Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Thanks to the pandemic and stay-at-home orders, I am working in the basement these days. So the commute has reduced from a 30-40 minute drive home to 30-40 second walk up the stairs. I could use the extra half hour to make a more labor intensive dinner. And sometimes I do. But honestly, I don’t always have it in me. Sometimes I need an easy win that still feels like a solid meal.

Enter: sheet plan meals. Single sheet pan meals are all over Pinterest and for good reason. They are so gosh dang easy to prep. Outside of cutting veggies, you can toss all the food on a pan, swoosh it around, and pop it in the oven–all while a baby is glued to your hip.

We tested out this shrimp fajita sheet pan meal and it was a huge hit. We will definitely making this again–especially once I go back to work in the office. This entire meal can be made under a half hour, which is a game changer when you walk in the front door around 7:00 p.m. each weeknight. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2- 2 pounds of shrimp, peeled (I just grabbed a bag from the frozen section and dumped the entire bag in)
  • 3 bell peppers, thinly sliced (mix between red, yellow, and orange)
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • squeeze of lime
  • tortillas
  • any and all taco/fajita toppings–for us–guacamole, salsa, and sour cream are musts
yeah, those bell peppers are not finely sliced at all. Guys, do as I say, not as I do ūüėČ

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Grab a large bowl and toss together everything but the lime, tortillas and toppings (so the last three ingredients)
  3. Once well coated, distribute across a sprayed cookie sheet.
  4. Cook for 8 minutes. Then turn to broil and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until shrimp are done.
  5. Once out of oven, squeeze the lime juice over the cooked fajita insides.
  6. Toss insides into tortilla shells and top with all the delicious toppings you have.
  7. Enjoy!

Source: Number 2 Pencil

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Shrimp Boil Packets

Today Minnesota extended the Stay-at-Home order until May 3rd. It feels so weird. Being trapped at home for three weeks now. Sometimes it is fun. I get to have lunch with my babies every single day. I see a lot more of Matt, since our desks are next to each other. But other moments it feels like the world is crumbling below us. And also that nothing is happening. Because everyone in my household is healthy so we are in this bubble where Coronavirus is this urban legend and we don’t see anyone. We are continuously living in the calm before the storm. The fear of getting sick and how sick we will get forever looms over us. Will we be the person who needs to be hospitalized?

We are lucky that that Coronavirus feels mystical. Because it means we are healthy and the people we love are healthy. We are away from the hectic, overworked hospitals. Here’s hoping it stays that way.

This recipe is from simpler times. When the biggest worry was getting lemon juice squirted in our eyes–not getting contracted with a scary virus that could crystallize our lungs.

I hope this meal brings some comfort to you.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 corn on the cob, halved
  • Andouille sausage, coin sized
  • 5-6 red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Shrimp
  • 3 Tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoon Butter
  • Half Lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Also need Old Bay seasoning. Forgot to put it in the photo ūüôā

Directions

I’d recommend cutting corn smaller and all in half again. Our knife is terrible so I gave up.

Put the sausage and shrimp in a big bowl.

Squeeze in lemon juice. This method is how the professionals do it ūüėČ
Or do this.

Then add in the potatoes and corn in the bowl. Add in butter.

Time to go the grill to cook on one side for 15 minutes.
Remove from the foil carefully. If you’d like, drizzle more melted butter over everything.

Enjoy!

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Lox Bagels

There are two types of people in this world.¬† Those who wake up and don’t need to eat breakfast.¬† And those who need to eat breakfast immediately.¬† Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me knows that I am in the second camp.¬† Most mornings I wake up starving.¬† Sometimes my stomach is actually growling when I wake.¬† Seriously.¬† Breakfast is my favorite meal, and I do not understand those people who can go until lunch before eating (husband, I am talking about you).

Weekends breakfasts are a favorite in our house.  Most mornings, we have a large homemade breakfast.  When Matt cooks, that means pancakes.  But when I am in charge, it means lox bagels.

i want to eat you.

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Jambalaya

We all have our own comfort food.  Whether its mash potatoes, pasta, or fast food, sometimes you just need a meal to make our day a little better.  Jambalaya is ours.

The past week was challenging for our family. ¬†Max has hydronephrosis. ¬†He was diagnosed in the womb. ¬†At our 20 week ultrasound, the technician uttered a phrase you don’t want to hear–“abnormal scan.” Ar this time, the hydronephrosis was present in both of his kidneys, ¬†Of course, we had never heard of hydronephrosis. ¬†Basically, it meant that Max’s kidneys weren’t developing properly. ¬†We were told that 50% of the time, this type of hydronephrosis resolves itself. ¬†So a second ultrasound was scheduled for my 28 weeks of pregnancy.

At our second ultrasound, there was good and bad news. ¬†Max’s right kidney had resolved itself. It was developing just fine. ¬†But his left kidney hadn’t. ¬†It was twice the size of the right. It didn’t appear to be working at all. ¬†So we went to a specialist. We were told that once Max was a month old, Max would go back for testing to determine the severity of the issue and how to resolve it. ¬†If the left kidney was partially working, then it would be worth saving. ¬†Otherwise, we would assess whether it would make sense to remove the kidney altogether. ¬†For the rest of my pregnancy, there was nothing more to do. ¬†Just wait for Max show to up.

Then right on time, our Maxwell was born, happy and wide eyed. We made the one month appointment for Max’s kidney.

Just a couple hours old.

And¬†then last week, the one month appointment arrived. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the news we were hoping for. Max’s left kidney hasn’t improved. ¬†It is twice the size of what it should be and does not appear to work. ¬†Because of this, the doctor recommends surgery to remove the kidney when Max is 5 or 6 months old. ¬† The idea of my baby being put under¬†anesthesia makes my heart ache. ¬†I can’t imagine handing my baby to a doctor for surgery. ¬†It just hurts. ¬†So¬†when we came home from the appointment, our family needed some comfort food. ¬†We needed to eat this jambalaya.

This recipe for jambalaya is quick and easy. ¬†There is low prep work. ¬†Just dice a couple of veggies, toss them in a pan, and let it simmer. ¬†You can alter the recipe so it can be as spicy or mild¬†as you’d like. ¬†So when your heart is aching, you can eat a home cooked meal without too much complication. ¬†Plus, the assortment of vegetables makes the meal relatively healthy.

So after Max’s kidney appointment we ate this jambalaya as a family. ¬†And while it didn’t make the fact that Max has hydrondphrosis go away, it made us all feel a little bit better, even if it was just for the night.

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Bang Bang Shrimp

Since I am in the middle of p90x, our kitchen hasn’t fried anything in a long time.¬† And for Matt, that was a huge change.¬† Before he moved to the cities, his nights were spent making homemade chicken wings and fries at least 5 nights a week with his roommates.¬† He was the fry king.¬† And while the food was tasty, it definitely wasn’t healthy.¬† After 6 months of marriage and my healthier choices of meals, Matt has lost 10 pounds (and he never works out! Only a guy…).¬† But, after finding this recipe, I knew I had to make this for him–if not only for old time sake.

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