Lets all face it, Monday’s are just not exciting. No one is relieved and happy the weekend is over, and who makes plans for a Monday night? This Monday was no different. I sat at my desk on a beautiful, perfect DC spring/ summerish day of 77 with no humidity!! – we get about 3 days a year like this. All I could think about was being outside and grilling a summery, seafood dinner. Now usually we don’t end up cooking anything fun on Mondays, if anything. Finishing up our leftovers and watching TV is more typical. But I walked in the door with bags overflowing with fresh produce, seafood and wine, exited about having a Sunday like feast on an otherwise dull Monday night. Funny enough my roommate Hannah was thinking the same thing. It must be the weather, it brings out the cheer in everyone, even on a Monday.
Hannah and I started laughing when we saw each other walking up to the front door, hands full of groceries. Both having the same idea of cooking up a storm. We ended up making grilled Salmon, shrimp, roasted corn salad, vegetable orzo, and roasted rosemary roasted red potatoes. Sorry I don’t have all the recipes, but I figured I would share the shrimpy recipe with you. Needless to say it ended up being a FABULOUS Monday night, with great company, mouthwatering food and plenty of wine :) Even if we were exhausted on Tuesday, it was so worth it!!
This shrimp is really healthy, no added sugar, no butter (so juicy you don’t even need any, trust me!) cilantro and herbs add anti-oxidants, tons of nutrients and an extra fresh flavor. You can eat it as an appetizer, main dish, or side dish to any summer party!
3/4 lb fresh, shell on shrimp – I always try and go for shell on if it is available. When it cooks the shell keeps all of the juicy and flavor in rather than having the shrimp dry out leaving all of the good stuff dripping on the grill. So what if its a little messy that’s half the fun!!
3 garlic cloves
1 1/2 Tbs. chipotle powder
1/2 bunch or about 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
1. Roughly chop the garlic and add all ingredients to a container or ziploc bag to marinate shrimp. 1-2 hours is best.
2. Preheat grill to medium-high.
3. Either skewer shrimp or add to grill basket and grill until golden about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side.
4. Remove shrimp from grill and garnish with cilantro.
ENJOY!! ~ Amanda