Simple Shrimp Salad Recipe for Serving this Summer

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Simple Shrimp Salad Recipe for Serving the Summer…say that 3 times fast!

Okay, it’s officially, unofficially the kickoff to the summer season so you know what that means…it’s time to lighten up the meals.  This simple Shrimp Salad recipe was first featured over on my other blog DeDivahDeals and I wanted to share it over here.

If you are looking for a quick and easy summer salad to serve to your friends and family or perhaps prepare for an after-church Sunday Brunch, then this easy, breezy simple Shrimp Salad should fit the bill.

Simple Shrimp Salad Recipe
Shrimp Salad Recipe for Serving in the Summer

 

For this recipe, I purchased a 2 lb package of frozen shrimp which was thawed in the refrigerator overnight.  You can either steam the shrimp in a Double Boiler or place them in a pan with 1/4 cup of water to cook until they are pink in color. 

Allow the shrimp to cool then remove the shells, and veins and cut into thirds. 

 

ingredients for shrimp salad

 

Place the shrimp into a bowl, add 1/4 cup of mayonnaise or more if you like a creamier salad, 1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard, 1/4 cup diced Red onion and a few squeezes of juice from a lemon and lime. 

 

Lightly stir to mix all the ingredients together then cover and place in the refrigerator for about an hour to chill.  

To serve you can either scoop some of the Shrimp Salad onto individual lettuce leaves or onto toasted Italian bread slices garnished with Dill.

 

mix shrimp salad ingredients

This simple Shrimp Salad is also perfect for a light lunch or as a quick and easy mid-week meal. 

Let’s Chat > What is your favorite summer salad and how do you like it served?

Great Ideas Start with Good Coffee!

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One of the perks of working from home is that I now have the ability to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee sipped slowly from my favorite mug!  I no longer have to fill a travel mug and hope that it stays hot for when I arrived in the office.

I find that while sipping freshly brewed coffee and gazing out the kitchen window my mind is clear which allows for inspirational thoughts of thankfulness and gratitude and of course, great ideas start with good coffee!

Coffee?

It’s what gets the day started for many people. They can’t feel fully awake or alert without a warm cup of Joe. Many people feed that daily habit with a visit to a local coffee shop or a chain. But many more people make their own cup at home, with varying results. That’s why it’s important to figure out how you can do that coffee making better (and maybe just skip some of those coffee house visits too).

 There’s actually one ingredient that makes coffee great, and that’s, of course, coffee. But too many people think that every bean is created the same, but that’s not true. The beans that are ground, for example, are not nearly as fresh as those that you buy whole—so that’s your first to-do. Buy the beans, and buy them as freshly roasted as possible. What else works?

 

This graphic explains it.

 

 

Let’s Chat > How do you like your coffee brewed?

Tacos Made With Jennie-O Taco Seasonings Turkey Sausage

 

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on Saturday and many will be heading out for Mexican Cuisine and Margaritas, however, in my house we have tacos on a regular basis.  As a matter of fact tacos made any day has become one of our favorite mid-week meals made even more special with Jennie-O Taco Seasonings Turkey Sausage.

 

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Jennie-O Taco Seasonings Turkey Sausage is all natural with no artificial preservatives, no added hormones or steroids.  When using Jennie-O Taco Seasonings Turkey Sausage there is no need to add a separate package of seasoning mix which is definitely a time and money saver.

This lean ground turkey is pre-seasoned with just the right amount of spices; tastes great and only contains 9g fat much less than regular ground beef which is why it’s has become a staple in my kitchen.

 

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I always pour in a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil before adding the Jennie-O Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey to the pre-heated pan then cook it until it’s no longer pink with an internal temperature of 165 degrees.  I also use a wooden spatula to break up the ground turkey as it cooks.

Once done, we put a few scoops of it into a Taco Boat then top it with diced onions, fresh cherry tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and diced avocados.  I also like to sprinkle mine with a little hot sauce because you know I like it spicy!

You can add extras like shredded lettuce, sour cream or even diced jalapeno peppers and wrap in a tortilla, or add it to a hard Taco shell, but we like the Taco boats better.

For more delicious recipes head over to the Jennie-O website.

 

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How do you like to top your tacos?

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Slow Cooked Beef Brisket

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It has been a long time since my last Friday Foodie Feature and this one is actually from my previous blog, but I wanted to share it over here as well.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day especially if you are cooking at home, why not try this version of a Slow Cooked Beef Brisket?

 

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Ingredients:

  • Beef Brisket
  • Medium Onion – sliced
  • Liquid Smoke 1/2 tsp
  • South African Smoke Seasoning 1/4 tsp
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Red Potatoes – 4-5 small diced
  • 1/4 cup water

 

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket

 

 

Place brisket in resealable bag rubbed with South African Smoke seasoning, refrigerate overnight or for at least 3 hours.

 

Sprinkle brisket with seasoning and place in resealable bag

 

Coat inside of Crock Pot with a cooking spray for easier cleanup.  Pour in Liquid Smoke and water, then add the brisket.

 

pour in liquid smoke and water, then add brisket

 

Pour in an entire bottle of Barbecue sauce, add onions and potatoes, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours depending on the model of your Crock Pot.

 

add onions and potatoes

 

I sauteed a little cabbage in Olive Oil sprinkled with pepper to complete this end of the winter meal.

 

Sauteed Cabbage

 

This delicious dinner for 4 was plenty with leftovers for the next day. The tender Beef Brisket was shredded and used to make Tex Mex Burritos.

 

 

Tender Beef Brisket with potatoes and cabbage

 

Let’s Chat > What is your the menu for Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day dinner?

 

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Holiday Desserts

 

 

If you are running around a mile per minute trying to get everything ready for the holidays, here’s a tasty treat that you can make to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth and it won’t take a lot of time doing so.

 

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes it is an easy recipe that can be made during the holidays or anytime during the year and was first featured on my DeDivahDeals blog as part of a promotion for Reddi-Whip.

 

Cheesecakes with Reddi Wip

 

For this recipe, I used a box of Jello No Bake Cheesecake mix, fresh strawberries, and Reddi Wip to create this easy breezy satisfying no-bake dessert.

 

mini strawberry cheesecakes 

Instructions:

  • Following the directions on the box, mix the Graham Cracker crust with butter and sugar
  • Using a spoon press a little of the mixture into the bottoms of 12 muffin cups.

 

press crust mixture into bottom of muffin cups

 

 

  • In a bowl, pour in 1 1/2 cups of milk then added the filling mix
  • Whip on low for a minute and then on medium speed for another few minutes until thickened.

 

whip filling until thickened

 

 

  • Top each Graham Cracker Crust cups with filling and refrigerate uncovered for an hour

 

top each crust with filling

 

  • Wash, cored and slice several strawberries to top each mini cheesecake
  • Top with whooshes of Extra Creamy Reddi Wip.  

If you are transporting these delicious treats to an office or house holiday party wait to top them with Whip Cream a few minutes before serving.

 

Add Reddi Wip and strawberry

 

Let’s Chat – What are your favorite holiday desserts?

 

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