Tex Mex Creamed Corn

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My hubby claims he does NOT like corn.  However, he has no problem whatsoever shoveling in the majority of this dish in one sitting.  I personally love corn, it takes very little effort to bring out the natural sweetness of this crispy fruit.  Frustrated with my husband’s distaste for this wonderful yellow delight, I threw together my own quick version of creamed corn with a touch of heat.  It was a success and has become a frequently requested side dish in my kitchen.  It’s a very basic recipe that can be thrown together in a hurry without tasting like it was thrown together.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

-2   8 oz cans of sweet golden corn

-1/2 diced small yellow onion

-1/2 diced red bell pepper (green will work but red is sweeter and marries well with the sweetness of the corn)

-1 clove garlic

-4 slices of can or jarred jalapenos, chopped (yes that’s right 4 slices, NOT 4 whole jalapenos)

-5 tbs of unsalted butter, margarine, or Country Crock Light Vegetable Spread

-salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

In a pot sauté the onion with the butter on medium heat.

In a food processor, puree 1 can of corn, garlic, red bell pepper, and jalapenos.

Stir in the pureed mixture to the onions and add the other can of corn.

Place lid on the pot and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes or until corn is tender.

Salt and pepper to taste.  (I find it perfectly wonderful without salt)

 

Notes*  This is one of those dishes that tastes even better the next day because the flavors are more blended.  Also if you want the traditional tastes of creamed corn just omit the bell pepper and jalapenos! 🙂

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Shrimp Tacos with Black Beans, Guacamole, and Feta

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Three of my favorite, “go to” foods are shrimp, black beans, and avocado.  This energy packed recipe provides you with healthy dose of fiber and good fats!

Ingredients:

-Multi-grain Tortillas

-1 can of  Black Beans

-Feta Cheese, crumbled

-1/2 small Onion, diced

-1 lb fresh, peeled shrimp

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

-1/4 tsp Oregano

-1/4 tsp Cajun Seasoning

-2 tbs Olive Oil

-Fresh Guacamole (recipe below)

Directions:

In a small pot, simmer the can of black beans and diced onion until tender.  Once beans are tender, use a sturdy spoon to gently mash the beans into a spreadable consistency.  Keep warm until ready to apply to tortillas.

In a small bowl mix the shrimp, dry seasonings, and olive oil together.  Heat a non stick skillet on medium heat.  When skillet is heated, toss shrimp in and cook on both sides until light pink and white.

Wrap tortillas in slightly damp paper towels and microwave for 30 seconds.

Spread black beans, then guacamole onto the warm tortilla.  Place 3 to 4 shrimp on the spread ingredients then top taco with a spoonful of Feta!

Guacamole Ingredients: (mix it all together!)

-2 Avocados

-1/2 diced, small Onion

-3 cloves freshly minced Garlic

-1/4 Black Pepper

-1/4 Cajun Seasoning

-3 squirts lime juice

– 1 Avocado pit (helps it stay fresh)