Lime Shrimp Salad

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I have been craving salads a lot recently, which is definitely welcome to me. Even when I don’t totally feel like a salad one way I motivate myself to eat healthier is to make my food look really appetizing. I think when you make your salads really colorful and interesting it definitely makes them more appealing. I wanted to use different colored tomatoes but my grocery store only had red ones.

Anyhow, last night I made this lime shrimp salad. It was a very simple recipe but it was really good and very flavorful. I just soaked some peeled shrimp with fresh lime juice and added some salt and ground black pepper.

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It doesn’t need to be cooked very long. I just cooked it in a pan with some Pam spray for about 5 minutes with the lid closed.

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I then set them aside on a plate to cool and put more freshly squeezed lime juice over them. For the salad I just used a mixed spring leaf mix with avocado, green onions, a yellow bell pepper and a red tomato.

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I think you could use just about any salad dressing with this, but probably simple is better. I just used balsamic vinegar on mine and my husband used Italian dressing. I think that’s the great thing about salads because you can change it up by just using different dressings. I think one thing that would have made this even better would have been to add black olives.

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This was a really simple dinner idea but it was surprisingly flavorful and good. I will definitely be having this again. It was a nice change from having a steak salad because red meat can still be pretty heavy, even in a salad.

 

Steamed Salmon & Salad

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When it comes to salmon I can be pretty picky. I mainly like salmon raw as sashimi or sushi. I very rarely like Salmon cooked in terms of being fried or baked in an oven. There was one time my husband made salmon that was a complete freak accident, and it was amazing. The skin on each side was perfectly seared and crispy, while the inside was perfectly cooked. Never again have we been able to recreate it. Never. No matter what we do the sides do not come out crispy, so I gave up. But last week I tried steaming salmon in the rice cooker and it came out perfect! This is now in rotation for dinner because it’s so easy and only takes 30 minutes or less. All I do is put salt and lemon pepper seasoning on top of the salmon, and then drizzle some lemon or lime juice on top and let it steam. Surprisingly the white rice option on our rice cooker perfectly cooks both the rice and fish at the same time limit. I cook basmati rice along with the fish so my husband doesn’t starve, and then we both have it with salad.

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For the past few weeks I have really been liking putting kale into our salads. Kale has a bitter taste that adds both flavor and texture to a salad. I use both kale and red leaf lettuce, with tomatoes and avocado. I also add capsicum if I have any in the fridge. I think salads are usually more appetizing when they have a lot of textures and flavors going on in them. My husband also makes a light dressing that is really good using the following:

Dressing

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Steak Sauce

1 Tsp Italian Herbs

Don’t be thrown off by the steak sauce, it adds an extra bite to the flavor! Apple cider vinegar is a great alternative to store bought dressing because it has so much flavor. It’s both tart, sour and sweet. The perfect combination for salads. Apple cider vinegar has countless health benefits too, so this salad is like a superfood beast!

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