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Sauteed Shrimp with Parsley, Cilantro, and Garlic

Perfect quick weeknight dinner!

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Sauteed Shirmp with Herbs

By admin Published: April 23, 2015

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Ready In: 20 mins

Perfect quick weeknight dinner!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop the cilantro, parsley, and garlic. Saute with shrimp until shrimps turn white and pink (no longer translucent). Then, add salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Serve hot.

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Thursday Thoughts

Happy Thursday! Lately, I’ve been eating a ton of seafood and loving it. I tend to eat too much red meat so this has been a welcome change. Last night, I did a super easy sauted shrimp dish. It tasted awesome and was really quick for a weeknight dinner. I used a half pound of extra large cleaned shrimp that I picked up from my local seafood store. Then, I grabbed a handful of flat leaf parsley, cilantro, and three pieces of garlic. I just did a rough chop, added a little salt/pepper, then mixed well with some extra virgin olive oil.   The shrimps sauted up pretty quickly. And, I finished the whole dish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

I am pleased to announce that I also shucked my own oysters this week. I pretty much sweet talked a guy at the Whole Foods in order to get a whole lesson on shucking plus some free oysters. I’m not one to ask questions but I’m so glad I did! It was super easy and now I can eat oysters whenever I want. I ate these little guys with a some mignonette sauce.

As far as my workouts have gone, I’ve been a bad girl the last two weeks. Hurumph. I shall get into a groove soon I hope?! Though, I did try a bikrim yoga class at Bikram Yoga NYC in Hell’s Kitchen last week with one of my friends. It was great to have a pal to go to class with. I didn’t mind the heat either.

The class was packed though but the instructor was encouraging especially for beginners. Don’t get me wrong. The poses are tough. And, there are so many to remember! I can’t say that I was great at it or that I was super meditative. But, I did find it challenging and it did loosen up my body which gets very tight from running. It’s definitely a workout I would like to incorporate into any groove I get into.

The details for the studio are below.  I will add that they offer excellent rates to try out the studio.  So, it’s worth just going to check out.

Bikram Yoga NYC – Midtown

797 8th Ave

New York, NY 10019

It’s looking like rain! I hope everyone has a great end to their day!

Katie

Quick Tuna Tartare and a Three Mile Run

So, as you can see, the blog re-design is complete. I’d like to thank, Lindsey, at Smitten Blog Designs for all her help! I’m happy with how everything came out! It’s been good to focus a little bit on the blog. After a few years with school, it’s nice to get back to something I started so many years ago and see where I can take it.

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While I may not have kept up my blogging, I definitely have been focused on cooking – more so in the last six months than ever before.   If you have a minute, please check out my Instagram page. You’ll be able to see the proverbial fruits of my kitchen labor. It’s funny. I actually looked back a few weeks ago. I can’t believe how changed my food looks from my days in the Rockville Centre Avalon (although, unfortunately, my kitchen is exponentially smaller!). It does remind me of how much practice, time, and dedication I’ve put into becoming a better home cook. I will say that most things taste pretty awesome these days. But, you’ll have to take my word for that!

You will see that I spend an awful amount of time lately working on small plates and appetizers. I like the idea of small plates. I always have a hard time making food choices so it helps to have a little bit of everything. It can be hard to cook for one. I’m not a huge leftovers person. And, let’s face it. I’m a foodie. I like interesting food. So, I find small plates are easier from a portion control perspective and create minimal leftovers to deal with.

Last night, I made a super easy tuna tartare. I diced some tomatoes, cucumber, shallot and green onion which I salted and mixed with the juice of one lemon and one tablespoon of soy sauce too. Then, I added in my cubed sushi grade yellowfin tuna and mixed slowly. I served this on some corn tortilla chips that I coated with a thin layer of sour cream and guacamole. It’s a quick dinner (because it can be served with corn tortillas if you want larger portions) and is the perfect appetizer if you had guests over. If you like tuna, give it a try.  It’s definitely not something to be afraid of.

Working out… where should I even begin? God, I’d love to turn back the clock and be in the shape I was a year and a half ago or even a year ago. It’s hard to not beat yourself about it. But, what are you going to do? It won’t change anything. Are any of you out there in the same boat? I just have to start again. I think it definitely helps when you’re going through a hard time. There is an innate motivation to get out of the house, put something in your own control, and go get the body of your dreams.

Last night, I did a three mile loop along the East River under both the RFK Bridge and the 59th Street Bridge. Astoria Park was beautiful especially at sunset. It made me excited for the warmer weather. It’ll be the perfect place.

I looped back around on 28th Avenue which was not as scenic as I would have liked due to the construction. So, I’ll have to try out some new routes later this week. I was pretty slow and averaged only about 10:30 min/per mile. I’ll try to get that back down to my normal 9:10 min/per mile over the next month or so. Then, I’ll work up to ramp up mileage.

Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!

Katie

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