Wednesday, August 17, 2011

20 Dinners, 1 Day- Spanish Rice with Shrimp

So, after a full afternoon of prep cooking, I was interested to see what the fruit of my labors would be.  I mean, supposedly, this was going to save me a ton of time during the week.  We'll see....

Um, dinner was done in 10 minutes.  And I think that was because I dragged it out since Abe had gone to shower after cutting the lawn, thinking he had plenty of time.  So, if it hadn't been for that, I think I would've been done in 5 minutes.  Abe even commented that dinner was finished in quicker time than it took him to clean up afterward.

Dinner, done, in 5-10 minutes?  Yes, please, sign me up.  And it was delicious.  Abe's not a shrimp fan, but he really liked it (ate 2 servings, plus the leftover off of Adam's plate... so that is a thumb's up).  So, if you're a seafood fan, you'll like it even more. 

It utilized 3 of the building blocks... rice pilaf (#5), roasted veggies (#3) and tomato sauce (#2).  Recipes in the intro..

Easy peasy (I know, only dorks say easy peasy.  I am comfortable with that).

Spanish Rice with Shrimp

4 cups Rice Pilaf
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lb. peeled, devined shrimp
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 cup Tomato Sauce
1 cup chopped Roasted Peppers
1/4 cup chopped black olives
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
4 lemon wedges

In a large skillet, heat pilaf in 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Transfer to bowl.  In same skillet, cook garlic, shrimp and paprika in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Add tomato sauce and peppers and heat through.  Return pilaf to pan, stir in olives and cook 1 minute.  Serve with parsley and lemon wedges.


  1. I have been really intrigued by the notion of 20 dinners, 1 day. The hubs refuses to eat shrimp, but I would love to do something like this since classes begin again in 2 weeks. Thanks for writing about it!

  2. Give it a try! He can pick out the shrimp if he really hates it. But you never know... maybe he will like it!