Southern Shrimp Curry

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This is a STELLAR dish, if I do say so myself! DELISH! It is so easy and will appear to those who are lucky enough to eat it that you spent hours slaving away in the kitchen! oozes love.
1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
sprinkle shrimp with salt & pepper and the juice from 1/2 lemon; sit in fridge until ready to use
1/2 onion, chopped fine
1 T olive oil
1/2 to 1 cup salsa
1 can butter beans, corn & tomato mix (Margret Holmes makes a great succotash combo that I used)
2 t curry powder (I use 1 tsp Madras & 1 tsp Dean & Deluca)
1/4 c white wine (opt)
1/4 c chicken broth (or 1/2 c if you prefer not to use wine)
1/2 can lite coconut milk
Soften onions in olive oil; add salsa & bean mix, wine & broth cook on low while preparing rice or risotto to pair with. Add shrimp; cook until nice and pink, stir in coconut milk. Serve with rice or risotto. YUM!!
Toodles, Mama Bird

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{Crockpot} Curry Beef

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I really enjoy Thai flavors, the one problem is many times when I eat Thai out I get a headache, but I have found when I prepare at home I am fine! Today I used only ingredients I had in my pantry, freezer or fridge! I had stew beef in the freezer and a can of lite coconut milk in the pantry and that is where the idea was born!

1-2 lbs stew beef

1 can lite coconut milk

1 c tomato sauce

1 c chicken broth

2 t curry powder (I like to use Madras and Dean & Deluca, 1 tsp of each)

1 green pepper, cut in 1 in cubes

1 c frozen pearl onions (would have used a sweet onion, but ran out!)

2 carrots, cubed

6 plum tomatoes, cubed

1/2 c golden raisins

1 granny smith apple, cubed

Throw everything in your crockpot EXCEPT the raisins and the apple, add those apx 1 hr prior to serving. Set on low and cook apx 6 hrs. Serve with rice and a fresh salad! YUM!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Chicken Curry in a Hurry

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You guys have probably noticed that I heart Trader Joe’s and I love how they are always tasting new items. Last time we were down there they were tasting Biryani Curried Rice Dish.

It is great and best of all Jack loved the sample! It is super healthy with no nasty additives. It’s best when you put a little oil in either your wok or sauté  pan for 5 mins! That’s it!! Told you it was fast!! I added diced leftover chicken and it is great!!

Enjoy!!

Thai Shrimp Stew

This is a fantastic dish! It looks so gourmet and it is SO EASY to make!! It will impress your friends and family! Perfect for a Date Night or a Dinner Party!
Thanks to my girlfriend Katie who makes a very similar dish with a few differences in spices.
1 1/2 lb large shrimp in shell (21 to 25 per lb), peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 (14- to 15-oz) can petite diced tomatoes including juice
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 sweet bell pepper, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons curry
5 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1 can  lite coconut milk (shake well)
Serve with cooked white rice
Cook onion and bell pepper in olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add curry, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and remaining teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Toss shrimp with black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic, and lemon juice and marinate, covered and chilled, 15 minutes. (you want to do this here so that the shrimp doesn’t “cook” in the lemon juice) Add tomatoes and simmer briskly, stirring, until mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes.Stir in coconut milk and bring to a boil, then add shrimp mixture and cook, stirring, until shrimp are just cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes.Serve over rice.When I plate this, I usually take a 1/4 or a 1/2 measuring cup, scoop rice into, place it in the center of the plate, and then put it the stew around it.

Big J’s Meatloaf & Roasted Sweet Potatoes

As a little girl, my Daddy did most of the cooking. He wasn’t a gourmet per-say, however what he made, he made well! This is one of those dishes that isn’t particularly innovative it is just a good meatloaf. Honestly I didn’t know how bad meatloaf could be until I went away to college. I am southern and my meatloaf is topped with ketchup not gravy to me gravy turns it into something like Salisbury steak or uh something I am not fond of. I hope your family will enjoy this recipe as much as mine does.

1 1/2 lbs of “meatloaf mix” (pork, beef & veal)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
1 egg
2 Tb worchestershire sauce
2 Tb ketchup
2 tsp garlic powder
s & p to taste
I like to mix this all up together and let sit in fridge for a few hrs.
Topping:
1 c ketchup
1 Tb brown sugar
1 Tb vinegar
1 Tb mustard
Bake at 375 for 60-90 mins. May want to tent with foil for first 30-45 mins and remove for last half. Enjoy!!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
peel and dice potatoes and toss with 2 T olive oil and 2 T your fav curry powder ( I like Madras which is a RED base as well as Dean & Deluca which is a YELLOW base) I also love to toss 1 T of Nigella Seeds (if you have, just adds another layer of flavor) I set oven on 375 and bake for apx 45 mins. Till fork tender. DELISH

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