Shrimp Day Afternoon

June 27, 2009 at 2:31 am Leave a comment

Canteloupe 006  It’s another hot one here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, where the mosquito is perennially nominated as the new official state bird.  All that water and none of it close enough to take a quick dip in.  But cool dip or not, I am just as hungry as ever come lunchtime.  In fact, there doesn’t seem to be much that is capable of stanching my appetite, so today I whip up a favorite, Sautéed Shrimp and Sausage Pocket and serve it with Carrot Sticks, Grape Tomatoes, and a large bowl of chilled Cantaloupe.  Ah, cantaloupe:  The dietary dream food.  Loaded with potassium and vitamin A, and a source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, biotin, and inositol.  At a mere 22.3 calories for half of a five inch melon, it will serve as appetizer, salad component, or dessert.  What a nutritional bargain, eh?

For the Pita Sandwich, add ½ tsp olive oil to a pre-heated medium nonstick skillet, then spread the oil over the pan surface with a spatula.  A heated skillet makes the oil go a lot further.  Next assemble:

12 – 1/4” slices smoked turkey sausage          12-14 medium precooked shrimp, shelled

1 C baby spinach leaves                                          1 small clove garlic, crushed

1/2 oz grated CoJack cheese                                 1- 6” whole wheat Pita pocket

Cut the sausage slices in half and heat them over medium low in the oiled skillet until some fat is rendered and the sausage is browned well around the edges.  Add the shrimp, spinach leaves, and garlic and cook until spinach is wilted and shrimp is heated through, about 5 minutes over medium heat.  Sprinkle with cheese and stuff mixture into a warmed 6” whole wheat pita pocket.  Very simple, very satisfying, with a nice bit of chew to it.

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