It shouldn’t come as any surprise that I live for vacation, and the beach. Not all of us are lucky enough to have professions that allow us to island hop 365/365 days a year– if this is a thing, please sign me up. I wish that I could spend the majority of my evenings sitting under a cabana with my family, string lights strung, an ocean breeze blowing, and a ukulele playing in the distance..but, Atlanta, GA is where we reside most of the year and that just isn’t how life really is around here. I am all about making the best of what we have, and for now, this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowl is about as close to cabanas, string lights and ocean breezes as we are going to get. The great news is that its super easy to make, super healthy, and it can be modified if there are ingredients that don’t suit your taste!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 can black beans, rinsed, drained
- 2 cups uncooked rice (brown or white works)
- 1lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2tbsp avocado/olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro,chopped + extra
WHAT TO DO:
- Heat large skillet until hot, add avocado oil, it should run easily but not sizzle or burn. Add shrimp and minced garlic to the skillet, sprinkle salt & red pepper flakes over shrimp. Cook shrimp, stirring once or twice, on medium heat, about 3-4 minutes total (maybe less/more, depending on the size of shrimp), until pink in color.
- Remove shrimp from skillet to a plate.
- Cook rice however it is instructed on packaging. I found this canned Caribbean Rice & Bean mixture, but to be honest, I probably won’t use it again– I much prefer plain white rice or brown rice and black beans with this recipe.
- Mix in the lime juice, rinsed and drained black beans, and fresh cilantro into the cooked rice.
- Add extra lime juice (about 1tbsp) and extra chopped fresh cilantro to the plate with shrimp, mix to coat shrimp with lime juice and cilantro.
- Add the shrimp to the skillet and gently reheat.
here’s to a vacation for your mouth. xo, Grace