I will tell you a little secret: I love having guest bloggers because I get to read their posts before anyone else!! That may sound silly to you, but there is just something about being the first person to read someones post. It's like you are in on a little secret that no one else knows about........at least for that brief moment. It's kind of cool.
ANYWAY - enough about me, let's talk about today's guest blogger - Katrina of Betty's Eats. Katrina's blog is filled with delicious healthy/healthier recipes, fitness reviews, and she even just recently completed a recipe challenge where she actually cooked her way through those cookbooks/magazines that fills most of our bookshelves. I love her stories of her family, I love her writing style, I love the recipes :) So make sure to stop by Betty's Eats and say hello....after you are done here, of course!!
And, of course, don't forget about my Fire Day Friday post over at Our Krazy Kitchen...it's one you'll want to check out: Grilled Garlic and Parsley Chicken
Hey there Jenn's people. I'm Katrina (Betty Ray in my teeny corner of the blogosphere) of Betty's Eats where I document my journey into attempting to find the balance between tasty and healthy (somewhat) food and a happy and healthy lifestyle and family.
I am the little girl growing up who would eat nothing but bologna, bread and black olives. Dessert came after every meal. As I got older, the pickiness never subsided and dessert was still mandatory and usually came courtesy of Entenmanns. Dinner was meat, potatoes, pastas. After two kids and hitting the ripe old age of 30 (which was a while ago), that diet wasn't really working anymore. Exercise was no longer an option but a requirement. All those desserts didn't just magically burn themselves off.
Now at 37, I have a new husband, a new home, a new career and a new found appreciation for a variety of yummy eats. My husband lived a much less sheltered life than I did and opened up a new world to me. when it comes to food, well he will eat just about anything and has a taste of ethnic foods that a few years ago would've sent me running for the door. Some still do. In my eagerness to enjoy some of the finer things in life with him, I began experimenting. Hey, I like lots of new stuff! Healthy can be delicious? Wow. Now it's time to get the kids up to speed. I am slowly introducing them to new flavors, textures, and cuisines.
This recipe is a less scary version of a little Euro/Asian fusion and the turnips add a healthy dose of fiber, potassium, calcium and vitamin C. Paired with kid friendly brown rice noodles, they will dive right in. Even if they push away the shrimp, they will get a taste for the new spices on the noodles (and you can always say the turnips are potatoes). Baby steps we say, baby steps.
Hope you enjoy this Paprika Shrimp. Modified from a recipe found in Power Foods, a cookbook that makes all those scary healthy things appetizing.
2 tbsp safflower oil
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 tsp paprika
3 tbsp chopped walnuts
1 lb large shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 peeled turnip, cubed
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp mirin
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
One shot Sriracha (optional)
Red pepper flake, to taste
Heat oil in a large skillet. Add ginger and paprika. Cook, constantly stirring, about 30 seconds. Add walnuts and saute about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add turnip and cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add shrimp. Cook until pink and opaque throughout. Add vinegar, mirin, sriracha, and salt & pepper to your taste. Cook until heated through.
Serve with noodles or rice and top with parsley. Eat while hot.
Note: This dish is extra fabulous the next day so be sure to make extra. Your co-workers will love your use of the office microwave to heat up your shrimp (so worth the dirty looks)! :)
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