The hardest part was finding new homes for the kitchen toys that had been sitting on top of the fridge, keeping the air from circulating. That done and after some rest time (you can’t imagine how many jars of mustard and jams/jellies sit on the second shelf), it was time to get dinner ready.
Now this dish is definitely South Beach Diet friendly in Phase 2. For Phase One, just eliminate the sausages
Sautéed Shrimp & Merguez over Spinach
Prep time: 15 minutes (to defrost and remove shells from shrimps)
Sauté time: 8-10 minutes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
Large or medium sized shrimp (figure 1 cup/person) Truthfully we use 1 lb/450 g for the two of us, but it would probably serve 4)
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup fresh cilantro or oregano, chopped
4 merguez (or other spicy sausage) cut into 1” slices
1 bag baby spinach
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and sauté onions until soft (4-5 minutes). Add the shrimp, garlic, lemon juice & zest and toss. Cook for 4 minutes or until the shrimps have turned pink. Don’t over cook them. Remove from the pan and set aside in a large bowl. Toss with cilantro or oregano.
2. In the same skillet, sauté the merguez over medium high heat for about 5 minutes or so. They should no longer be pink in the center. Remove and add to the shrimp.
3. Time for the spinach. Wipe out the skillet, add a little water (1 tbsp) and heat spinach over medium heat until wilted. Sometimes I find the spinach a bit bitter, when that happens I just add a pinch of sugar.
4. Normally I would serve the shrimp & sausage mix over rice (brown or wild now that I’m paying attention), but this time we just ate it over the spinach. The merguez sausage is spicy, so I don’t add any spices, but if you’re just doing shrimps, I’d add ¼ tsp chili flakes or whatever your favorite heat is.
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