The Cleanse Continues with Unexpected Shrimp Tacos


Continuing “the cleanse” I decide to head down to the dungeon, oops, I mean the basement, to see what I can toss out. I dread it because 99% of what is down there belongs to the husband and I try not to touch his stuff. He does not aspire to my minimalist personality, but I note his piles are very organized. Maybe he is coming around to my philosophy about stuff. As he sorts through his piles may he remember my mantra: “you got to love it, you got to need it and you got to use it otherwise get rid of it.” I just close my eyes and head off to a corner of the room.

Can’t complain about a husband who is willing to forage for mushrooms. He’s a Keeper.

Tackling the “mancave” fridge/freezer is always fun. I never know what I am going to find in there because husband stocks it with groceries I would never buy and usually when I am away. Finding some brand name creamed chipped beef is no surprise (husband loves it), but a big box of breaded shrimp caught me completely off guard. What the heck am I supposed to do with that version of fast food? Can I make it healthy?

"all natural" small but tasty shrimp with a simple coating

“all natural” small but tasty shrimp with a simple coating

With little effort and some help from fresh kale, tangerines and my favorite Saucy Mama products dinner is served. Cooking good food isn’t complicated as long as there are some great condiments and fresh ingredients around to toss into the pot. It occurs to me lately that when I am cooking a savory meal I am simply combining a bunch of compatible ingredients together in no particular order or fashion. Unlike baking, there is no formula to follow. I can mix and match ingredients and cooking techniques any way I want. You can do it, too. Don’t be afraid to try. Fast food can be good and good for you. Next time I am going to mash some avocado with the poblano ranch dressing for a “crema” drizzle over the top. IMG_8571

2 plum tomatoes, seeded, diced

1 tangerine or small orange, seeded diced

¼ cup small diced fresh pineapple

1 jalapeno, seeded, minced

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons Saucy Mama Orange Habanero Wing Sauce

Toss all ingredients together. Chill until ready to serve.

1 bunch fresh kale, leaves removed from stalk

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice

Toss kale with olive oil and citrus juice; massage kale with your fingers for two minutes.

Frozen breaded shrimp (as many pieces as you will eat) baked according to package directions.

Flour or corn tortillas, warm

Saucy Mama Poblano Ranch Dressing

Crumbled or shredded cheese of your choice

To build your taco:

  • Spread warm tortilla with some poblano ranch dressing
  • Top with kale
  • Layer on the shrimp
  • Spoon on the salsa
  • Sprinkle with the cheese

Open wide and take a nice healthy bite.

morning snow shadows

morning snow shadows