Look What I Squeezed In!

Though today is a football night and B’Dazzle has practice. I am happy because I squeezed in time to sauté shrimp and t go with leftover brown rice. During football season, cooking shrimp is reserved for weekends.

I’m feeling special today! Lol!



💫 100 Happy Days Challenge Day #24 Bam!!!

Enjoy your evening and thanks for stopping by. 😄

The Verdict on Broiled Shrimp

My mouth is still salivating!   No chicken today!!  Pinterestmy replacement cookbook is the best.  Thanks to All Things G & D, I have a new recipe to add to my list. Tonight I felt the need to toss shrimp atop my organic cumin flavored brown rice and green beans, so I was happy when I stumbled on ATG&D’s quick and easy recipe.

Although I used her basic recipe, to satisfy my thirsty palette for spice,  I always add a little more spice to my dish.  In addition to my freshly minced garlic, I added an abundance of granulated garlic powder, old bay seasoning, freshly ground black pepper, and crushed red peppers.  Oh and instead of Ritz Crackers, I substituted with Kikkoman Panko Japanese Style Bread Crumbs.  The bread crumbs gave the shrimp a little crunch, which I LOVED!

Food Weight

I have learned to weigh all of my food.  The nutritional piece to preparing for a figure competition or meeting any fitness goal is serious.  You can put up all the weights humanly possible in the gym, but if your diet is off… well..   You will not meet your fitness goals.  Look how many shrimp I have to eat to get to at least six (6) ounces!  Lucky  me!

broiled shrimp dinnerOoh la-la!  Oh man!  This was outstanding!! The shrimp cooked for about eight (8) minutes (four minutes each side). The brown rice and green beans were leftovers.

The recipe was quick, I didn’t need a bunch of pots and pans, it and was a nice change from my typical sautéed stove top shrimp.  Do I recommend this recipe?  Heck yeah!!

empty pan

Seriously.  After I cleaned my plate, I told my husband I wanted to lick the pan that the shrimp cooked in!

Yesterday I did legs; my quads ache, so I did good.  Earlier I did abs in the basement.  My fireplace is in full effect and, for the moment, my belly is full.  So now I’m going to sit, chill, and wait for the 10-14 inches of forecasted snow.

Enjoy your evening and thanks so much for stopping by!  🙂

Passing On the Chicken

Chicken, chicken, and more chicken!  I couldn’t take it today, so I put my unofficial culinary arts skills to work and created a new dish!

Ingredients (the only items I measured was the shrimp; everything else is an estimate)

7 oz. jumbo frozen shrimp (thawed & peeled)
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
5 small garlic cloves (chopped)
2 cups vegetable blend (kale, chard & spinach)
3 Tablespoons Olive oil
1-2 Tablespoons crushed red peppers (skip if you don’t like spicy)
1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
cooked brown rice

Toss all ingredients, except the rice, in a wok or saucepan.  Cook on low to medium temperature, while stirring until shrimp is pink.  Remove immediately and serve over freshly cooked fluffy brown rice.





Two Hours Delayed

The loud and invasive grinding sound of  organic Arabica coffee beans begins  at 4:40 a.m.  Oh how I wish I could smell the coffee from the comfort of my bed; the aroma would make getting up more pleasant.  Less than five minutes later, the dark bedroom is illuminated by the strobe like light flickering from the alarm on my iPhone.  “Closer,” one of my favorite songs  plays softly in the background. The soothing music is a stark contrast to the bright flickering light. A light that would be startling to the unexpected sleeper, but my sub-conscience reminds me, even while sleeping, that I will be awaken by the light. A visual that moves me to get out of bed.

I am pretty much a morning person, so rising before sunrise isn’t usually an issue for me.  I admit though, it is easier to get up when it’’s warm outside and the sun-rays play peek-a-boo through the curtains and blinds.  This morning started the same as any other.  Except, after I sipped down a freshly brewed cup of coffee, showered, applied my make-up, and styled my naturally curly hair, did the phone ring.

I wondered who was calling so early.  “Good Morning!  This is the Atlantic City Public Schools, due to the inclement weather, we will be operating on a two (2) hour delayed schedule today….blah..blah…..” Everything else is muffled and fades into the background!  Are you kidding?  I’m dressed already!  The call came in sometime around six, but it was too late.  My curls are poppin and I don’t dare lie down and flatten them. So now what?

“Get over it girl!”  I tell myself.   Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest entertained me for a little while, but then I started craving real food.  And since the delay meant that instead of arriving at school by 7:40 a.m., I joyfully didn’t have to show up until 9:40 a.m.   Sweet!

Instead of being consumed by something that I had no control over, I moved on.  It is so simple, especially at the start of our day, to let some ridiculous incident dictate the attitude for the day and wine about it to anybody and everybody who will listen. Yup!  Been there, done that.

I am thankful for the extra two hours this morning. After playing around and reading online for a few, I was overcome by an unusual craving for shrimp.  That’s right, a shrimp craving at 6:30 in the morning. Noooooo! There’s no baby in this oven. That chapter is over.

I ran to my kitchen and cooked exactly what I wanted.  Shrimp!  I enjoyed the most delicious home cooked breakfast in a long time!

Early morning weekday breakfast!

Early morning weekday breakfast!

I lapped up the spicy sautéed garlic shrimp and a spinach omelet!   I tried my darnest to savor the smell and to enjoy every bite of my breakfast, but I couldn’t resist.  I had this delicious food on one of my favorite pretty blue dinner plates. I was supposed to sit at the counter enjoying breakfast like I was at a nice restaurant.  Instead, I ended up with the plate in my hand, off the counter, and up to my mouth sucking up the remaining garlic slithering around in olive oil and crushed red pepper.  As my son would say, “Mom, you’re going to the chair of shame!”  Lol!  I am happy for the delayed start; it made my day even better than planned.  In addition to eating an awesome breakfast, I also cooked my son and hubby an omelet and even made time to stop at the supermarket to complete my “after work” errands before I even started work.  Nice!

I hope that you enjoyed your day today and that you will have an ever better day tomorrow!