Easy Shrimp Tostadas

It’s been over a week since I logged into this bad boy.  I didn’t really have an agenda for this week’s menu and as you know if you have been following along for awhile, I tend to come and go from my blog from time to time.  There are 3 recipes that I have been dying to share so I want to take the time to get back at it.  Sometimes, life just gets in the way.  There has been a ton going on at work, some great things actually, that have required my undivided-extra-time-in-the-office-outside-of-work attention.  Possibly more on that to come at a later date.

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Anyways enough of that mumbo jumbo and onto this post because it does not disappoint!  I get a lot of food magazines and I never will stop getting the actual magazine.  I have gotten one on my Nook before, but I love tearing the magazine articles out and stashing them in my “to make” binder.  This binder has been around for quite some time so if you have lived with me before you’ve probably seen it.  I use these clippings as blog inspiration and that’s where this post comes into play.

The binder is expanding each week and so I been making a good effort to try out all the recipes I saved.  If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my post a few weeks ago of the picture of the shrimp tostadas.  My binder is organized (somewhat) according to genre.  There are about 6-8 shrimp tostada recipes so I learned from those clippings to produce this one.  The main recipe is based off of a Cooking Light original.

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No time for dinner?  No problem.  This is yet another Dinner In Twenty recipe.  It actually can be prepared in less time than that if you make your toppings ahead of time too.  If you saw my post on Paige’s blog last week, you read that I like to try to incorporate Mexican into my weekly dinner routine.  We love the spicy, bold flavors of Mexican cuisine and they typically are quick to prepare.

One of my favorite components of this recipe is the Spicy Black Bean Salsa I posted on A Dose of Paige.  You will have to visit her website to get that portion, trust me it’s definitely not one you want to leave out!  The link is below.  I hope you enjoy this yummy and Not So Doughie recipe!

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easy shrimp tostadas

Recipe by:  Sara
Prep Time:  15 minutes   |||   Cook TIme: 4-5 minutes   |||   Servings: 4   |||   Difficulty: Low

Ingredients
8-10 (6 inch) corn tortillas
1 lb medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 avocado, diced
1 Roma tomato, small dice
1/2 cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt
1 lime, juiced
1/4 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
Chipotle Black Bean Salsa
4
 oz queso fresca
chopped cilantro

Directions:
1.  On a baking sheet, toss the shrimp with the cumin, oregano, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Spread evenly and bake at 350 degrees for 4-5 minutes or until pink.
2.  In a bowl, combine the avocado, tomato, Greek yogurt, and lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper and chipotle seasoning.
3.  Lay out your corn tortilla and layer with the bean salsa, shrimp, avocado spread, cheese and chopped cilantro.
4.  Serve with a dash of hot sauce if preferred.

Enjoy!

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Beef Enchilada Stuffed Peppers {Dinner in 20}

{low-carb Mexican}

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Working full time + an hour commute to & from work + squeezing in a work out makes dinner time a little challenging during the week.  Dinnertime at our house is no earlier than 7:30pm so senior citizens wouldn’t be too pleased.  However, it works for us and cooking is my favorite!

So many people ask me, why do you take the time to make such elaborate dinners at night.  In all seriousness, my dinners are not elaborate at all.  They typically are 30 minutes or less or made ahead of time.  Not to mention, it is my outlet, my passion and I love the satisfaction in pleasing Bryan & Chase when he’s with us.

Added bonus:  lunch the next day for me.  I typically make recipes for four servings.  Chase usually eats “half a serving” and Bryan will eat about 1.5 servings.  The remaining two go to me for dinner & lunch.  Bryan is always out and about during the day and he has some weird fear of certain leftovers.

Stuffed peppers are a frequent character on my dinner menu.  They also keep nicely for lunch the following day.  I have made original stuffed peppers, southwestern stuffed peppers, and peppers stuffed with quinoa.  Last week, I was going to make enchiladas, but I have been trying real hard to eliminate carbs from our dinners.  I decided to ditch the tortillas and stuff the insides of the enchiladas into a pepper.  Clever, huh?

I wasn’t going to blog this recipe, but I want to show my readers that dinnertime can be delicious yet quick.  So these pictures don’t really do the meal justice.  I served them with corn muffins {59 cent box} and a salad.  Dinner was ready and on the table at 7:45 and my family was able to set aside our busy schedules and spend time together.  Take the time to research some quick & easy dinners that your family can enjoy together.  Here are some by me:

Pad Thai Pork Tenderloin

Speedy Shrimp Scampi

Tilapia with Cilantro Pesto

In the meantime, I will be compiling a list of other Dinner in 20 meals to share on the blog!

beef enchilada stuffed peppers

Recipe by:  Sara
Prep Time:  5 minutes   |||   Cook TIme: 15 minutes   |||   Servings: 4   |||   Difficulty: Low

Ingredients
3-4 green peppers, cut in half length-wise
1 lb lean ground beef
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (15oz) can of red enchilada sauce [I used Old El Paso]
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
6 Tbsp sharp cheddar cheese
salt & pepper

Directions
1.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
2.  Once boiling, add the peppers and submerge and boil for about 3 minutes.  Remove and place in a casserole dish.
3.  In a medium pan, heat oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and saute about 4-5 minutes.
4.  Add garlic and saute 1 minute.  Remove onion and garlic from pan and set aside.
5.  Add meat and brown until still a bit pink.
6.  Add enchilada sauce and spices.
7.  Stir in cilantro.
8.  Spoon the meat mixture into the pepper shells and top with 1 Tbsp per pepper.
9.  Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden.
10.  Serve with hot sauce and sides.

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Mexican Quinoa Bake

{keen-wah}

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I am assuming by now everyone has heard of quinoa.  It’s the new black of the grain world, even though some others are trying to stomp it out (barley, bulgur etc…)  I can’t really remember when I first tried it, but I know I liked it.  I mean, it really doesn’t taste like anything.  The little granules have a nice little crunch to them, but not that “ew this is a raw piece of rice” crunch.  They also allow sauces and spices to adhere well to the pieces therefore taking on great flavor.

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So like I said you probably heard the name quinoa, but do you know how great it is for your health?  No?  Well read on for some fun facts about the grain.

+  Did you know the grain is from the GOOSEFOOT species?

+  Quinoa is actually a seed.

+  The food  has earned it spot on the prestigious SuperFood list.

+  It is a great source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids

+  Gluten allergy? No worries here, quinoa in gluten-free.

When it comes to grains, I typically am grabbing the couscous off the shelves at the store.  Lately, I try to avoid carbs so rices and pastas haven’t made an appearance on my dinner plate.  However, after religiously documenting my food intake with My Fitness Pal I noticed my daily fiber being rather low.  After reading some articles, I decided that quinoa would be the best grain to add to my diet – high in fiber (keep me full longer), high in protein, and lower in calories.

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So be prepared to see the good old quinoa around this blog here often in upcoming posts.  First on the menu, Mexican Quinoa Bake.  Hearty enough for a meal or satisfying as a side dish served with tacos (leave out the black beans).  This casserole has a bit of a heated punch to it, but not too powerful. The quinoa absorbs the flavors and gives tremendous texture.

Mexican quinoa bake

Recipe By:  Sara
Servings:  6-8 [depending on entrée or side]   ///   Prep Time:  5 minutes   ///   Cook Time:  30 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup dry quinoa
1 can Southwestern style dice tomatoes
2 Tbsp taco seasoning or 1 packet
1 small can of diced green chilis
1 cup frozen corn
4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese + 1/4 cup for topping
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 can black beans, drained [optional]
sour cream, hot sauce

Directions:
1.  Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Add the quinoa and stir to combine.
2.  Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook covered for about 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
3.  In a casserole dish, combine the diced tomatoes, chilis, seasoning, corn, 4 oz. cheddar and beans if using.
4.  Add the cooked quinoa and cilantro, stirring everything together.
5.  Top with more shredded cheddar and a bit of the cilantro.
6.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
7.  Put on broiler and let cheese brown for about 30 seconds.
8.  Serve with a dollop of sour cream or hot sauce.

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Mexican Chipotle Hash Browns

{simple & satisfying}

Thanksgiving is a mere 3 days away!  Bryan and I will be going to celebrate the holiday at my Mom & Step-Dad, Ryan’s house.  Since it is a short(er) work week I didn’t go to the store.  Tonight was a whatever night – Chase not here & Bryan quarantined himself to study for a work licensing exam.  Our fridge looks pretty barren, but I knew I would be able to come up with something to satisfy my hunger tonight.  I was going to go with a mini bagel and cream cheese and then I remember the potatoes I had left over from my Guinness Beef Stew recipe.  I rummaged around and pulled out some remaining veggies.  I was in the mood for something with a bit of spice so I went with Urban Accents Mesa Rosa as my main seasoning.  In about 10 minutes, I had myself a little Mexican hash brown dish.

Compared to last night’s crazy kitchen adventure, this side dish is so simple yet the flavors were really bold and would be star on a brunch menu.  The recipe can also be tinkered with to make it more of a breakfast bowl by adding some scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and a dollop of salsa (I will be trying this soon!).  Restaurants take brunch pretty seriously these days and some places are very hard to beat.  However, if you are on a budget, just love breakfast food, or want to mix up your boring morning oatmeal then try this recipe.  It was satisfying for dinner and would be delicious for breakfast as well.

Enjoy & have a great night :)

Mexican Chipotle Hash Browns ::::: yields: 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup potatoes (any kind), small dice
1/2 tomato, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 Tbsp Urban Accents Mesa Rosa chipotle
salt and pepper

Directions
Place a saute pan over medium heat and then add the olive oil.  Add the potatoes and cook until about tender (5-7 minutes).  Add the seasoning and stir to coat the potatoes.  Add the green onion and corn.  Cook until the corn is soft then add the cilantro and tomato.  Season with salt and pepper & serve warm.   If desired add scrambled eggs, cheese, and a dollop of salsa to the saute pan for a main course breakfast dish.

Enjoy.

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xoxosara

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