Chicken and beef, beef and chicken, steak, steak and more chicken… I am definitely guilty of a weeknight dinner lineup that looks a lot like this. I always say it’s important to get a lot of variety in the fruits and veggies that we eat… well the same goes for our protein foods! We shouldn’t be getting all of our protein from red meat or all of it from chicken or all of it from protein powder, but instead we should be getting our protein from a variety of sources! Here’s a new one that I’ve been adding into my rotation…
1 (2lb) bag large frozen shrimp, peeled (tails can be removed or you can keep them on)
2 tbsps olive oil
Juice of half a lemon and half a lime
3-4 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp cilantro
chipotle chili powder
If your shrimp is still frozen, empty into a strainer and rinse under slow, cool, running water until thawed. If you need to peel your shrimp or you want to de-tail them, do this now.
Once thawed, transfer to a medium sized bowl. Add your lemon and lime juice, garlic, and cilantro. There are no measurements for the onion powder, chili powder, cumin, chipotle chili powder, or the smoked paprika. You can do equal amounts of each or if you like some flavors more than others go crazy with those! I love this recipe because it’s a heavy shake of this and a heavy shake of that! Add enough to coat your shrimp and mix it all up. Season with salt & pepper.
Once coated, assemble your skewers. You can do plain shrimp skewers or alternate shrimp with pieces of red bell pepper, onion, &/or cherry tomatoes.
Preheat your grill to medium high heat, then turn down to medium.
Place your skewers on the grill, cook for 3 minutes on each side or until shrimp comes off of your grill without sticking and turns pink.
Serve with coconut rice or over a big salad! I used leftovers in my rainbow quinoa salad for lunch the next day.
** Don’t get frustrated with me here on the lack of measurements! Everyone’s tastes are different and experimenting with flavors can be so much fun. I love this combo and am always happy with the results, but I almost never use the same amounts twice. Sprinkle ‘till it feels right :)
*** If you really hate me for saying that, a safe bet would be to do about 1/2 tsp of everything that doesn’t have a measurement.