Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowls

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowls are bursting with vibrant color and flavor!  Rice bowls are turning up on restaurant menus everywhere, and many are gluten free.  I’ve been wanting to make something like this at home and today was my first attempt.  The ingredients are simple but flavorful.  A light and refreshing meal, perfect for summer evenings!

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2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1/3 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1 lb. shrimp (about 14 large), peeled and deveined
  • 1 lime
  • 8 slices zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 8 slices summer squash, cut into half moons
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle chili
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. onion granules
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation:

  1. Whisk together 1/4 tsp. chipotle chili, 1/4 tsp. cumin, 1/4 tsp. onion granules, 1/4 tsp. oregano.  This mixture will be used to season the shrimp and veggies.
  2. Cut the lime in half.  Slice one half for serving and reserve the other half for juicing.
  3. Combine the white rice, corn, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.  Season with 1/4 tsp. oregano, 1/8 tsp. salt.  Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Slice the zucchini and summer squash and cut slices into half-moons.  Toss with olive oil and 1/4 tsp. of the seasoning mixture.
  5. Defrost the shrimp (if frozen) by running under cool water.  Peel and devein, then toss with olive oil and 1/4 tsp. of the spice blend.

6. Preheat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium flame and brush with oil.  Cook the squash and shrimp for 8 minutes, turning once.  Finish with a squeeze of lime juice.

7. Stir 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro into the rice.  To plate, divide the rice mixture between 2 serving bowls.  Arrange half the shrimp and squash beside the rice.

8. Sprinkle with more spice, and garnish with fresh cilantro and lime slices.

Notes ♪♫ This Mexican Spice Blend is my “go-to” for dishes like this one.  No need to buy more expensive blends when you can easily stir this together from individual ingredients that can be used in other recipes.

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Butternut Squash Risotto with Shrimp and Roasted Vegetables

Did you ever have a restaurant meal that was so delicious you were inspired to recreate it at home?  This is one of those meals, after just one taste I knew that I had to make it myself!  An elegant dinner for two, it is both comfort food and fine dining rolled into one!  The steps are easy to follow and the results are impressive.  It’s a bit time consuming for a week night, but you can speed things up by making the risotto ahead of time.  I also used a bit of  butternut squash left over from another meal, and for a special garnish, I toasted a few pumpkin seeds.

Dinner for 2 ????

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Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 medium cauliflower, chopped into uniform pieces
  • 1/3 cup pureed butternut squash (reserved from another meal)
  • 1 cup cooked risotto, (see basic preparation here)
  • Old Bay® seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cups gluten free chicken broth, or more as needed
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin seeds for garnish

Preparation:

Chop the cauliflower into uniform size pieces, about 1-1/4″.  Rinse, toss with 1 tbsp. olive oil, and season with Old Bay.  Roast at 425º for 20 minutes.  You should see some browning around the edges.

Heat a cast iron braiser pan or heavy skillet with 1 tbsp. butter.  Add the shrimp and peas, and sprinkle with Old Bay.

Cook the shrimp for several minutes, just until they turn pink.

Add the roasted cauliflower to the skillet.

Warm the cooked risotto in a small sauce pan with the remaining 1 tbsp. of butter, then stir in the butternut squash puree.  If it’s too thick add 1/3 cup chicken broth.

To plate, make a bed of risotto and top with the shrimp and veggies.  Garnish with a few pumpkin seeds.

Isn’t that beautiful?  What a great meal for date night. ????  I think it was even better than the restaurant version!  If you’re hesitant about making risotto be sure to give my Basic Risotto recipe a quick read.  It’s easy and you’ll be an expert in no time!

Originally posted 9/08/2019                                               Updated 2/03/2022

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Gluten Free Shrimp, Fennel and Farfalle

This skillet dinner has all the requirements of an easy weeknight meal.  With just a little prep, a few pantry ingredients and only 2 pans to clean, what’s not to love?

Have you tried fennel?  It’s a common ingredient in many Italian dishes, both in raw and cooked form.  Raw fennel has a pronounced flavor that becomes milder when cooked.

I used a small amount of fennel as an accent flavor in this dish, but you can adjust to your taste.  It is the perfect complement to the shrimp, garlic and tomatoes!

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

Before you get started, toast the pignoli in a dry skillet until lightly browned and fragrant.  Set aside for garnish.  Heat a pot of salted water for the pasta.

If your shrimp are frozen, rinse them under cool water to thaw.  Peel and devein the shrimp, pat dry and toss with 1 tbsp. white rice flour.

Mince the garlic and chop the fennel into 1/2″ dice.  Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large nonstick skillet.

Add the diced fennel and cook for one minute, then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Stir in the diced tomatoes, peas, wine and seasoning.  Simmer for 10 minutes to reduce the liquid.

Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the package directions.  Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook for a few minutes more, just until the shrimp turn pink.  You can add a small amount of the pasta water if needed.

Drain the pasta, add to the skillet and toss well.

Transfer to a serving platter and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.  Garnish with fresh parsley and toasted pignoli.

Notes ♪♫  When you have a well stocked pantry you can always pull a meal together in a hurry.  I always have frozen shrimp, bags of frozen peas and canned tomatoes on hand.  I am Italian, so you know I have a six month supply of gluten free pasta!  Parsley and garlic are also pantry staples, so I really just had to buy the fennel to make this dish.  I hope you will try the recipe!

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Gluten Free Shrimp and Sausage Fettuccine

A well-stocked pantry means that I always have enough on hand to pull together a quick meal.  The ingredients in this spicy seafood pasta dish are all pantry staples at our house.  Garlic, onions, olive oil are the foundation of so many recipes.  I buy frozen jumbo shrimp when on sale and keep my homemade Italian Sausage patties in the freezer as I add a little into so many recipes.

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

Brown the sausage in a large non-stick skillet, breaking it up with a spatula.

Add the onions and garlic, stir and cook until the onions are translucent.

Add the tomatoes and herbs.  Cover and simmer over low heat.

Boil water for pasta and cook to 1 minute less than package directions.

With 5 minutes left on the pasta, add the shrimp to the skillet along with 3 tbsp. milk.  If it looks dry add a ladle of pasta water.

To finish, add the fettuccine to the skillet and toss well to combine.  Cook for 1 minute longer.

Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with fresh parsley.

Notes: ♪♫ I used Barilla Gluten Free Fettuccine in this recipe.  I love the texture of the wider noodles, and the gluten eaters enjoyed it as well!

 

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