Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dirty Brown Rice with Shrimp

One of the first times I went grocery shopping after getting a job (and a paycheck), I spent a bunch of time wandering slowly through the aisles looking for food I could make for myself that was quick. The Zatarain's boxes of rice caught my eye and I purchased a box of the dirty rice. That box ended up sitting in the pantry for quite a long time before I finally made it. I loved the kick of heat from the spices and just how simple the meal was to make but how it had great flavor.

I've made dirty rice since then but never thought to add shrimp to it. I had half a bag of shrimp in the freezer that needed to be used up, so I quickly added this to the menu for the next week.



Dirty Brown Rice with Shrimp
Barely Adapted from: Skinny Taste
Servings: 5
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Rice Ingredients:
    • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
    • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/2 tsp. paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. thyme
    • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
    Mixture Ingredients:
    • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
    • 2 stalks celery, diced
    • 2 green onions, chopped
    • 1 green pepper, diced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 tsp. oil
    • 1/2 tsp. paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. thyme
    • 1/4 tsp. cayenne

Directions:
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the chicken broth, water, bay leaf, paprika, thyme and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil.
2. Add the rice and cook according to package directions.
3. About 20 minutes before the rice will be done, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the celery, green pepper, onion and garlic and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
4. Add the ground beef, paprika, thyme and cayenne and cook until the ground beef is browned, 5-7 more minutes.
5. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.
6. Toss the rice into the mixture, top with green onions and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

This was great! For a "healthier" version, the flavors are still strong. If you're not a fan of heat, you can cut back on the cayenne pepper quite a bit.
 

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