If you would have asked me five years ago that I would love to experiment in the kitchen, I would have thought you were crazy!
Five years later, I cook up a storm for myself. I love making my food to where it tastes just as good as it does in a restaurant – thanks to my husband for giving me that mentality! I am always looking for an easy but different recipe too!
Any of the recipes you see on my blog will have some sort of spice element to it. I love spicy food and it all depends on the type of meat as to how spicy I make it. Of course throughout these recipes, you can tone it down or add more spice to it! Here is my recipe for Cajun Shrimp!
Grilled Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle Dipping Sauce and Coleslaw
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
41-50 count shrimp
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
dash of pepper
(Feel free to add more seasonings and/or larger portions if you wish – I typically do not measure)
Bagged coleslaw (I buy the bag of coleslaw by Fresh Express)
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup of light mayo
2 tbsp. of honey
dash of pepper
1 cup of light mayo
3 tsp. chipotle powder
1 tsp. paprika
Heat a large skillet over oven on medium heat with your olive oil. Place shrimp in skillet and add all of our seasonings. Cook shrimp on each side for three minutes or until done. Place on plate
Place coleslaw mix in a bowl and stir in ingredients – as much as you want. You can add mayo or subtract mayo depending on how creamy you would like your coleslaw.
Mix mayo and spices for the chipotle sauce in small bowl. Refrigerate before serving.
Sound off in the comments below – did you make this? What did you change?!
Check out my other recipes here! Veggie Packed Beef Stew – Han’s Weekly Meal Prep
Stew and winter go together right? Gosh, I love stew! (I mean I even eat it in the summer so oh well!) Here in Chicago it has been consistently in the single digits temperature wise so here is a great meal prep dish to keep you nice and warm at work or at home for lunch and dinner for the week!
Veggie Packed Beef Stew
Prep Time : 20 mins
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 hours 20 minutes
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
3-4 lb chuck roast (cut into 1″ cubes – I buy organic grass fed)
1 medium onion – diced
3 cloves of minced garlic
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley – chopped
6 sprigs thyme
Pink sea salt to taste
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1 tbsp. smoked paprika
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1.25 qt. of water
Bag of frozen green peas
1 cup cherry tomatoes – diced
3/4 lb golden potatoes (diced)
1/2 bag of baby carrots diced
Bag of celery – diced
Heat up a large pot on oven over medium flame.
Season the beef cubes with sea salt and black pepper. Toss to coat well with 2 tablespoon of olive oil. Brown cubes. Transfer to bowl and keep warm.
Add 2 tbsp. butter and a lug of olive oil to the pot and sauté the chopped onions until translucent (about 5 mins.)
Add garlic and the red pepper flakes and cook for one more minute
Stir in flour and paprika and cook for another minute or so making sure to not burn mixture.
Deglaze the pot with the warm water whisking as you add it to break up any clumps that might form. Bring to a simmer.
Add the beef cubes back to the pot along with parsley and thyme. Cover with a tight lid and allow it to simmer together for 2 hours stirring occasionally.
Add the potatoes, celery and carrots to stew. Turn the flame to medium and simmer partially covered for another 20 minutes or so until the potatoes are cooked through. Remove from heat.
Add the tomatoes and peas and give the stew a good stir. Cover with the lid for a few minutes until the tomatoes release their juices and the peas are just heated through.
Adjust seasonings to your taste.
For more dinner meal prep recipes – check this one out! Marinara Turkey/Beef Meatballs with Zoodles – Han’s Weekly Meal Prep
Welcome to the first month of 2018!! I think most of us are feeling pumped for the new year! New goals, new things to accomplish and new plans for whatever you want!
I am always pumped for the new year and even more pumped to see what this year brings – 2017 was a challenging year but my husband and I got through it! We are starting 2018 with a fresh outlook and a lot of good things coming our way soon!
Each month, I want to share with you some things I am doing each month and I would LOVE to hear more from you all as well – to talk, to collaborate, or any kind of feedback! I am looking forward to each month to doing these posts to share with you what is going on in my life!
I am not currently in the middle of any book, but my best friend gifted me a book called “Rise, Sister, Rise” for Christmas and I plan on starting that this month! NOTHING shouts out girl power more than this book. Also check the author’s first book “Light is the New Black”. Check out “Rise Sister Rise” here.
I recently subscribed to Hulu because Netflix has been letting me down lately! I found out that Hulu has THE ENTIRE SEASON OF HOME IMPROVEMENT! It has been YEARS of me looking for these seasons on DVDs. We watched the show as a family growing up, but I always love rewatching old shows as an adult. My husband and I started that late in December. Also, my husband refuses to watch this show with me but I can’t deny the guilty pleasure of Keeping Up with the Kardashians! I have watched the series on and off so now I am going back and rewatching all the drama unfold! One thing that you I watch daily is “On the Case With Paula Zahn” (Comcast on demand as ALL THE EPISODES – OVER 150!!) and “Friends” because that is my all-time favorite TV show!
Healthy food all day every day! Or at least try to! I created a really good habit in 2017 of planning out meals and focusing on having a different protein each day so that I don’t get sick of the same thing, and I already have planned what I am going to make. The recipe and the veggies typically will change. I meal prep on Sundays or Mondays for lunches for the week!
Get your own meal prep planner here!
The new stuff I have incorporated in my eating is Coconut Milk and Cauliflower Rice. Towards the end of 2017, we switched to Cauliflower rice and have NOT looked back! I have had rice a couple of times since and it is just not the same. I enjoy cauliflower rice so much more now! I make it with everything; burrito bowls, use it as a pasta, and even made some “Mexican cauliflower rice”. Perfect for people on a KETO diet!
Lavender essential oils – all day every day! It helps me sleep and relax. I have a face spray from Sheer Miracle that is amazing and in the evening (sometimes multiple times a day) I spray my face with this mixture and I feel so refreshed!
I have had some weird and intense dreams lately! I won’t go into details here, but it must be all the stress from moving!
OVERWHELMED to say the VERY least! We are selling our home which has been my childhood home for 25 years and ended up being Darrin and mine first home together where we fixed it up and had our very first moments there. We are moving and even downsizing to an apartment. We are making the move from suburbia to city life! Also, we are going down to having one car and the car we are giving up is also a car I have had for over 10 years (it was a car I drove in high school!) LOTS OF CHANGES and it is so hard and difficult but change is usually difficult and often for the better! Currently listening: Since my car is old (see above!), I don’t have any fancy plug ins or blue tooth to listen to my music. I often listen to the normal radio; however when I work out I have a dedicated playlist to get me pumped! One of my favorite songs right now is Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar’s “Freedom”!!
Currently celebrating: OMG SO MUCH! After SIX LONG months with our house up for sale, we have finally sold it and we are finally having our dream come true in moving to Chicago – something my husband and I have wanted since we started dating. It has been a LONG time coming and it has certainly not come easy. Also, this is the month where I am celebrating five years cancer free! (watch out for a giant post about that!) So many birthdays as well in January in my family and among my friends – (A SPECIAL HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOUTOUT TO MY HUSBAND IN JANUARY!!!)
Where I Am Going: Rose Fest in Chicago on January 20th! Celebrating my five year cancer-versary and then celebrating one of my best friend’s birthdays! Hopefully it’s not snowing drastically out or unbearably cold but whatever it is Chicago in January so it should be expected! Otherwise, we are trying to not plan too much because moving is going to be hectic and adjusting to a new normal will be interesting!
Crafting: I just really want a Cricut! Who wants to buy me one?!
What are you thankful for this month?
SO MANY THINGS. This month is the month of change and reflection for sure. First and foremost, I am thankful for my health. My health has bounced back from two bouts of cancer and god knows how many different drugs and surgeries. I am beyond grateful for how my body has helped up and beyond thankful for what it can do for me. I have been cancer free for five years which is known as you are CURED essentially. I am no longer in “remission”. I am thankful for the 25 MEMORABLE years of living in my childhood home. After my parents passed away consecutively within 18 months of each other and even when I went through cancer, my siblings and I had the means and opportunity to stay in our home and didn’t have to deal with additional stress of moving and losing something else we had. Once my brother and sister moved out, I also was able to spend my first years with my now-husband in our house and make it our own. I am thankful we have our jobs, and we have been employed by companies for a combined over 10 years, and that they are stable and this gives us the opportunity to move to the city that we have dreamed about for so long. I am thankful for so many memories we have had living in our home and how five people used to live in the home and it has dwindled down to my husband and myself and our pup! So many countless memories of childhood, teenage years and then when my siblings and I lived there by ourselves. Many good memories but also some difficult ones. My husband and I had our first kiss in front of this home and it was where we became a family!
Thank you for reading about my January – what are you up to this month? Anything I should be eating, cooking, trying out? Sound off below!! I would love to hear from you!
Until next time,