Spicy Shrimp and Plenty Green Sautee

I love shrimp. Honestly. I really enjoy most shell fish, especially in warmer months. In my unprofessional opinion shrimp really is great when it comes to taking on flavor. A simple marinade for a short period of time goes a really long way.  My go to flavor for shrimp is butter garlic. Yum, at just the thought. However, I thought this time I would try a spicy garlic flavor, and opt to leave the butter out.

Before, we get into the recipe details, let’s talk a little Jesus! As I mentioned shrimp is delicious and it takes on flavor and seasoning with very little effort. For all intents and purposes, I’d say that that makes shrimp very useful. I can’t help but to wonder how easily, we (God’s children) take on the things of this world by which we are exposed to. Are we easily flavored by the world?

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

It’s important to remember the purpose and intent by which we were created. While shrimp was created to be an enjoyable dish to tickle our pallets and satisfy our taste buds, humans were created I’m sure with a far greater purpose. Which is why we have the ability to choose what flavor we take on. Will we choose to walk in the loving, kind ways of Jesus, or be influenced and colored by this cold world. The next time you face adversity, keep that in mind.

To go along with our flavorful spicy shrimp, we’ll go with what I call “Plenty Green Sautee”. And when I say plenty of greens, I mean plenty! Packed with all sorts of vitamins and mineral, this sauté is a perfect side dish.

Start by de-shelling and cleaning about 2 lbs of Shrimp

Jesus x Food:: Shrimp

Now grab a few plugs of fresh garlic. Peel them and chop them. Grab a medium yellow onion and do the same.
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Jesus x Food :: Garlic and Onions Chopped

And now, my favorite part of cooking: Creating a spice. I love this part because this pretty much determines the taste of the dish. I went with some salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and seafood seasoning.

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Now add that generous amount of spice to your Shrimp.

Jesus x Food :: Shrimp

Also, add some of that garlic that we chopped earlier and also a chopped Jalapeño for heat!

Jesus x Food :: Garlic and Jalenpenos ChoppedNow cover and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour.

Meanwhile…..

Jesus x Food :: Garlic and Onions Chopped CookedIn a medium to large skillet add a few drops of olive oil over medium heat. Then, add the previously chopped garlic and onions.

Now pile on the greens. Asparagus, Green beans, Spinach, and kale. Yum!!!

Jesus x Food :: Plenty Green SauteJesus x Food :: Plenty Green SauteBring to a tender sauté. Be sure to season with a little salt and pepper while this green goodness is still cooking, so it can take on the seasoned taste.

Once the greens are tender, add a little homemade Italian dressing:

Jesus x Food :: Italian Dressing

Now it’s time to grab those Shrimps and heat another skillet with a few drops of olive oil, and add the Shrimp.

Jesus x Food :: Cooked ShrimpCook through for about 20 minutes on med heat. Add a little water about 5 minutes into cooking.

And now,

Jesus x Food :: Finished ShrimpEnjoy! A simple, yet flavorful, healthy dish.

What’s For Dinner: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice and Grilled Veggies

Perfect harmony.

When two or more subjects are working for a greater good, or enhancing experience. We see examples of this all through the bible. In fact, scripture reminds “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name (Matthew 19-20)”

While, a harmonious gathering in the name of the Lord is beyond powerful, preparing a meal that comes together in great harmony, each piece complimenting the other is also quite magical. That’s exactly the case with these Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled Veggies.

I start with these fresh ingredients:

Jesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled Veggies

Cornish Hens:

Cornish hens are small variation of your regular size roaster chicken, and therefore tend to be much more supple, and flavorful. A nice blend of spices and seasonings go a long way. I added a blend of salt, pepper, garlic, garlic herb, and thyme together in a bowl, and mixed all together for my tasty rub.Jesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled Veggies

I was sure to get the entire hen, including under the skin, and the back part as well. Before spicing the hens, I clean them (like I do all poultry), and cut them down the middle breast. Place each hen bone side down.Jesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled Veggies

Jesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled VeggiesI then place the hens in the oven uncovered and cook for about 1.5 hour, or until skin is golden and meat is cooked through.

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Asparagus Spanish Rich:

I simple purchased a box of yellow Spanish rice from one of my favorite brands, to save some time. However, for authentic Spanish rice try this recipe. I followed the directions for cooking my rice, as per the box. Meanwhile I chopped a handful of asparagus and onions. In a small pan I added some olive oil, and sautéed the asparagus and onions.

Jesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled VeggiesJesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled VeggiesOnce the veggies were tender, I added them at the top of the rice, which was still cooking. After the rice cooks through, mix the asparagus in.

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Grilled Veggies:

Few things in life are more delicious then perfectly grilled fresh veggies. The yumminess is unreal. For this recipe, I pulled out our countertop grill, but it can also be done stove top. I chopped up Zucchini, Red Peppers, Yellow Pepper, and Onions. I then seasoned the veggies with a dash of salt and pepper.

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Jesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled Veggies

Jesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled VeggiesJesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled VeggiesOnce, the delicious Cornish hens are done, it’s time to start plating this meal.

Jesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled Veggies

Jesus N Food :: Cornish Hens, Asparagus Spanish Rice, and Grilled Veggies

Enjoy, and as always be blessed.

Lemony Garlicky Crunchy Chicken

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ( 1 Corinthians 13 )

Why fry, when you can bake. Chicken that is.

Sure nothing can ever replace the crispy crunchy factor that we get from good ole fried chicken, but lets be honest, fried chicken is not healthy. Not even a little bit. However, when in the mood for flavorful crispy chicken there is a way to have your chicken and eat it too.

This recipe for Lemony Garlicky Crunchy Chicken is full of flavor, and is rather finger licking good.

Preheat oven to 380 degrees

Start with about a pound of cleaned, skin on chicken thighs

The key item needed here is a elevation rack ( I use one like this) Place the rack on a baking sheet. This allows for the oils and water to release from the chicken, making it more crunchy as it cooks through.

Jesus + Food :: Lemony Garlicy Crunchy Chicken

Now it’s time to add your flavor to the chicken. I spice the skin and under the skin well, and also turn each thigh to spice the back as well.
Jesus + Food :: Lemony Garlicy Crunchy Chicken

The spices I use are pre made:

Jesus + Food :: Lemony Garlicy Crunchy Chicken

However, you can achieve the same with the following:

o 1 tablespoon sea salt

o 1 tablespoon garlic

o 1 teaspoon thyme

o 1 teaspoon Course Black Pepper

o A squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Now dash a little olive on the chicken, and place in the oven

Bake for about 1 hour or until the skin is crispy and chicken is cooked all the way through.

Jesus + Food :: Lemony Garlicly Crunchy Chicken

I served mine with a side of broccoli, and baked sweet potatoes!

Enjoy, and be blessed!