Take a look at all of that yummyness! I really wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to make for dinner tonight. I knew that dinner was going to revolve around shrimp that I had in the freezer. I also knew that I had a lemon, fresh basil, garlic, onion, green market red pepper, capers, and tomatoes in the fridge. So with that, I decided to make this lovely dinner. First, I took about a tablespoon or so of chicken stock and put it in the pan to heat up. I knew I would be using oil in my vegetables and didn’t want to include too much oil. I already had the stock opened in the fridge and I just thought it would be best to use that up. I tossed in 3 crushed garlic cloves, the onion, pepper, and mushrooms. I cooked this for about 5 minutes. Then I tossed in the shrimp, a bunch of torn basil leaves, and capers. Once the shrimp began defrosting, I added the juice of half a lemon. I added the other half at the end. I also added a crushed red pepper flakes for some spice. Next time I think I will add more than I did tonight. Right before the meal was cooked, I tossed in a few handfuls of halved grape tomatoes. I tossed this all together and that was dinner. It was really great. You’ll have to try it for yourself though.
On the side…
Collards and Sweet Potato Chips. Mike didn’t even know what the green vegetable was. I make a lot of Kale, so when I was at the greenmarket yesterday, the collards looked so good. I thought we should have something a little different. Take a look at how the collards looked to start.
I thought these deserved a picture pre-cooking. They are so green and pretty. I just added a little oil to the pan, heated it up, tossed in the collards and added a bit of sugar, salt, and pepper. It was really good in my opinion. I’m happy we tried something different. For the sweet potatoes, I sliced the potatoes into chip form and sprinkled them with cinnamon. These cooked for about an hour at 425, flipping multiple times. During the cooking, I sprinkled the other side with cinnamon too. We like our chips crispy, so you can judge how long you want to cook them based on their crispness.
Now for the final part of the meal…this prized possession that I picked up yesterday in honor of Halloween. I never really ate peeps as a child, but now I do feel the need to have a peep a few times a year. These peeps are chocolate mousse flavored cats. They are really yummy, although I think they do probably smell better than they taste. And don’t forget, peeps have a gluten free marking right on the back of the package near the ingredients section.
On a side note, I got some great health news today. I went to my doctor at the Celiac Center at Columbia about two weeks ago, and in the mail today I got my results. It looks like I’m doing great, and my diet is really helping my body. I am not longer anemic, which is great. My numbers for Celiac are still high, but they have gone down a lot and my doctor believes they will continue to drop the longer I am on the diet. I really like news like this. It will make for a good start to the weekend!