Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Daddy Rating: 4/5

Simple and Decadent – All in 20 minutes. I’ve delivered this dish to many a new, overwhelmed mommy and they always love it.  Simple, lots of flavor and a great way to introduce seafood to skeptical little mouths.

I started a dinner exchange with a co-worker, each weekend we make a double helping of a casserole-type dish to exchange on Monday. We try new recipes and have one night that we don’t have to cook! This week, I contributed this dish and it got great reviews. The recipe originally came from my favorite Food Network cookbook “Great Easy Meals” but I changed just a few things.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 table spoons olive oil

3 cloves minced garlic

2.5 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

1 lb large shimp, peeled, devained, tales on (cooked or uncooked, whatever is on sale)

salt/pepper

7 plum tomatoes, chopped

2 bunches , chopped in big chunks

3 cups cooked white rice

Heat the butter, olive oil, and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add the Cajun seasoning and shrimp and cook while stirring until the shrimp begins to curl (if raw) if you’re using uncooked, just stir until heated through, and nicely seasoned. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the tomatoes and scallions to the skillet and cook, stirring for a minute or so. Add rice and mix everything together until warmed through and shrimp is opaque (if using raw shrimp). If it seems dry, add ¼ cup water and let reduce.

This keeps beautifully and seems to taste better as leftovers.

This goes fabulously with a chilled glass of white wine. Enjoy!

This post was contributed by our guest foodie Brynn Jeffries.  Brynn lives with her husband and 19-month-old daughter in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. Besides being a mom, She spends 50+ hours/week with her other dream-job at a Fortune 500 company so her husband can stay home and raise their daughter. Her love of cooking and Type-A personality compel her to keep trying new recipes that can easily fit into the working mom’s life (may she be a hard working SAHM or full-time outside the home.) Brynn shares her cooking trials on her blog Working Mommy Recipes. While most of the recipes are inspired by the monthly publications or daily email tips she subscribes to, many of the recipes have been adjusted to be easier or fit what the pantry has in stock. Favorites are one pot recipes (since she doesn’t have a dishwasher) and dishes that can double as tomorrow’s lunch at your desk. All of the recipes are given a “Daddy Rating” 1-7 from Brynn’s husband based on how many nights a week he will eat that dish (the higher the better). Optional addition to all recipes is a nice glass of wine on the side – Enjoy!

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