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Spicy Shrimp Vegetable Toss

I didn’t want a hot meal, but I also did not want a cold meal. Between Big D and I we came up with this flavorful, crispy concoction. The vegetables are either raw or cooked just until warmed up – maximizing the nutritional potential of them all. A perfect match for shrimp, which needs very little cooking to be ready to eat. The spiciness made us feel full pretty quickly. No lead belly after this meal! We were excited about our find at the store – big, fresh shrimp calling to us. Our past is filled with Gulf Coast shrimp by the bowl full. We grew up sitting at dinners filled with peel-and-eat shrimp dipped in spicy horseradish cocktail sauce, complimented by boiled corn on the cob and new potatoes. For this dish it was Little B’s first attempt at peeling raw shrimp. The first one was pretty mangled, but serious improvement on the subsequent little shrimpies. You should see her peel an onion these days – masterful!

Spicy Shrimp and Vegetables

2 – 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp red chili flakes
5 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 medium onion, sliced julienne
½ large red bell pepper, slice julienne
1 jalapeno, sliced julienne
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
2 pounds small/medium shrimp
½ head cauliflower, finely chopped
½ large tomato, sliced in about eight wedges
½ carrot, cut in thin strips
4 cups shredded cabbage
Additional salt to taste

Heat two Tablespoons of the oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add chili flakes and let sizzle for a few minutes. Add garlic, onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Saute until onions begin to sweat. Sprinkle in turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and salt, and toss until vegetables are coated. Add cauliflower and cook a few more minutes until it begins to sweat. Add shrimp and toss. Place tomatoes on top of mixture. Cover skillet and cook for about five minutes, until shrimp are cooked and pink. On serving plates spread ½ – ¾ cup cabbage. Add 1 – 2 cups shrimp and vegetable mixture, then top with carrot strips. Serve immediately.

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