Cajun Shrimp & Rice

 This weekend was so fun, but almost a blurrrrr.  Did I sleep

I sure feel like I didn’t.  I thought about taking a recoup day on Monday- but failed to remember that with all the hustle and bustle of the weekend.  I remembered this thought while getting ready this morning, during the fight with the mirror, my hair brush, and claw clip, and followed with a third time of jabbing my eye with the mascara wand (my puffy eyes failed to open wide enough to get a proper coating- where is a crisp cucumber when you need one?  Pickles?  Nope.. I tried.)

I must have known this was going to be a crazy weekend and slow start to my week during my meal planning last week- because I planned this and a few other super simple recipes- perfect for getting me through the sluggish feeling that has been this week. 

Dinner in 15 minutes: Bagged frozen protein.  Bagged frozen veggies.  Bagged quick-cooking rice.

Can I get an AMEN?  But wait, all this quick convenience without the inevitable swelling of the fingers?  Typically we can associate convenience with high sodium.. but what I have done here is take packaged fresh (frozen) ingredients, and made them better- working for me in the best ways possible. 

You can use any protein you want, and actually any fresh or frozen veggies you please, too. 

I typically have a bag of frozen medium shrimp, as well as a bag of stir-fry vegetables in my freezer.. and well, I always have microwave brown rice, too.  It is so easy to use for a quick lunch/dinner- and perfectly portable.. so I like to keep it stocked.   

This meal cost me about $4/person for a meal for 4.  Wow- cheap, healthy, low sodium, and all in under 20 minutes.   

What do you use to take advantage of easy timesavers in your kitchen?

Cajun Shrimp & Rice

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: about 1 1/2 cups each

Cajun Shrimp & Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 (8.8-ounce) pouch microwavable rice (whole-grain brown rice)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, salt-free
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2 of a large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen stir-fry vegetables, thawed
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paparika
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

Cook rice according to package directions.

While the rice cooks, coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and warm over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the shrimp with Cajun seasoning; toss to coat. Add shrimp to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until done. Remove from pan; keep warm.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add the veggies, green onions, paparike, and Italian seasoning; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in cooked rice, shrimp, tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 284; Fat: 7 g; Carbohydrate: 34 g; Fiber: 5 g; Proteinl: 23 g; Sodium: 422 mg

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Comments

  1. This looks awesome Amber!

  2. The smell of shrimp cooking in the house makes my stomach growl and my mouth drooling. I also love the broccoli in it. Its color tells you how yummy it is. =)

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