It’s Friday. And I have the night off, so that means I want to make dinner.
I love making dinner. I’m not a mom who complains about this one.
Cleaning the bathrooms? Yes.
Folding laundry? Eww.
But cooking …I love it.
There are definitely issues when someone, like me, in my situation, steps up to the stove. And I will get to that.
For now, let’s talk about what I made.
Shrimp scampi over riced cauliflower.
So simple. So easy. And just good. (Most things, when kept simple, are good.)
Here are my ingredients (as adapted from Pinterest):
I found this list of ingredients in Pinterert and knew I could work with them. Rather than using a carb heavy pasta, I decided to combine this recipe with a new fave of mine: cauliflower rice.
The whole thing took about 20 minutes all together. Very fast and easy.
1. Peel and mince garlic *Note: this is the most time consuming step – and while it’s not that difficult, everything else is smooth sailing afterwards.
2. Heat olive oil in a skillet add garlic and shrimp ( with tails cut off)
3. Mince cauliflower in a food processor *buy a food processor – it sounds intimidating but it’s so easy and life changing, really. Go buy one. Like, now.
4. Deglaze the pan with juice of one lemon and a half cup of dry white wine
5. Add a cup of chicken broth. Keep heat at med-high.
6. Add riced cauliflower
7. Chop parsley – This is the first time I’ve ever bought or cooked with parsley. It’s not necessary for flavor but is a 100% improvement on the appearance of the dish, which is just lookin like white grits up until this point. Mentally, you will enjoy your dinner so much more with it.
8. Add parsley; total cool time of this dish should be about 5 mins or until the liquid has evaporated out.
So what’s going on in the meantime with my kids? What’s happening while mommy pretends to be Nigella Lawson?
Let’s see what I meant before when I said there are “issues” when someone in my “situation” tries to cook…
Baby J repeatedly got it into our fridge, and at one point, was caught DRINKING Parmesan cheese.
The girls spent that 20 minutes wrestling. You think boys are the only ones who wrestle? I used to too… Nope. Gracie now has a loose tooth, which she’s pretty excited about. She even ran to go clean her room for the tooth fairies anticipated arrival. (Thanks Grandma L for that idea)
So you see, I’m not exactly cooking in peace and wouldn’t blame another mom who just said eff it and ordered a Friday night pizza.
If you have a personality like me though, once your into something, you’re entranced. Bottomline, I’m a mad woman in the kitchen.
After the liquid is evaporated, I cover and remove my skillet from the heat, and I allow it to sit while I set up plates.
This keeps it hot, and gives that cauliflower a wee bit more cook time.
I know what else you’re wondering…
What did I do with the leftover wine?
Ahhh… Here’s a little Mommy refreshment for after dinner and baths.
A little dry champagne and frozen blueberries – complete with antioxidants! So you can feel good about getting boozed up 😉
(This sparkling wine is like 80% off at Kroger right now, and if you buy 4 bottles, you get an additional 10% off. Just sayin. ) Comment and let me know if you try some variation of these!
Have a happy Labor Day weekend!