Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinners
I truly love cooking, but just like everyone else I tend to get in food ruts. My motivation for cooking new things depends highly on my schedule and planning ahead. Recently I have felt more inspired to attempt new dishes and think outside of the box. I have been posting some photos of my quick & easy week night dinners on Instagram and many of you requested for the recipe, so I decided to give it a whirl. I admit often times my cooking is very disorganized and spontaneous, throwing this and that into a skillet and seeing what happens. I particularly find this funny because I would describe my personality as the exact opposite, maybe its my little outlet. Who knows?
Quick & Easy Honey Garlic Shrimp Recipe
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED: 1 package medium (deveined and peeled) frozen shrimp, 1 head of broccoli, boxed white or brown rice (I use Uncle Ben's boil in a bag - only takes 12 minutes), soy sauce, honey, garlic, green onion (optional), salt + pepper, & crushed red pepper (optional). Pretty basic stuff.
WHY THIS WORKS DURING THE WEEK: This recipe makes dinner for 2, it only takes 20 minutes, and it is delicious + nutritious. Shrimp is always my go-to quick protein since cook time is short. I buy frozen (gasp) shrimp so that I always have it on hand and it does not spoil easily. I had a very gross/disappointing experience with expensive shrimp, which is why I switched over to frozen. I always have boxed rice on hand, its a shelf-stable staple that is easy in a pinch. The other ingredients are great because they are basic enough that you might have all of them or you could use them for other recipes. You could also sub fresh broccoli for frozen or another green vegetable.
LETS GET COOKING: First begin cooking the rice per it's instructions. Thaw the shrimp in the refrigerator the evening before or run hot water over for about 2 minutes (I am a cheater, as long as you cook it quickly after you shouldn't have to worry). Remove shrimp tails. In a bowl combine all other ingredients. Add shrimp and mix. Put shrimp + mixture in a skillet on medium heat. Cook until pink. You can steam the broccoli the proper way or use my cheater method to cut time in half. First Cut stems of broccoli, place in ceramic dish, fill dish half way with water, and place in microwave for 5 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil + salt/pepper. See recipe below.
Weeknight Dinner Honey Garlic Shrimp Recipe
2 cup rice per preffered boxed rice (I use 1 boil in a bag for 2 people)
1 frozen package of medium, deveined, & peeled shrimp
1 tbs olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
OPTIONAL - 1/4 cup chopped green onions (some in mixture, some for garnish), 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 head of fresh broccoli, 1 steamer bag or 1 package of frozen broccoli
Salt + Pepper
Thaw frozen shrimp (see my method above). Remove tails.
Prepare rice via box instructions.
Combine in a bowl honey, soy sauce, garlic, green onions, red pepper flakes, pepper. Add shrimp and mix until shrimp are coated.
Place shrimp + mixture in a skillet, turn shrimp periodically. Cook until pink and no longer transparent.
Steam broccoli (see my method above). Drizzle with olive oil and add salt+pepper to taste.
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