veggies, if you’d like. Garnish with Gourmet Garden’s lightly dried cilantro and Mekenita salsa.

 

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Chai Sweet Chili Shrimp Cocktail Cups #TripleSBites

Chai Sweet Chili Shrimp Cocktail Cups | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Romantic bites – there’s nothing sexier than a romantic bite now I know this is a family blog but when people think of romance we tend to think of mouths and kissing – and tasting. So romantic bites are just that. It’s taking a small piece of food and putting it into your mouth and enjoying every flavor, every spice or every sweetness.

 

Chai Sweet Chili Shrimp Cocktail Cups | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Shrimp cocktail is one of those appetizers that brings out just that. It’s a small, sexy bite of food and when paired with Spicy Chai Sauce by Intensity Academy, it is heaven in a shot glass. With a few sticks of jicama and carrots, this appetizer is a sure honey pleaser.

 

Chai Sweet Chili Shrimp Cocktail Cups | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Ingredients:
12 ounces of shrimp, peeled with the tail on
1 medium jicama, peeled
two medium carrots, peeled
1/2 cup Spicy Chai Sauce
2 chives, sliced lengthwise (optional)

 

Chai Sweet Chili Shrimp Cocktail Cups | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Directions:
Begin by rinsing and thawing shrimp and blotting with a paper towel to dry. Cut the jicama into long strips about the size of thin french fries. Do the same with the carrots. Pour 2 tablespoons of spicy chai sauce in the bottom of a tall shot glass or appetizer glass. Arrange the jicama and carrots in the middle and 5 shrimp on the outside hanging over the rim.

 

Chai Sweet Chili Shrimp Cocktail Cups | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Garnish with a sprig of chive if desired. Serve immediately.

 

#TripleSBites #Giveaway | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This post was sponsored by Intensity Academy. I received one bottle of sauce from the sponsor for participating in #TripleSBites. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

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Chai Sweet Chili Shrimp Cocktail Cups

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 90 calories

Fat 1 g

Carbs 12 g

Protein 9 g

6


Chai Sweet Chili Shrimp Cocktail Cups

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 2

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of shrimp, peeled with the tail on
  • 1 medium jicama, peeled
  • two medium carrots, peeled
  • 1/2 cup Spicy Chai Sauce
  • 2 chives, sliced lengthwise (optional)

Instructions

  1. Begin by rinsing and thawing shrimp and blotting with a paper towel to dry.
  2. Cut the jicama into long strips about the size of thin french fries. Do the same with the carrots. Pour 2 tablespoons of spicy chai sauce in the bottom of a tall shot glass or appetizer glass. Arrange the jicama and carrots in the middle and 5 shrimp on the outside hanging over the rim.Garnish with a sprig of chive if desired. Serve immediately.

Voodoo Red Calamari with Spicy Mayo Sauce #TripleSBites

Voodoo Red Calamari with Spicy Mayo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My second post of #TripleSBites features calamari. My husband and I often get calamari when we go out on date night (we actually get a date night!) therefore I give you this “sexy” appetizer. Seafood to me is always romantic. Some say even an aphrodisiac.

 

Voodoo Red Calamari with Spicy Mayo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The perfect seasoning that I found for this calamari was Voodoo Chef’s Red seasoning which consists of a zesty mixture of salt, garlic, paprika and spices, making it perfect for almost any dish.

 

Voodoo Red Calamari with Spicy Mayo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Crispy breading coats sweet calamari and is served alongside spicy creamy mayo sauce. Drizzled with a bit of lemon this is perfection. To top this off, it is sprinkled with Gourmet Garden’s Lightly Dried Parsley.
Voodoo Red Calamari with Spicy Mayo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ingredients:
2 lbs calamari rings and tentacles
2 cups buttermilk
2 tsp Voodoo Chef Red or other seasoning salt
2 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs
1 Tb Voodoo Chef Red or other seasoning salt
Cooking spray
1/2 cup Intensity Academy Spicy Mayonnaise
1/4 cup light sour cream
1 Tb Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Parsley
1 lemon, sliced into wedges

 

Voodoo Red Calamari with Spicy Mayo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Directions:
Defrost the calamari if frozen, according to package directions. Mix together the calamari, buttermilk and 2 tsp seasoning salt in a large bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour but no more than 8 hours.

Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a 13×9 baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking liner. Spray generously with cooking spray.

In a pie plate or other type of dish, combine the bread crumbs and 1 Tb seasoning salt. Coating one piece at a time, gently shake off the buttermilk and dredge each calamari piece in the breadcrumbs.

 

Voodoo Red Calamari with Spicy Mayo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Transfer the breaded calamari to the prepared baking sheet. Generously coat the tops of the calamari with more cooking spray.

 

Voodoo Red Calamari with Spicy Mayo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and calamari are firm.

In a small bowl, combine the Spicy Mayonnaise and sour cream. Serve the calamari with the Spicy Mayonnaise Dip and a lemon wedge. Garnish with lightly dried parsley.

 

#TripleSBites #Giveaway | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This post was sponsored by Voodoo Chef, Intensity Academy and Gourmet Garden. I received a jar of seasoning, a bottle of spicy mayonnaise and fresh packaged herbs from the sponsors for participating in #TripleSBites. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

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Voodoo Red Calamari with Spicy Mayo Sauce

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 375 calories

Fat 16 g

Carbs 32 g

Protein 25 g

8


Voodoo Red Calamari with Spicy Mayo Sauce

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 10

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs calamari rings and tentacles
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tsp Voodoo Chef Red or other seasoning salt
  • 2 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 1 Tb Voodoo Chef Red or other seasoning salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup Intensity Academy Spicy Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1 Tb Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Parsley
  • 1 lemon, sliced into wedges

Instructions

  1. Defrost the calamari if frozen, according to package directions. Mix together the calamari, buttermilk and 2 tsp seasoning salt in a large bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour but no more than 8 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a 13×9 baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking liner. Spray generously with cooking spray.
  3. In a pie plate or other type of dish, combine the bread crumbs and 1 Tb seasoning salt. Coating one piece at a time, gently shake off the buttermilk and dredge each calamari piece in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Transfer the breaded calamari to the prepared baking sheet. Generously coat the tops of the calamari with more cooking spray.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and calamari are firm.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the Spicy Mayonnaise and sour cream. Serve the calamari with the Spicy Mayonnaise Dip and a lemon wedge. Garnish with lightly dried parsley.

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m a freezer scavenger. I like to dig through my freezer and pull out various items and create meals on a whim.

Sometimes it’s the only way I can come up with dinner ideas when my brain is fogged up from a long day at work. And I’ve failed to plan the weeks’ meals.

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love tortellini. My kids love tortellini. Who doesn’t love pasta shaped like little hats and filled with cheese!? It’s cute!

So when I created this meal for the family, it was every intention of mine to serve the kiddos the tortellini and sauce and mom and dad the mushrooms and mussels to go with it.

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

It was good!

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels
Ingredients:
19 oz frozen tortellini
1 lb frozen cooked mussels
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup, plus 1 Tb butter or margarine
1/2 cup flour
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 cup white wine
3 cups lowfat milk
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling and cook the tortellini according to package directions. Drain and toss with 1 Tb butter and set aside.

In a large sauce pan, melt the 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute. Add the sliced mushrooms and sauté two minutes more. Add the flour. Stir until coated.

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Slowly stir in the white wine. Cook until reduced by half.

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add the milk, salt, pepper, basil and mussels.

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cook until heated through, thickened and bubbly.

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Serve the sauce ladled over the tortellini.

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Look who had cheesy hot dogs with their tortellini!

Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 632 calories

Fat 28 g

Carbs 62 g

Protein 30 g

6


Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms and Mussels

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 17

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 19 oz frozen tortellini
  • 1 lb frozen cooked mussels
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 Tb butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 3 cups lowfat milk
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling and cook the tortellini according to package directions. Drain and toss with 1 Tb butter and set aside.
  2. In a large sauce pan, melt the 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute. Add the sliced mushrooms and sauté two minutes more. Add the flour. Stir until coated.
  3. Slowly stir in the white wine. Cook until reduced by half.
  4. Add the milk, salt, pepper, basil and mussels.
  5. Cook until heated through, thickened and bubbly.
  6. Serve the sauce ladled over the tortellini.

 

It’s All Greek To Me – Cookbook Giveaway #FallForGreek

Have you ever been approached with an opportunity that you wanted to leap at? I mean, jump into the pool and dive in?
That’s exactly how I felt when I was offered the chance to review and giveaway It’s All Greek To Me by Debbie Matenopoulos.

It's All Greek to Me | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I adore Greek food! Absolutely adore it.

It's All Greek to Me | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
It’s so fresh and overwhelming with taste and it screams healthy ingredients. Nuts and oils and fruits and vegetables with grilled or baked proteins make up the majority of recipes in Debbie’s book.
Debbie was born in Virginia of Greek decent. Debbie’s own love of her family’s traditional food and desire to stay fit and healthy convinced her to write her own cookbook, where she delves into the food and dabbles little family stories on each recipe. Debbie has also had a career as an entertainment news reporter and television host, including televisions’ The View.
I could spend forever in this book and can’t wait to make the traditional Greek Cookies covered in sesame seeds that are compared to how America traditionalizes chocolate chip cookies.
I chose to make a meal out of four of Debbie’s mouth watering recipes.
For one, I had to make the Skorthalia, especially after reading the little family story blurb of a relative mistaking it for mashed potatoes and his face turning red.
The Skorthalia, or Garlic Sauce made with Potatoes, is typically served with cod (but I swear I could smear it on everything!). I even froze my leftover sauce in an ice cube tray for later!
So of course I made the Oven Fried Cod-just so I could have the Skorthalia. The Cod was the most amazing baked fish I ever made. My family inhaled it.

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And right alongside the cod recipe was a recipe for Seafood Rice, which was a basic risotto with shrimp and mussels. I omitted the mussels so my kids would eat it, and swapped frozen peas for frozen mixed veggies. All the same 😉 It was so savory and delicious.

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And finally I added the Greek Village Salad, which is almost considered a staple for most meals. That was refreshingly tasty, of course.
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Skorthalia-Garlic Sauce Made with Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 24

Per Serving 96 calories

Fat 7 g

Carbs 8 g

Protein 1 g

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Skorthalia-Garlic Sauce Made with Potatoes

Serve with baked cod or fish at room temperature. Store up to 5 days, covered in the refrigerator. *Tip: Freeze in ice cube trays for later use as individual servings.

Ingredients

  • 4 large Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeles
  • 2 Tb plus 1 1/2 tsp sea salt, and more to taste
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tb fresh squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)

Instructions

  1. Cut the peeled potatoes into 2" chunks and place in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with cold water and stir in the 2 Tb sea salt. Bring to a boil and boil over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Drain in a colander and immediately process in a food processor. Add the garlic and additional salt and process until smooth.
  3. Slowly stream in the olive oil with the machine running, followed by the lemon juice. Add more salt to taste, if desired.
  4. Makes 1 1/2 cups, or 24 servings at 2 Tb each.

Notes

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 3*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce

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Every time we visit a local Vietnamese Pho restaurant spring rolls are the first thing we order. I love the little peanuts they sprinkle on top of the dipping sauce.

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spring rolls are serious food.  Seriously delicious. Seriously healthy. Seriously simple. Serious. They are probably one of my husband’s and my favorite appetizer. Or meal. And the kids like ’em too. Especially when they are packed with shrimp and served with this sweet hoisin plum sauce.

There is not much to making these either, and they are reasonably affordable. They are gluten free when made with gluten free sauces, so they are perfect for gluten sensitivities or my finicky shark with autism. Spring roll wrappers are made with whole grain rice and bean threads are made with mung beans. You can’t go wrong with those ingredients.

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce

Ingredients:
14 spring roll wrappers (rice paper)
6 oz peeled shrimp
1/4 wedge cabbage
4 oz bean threads (vermicilli)
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 1/2 Tb oyster sauce
1/3 cup chopped peanuts or sunflower seeds

1/3 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup plum sauce
1 Tb water
2 Tb chopped peanuts or sunflower seeds

Directions:

Chop the peanuts (or sunflower seeds for those with peanut allergies).

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Cook the bean threads (vermicelli) according to package directions, about 6 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop the cabbage into large shreds.

Combine the hoison sauce, plum sauce and water. Sprinkle with 2 Tb chopped peanuts and set aside.

Remove the bean threads from the boiling water with tongs and rinse under cold water.

Chop the shrimp, if desired and add to the cooking water from the bean threads. Cook until shrimp are pink, about 4 minutes.

Toss the bean threads with the rice vinegar, sesame oil, oyster sauce and peanuts. Stir in the shrimp.

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Soak the rice paper wrappers in warm water for about 10 seconds, then transfer to a paper towel lined plate or cutting board.

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fill wrapper with a small amount of shredded cabbage and bean thread mixture.

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Roll like a burrito, folding first one long end, then the sides and rolling completely to cover.

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Aren’t they cute?

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Pile them up and serve immediately with plum sauce or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours.

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Derived from Allergy Proof Recipes for Kids by Leslie Hammond and Lynne Marie Rominger

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

*For gluten sensitivities, look for gluten free, organic hoisin sauce, oyster sauce and plum sauce.

What is your favorite Vietnamese food?

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Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 7

Per Serving 369 calories

Fat 7 g

Carbs 63 g

Protein 13 g

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Shrimp Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 10

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Spring Rolls

  • 14 spring roll wrappers (rice paper)
  • 6 oz peeled shrimp
  • 1/4 wedge cabbage
  • 4 oz bean threads (vermicilli)
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 Tb oyster sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts or sunflower seeds
  • For the Plum Sauce

  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup plum sauce
  • 1 Tb water
  • 2 Tb chopped peanuts or sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. Chop the peanuts (or sunflower seeds for those with peanut allergies).
  2. Cook the bean threads (vermicelli) according to package directions, about 6 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the cabbage into large shreds.
  4. Combine the hoisin sauce, plum sauce and water. Sprinkle with 2 Tb chopped peanuts and set aside.
  5. Remove the bean threads from the boiling water with tongs and rinse under cold water.
  6. Chop the shrimp, if desired and add to the cooking water from the bean threads. Cook until shrimp are pink, about 4 minutes.
  7. Toss the bean threads with the rice vinegar, sesame oil, oyster sauce and peanuts. Stir in the shrimp.
  8. Soak the rice paper wrappers in warm water for about 10 seconds, then transfer to a paper towel lined plate or cutting board.
  9. Fill wrapper with a small amount of shredded cabbage and bean thread mixture.
  10. Roll like a burrito, folding first one long end, then the sides and rolling completely to cover.
  11. Pile them up and serve immediately with plum sauce or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours.

Notes

For gluten sensitivities, look for gluten free, organic hoisin sauce, oyster sauce and plum sauce.

 

Tangy Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing

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At some point in the past month I became sucked into a matrimony with citrus fruits. And basically all things bursting with flavor and herbed freshness. One evening in my search for a shrimp and white bean concoction, I came across this simple recipe by Cooking Light. This salad looked over the top delicious! But of course, I added some of my own flair and zing to the shrimp mixture itself.

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As leftovers, this was every bit as amazing as the first time.

Such a perfect lunch the very next day…(just store and reheat the shrimp mixture separately.)

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And this takes just about 20 minutes to throw together on a busy day.

And I bet you may just have some of most of these ingredients. Don’t like shrimp? Use chicken! Don’t want spinach? Use endive or extra romaine!

Tangy Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing

Ingredients:
5 Tb Best Foods Olive Oil Mayonnaise
4 Tb Daisy Light Sour Cream
Juice of half lemon
1 tsp dill weed
Pinch salt
Pinch pepper

1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
1 15oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tb canola oil
3 gloves garlic
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Juice of half lemon

8 cups Spinach
1 cup carrots, julienned
12 leaves romaine lettuce
1 avocado, sliced
4 lemon wedges

All you do is throw a few things together, cook a little bit, stir a bit of this and squeeze a bit of that…and you have a flavorful, tangy, crisp fresh salad full of lean protein and Vitamin C.

Can’t beat that!

First mix the dressing ingredients together and set aside.

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Saute the garlic in the oil for a minute, then add the shrimp and seasonings. Add the beans and lemon juice and heat through until slightly thickened.

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Remove from heat and set aside.

Tangy Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Plate the lettuce, spinach and carrots and avocado slices onto 4 serving plates. Drizzle with dressing and top with shrimp and white bean mixture. Garnish with a lemon wedge for squeezing, of course.

That’s all there is to it!

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Recipe derived from Cooking Light

Tangy Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 694 calories

Fat 21 g

Carbs 87 g

Protein 46 g

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Tangy Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®:

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Dressing

  • 5 Tb Best Foods Olive Oil Mayonnaise
  • 4 Tb Daisy Light Sour Cream
  • Juice of half lemon
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • For the Shrimp and Bean Mixture

  • 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 15oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tb canola oil
  • 3 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Juice of half lemon
  • For the Salad

  • 8 cups Spinach
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • 12 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 lemon wedges

Instructions

  1. Combine the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the oil and garlic. Cook for one minute.
  3. Add the shrimp and seasonings and cook until shrimp is pink.
  4. Add the beans and lemon juice and heat through until slightly thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Divide salad ingredients among 4 plates.
  6. Drizzle with dressing and top with shrimp and bean mixture.
  7. Garnish with a lemon wedge for squeezing. Serve immediately.

Herbed Tilapia with Yogurt Dill Sauce and Tomato Feta Salad

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I was walking with my friends this afternoon and perusing through Pinterest at the same time, and by the time our walk was over, I was hungry! Then we thought, gosh if only we could just look at food images and be satisfied, rather than having eat it and get fat. And in that case, wouldn’t it be nice of we could watch a workout video and lose weight in the process!?

My husband commented to me this morning, “When did people get so obsessed with their phones?” Our society just can’t be without them. For me, I find it extremely useful for networking. I can even write on this page while my husband is driving. For others it is the convenience of always having a listening ear. People like to be heard. And people like to share. And I love the sharing part-hence all the Pinterest perusing 😉

Greek fish

So it got me to thinking that that is exactly how I came about making this Herb Rubbed Tilapia with Dill Yogurt Sauce and Tomato Feta Salad. By being influenced by what I find on my good old phone. While networking, such as Facebook that is. My friend Ilonka posted in one our motivating Fitness groups that she had made a delicious flaky fish that evening. And then I made some too!

A fit meal made for a healthy eater, this is flaky tender tilapia fillets rubbed with lemon juice and herbs and a bit of healthy oil glaze. Served alongside a dollop of dilled yogurt sauce and a fresh side of sweet grape tomatoes tossed with lean feta cheese and heart healthy kalamata olives. Yum!

Greek fish yum

Herbed Tilapia with Yogurt Dill Sauce and Tomato Feta Salad

Ingredients:
Dill sauce:
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tsp dry dill weed
1/2 tsp garlic salt
2 Tb lemon

Fish rub:
2 Tb oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp tarragon
1/4 tsp black pepper

Tomato Feta Salad:
1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
1/3 cup feta mixed
1 Tb oil
2 Tb chopped kalamata olives
Dash pepper

1 lb tilapia

Follow these simple steps for a meal in less than just 20 minutes…really!

First preheat the oven to 450F.

Then mix all the Dill Sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside to mingle the flavors.

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 Then mix the Fish Rub ingredients well and rub the mixture all over the tilapia. Bake this on baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray in a 450F oven for 10-12 minutes.

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Finally, while the fish is baking, prepare the Tomato Feta Salad by combining all the ingredients in a medium bowl. (I had a picture of this, but my camera ate it.)

Serve the fish with 1/2 cup of the Tomato Feta Salad and 2 Tb of the Dill Sauce.

Greek fish bite

Makes 4-flavor packed good for you and good for your mood-servings.
We served this meal with my Greek Herb and Citrus Quick Roasted Potatoes.

*Finicky Shark note: my boys like the fish with ketchup and love the tomato salad with the olives.

Herbed Tilapia with Yogurt Dill Sauce and Tomato Feta Salad

Prep Time: 13 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 273 calories

Fat 17 g

Carbs 6 g

Protein 27 g

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Herbed Tilapia with Yogurt Dill Sauce and Tomato Feta Salad

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 7

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For Dill sauce

  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp dry dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 Tb lemon
  • For Fish

  • 1 pound tilapia fillets
  • 2 Tb canola or olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp tarragon
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • For Tomato Feta Salad

  • 1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup feta mixed
  • 1 Tb canola or olive oil
  • 2 Tb chopped kalamata olives
  • Dash pepper

Instructions

  1. First preheat the oven to 450F.
  2. Then mix all the Dill Sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside to mingle the flavors.
  3. Then mix the Fish Rub ingredients well and rub the mixture all over the tilapia.
  4. Spray a baking sheet lightly with cooking spray and place the seasoned fish fillets on it to cook.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Finally, while the fish is baking, prepare the Tomato Feta Salad by combining all the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  7. Serve the fish with 1/2 cup of the Tomato Feta Salad and 2 Tb of the Dill Sauce.

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