Dinner in 20...
I was super busy yesterday and all of the sudden I looked down at my computer and realized that it was 6 pm and I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner. I forgot to thaw something out and I really didn't have any idea what I was going to make.
Generally in these situations my go to protein is shrimp. I always have some in the freezer and it thaws out in a flash. Since my husband loves shrimp with any kind of pasta, I thought that would be a safe bet. I decided to go with some Israeli couscous I picked up at Trader Joes and boiled it in some chicken broth with a dash of red pepper and a garlic clove to give it some added flavor. Once it was cooked, it still lacked something so I added about a cup of this delicious Organic Creamy Tomato Soup from Trader Joes (see the picture below to give the sauce some flavor and body. Oh my gosh, it was delish! I used my indoor grill and my go to seasoning (click here for the recipe) for the shrimp and had a fabulous and very healthy dish in no time. Throw in some basil and a sprinkle of parmesan at the end and the only person who will know you didn't have this planned out well in advance is you!
I am always looking for delicious, fast and easy recipes that don't require a lot of chopping and prep. If you have any, I would LOVE to hear about them! :)
Israeli Couscous and Shrimp
8 oz. Israeli Couscous
3 cups chicken broth
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper (or to your liking)
3/4 cup Trader Joes Organic Creamy Tomato Soup (or your favorite Tomato Soup)
1 T. Dry Seasoning Rub (click here for recipe)
1/2 lb. large shrimp (approximately 25 count)
2 tsp. olive oil
salt & pepper
1/4 c. basil in chiffonade
1/3 c. grated, fresh parmesan reggiano
Bring chicken broth, 1 garlic clove and red pepper to a boil. Once boiling, add couscous and cook until al dente (mine cooked for approximately 5 minutes.)
While the couscous is cooking, season shrimp with olive oil and dry rub. Place on preheated grill pan and grill for about 2 minutes per side. Remove from grill and cover with foil to keep warm.
Once couscous is cooked, drain the pasta and place back in the pot. Add the soup, additional clove of garlic, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the shrimp on top and sprinkly with parmesan.
Now wasn't that easy!!!
This is the Trader Joes Soup I used: