Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Shrimp and Broccoli Packets

I really don't have anything to blog about today. Absolutely nothing. I live a boring life, I guess. Haha, I wish! I wish I didn't have anything to do all the time. But, today...today, I'm trying to heal. Have I mentioned that I like indoor rock climbing? Well, you see...I went rock climbing last night with my fellow rock climber friend and...I hurt myself. You know...it hurts a lot when you go for a hold and bang your knee into a lower hold...on accident. I literally had to come down and sit on the floor for a minute to recover. I saw stars. And today my knee has a HUGE cherry on it. You can even see it through my black hosiery. And did I mention it hurts? Bad. So today, instead of thinking really hard about something to blog about, I am simply going to share with you a favorite recipe. This is a recipe I stole from my mother a while back when I was attempting to organize her recipes. That was futile. Actually, I was just trying to organize them so that I could steal a few. Maybe more than a few. Maybe a lot. My mom's recipes look a lot better now, though. I think she has around 5 binders FULL of recipes. I wonder if she's adding to the pile the way we organized them...or just throwing them in the front flap of the binders like she was before. My money is on the latter. Not that there's anything wrong with that...whatever floats your boat. It's just that I'm extremely organized and anal about stuff like that. Maybe one of these days I'll share my recipe book so you can see exactly what I'm talking about. But today, I'm just going to share this recipe. It's a Dave's Faves. Very easy and very, very, very, very good. Homerun every time. Try it soon.

Shrimp and Broccoli Packets (from Reynolds Wrap)

2 sheets (12x18-inches each) Reynolds Wrap® Release® Non-Stick Foil
1/2 pound medium raw peeled and deveined shrimp
1 cup instant rice
2 teaspoons seafood seasoning ***
2 cloves garlic, minced, divided (I always use 3-5 cloves, but I love garlic)
2 cups broccoli florets
2 tablespoons butter, cut in pieces
8 ice cubes
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 450°F or grill to medium-high.

Center one-half of shrimp on each sheet of Reynolds Wrap Release Non-Stick Foil with non-stick (dull) side toward food. Arrange rice around shrimp; sprinkle shrimp and rice with seafood seasoning and half of garlic. Place broccoli over shrimp; sprinkle with remaining garlic and top with butter. Place ice cubes on top.

Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and one end. Through open end, pour in water. Double fold remaining end to seal packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Repeat to make two packets.

Bake 15 to 18 minutes on a cookie sheet in oven or grill 9 to 13 minutes in covered grill. Stir rice before serving.

Serving suggestion: Squeeze fresh lemon juice over shrimp before serving. (I never do this, it doesn't need it-plenty of flavor from seasoning and garlic already!)

Reynolds Kitchens Tip: To pour liquids into packets, hold packets at a slight angle. After folding ends to seal, turn folded ends up to prevent leaking.

Number of Servings: 2

Nutrition Information:(Per Serving)
calories 410
grams fat 14
% calories from fat 30
milligrams cholesterol 254
milligrams sodium 1204
grams carbohydrates 44
grams protein 31

***Another recommendation: I use this seasoning as my "seafood seasoning" in this recipe. It's also pretty much my "go to" seasoning. Any time I'm in a rush and just want to quickly grill some chicken on my George Foreman grill or any other quick meal in which I want to add some extra spice-this is the seasoning I grab. I will say that a little bit of this goes a long way. While I don't recommend being sparse with it, just don't load the meal down with it either...it gets to be quite much and very salty if you do.

*Yet Another recommendation: Be sure to drain the foil packets before you stir and plop them on your plate. This way, if you happened to add too much water/ice cubes, you don't get a puddle of lukewarm water on your plate (Yuuuuuk!).

I hope everyone is having a Terrific Tuesday and that your knees are bruise-free!

1 comment:

  1. I also lead a boring life and have to really reach somedays for blog topics!



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