Sunday, February 26, 2017

Food Hussy: Sunday Meal Plan #2

So last week's meal plan went really well! I stuck to it almost to a tee! And those snack boxes are really working for me. I did not go out to eat for lunch at all last week!!! That's damn near a miracle! 

From last week's meal plan - the Frisch's cornbread was a #fail - so I subbed out and made a pasta salad which turned out delicious! Other than that - the only variation from the plan was Friday we swapped out King Crab for LaRosa's because I was too beat to cook. 

For this week - I have a busy busy week - so there's only a few days I'll be cooking - but I have everything decided: 

Photo courtesy of Olive Garden

Sunday - One of my favorite recipes is this copy cat version of the Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli. It is truly the only recipe that nails this soup to a tee and I've been making it for years. The best part is - it makes enough so I have leftovers for a few lunches! My tummy is growling just thinking about it! 

Monday - I'm headed up to Crooked Handle Brewing in Springboro to do some video for my friends at Historic BBQ and learn a bit about Smoked Meats and Beer! 

Tuesday - I've had this lemon dill sauce in my cupboard for a bit from IKEA and it seems like such an easy dinner - that I have to make it. I picked up some salmon so I'm ready to go with it! I'll probably have their delish veggie cakes as a side - I'm kind of obsessed with them. 

Wednesday - I'm hosting an event for my friends at Gold Star Chili. They're introducing a brand new vegetarian chili and I cannot wait to try it! 

Thursday - Stouffer's sent me all the flavors of their new Sauce Duos so I think we'll try the Teriyaki one with some chicken and broccoli. 

Friday - I'll be working! Hooray! There's a new brand that I'm doing some work with for my day job called ClearVia. It's a pretty cool product - it's a probiotic that you take after you've been drinking and it metabolizes the alcohol into vinegar so you don't feel like dookie the next morning! I don't really drink much but the folks in our office that do say this thing really works! So I'll be at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival sharing samples of this fun new product! 

So that's my weekly meal plan - I hope it goes off as well as last weeks! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Food Hussy Recipe: Creamy Lime Shrimp Salad

This post is sponsored by Frisch's. All opinions are my own. 

I love pasta salad - it's just an easy dish that you can basically throw together with whatever is in the fridge and yet - it always tastes good. I decided to make one tonight for dinner! 

Here's the thing though - don't you hate when you want something but then you're missing one ingredient?! I looked in the fridge - no sour cream, no plain yogurt and no mayo - what's a girl to do??? Well - as you can see in the boomerang - I must have figured something out!

That's right - I had tartar sauce in the fridge! So - off I went! I sauteed some shrimp for last night's dinner and had some leftover - so that was a start - there was celery - I cooked up a little macaroni that was left in a salad is on its way!

Now - to turn that delightful Frisch's Tartar Sauce into a salad dressing! It's not actually that hard - it's basically mayo + relish (along with some Frisch's magic). The nice thing is mayo is just eggs + oil - so you've got the oil - now you need some acidity and some seasoning. For the acidity I had a little bottle of red wine vinegar left from a Blue Apron meal - so I used a little of that. Then some zing - garlic (of course) and then I had these little tiny limes - so I grabbed one of them. But don't just use the juice - zest a little in - so much flavor and aroma!!!

Whisk all that together and you've got a delicious creamy lime vinaigrette dressing! That's the nice thing once you know a little about how to put things together - you can switch it up, use what you have or customize things much easier! Plus - homemade dressing is ALWAYS tastier than the store bought kind!

So now that the dressing is together - I need the salad portion. I tossed together sauteed shrimp, cooked macaroni, diced celery and chopped spinach.

Then I added the dressing and boomio - we've got a yummy creamy lime shrimp salad! The dressing has so much flavor - that it sticks to all your bigger ingredients and just makes your mouth jump up and down!

Doesn't it look good?! You won't believe how refreshing and zingy it is! 

Creamy Lime Shrimp Salad 

- 1/4 cup Frisch's Tartar Sauce
- 1/2 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
- Zest of 1 tiny lime
- Juice of 1 tiny lime
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- dash coarse salt
- 1 cup cooked macaroni
- 7 sauteed shrimp
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1 cup spinach, chopped

In a bowl - whisk together the tartar sauce, vinegar, lime zest, lime juice, garlic and salt. In a separate bowl, stir together macaroni, shrimp, celery and spinach.

When you're ready to eat - toss the salad with the dressing!

* Makes enough for 1 large dinner salad or 2 side salads