January 05, 2013

Resolution Worthy

Shrimp & White Beans

This time of year is full of self-reflective commitments & promise. However, New Year's goals should not mean diet deprivation & sacrificing flavor. This meal is balanced & filling, but above all it is delicious. Together, these recipes yield two generous servings, or three when served with a crusty French Baguette & leafy greens on the side.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Broccoli 

2 dozen frozen shrimp, defrosted
1 broccoli crown, cut into florets
1 shallot, coarsely chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves
salt & pepper to taste

1. pre-heat the oven to 400F.

2. toss the shrimp, broccoli & shallots with the lemon, olive oil & garlic. line on a baking sheet, then sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste.

3. roast the shrimp & broccoli for about 10 minutes. 

note: I parboiled the shrimp first, however they were a bit overcooked in the end. I think letting them defrost a bit & roasting them straightaway with the broccoli is the better alternative.

Panko-Crusted White Beans with Rosemary & Garlic

1 can Cannellini white beans
2 tsp olive oil, divided
1/2 sweet white onion, diced
1 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
4 inch fresh rosemary sprig, minced
~2/3 cup panko
salt & pepper to taste

1.  rinse beans in a colander, let drain. 

2.  warm 1 tsp olive oil in a pan. add onions & garlic + a pinch of salt. cook until onions begin to brown.

3.  combine white beans, rosemary & panko in a shallow dish. gently fold white bean mixture into onions. add more oil as needed to prevent the beans & panko from sticking to the pan. 

4. cook until the panko has browned a bit & formed a loose crust around the beans.

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