Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry – Fifteen Minutes

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Yes, you will have this Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry with Rice ready to serve in fifteen minutes. Maybe even just ten!

YOU will do it better and faster than take out or delivered!

The quality and size of the shrimp makes a difference so I gut up and pay for wild caught that is very large or jumbo size. But, you don’t have to.

Let’s go!

If your shrimp are frozen just put them a bowl of water and they will be ready to be peeled and deveined in a few minutes. Or, you could thaw them out in the microwave in just about a minute. Or you could buy them already thawed out at the seafood counter in your grocery store.

Put a pot of water on for the rice or if you have some leftover in the freezer microwave it to get it ready to serve. I’m using some instant rice tonight that will take 8-10 minutes, tops. You can also do the instant rice in the microwave in a little less time than on the stove.

Chop the garlic or just use that pre chopped that you can find in jars in the produce section.

Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball enough olive oil to coat the bottom.

Add the broccoli and half of the garlic to the skillet. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss it a few times as it cooks.

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Put the rest of the garlic in a bowl and add the honey and soy sauce. Whisk it all together and add the shrimp. Gently stir the shrimp into the liquid to get it all coated.

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When the broccoli is almost as soft as you like it push it off to the sides of the skillet and pour in the shrimp and just enough of the marinade to coat the bottom of the skillet around the shrimp.

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When the shrimp have turned pink on the bottom turn them over and get them pink on the other side. Then toss it all together and serve it up with the rice and some soy sauce for topping everything off.

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Now, wasn’t it quick and easy putting together your Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry .

 

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  1. Put a pot of water on for the rice or if you have some leftover in the freezer microwave it to get it ready to serve. I'm using some instant rice tonight that will take 8-10 minutes, tops. You can also do the instant rice in the microwave in a little less time than on the stove.
  2. Chop the garlic or just use that pre chopped that you can find in jars in the produce section. Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Add the broccoli and half of the garlic to the skillet. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss it a few times as it cooks.
  3. Put the rest of the garlic in a bowl and add the honey and soy sauce. Whisk it all together and add the shrimp. Gently stir the shrimp into the liquid to get it all coated. When the broccoli is almost as soft as you like it push it off to the sides of the skillet and pour in the shrimp and just enough of the marinade to coat the bottom of the skillet around the shrimp.
  4. When the shrimp have turned pink on the bottom turn them over and get them pink on the other side. Then toss it all together and serve it up with the rice and some soy sauce for topping everything off.
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Sliced Steak Aglio e Olio – aka Garlic and Oil

Sliced Steak aglio e olio!? Sounds crazy don’t it? Team it up with some pasta aglio e olio and you have a very quick and easy weeknight meal that is also real good. Like, fancy restaurant good. Did I mention that it’s easy?

Per Wikipedia …”Spaghetti aglio e olio  “spaghetti with garlic and oil” is a traditional Italian pasta dish coming from Naples. The dish is made by lightly sauteeing minced or pressed garlic in olive oil, sometimes with the addition of dried red chili flakes, and tossing with spaghetti. Finely chopped parsley can also be added as a garnish, along with grated parmesan or pecorino cheese, although according to some traditional recipes, cheese should not be added.”

Put a pot of water on for the pasta and add some salt. Add a little more than your gut says because the pasta really needs the salt to get tasty. Add the pasta. Our pasta du jour was linguine but any type would work. Watch it and as soon as the pasta becomes a little pliable swirl it and get it all down into the water.

I did the steak and eggplant slices on a stovetop grill but a skillet would work just as good.

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We had a big New York Strip steak in the freezer but a London broil works just as nice for this weeknight supper.

Put skillet on at low heat with the good extra virgin olive oil and the garlic – slices or chopped – on at low heat. Add a little salt and some red pepper flakes (optional).

When the garlic has started to become translucent – not brown!- the pasta should be done . Using tongs lift the pasta out of it’s water and put it in the skillet with the garlic and oil (aglio e olio). Don’t worry about getting some of the pasta water in the skillet. In fact the water will blend with the olive oil and creat a nice sauce for the pasta.

An instant read meat thermometer is the most accurate way to tell if the steak is done the way that YOU want it. When the steak is ready the eggplant will be too.

NOW! Slice the steak, put the eggplant on the serving plates with the steak slices and add the pasta.

Spoon the aglio e olio over everything and dig in to your Sliced Steak Aglio e Olio.

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Chianti of course!!

And some of Poppop’s Eeeeeasy homemade bread to mop up that aglio e olio!

 

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  1. Put a pot of water on for the pasta and add some salt. Add a little more than your gut says because the pasta really needs the salt to get tasty. Add the pasta. Our pasta du jour was linguine but any type would work. Watch it and as soon as the pasta becomes a little pliable swirl it and get it all down into the water.
  2. Put skillet on at low heat with the good extra virgin olive oil and the garlic - slices or chopped - on at low heat. Add a little salt and some red pepper flakes (optional). When the garlic has started to become translucent - not brown!- the pasta should be done . Using tongs lift the pasta out of it's water and put it in the skillet with the garlic and oil (aglio e olio). Don't worry about getting some of the pasta water in the skillet. In fact the water will blend with the olive oil and creat a nice sauce for the pasta.
  3. An instant read meat thermometer is the most accurate way to tell if the steak is done the way that YOU want it. When the steak is ready the eggplant will be too.
  4. NOW! Slice the steak, put the eggplant on the serving plates with the steak slices and add the pasta. Spoon the aglio e olio over everything and dig in!
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Honey Garlic Shrimp – Quick and Easy – 20 Minutes – Gluten Free

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This Honey Garlic Shrimp recipe is real good and real simple to make. For a busy weeknight, it is perfect.

Our veggies tonight were potatoes, asparagus and onions with some rosemary all sautéed together in a large skillet.

For the shrimp, first whisk together the honey, garlic and balsamic vinegar.  Pour half of that over the shrimp in a separate bowl. Keep the rest of the honey mixture aside to be used later on, just before serving.

Stir the shrimp in the marinade and then let it rest while you get the veggies going.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in just enough olive oil to cover the bottom.

Cut the asparagus stalks into 4 pieces, the onions into wide strips, the potatoes into  about 1/8″ slices and strip the leaves off the rosemary sprigs. You could use dried rosemary if necessary.

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Put the veggies in the skillet. Salt and pepper then toss a couple of times to get everything coated.

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Toss a few times as it cooks and when the potatoes start to brown put a smaller skillet on at medium high with a swirl of olive oil and the butter.

Let it heat up and lay the shrimp out in the skillet and when they have gotten pink on the pan side – about 1 minute – turn them over and pour the rest of the marinade all over them.

Cook until they are pink on both sides  and opaque in the middle – about another 1 and 1/2 minutes.

Put the veggies and the shrimp on the plates and pour the juices from the shrimp skillet all over everything.

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The marinade from the skillet also goes along great with rice with broccoli which  is an alternate to these veggies as is our risotto with peas recipe.

We had a real nice California Chardonnay with our honey garlic shrimp.

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  1. For the shrimp first whisk together the honey, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Pour half of that over the shrimp in a separate bowl. Keep the rest of the honey mixture aside to be used later on, just before serving. Stir the shrimp in the marinade and then let it rest while you get the veggies going.
  2. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Cut the asparagus stalks into 4 pieces, the onions into wide strips, the potatoes into about 1/8" slices and strip the leaves off the rosemary sprigs. You could use dried rosemary if necessary.
  3. Put the veggies in the skillet. Salt and pepper then toss a couple of times to get everything coated. Toss a few times as it cooks and when the potatoes start to brown put a smaller skillet on at medium high with a swirl of olive oil and the butter. Let it heat up and lay the shrimp out in the skillet and when they have gotten pink on the pan side - about 1 minute - turn them over and pour the rest of the marinade all over them. Cook until they are pink on both sides and opaque in the middle - about another 1 and 1/2 minutes.
  4. Put the veggies and the shrimp on the plates and pour the juices from the shrimp skillet all over everything. The marinade from the skillet also goes along great with rice and broccoli which is an alternate to these veggies as is our risotto with peas recipe.
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Pan Seared Tuna Steak with Lime and Cilantro

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You will have this Pan Seared Tuna Steak dinner on the table in record time. The  pan seared tuna steak will take one and a half to two and a half minutes a side depending on how rare-  or well done – that YOU want it.

The sautéed spinach is so fast that you have to wait for the tuna to be almost done before you put the spinach in the skillet.

The potatoes take about 5 minutes in the microwave. How is all of that for Quick and Easy?

Lets get started ……

……..If your tuna steaks are frozen you could put them in the fridge in the morning on your way out the door. Or leave them in their individual wrapping and put them in a large bowl with a lot of water. The more water in proportion to the tuna steaks the faster they will defrost.

Or in the microwave on the thawing setting for a couple of minutes.

Put the potatoes in the microwave to “bake” while the rest of your Pan Seared Tuna Steak dinner comes together.

Put a skillet on at low for the spinach with enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom.

Slice or coarsely chop the garlic cloves and add them to the spinach skillet. You are going to let the garlic just get translucent and not get brown. Don’t add the spinach until the tuna steaks are done so if you need to turn off the heat on the garlic to keep it from browning, so be it. You can turn it back on just before you add the spinach.

Put the tuna steaks into a bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper, dill weed and a splash of white wine. Or, you could just go with salt and pepper and squeeze some lime juice on them just before you dig in. That also works okay.

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Gently turn them over a few times to get them well covered with all of that good stuff.

Put a skillet on at medium high and add the olive oil and butter. When the butter has stopped foaming gently slip in the tuna steaks. The oil and butter will start foaming again but that’s okay. Pour some of the lime juice mixture on them.

Assuming that your tuna steaks are 1″ thick cook them for 1 and 1/2 minutes a side for rare. 2 and 1/2 minutes a side for well done. We like 2 minutes a side and medium rare. If in doubt just use a table fork to open a steak up a little and look at the inside to see how done it is.

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Put the spinach in its skillet with the garlic and turn it over a few times as it wilts. When it is as wilted as much as YOU want it add it to the plates.

Squeeze a little lime juice on the tuna steak and the spinach.

Now, serve up and enjoy your Pan Seared Tuna Steak with sautéed spinach and “baked” Potato.

Don’t forget the rest of that white wine. Pinot Grigio goes along real good. 

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  1. Put the potatoes in the microwave to "bake" while the rest of your Pan Seared Tuna Steak dinner comes together. Put a skillet on at low for the spinach with enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom. Slice or coarsely chop up the garlic cloves and add them to the skillet. You are going to let the garlic just get translucent and not get brown. You are not going to add the spinach until the tuna steaks are done so if you need to turn off the heat on the garlic to keep it from browning, so be it. You can turn it back on just before you add the spinach.
  2. Put the tuna steaks into a bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper, dill weed and a splash of white wine. Or. you could just go with salt and pepper and squeeze some lime juice on them just before you dig in. That also works okay. Gently turn them over a few tames to get them well covered with all of that good stuff.
  3. Put a skillet on at medium high and add the olive oil and butter. When the butter has stopped foaming gently slip in the tuna steaks. The oil and butter will start foaming again but that's okay. Pour some of the lime juice mixture on them. Assuming that your tuna steaks are 1" thick cook them for 1 and 1/2 minutes a side for rare. 2 and 1/2 minutes a side for well done. We like 2 minutes a side and medium rare. If in doubt just use a table fork to open a steak up a little and look at the inside to see how done it is.
  4. Put the spinach in its skillet with the garlic and turn it over a few times as it wilts. When it is as wilted as much as YOU want it add it to the plates.
  5. Now, serve up and enjoy your Pan Seared Tuna Steak with sautéed spinach and "baked" Potato.
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