Usually when I cook a creative new meal my family will stroll in and out of the kitchen. Kevin, my stepfather will inhale deeply at whatever happens to be fuming off of the pan or dish or tray, “Ahhhh, you son of a bitch!” He’ll jokingly say. (Only because he’s on a strict high-protein, high-fat diet, where my meals usually don’t include him). My mom and younger brother, being the picky eaters that they are will look apprehensively at the ingredients I’m adding to my pan or dish or tray. My older brother will pick at my unprepared foods, so much sometimes that I have to keep adding more. (It is only ok for me to pick!) Once I thoroughly shoo them out of my space, my therapeutic cooking experiments commence.
However, this meal was different. I cooked it in a different house AND I didn’t cook it all myself. My friend Matt, who is extremely adorable and savvy in the kitchen, helped me come up with this AMAZING dish. Well, no, Pinterest helped me come up with it. Matt helped me create it. I have to say, cooking with two people is much easier when the other person knows a little bit about kitchen-y things. (and if he’s a cute guy) But anyway! The meal was fantastic. One of the best on here I’d say. We also made the baked zucchini stix and were so caught up in decorating the plate that we forgot about them until half-way through the meal.
The shrimp were tender and delicious and worth the disgusting process of deveining and peeling those little slimy things. The rice baked in chicken broth and tomato sauce was the perfect consistency. I’m almost a little sad that this meal was not cooked in my kitchen because I don’t have the leftovers.
Here is the recipe for the casserole.
I will however, post the recipe for the Guacamole that we adorned on the top of our casserole: (It was the best I’ve made so far)
2 Avocados (mashed)
2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
1/2 Red Onion (chopped)
2 Limes (juiced)
Cilantro (Chopped)…. (however much you like)
Cumin, Cayenne, Pinch of Salt to your liking! We had a little extra cumin and a little less cayenne. Delicious!
Mix it all up! Mash the avocados with a fork, add other ingredients gently, and enjoy the deliciousness of homemade guacamoles.
p.s. I am proud to say Thursday was our family’s 4th week on the Biggest Loser challenge and I won for the week! (finally!!!) It’s a total of 10.5 lbs lost so far. It’s exciting, I feel amazing, and I’m keeping it up!