30 Meal Challenge (Meals 15-17): Shrimp Two Ways and Salmon Cakes

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on January 21, 2015

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This challenge is getting difficult but I’m more than halfway there! Today I’m highlighting two shrimp meals and my never-ending attempt at Salmon Cakes.

Baked Orange Shrimp

I like cooking with shrimp because it cooks fast and is easy to defrost.  I posted this baked shrimp and broccoli recipe awhile ago but I want something different. I tested it on my husband when he came home early for lunch Monday but wanted to wait before serving it to the kids.

I defrosted a pound of shrimp and tossed it with olive oil and salt and pepper. At 400F, I baked it in a dish for about 10 minutes (I usually add a veggie first but was short on time). While it was cooking I worked on the sauce which is 1 cup orange juice, 2 Tbsp soy sauce and 1 Tbsp sugar  — boil and then stir until it gets syrupy (about 5-6 minutes).  I added 2 garlic cloves and 1/4 tsp. dried ginger to the sauce. The sauce never did get syrupy like the recipe stated.

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When the shrimp was done I moved it to a bowl and added sauce and chopped green onions. I liked the flavor a lot but my husband said it was “too tangy.” But he tried to get out of it later saying he meant it in a good way.  Hmmm. So I think I’m onto something but will mess around with the sauce and add some veggies. This can also work as a stir fry.

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Now I know the original recipe calls for coating and pan frying the shrimp but this feels high maintenance for a weeknight meal.

Shrimp Linguine

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I got this recipe from Weekly Bite. Estela is an awesome cook and hers is a great blog to follow for family friendly meals. I cut the recipe in half for our family and it turned out nice. I serve with a side of veggies or salad (or both) and fruit. It has become a tired and true.

Salmon Cakes

I’ve been wanting to try the salmon cake recipe from Sally’s Dinnertime Survival Guide book. I combined ideas from her recipe with my old one. And this came out pretty good. I’m still not satisfied with the sauce — and want to make one or two additions — but I’m almost there.  Not quite ready to post.

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Are you making any new meals this month?  How is it going?

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 11-14): Simple Chicken Recipes

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on January 16, 2015

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Okay, I can see that I cook with chicken a lot.  What I have been trying to do is to incorporate substitutions if I feel we are in chicken overload. For example, the chicken Alfredo and quesadilla recipes can easily work with shrimp.  Once I decide on a base recipe, it’s easy to switch out proteins, veggies and starches.  Actually, this is a great way to introduce new foods to kids — using a base recipe they like.  It’s all about the base…

So here are some simple chicken recipes I’ve recently made:

Oven Baked Fajitas

I was planning on using this recipe from Budget Bytes for fajitas and then a reader recommended it. So now I know it was meant to be!  I like that it can be prepped beforehand (good for workdays) and just thrown in the oven while attending to the kiddos. And it turned out great! A few more times making it and it will transform into a tried and true.

The only changes I made were adding the lime, oil and spices in a bowl and mixing together before adding to the chicken.  When it was done, I squeezed the second half of the lime on top.  See full recipe here.

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Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas

I’ve been making this quesadilla for a long time and also serve it for Saturday lunches. Now I add whatever we have to it like red onions or leftover veggies. Kids usually like it simple with beans, chicken and cheese and tomatoes on the side. I also have added a dribbling of my white sauce which is plain yogurt mixed with lime and taco seasoning.

Chicken Alfredo

I have been making a basic white sauce for pasta for a while. But truth be told, it’s not all that exciting and I don’t make it that often. I’m not a huge fan of rich white sauces, so I turned to Cooking Light for help. This lighter Alfredo recipe is one of their most popular. I made some changes like decreasing the milk, trying half and half oil and butter and adding less Parmesan cheese. It had great flavor but a little too thick.  Will keep working on it!

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

I don’t even want to get into how many times I’ve tried to make a teriyaki sauce from scratch. So when I saw this Crock pot Chicken Teriyaki recipe on Wannabite, I thought it was worth a try.  This sauce is perfect but it made too much so I decreased the ingredients. I steam whatever veggies I have on hand to add at the end, this time it was cauliflower and carrots. This is a keeper!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
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Serves: 4-6
 

Adapted from Wannabite
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken
  • ⅓ cup teriyaki sauce or marinade
  • 2 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp grated ginger or ¼ tsp dried
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a slow cooker. Mix the next 7 ingredients in a medium bowl and top over chicken. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6.
  2. Before its done, steam veggies of choice.
  3. When it’s done cooking, scoop out the sauce into a pan and add the cornstarch stirring to thicken. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces (this can be done earlier — up to you).
  4. Combine the sauce, chicken and veggies. Top with sesame seeds and serve.

Okay, off to make some soups. Have a great weekend!

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