It was nearly 55 degrees by the time I got to work yesterday, such a beautiful day.
I knew it was going to be a busy day, it being the last full day at the office. I had a taste for oats for some reason, so hit up Pret for their steel cut oats – so creamy and only 4 smart points. They have tiny cups of brown sugar and granola that go with the granola, so I am calling my “extras” 3, with sliced banana, so breakfast came in at 7 points. I’ve packed all my bowls, so my glass coffee mug had to step in. I couldn’t use it anyway because the coffee machines were already packed for our office move.
And Pret again for lunch! This was a bacon and egg breakfast sammie – this bread is amazing, I haven’t looked up the points yet, but I am calling it 10.
TODAY IS MOVING DAY! I am sure you guys are sick of having me talk about it, but this has been my life the last two weeks. Packing boxes, throwing out old shit (my boss had papers in his office from 1979!). Still so much to do, but if I end up throwing stuff in a box just to move it, that’s what’s going to have to happen.
So it was a nice reprieve to have Cooking Club last night! Courtney is always the hostest with the mostest!
Our Cooking Club meets every two months. Courtney assigns the head chef, the theme of the dinner is decided and everyone is assigned either a signature drink, appetizer, side dish or dessert.
I was assigned an appetizer. I have to be a bit creative because I come straight from work. Courtney had already told me she was making queso fundido, so I wanted to do a lighter app to balance it. I cooked the shrimp and made the sauce the night before, then had Hannah meet me at the train station to bring me my food and I assembled this in a couple minutes at Court’s house.
Serves 1 bite each
5 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
10 minTotal Time
- 1 English cucumber, sliced
- 1 pound of shrimp (I used 40-51 count), peeled and deveined
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup Chobani plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup guacamole (make it easy and use Wholly Guacamole)
- 1 tablespoon real mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- juice of 2 limes, divided
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1 teaspoon Tajin
- 1 teaspoon Chipotle seasoning (such as Mrs. Dash)
- salt to taste
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the shrimp. Toss the taco seasoning over the shrimp and the juice of one lime and mix and cook until the shrimp are opague - these shrimp are small, so it only took about 4 minutes. Let cool.
- To make the chipotle bang bang shrimp sauce, combine the yogurt, mayo, garlic powder, juice of 1 lime, cilantro, Tajin and Chipotle seasoning and puree in a mini food processor, or mix well with a whisk (just chop up the cilantro). Season with salt to taste.
- To assemble: slice cucumber, top with guacamole, dip the cooled shrimp in the Chipotle sauce, top the shrimp on the avocado and top with more chopped cilantro.
Tajin can be found in the Mexican aisle - it's a seasoning that has a citrus note to it - it wakes up any Mexican dish.
Everything was delicious. Lindsay made a cucumber and honeydew melon sangria; Courtney made queso fundido; Tina made chicken and salsa verde enchiladas with a pineapple avocado salsa; Catherine brought chips and salsa; Mary Beth made a Mexican street food corn salad (so spicy good – I could have eaten the whole bowl!); Julie made a cowboy caviar salad with roasted corn, black beans, black eyed peas, avocado and cherry tomatoes with a delicious dressing (middle picture below); and because we hadn’t eaten enough, finished with Donna’s sopapilla cheese cake pie that was amazing and definitely insulin worthy. Pretty sure everything I ate will be on my dinner menu next week 😀
Great food and friends, delicious wine and so much to be thankful for in this crazy mixed up world we live in.
I was also happy to meet my friend Mary Beth’s new adopted son Jude. I want to share his picture, but I didn’t want to post it without her permission, but I know I’ll be doing some babysitting in the near future – he looks like a cabbage patch doll, is only 2 months old and stayed awake the whole time just looking at everything that was going on around him. MB, he can come to every Cooking Club get together 😀
I have a busy weekend! Tomorrow I am a culinary judge for the ACT-SO program on the south side of Chicago – I have to be there bright and early at 8:00 a.m. And on Sunday my Mom and I are going to the White Sox game. Joe, I keep meaning to call you this week, but it’s been crazy, but I plan on spreading some of your Dad’s ashes at the game on Sunday – it’s the first game I’ve gone to since he passed away. A co-worker of mine has season tickets in the first row on the 3rd base side that she couldn’t use. The weather is supposed to be sunny and 60 – perfect baseball weather in my book! I’ll try to take some video for you.
I hope you have an amazing weekend! Make it a great day 😀