I love to feed my family well rounded, balanced meals but sometimes I feel like I just don’t have the time or energy. As mothers we sometimes get this idea in our heads that a balanced meal is large and elaborate – especially if you were raised on “down home” cooking. Wouldn’t it be great if we just needed a handful of ingredients to hit a few major food groups in a tasty and quick 20 minute meal? Umm YES please! The crazy thing is, we totally can.
I love this Spicy Cajun Shrimp Recipe I adapted from a Food Network Magazine. With shrimp, Minute Rice, and tomatoes it hits 3 major food groups with less than 10 minutes of cook time. Ta-Da! Such a simple recipe and yet balanced. Have fruit topped soft yogurt for dessert to cool off the spice and hit all five!
*NOTE* If you’d like a heartier meal, just add your favorite sausage or chicken!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeño, sliced
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined/butterflied (I like to take the tails off, but you can leave them on if you want)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 4 tomatoes, chopped
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 6 cups cooked Minute® Rice
- Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)
- Prepare Minute® Rice as directed and set aside.
- Heat the butter, olive oil, onions, jalapenos and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the Cajun seasoning and shrimp and cook, stirring, until the shrimp begin to curl, about 1 minute.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Add tomatoes and green onions to the skillet and cook, stirring, until shrimp are opaque – about 5 minutes.
- Spoon over rice and serve warm with lemon wedges, if desired.