July 18, 2012

"Use what you have" recipes

Most weeknights I am looking for something quick and easy for dinner.  Lately I've been trying to use up ingredients in our pantry and fridge, so I thought I'd share the entree and dessert I made recently.  Both are easy to make and taste great!

What I had: a bag of frozen shrimp, a clove of garlic, and a packet of yellow "Spanish" rice

What I made: sauteed shrimp, yellow rice, and broccoli

Shrimp recipe (via Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything):

1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled
3-4 cloves garlic, sliced
Salt and pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. paprika

Heat olive oil over to low heat in a large skillet and add garlic slices, cooking until golden brown.  Add shrimp and spices and stir, increasing to medium-high heat and cooking 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Can sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley as garnish.

What I had: a box of brownie mix and a packet of cream cheese left over from a cheesecake I made over the weekend

What I made: black-and-white cupcakes

Cupcake recipe (from Ghirardelli):
(makes 16 cupcakes)

1 box Ghirardelli dark chocolate brownie mix
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Stir together the brownie mix, water, oil, and 1 egg.  Spoon batter into muffin tin with cupcake liners (spray paper liners with nonstick cooking spray first). In separate bowl, mix cream cheese, remaining 1 egg, and vanilla together with electric mixer until smooth.  Drop a large spoon of the cream cheese mixture onto the top of each cupcake. Bake 28-32 minutes.


Anonymous said...

Looks really yummy! Is that the same shrimp recipe? -M

Nicole @ one half world said...

Yes, this is the "famous" shrimp recipe. :)

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