Fresh Asian Salad!

You know you probably need more vegetables in your life… Let me help you out!

I whipped up this delicious Asian style salad for you. When I tried it, the first thought I had was, “This is fresh tasting!” And, there aren’t any really crazy ingredients. I want y’all to go to the store, buy the goods, then make this thing. Like, now!

This dish is really filling, yet low in calories. If you’re watching your waistline, this one’s for you!

NOTE: I didn’t measure any of the ingredients. I would add a bunch of stuff, taste it, add a little more, etc. All of the amounts are approximate. Feel free to add more or less to your salad depending on your taste buds. I want you to enjoy eating those veggies!

12-16 ounces cooked, peeled, and chilled shrimp
2 cups cooked, chilled white rice
1 finely chopped zucchini
1 finely chopped small red onion
1 finely diced avocado
1 big handful of snap peas, chopped
2 big handfuls of bean sprouts
1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
Juice of 2-3 limes
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/8 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes

Mix everything together in a big bowl. Eat it.

Serves 8-ish. ENJOY!!!

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I hope you give this one a whirl! Let me know in the comments if you added or took anything out of this recipe!

Cooking Class Fun!

Hey y’all! I am so excited to share with you my experience from a cooking class at Little Savannah in Birmingham, AL. Little Savannah is a farm to table restaurant and bar specializing in local, fresh, healthy ingredients. No wonder I sought them out to teach me a little something!

The class was just under four hours, and the theme of the class was paleo cuisine. We spent the majority of the time chopping, cooking, and learning. After we made our food (there were five of us in the class), we all sat down together to enjoy our spoils with a nice glass of wine. It was such a fun experience, and I learned some new tricks that I’ll incorporate at home.

So what did we make?!?

  • Dish 1: spinach, arugula, supreme orange, avocado, walnut, golden raisin salad in a shallot, citrus vinaigrette.
  • Dish 2: Spicy sausage, veggie, egg, coconut milk soup.
  • Dish 3: Gulf shrimp slaw with brussel sprouts, and fennel.
  • Dish 4: Steak with root vegetable puree, and spaghetti squash.

Cooking Class

Don’t these dishes look awesome?!? Each dish was delicious (go us!!!), that I couldn’t pick a favorite. They all had unique flavors, and I would make each dish again. And, now I know how to do it! The techniques used weren’t too difficult for all of us amatuer cooks to recieve instruction on. We did most of the prep, and cooking. Our instructor was there to offer tips, tricks, and lessons about how to cook the food, then she let us go for it. It was nice to be so hands on, I always learn better by doing. I left feeling accomplished, yet not overwhelmed. Perfect! I’ll be sharing some of these techniques in future posts, so stay tuned!

ACTION STEP: If you feel inadequate in the kitchen, or if you just want a refresher on proper cooking techniques, I would highly recommend taking a cooking class. You’ll leave with a full belly, and a lot of knowledge to take back into your kitchen!

Happy healthy cooking y’all!

Garlic and Ginger Shrimp!

If you’re looking for a high protein, omega-3 healthy fat containing, fast, and delicious meal, this would be it. This only took about 10 minutes from start to finish! This is great for the nights when you come home super hungry, and you’re about ready to gnaw your arm off (maybe you forgot to plan and prep). Save your arm, and eat this instead! Just throw it on a bed of greens, and you’ve got dinner!

1 tbsp butter (or less if you like)
5 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp grated ginger
12-16 oz peeled shrimp
salt and pepper to taste

Warm the butter in a skillet on medium heat.
Once it melts, add the garlic, ginger, and shrimp.
Toss them together occasionally.
Cook until the shrimp is done, maybe five to seven minutes. Try not to over cook it, it will get chewy.
Add the salt and pepper.
Toss one more time, and serve!

Serves 3-5. ENJOY!!!

Garlic Ginger Shrimp

The garlic and ginger was a great combo! The taste and smell was lovely. Be careful about how much ginger you add, it’s really strong. Ginger is one of those delicate flavors that can be a perfect touch, or really overwhelming and ruin a dish. Experiment with it, and see how much you like it!