Simple Grilled Shrimp with Vegetables

I am so excited to start grilling this summer and one of my favorite things has to be the simplicity of these perfectly grilled shrimp with vegetables. All you need is some lemon juice, dried or fresh herbs, red pepper flakes and good quality shrimp! Skewering the shrimp helps keep the shrimp in together and also cook evenly. Memorial Day is coming up and here is some inspiration for your backyard BBQ’s!

How to Perfectly Grill Shrimp
How to Perfectly Grill Shrimp

I’m starting the season off slow with grilled shrimp and I have to say I missed the amazing flavor that grilling adds to food!

My family loves to eat shrimp but  I was never sure the best way to grill it. I have a grill basket which works wonderfully for vegetables on the grill – not so much shrimp. You could put the shrimp directly on the grill but they may fall through – or if you have a lot of shrimp it can be difficult to manage. You could use a tinfoil pouch but you may not get those grill marks I crave…

The best way to cook Simple Grilled Shrimp with Vegetables is to skewer your shrimp then rub them with seasoned olive oil and cook them on the grill. The skewer keeps all the shrimp in place, they cook evenly, and makes it so easy to cook for a large crowd. If you are just starting your grilling season try these super easy grilled shrimp with lemon juice, it will be perfect.

Summertime Grillling
Grilling Shrimp

Serve your simple grilled shrimp with a grill basket stir-fry of green beans and mushrooms as well as some quartered bell peppers seasoned with salt and pepper. This meal could not be any easier, and that’s why I love it.

How to Grill Shrimp Perfectly

What you need:

  • 1 pound of cleaned and deveined large shrimp (tails on)
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • half a juice of a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound of trimmed green beans
  • a couple mushrooms sliced
  • 2 bell peppers cut into fourths

What to do:

  1. Wash and pat dry your shrimp and begin to skewer them by placing 4 shrimp per skewer in the same direction. (I did not soak my skewers because the shrimp only cook for a few minutes on each side – if you cook them longer they will be black and burn).  Makes about 6 skewers.
  2.  Season shrimp with salt and pepper both sides. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, red pepper flake and garlic powder. Use a basting brush and baste both sides of the shrimp liberally with olive oil mixture. If preparing a head of time then you can cover these and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

    Summertime Grilling
    Grilled Shrimp
  3. Preheat grill to 400 degrees and prepare your vegetables. Toss the green beans and mushrooms with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. (I like to keep it simple)
  4. Quarter your bell peppers and brush with the remaining olive oil mixture that was on the shrimp.
  5. Leave the grill basket on the grill while it’s preheating and once hot place the green beans and mushrooms in the basket. Next place the bell peppers skin side down to get charred.  Put the other half of the lemon on the grill flesh side down.
  6. After about 5 minutes put the shrimp on the hot grill. Grill shrimp about 2 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  7. Remove the shrimp on to a serving platter and place the bell peppers and green bean mixture on the same plate. Squeeze grilled lemon on top of the shrimp and serve.
Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Platter
Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Platter

Happy Grilling!

~Hunter

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Healthy Easter Sunday Dinner Ideas

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 10.41.53 AMEaster is right around the corner and I thought it would be fun to give some of my favorite entertaining recipes that would make a great Easter dinner.

My last blog post was my 100th post! I am so happy that I have been able to keep up with blogging, going to school full time, and working. I am also about to reach my 200th blog follower so I am very thankful for all you guys taking the time to love what I do. These are some of my favorite recipes that I have made over the past year.

All of these recipes are so easy and most of them can be prepared a head of time if you are worried about having time to prep all your food! More importantly I try to make substitutions on all the recipes that I make to give them a healthy twist. But it’s important to remember that it is a holiday so if you want to indulge a little bit, you can and that’s as simple as using cream instead of a substitute like greek yogurt.

Here is a look back at my favorite recipes that would make the most delicious:

Easter Sunday Menu! 

Appetizers:

1. Cream of Asparagus Soup:
Spring Time Cream of Asparagus Soup
Spring Time Cream of Asparagus Soup

In my last blog post I gave you guys a recipe for Cream of Asparagus Soup and this would make a perfect appetizer to your Easter dinner. Asparagus is in season during the spring so use it as much as you can! This recipe can also be made a head, just add the cream before you serve!

2. Party Friendly White Bean Dip:
Party-Friendly White Bean Dip
Party-Friendly White Bean Dip

I love this dip! It uses cannenelli beans, fresh herbs like parsley, and lemon juice. The result is a healthy yet delicious dip that everyone will love. This recipe is from Giada De Laurentiis. All you need is a food processor and this recipe could easily be doubled for a larger crowed. You could also serve this with home made pita chips or carrot and pepper sticks!

3. Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms:
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Doesn’t every holiday have to include stuffed mushrooms? Especially this recipe. I honestly really don’t even like mushrooms but lately I have been forcing myself to eat them and the taste has been growing on me. Regardless, I will eat these mushrooms whether I like the taste or not because they are that good! Stuffed with spicy sausage, marscapone, breadcrumbs, and herbs. Amazing!

Main Course:

1. Easy Turkey Lasagna:
Turkey Sausage Lasagna
Turkey Sausage Lasagna

Lasagna was always a staple in my house on Easter. Always made by my Grandma and we always had one with meat and one without. Now that she has stopped making it I always fantasize about her Lasagna when Easter rolls around. You could use ground turkey or do without the meat and it would still be the best lasagna ever.

2. Herb Crusted Pork Loin:
Herb Crusted Pork Loin
Herb Crusted Pork Loin

Not a ham fan? Make this herb crusted pork loin for those who do not wish to eat ham and they will love it! Pork loin doesn’t really have any flavor on it’s own so you need to load it with herbs and spices to make the pork stand out. Create a dry rub and cook the pork at a high temperature – the most important thing – let it rest. While it’s resting you can work on something else!

3. Rack of Lamb with Mint Basil Pesto:
Rack of Lamb
Rack of Lamb

 Lamb is very traditional on Easter. Some use leg of lamb and some rack of lamb. I am obsessed with this rack of lamb recipe especially the mint basil pesto that brings it to life. Rack of lamb can be expensive so if you are going to make it what better time then a special occasion like Easter.

Side Dishes:

1. Garlic and Chive Mashed Potatoes:
Garlic and Chive Mashed Potatoes
Garlic and Chive Mashed Potatoes

A skinny version of mashed potato that uses greek yogurt instead of cream or butter milk.

2. Oven Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan Breadcrumbs:
Oven-Roasted Broccoli
Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli is always a crowed pleaser and this would go deliciously with the lamb or the roasted pork loin. More importantly it’s easy.

Dessert:

Butterscotch Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
Butterscotch Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

To get some inspiration for dessert you can always check out my Healthier Sweet Treats page or just have your family bring dessert. After all, you’re doing all the cooking!

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great Easter everybody! And if you don’t celebrate all of these recipes would be great any night of the week!

~Hunter

Date Night: Steak with Mushroom and Red Wine Sauce

Hanger Steak with Mushrooms in a Pan Red Wine Sauce

Date Night Steak
Date Night Steak

This  steak recipe is great for a special occasion and so easy to make! The flank steak cooks perfectly with earthy mushrooms and is really delicious!

The great thing about this recipe is you can literally throw everything into the pan and the result is a decadent sauce that tastes like it came out of a restaurant. I made this recipe with my boyfriend over the weekend and it felt like such a treat. This Steak with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce recipe is not for an average night, it is a treat! Since the recipe has butter and wine it’s great to make this on a special occasion.

Mushroom Sauce
Mushroom Sauce

I tried to cut down the butter to the least amount possible as well as the wine. But 1 cup of wine won’t hurt! If I were to make this again I would love to get a really fresh assortment of mushrooms from a local farmers market, but for this recipe we just used button mushrooms sliced thin.

For an extra special treat serve this steak with Hasselback Potatoes. If you are wondering how to make a hasselback potato which is like a cross between a baked potato and a french fry check out my previous post here. If I were to make this again I think I would serve it with cauliflower mash or cauliflower rice, something that would soak up the yummy sauce that the pan and the wine creates.

Date Night: Flank Steak with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce
Date Night: Flank Steak with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce

You can also use pretty much use any cut of steak for this recipe just make sure you change the cooking time accordingly. I used a flank steak because it was cheaper in the super market, however, the recipe calls for hanger. I think skirt steak or filet mignon would be great as well! Use what you have available.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped small
  • 8-12 ounces of mushrooms (button or assorted) sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons of butter unsalted
  • 1 1/2 pound flank steak (let steak come to room temperature for about 1/2 hour)
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

What to do:

  1. Heat a medium skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion; cook, stirring occasionally until soft and golden. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl on the side.
  2. Keep pan hot and melt 1 tablespoon of butter with 1 tablespoon of oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Season steak with salt and pepper liberally. Cook about 3-4 minutes per side depending on thickness of steak with rosemary.  Remove from pan on to a cutting board and let rest with tin foil tent while you make the sauce.
    steak with mushrooms and wine sauce
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    Don’t worry about the pan looking burned and brown once you put the wine all the bits lift from the pan and create a yummy sauce.
  3. Pour off extra fat if necessary. Keep pan on heat and add wine; cook stirring up bits on the pan until the wine reduces to 3/4 cup about 3 minutes. Stir in stock and bring to a boil. Let simmer until reduces to about 1/2 a cup about 5 minutes. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir in mushrooms and fresh chopped parsley
    mushroom sauce
    Mushroom Sauce with Parsley

    Thinly slice steak on cutting board against the grain. If desired bring meat back to pan to cover in sauce or put steak in a serving dish and pour mushroom sauce directly over steak.

Enjoy with cauliflower mash or cauliflower rice and a nice green vegetable.

Flank Steak with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce
Flank Steak with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce

When I made this recipe I had a hasselback potato and steamed spinach!

Enjoy!!

~Hunter

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

sausage stuffed mushroomsSausage Stuffed Mushrooms are a delectable treat! These are not an everyday snack and truly make any evening extra special.

Can you believe for the longest time i didn’t even like mushrooms? To tell you the truth I still am not crazy about them. However, when mushrooms are done right they are absolutely delicious. Of course this recipe is one of those times! My sister loves mushrooms so I have learned to like them as well!

This recipe suggests that you use sweet sausage but after trying this a few times we used spicy sausage and decided we preferred them with a little spice. If you and your guests do not like spice then you can use sweet and they are still just as good! This recipe is from Barefoot Contessa on FoodNetwork. Thanks, Ina!

Christmas and Holiday parties are right around the corner so what will you serve to your guests as an appetizer? If you try these stuffed mushrooms you won’t have any left, trust me!

Spicy Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms:

What you need:

16 extra-large white mushrooms
5 tablespoons good olive oil, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons Marsala wine or medium sherry
3/4 pound spicy Italian sausage, removed from the casings
6 scallions, white and green parts, minced
2 garlic cloves minced
2/3 cup panko crumbs
5 ounces mascarpone cheese, preferably from Italy
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

What to do:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  1. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them finely. Set aside. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow bowl and toss when with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and Marsala. Set aside
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in medium skillet. Add the sausage and break it up with the back of a wooden spoon. Brown sausage for 8 to 10 minutes. Add the chopped mushroom mixture and cook 3 more minutes.
  3. Stir in the scallions and garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the panic crumbs, stirring to combine evenly with all the other ingredients.
  4. Finally, swirl in the mascarpone and continue cooking until the mascarpone has melted and made the sausage mixture creamy. Turn off the heat, and stir in the parmesan, parsley, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let cool slightly.
  5. Line a baking dish with foil and spray with non stick spray. Fill each mushroom generously with the sausage mixture. Place the mushrooms next to each other in a single layer.
  6. Bake until the stuffing is browned and crusty, about 50 minutes.

sausage stuffed mushrooms

You can stuff the mushrooms a head of time and bake the next day! Enjoy!