Steamed Black Mussels in White Wine and Tomato Sauce

When it comes to feeding a crowd at short notice, mussels are cheap, quick to cook, and delicious. They are easy to dress up to look a million bucks. Using frozen prepackaged mussels meals (tomato or white wine varieties) eliminates cleaning, scrubbing and de-bearding. Simply give these frozen meals a boost by making a broth of fresh garlic, basil, tomato and white wine sauce for it. The broth is good on its own, but the steamed mussels make a wonderful addition. Serve with lots of crusty bread or pasta for a hearty, substantial meal.


:: Frozen pre-packaged mussels (Tip: ALDI $2.50 per package)
:: Garlic, chopped
:: White wine
:: Can of diced tomatoes
:: Basil, chopped

:: Sauteed garlic in olive oil until translucent and fragrant.
:: Add diced tomatoes and white wine.
:: Add mussels to the pan to steam. Cover tightly for about 10 minutes.
:: Discard any mussels that did not open fully.
:: Serve with baguette or over pasta.


Honey Lime Shrimp with Grapefruit Avocado Quinoa

Making this was easy.  Waiting for dinner time was the hard part.  Between the aroma of the honey lime shrimp grilling and the citrusy grapefruit and creamy avocado waiting, my tummy was growling.  This colorful and hearty salad can be made with refrigerator finds so get creative!


For the shrimp
Clean shrimp.
:: Add a spoon of honey, dash of paprika and squeeze of lime.
:: If you have a grill, skewer shrimp and grill.
:: If you don't, pan grill them.
:: Regardless, the honey will caramelize and give you a smokey pretty char.

For the quinoa.
Cook quinoa per instructions.  Set aside to cool.
:: Dice your choice of grapefruit, tomatoes, avocado, black beans, raisins or nuts.
:: Toss and season with salt and pepper.

Serve with fresh cilantro and limes.