Cajun Shrimp and Coconut Rice

Many of you ask me, “what can I cook for dinner that’s quick and easy yet healthy?” In response, I’ve created a separate category of posts just for you.  I’ll post what I make for dinner and will focus on quick, easy, kid-friendly meals. I don’t have kids myself though, so sometimes I’ll use my niece and nephew as my surrogate testers and other times, I’m just guessing at what kids might like.  So here’s a meal that my husband and I enjoyed the other day: Cajun shrimp, coconut rice and green beans. Watch for tips on what to do with the leftovers.

Start with the Rice:

2 cups rice (long grain white or brown –  I like Time-Wise brown rice as it cooks in the same amount of time as the white)
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup water
¼ teaspoon salt

Rinse the rice under cold water for 2 minutes and then drain. Put the rice and everything else in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes covered. Let stand for 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork. This will feed a family of 4 and you’ll have plenty of leftovers.

TIP: add some raisins and a bit of agave syrup or raw sugar for a nice little breakfast or dessert the next day

For the shrimp (while the rice is cooking):Cajun shrimp

I purchased a package of frozen raw peeled and deveined shrimp but you can also use fresh.
Once thawed and drained, toss the shrimp with 2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning mix (you may have to adjust if your kids don’t like too much spice).
Throw them all in a grill pan (or frying pan) and cook over medium to high heat until they turn pink (a few minutes). You can also thread these onto skewers and bbq them.

TIP: Cold shrimp threaded on toothpicks with cherry tomatoes and cucumber make a good snack or lunch for kids. Throw it all on a salad for a grown-up lunch.

For a vegetable:

Trim 4 cups of green beans (or broccoli or sugar snap peas or asparagus) and steam them until al dente (a few minutes). Toss with a little butter or olive oil, lots of lemon juice and some sea salt.

TIP: Add leftovers to your salad the next day and pack some up with some veggie dip for the kids.

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