Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Recipes for You!

Hello August (where did you come from?!!?)

Anyway, I have TWO recipes for you!  

Derek and I grilled out on Sunday some pretty yummy food.  Thought I would share with you. 

Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp
Recipe here
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
1. Mix the chipotle powder, cumin, brown sugar, lime zest, lime juice and cilantro in a bowl and and let marinate for 20 minutes.
2. Skewer the shrimp.
3. Oil up the grill and grill the shrimp until cooked (pink and opaque), about 2-3 minutes per side.

These were so yummy!  Such great flavors.  And the perfect summer protein; not too heavy but still filling!

Southwest Quinoa Salad
Recipe here
2 cups cooked, cooled quinoa (1 cup raw will equal about 2 cups cooked)
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
Juice of one lime

Combine the ingredients for the salad in a medium bowl and toss together.  In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.  Pour over salad and mix well.  Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

If you couldn’t tell, I was craving some spicy flavors.  This was the PERFECT addition to the cilantro & lime shrimp.  Again, very great summer dish because of the lightness of this salad.  However, the flavors were out of this world.  Delicious!

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Katrin said...

Oh wow, the Quinoa salad looks so delicious! I will definitely try it too! Thanks for sharing!

Faith said...

That shrimp recipe looks amazing! Yum! Must try!

I've never tried quinoa. I want to try as I'm hearing so many good things about it.

Ashley said...

yum, the shrimp looks good and yes, that quinoa recipe is similar to mine :) great minds think alike!

Leah said...

Can you come over and cook for me?

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Yumm that looks good!

dave and jenn said...

YUM, YUM! I am definitely going to save both of these to try. Thanks for sharing! And Happy Anniversary!