Watermelon Shrimp Salad

Andrew, Mom and I decided to take a road trip to do a little shopping at a nearby outlet mall a few weeks ago.

After a full day of shopping, we decided to do what any normal people would do….find a restaurant, eat something delicious and revel (or regret) all our purchases.

Now unfortunately when I go to a restaurant, I don’t want the healthy salad… or healthy anything for that matter. I want the fries. All the fries. Sometimes only fries…loaded with gravy and cheese.

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But I’ve been trying to make healthier choices. I mean I am going to live in a summer-all-year-round country very soon…no hiding in comfy cozy sweaters. I need to get a hold of things.

So I chose (begrudgingly) the salad.

I could not have been happier with my choice.

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

 

So of course, once I got home, I just had to find a way to reproduce this deliciousness. And because Pinterest has everything right at your fingertips, I found a recipe that looked very close to what I ate a Brewsters.

All you need to make this incredible dish is

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Honey
  • Arugula
  • Mint
  • Feta cheese
  • Shrimp
  • Almonds
  • Watermelon
  • Shallots
  • Salt, pepper and cayenne pepper

I started by marinating the shrimp. I waffled with how to flavor the shrimp, but finally decided to just keep it simple- I used the same dressing recipe that I was going to use to dress the salad.

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

In a Ziploc bag, I put

  • 1 bag cooked thawed shrimp
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 a diced shallot
  • salt and pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (depending how spicy you like things)

I let this hang out in the fridge for an hour or so.

To put the salad together I dressed a container of baby arugula (peppery greens that are complimented nicely with the sweetness of the watermelon and dressing) and some fresh chopped mint with the same dressing recipe as above (minus the cayenne)

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

On top of the arugula and mint, I crumbled some feta cheese

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

Threw some salted almonds in

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

Places some cubed watermelon on, and a shrimp on top of each of those.

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

Doesn’t it look pretty?

Shrimp Watermelon Salad

The Verdict- I could eat this salad every day! It is so amazing…and so beautiful!

 

 

 

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

School’s out for another year!

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It is always a little bittersweet when the year ends…and though the kids are completely unruly at the end of the year, they still do the sweetest things.

Now to just relax, spend time with family and friends and check all those little projects off my list.

#teachersummergoals

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it grabbed my attention right away because of Andrew’s enduring love for anything pizza. And since I love him so much, I thought I would add it to our repertoire.

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

Here is what you need:

  • Italian sausage
  • pepperoni slices (30 in total)
  • 14 oz pizza sauce
  • 1 box penne pasta
  • garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheese

The original recipe said to use an oven proof skillet so that you can melt the cheese at the end, but the thought of having to CLEAN my cast iron skillet outweighed the allure of melted cheese. So I went for my deep stainless steel frying pan with a lid instead.

I started by browning the Italian sausage in the pan until it was cooked through.

I added 2/3 of the pepperoni slices and let those heat through.

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

Next I added the pizza sauce, 2 cups of water, the penne, minced garlic (instead of powder since I didn’t have any), Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. I stirred it up, put a lid on it and let it cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes.

Do not forget to stir it every now and then…or else you will just have a burned on mess!

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

Finally I added the rest of the pepperoni slice and the cheese and let everything melt together.

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

I served this with a little Parmesan cheese and some parsley flakes.

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

The Verdict- The flavor of this is great!┬áBut I would definitely cook the pasta separately next time. It would save us from eating (very) al dente pasta and having to scrub the pan for 15 minutes after dinner trying to get all those burned on bits off. Next time I would consider using hot Italian sausage too for a little more kick and if I wanted to health this up a little I may add some mushrooms and green peppers too to make me feel like I’m getting some veggies in. All in all, a win.