I’m not much of a planner. Sorry! If you are a lover of lists and meal plans this may not be the blog for you. But if you want to know how to turn a few fridge and freezer finds into a quick meal, you’ve come to the right place!
I peeked in the freezer and all I had was a couple bags of frozen shrimp, salmon, one chicken breast and lots of ground meat. In the fridge, I had bell peppers, avocados, cilantro, scallions, leftover Instant Pot garbanzo beans, corn tortillas, and lettuce. Here’s what I came up with! Lettuce wraps for me and corn tortillas for my husband to take to work tomorrow for dinner. It’s not beautiful but it’s delicious and nutritious.
- 12 Medium shrimp (that’s what I had)
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Onion
- 1 Bell pepper (if you also have a jalapeño it would be a great addition)
- 1/2 cup cooked garbanzo beans. I’d prefer black beans, but that’s what I had!
- 1/2 Lime (optional)
- Scallions (optional but they add great flavor)
- Cilantro (also optional)
- Chili powder
- Red pepper/cayenne for heat, optional (you can just use a taco seasoning packet if you prefer, instead of chili powder, cumin, and red pepper)
- Salt and pepper
- Lettuce and/or tortillas
First, I cut the cheeks off the bell pepper and charred them over my gas burner. Once charred I put them in an airtight container to steam for a few minutes, while you slice your onions. After a few minutes, you can easily scrape off the skins and slice the pepper into strips. Charring the pepper is optional but if your stomach doesn’t handle pepper skins very well, and you like the extra flavor from the char, I highly recommend it!
Slice the onion in half then cut into slices and cook in a cast-iron skillet with a teaspoon of olive or avocado oil, salt, and pepper to taste.
Cook until onions are cooked through but not mushy.
Add the beans and peppers until heated through. Set aside and use the skillet to cook the shrimp.
Rinse the shrimp and pat them dry. Add a teaspoon of oil to the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper over the shrimp. If you like a little heat, start with a scant amount, like a very scant quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper and sprinkle over the shrimp.
When the shrimp start to curl, you can see them turning a little white and the tails are turning pink, flip them over. Immediately season the shrimp on the other side and add in the peppers, onions, and beans. By now the shrimp is likely cooked through! Stir it and cut one shrimp in half to test for doneness. Remove it from the pan immediately. Over-cooked shrimp are not good! Especially if it’s going to be reheated and served later! Taste and add seasoning if necessary.
It’s done when it’s no longer opaque or squishy on the inside. The whiter it gets, the more cooked or overcooked it is.
Serve with avocado, thin-sliced scallions and cilantro in lettuce cups or tortillas. Freshly squeezed lime really brings out all the flavor! Add salsa if you have it, but with the lime, you won’t need it.
If I wasn’t so tired I would have steamed some rice to go along with this… and added a nutrition label to my recipe… but I’ve been fatigued lately. I’ve had some B-12 injections, started some supplements and hope to be feeling better soon. Yawn.
I really thought the garbanzo beans would be weird but they really worked in this recipe! A red bell pepper would have been pretty, but this is what was in the fridge! Let me know if you cook up something similar with garbanzo beans, I’d love to hear about it, please comment below.