Friday, March 26, 2010

Quick Meal for Writers on the Go #1

IN THE NEWS: Would-be teen robber asks clerk not to tell mom. Read more HERE.

I haven't posted a recipe here in AGES, which is a shame because I've been trying a lot of good ones lately.
But I figured it was about time to find some really good quick ones here. Because if you're like me, you like to eat. But again, if you're like me, you don't want to waste a lot of time cooking when you'd rather be writing.

(or reading blogs)

Anyhew... My family and I LOVED this one and it only took 20 minutes. Yes.

20 minutes!!! If you can't spare 20 minutes to whip up a nice meal, you need to loosen up your schedule a bit. :) And it only takes 4 ingredients.
Okay, 9 ingredients, but 4 main ones. :)

Here it is:

Cajun Shrimp and Rice (courtesy of the Food Network Magazine)

1 tBsp butter
2 tBsp olive oil
3 gloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Cajun seasoning (I actually used Tony Chachere's creole seasoning).
1 pound large shrimp, peeled & deveined
salt & pepper
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 bunches scallions, chopped
3 cups cooked rice
few tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Heat the butter, olive oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about 1 minute. Add the Cajun seasoning and shrimp and cook, stirring, until the shrimp begin to curl, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the tomatoes and scallions to the skillet and cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Add the rice and 1/4 cup water and continue to cook until the rice is warmed through and the shrimp are opaque, about 3 more minutes. Stir in the parsley.

Voila! Makes 4 servings.

My seven year-old gobbled it, clean up was a piece of cake since it was only one skillet, I was adored by my hubby, and in the end I had more time to write.

Don't you just love a happy ending? :)


Chicki said...

Gotta try this one. I love shrimp and love quick even more!

Have a great weekend.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I love finding recipes like this my kids will eat. Yum.
~ Wendy

Maria Zannini said...

Thank you!! I was trying to think about what to make tonight and this is perfect.

The only thing easier is to come to your house for dinner. LOL.

Hope you post more of them.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Maria: ha! well, yes. if I made it for you, you'd have even MORE time to write. LOL

Katie Ganshert said...

one, I'm hungry now.

Two, you find the funniest news stories!

Hardygirl said...

YES!! This recipe is just what I need.


Joanne said...

I love quick recipes. The less time in the kitchen, the better! Can't wait for summer and all the fresh veggies for great salads, corn on the cob, veggies on the grill. This recipe looks great!

Anonymous said...

I love happy endings. They are especially sweet after a very satisfying meal. I look forward to making my happy ending with your recipe!


Candice said...

My husband and I eat seafood quite regularly when we go out, but I've never tried giving my son shrimp. I should see what he thinks! This look delicious!

Susan said...

Hi Jennifer....Mmmmmmm, sounds yummy! Thanks so much for coming to my blog, commenting, and FOLLOWING! No matter where you live, did you hear me hooting and hollering? That's what I do every time I get a new follower. I'm sure you can identify. Take care! Sincerely, Susan

Susan R. Mills said...

Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing.

patti said...

Girl, I am right here licking the plate on this one.

Cajun and shrimp call the Lacys to dinner EARLY!!!

LOVE the variety of your posts, the mood status--you do so many cool things!


Kimberly Franklin said...

YUMO! Thanks for the great recipe!!

T. Anne said...

That sounds great! Would you come over and cook it for me?

Just FYI (per you comment on Katie's blog) I've never read Harry Potter and I don't want to. ;)

Laura Pauling said...

I've never tried cajun shrimp. Sound yummy! Thanks.

Ms Snarky Pants said...

I think I might have just drooled a little. hehehe Yum!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

You TOTALLY rock! This recipe looks fantastic. :-)

Tamika: said...

Yummy! I can't wait to try this! Thanks Jennifer! I loathe the kitchen.

Jill Kemerer said...

Looks spicy and delicious! Yum!

Diane said...

My son has a strange love of fish but don't think my daughter would eat it. Great idea. I am all for a one dish wonder! :O)

Elaine AM Smith said...

My favourite dishes are ones the oven cooks - can you add some of those?
My daughter attempts the kiss of life on anything that enters our house with its head still attached ;)

Jemi Fraser said...

Yummy - sounds really, really good! :)

Tess said...

drat! I was all excited at the start, but then saw it is shrimp. I am a wierdo who doesn't eat seafood. my poor family. they're likely missing lots of great stuff.

any 20 minute chicken recipes?

Cynthia Reese said...

Ah, something to do with shrimp besides the scampi, which is what The Kiddo adores. Now if only I could convince The Husband to actually like tomatoes, I'd be in business ...

Is there a taste-bud-transformer out there?

Liza said...

Ok, I'm making this one night this week. Thank you for a great recipe, and thank you for following my blog!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Mmmm...this looks so delicious. Mouth watering...drool drool.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Hi, Thanks for following my blog. And, lucky me, I met you on a day that you're sharing a terrific recipe!!!

Loved your humor for the word count Wed. post. I'll be joining scriptfrenzy on April 1. Writing a coffee shop drama.

prashant said...

Thank you!! I was trying to think about what to make tonight and this is perfect.
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Nikki said...

mmmm this looks yummy! I love recipes with rice and veggies and anything spicy. thanks for this! stopping by from stephs recipe blog and following you!