Garlic-Turmeric Shrimp on Spinach-Parm Israeli Couscous

I feel like I don’t add enough supper recipes on here. I’m all about breakfast. I mean, can you blame me? It’s the first meal that greets you in your day, the main source of your energy, the meal that wakes you up and gives you that brain power you need. And also it usually contains the most delicious of things – like eggs and bacon and avocados and delicious fruit. Yummmmm. How can you not love breakfast? I really don’t understand those who skip breakfast and don’t eat it at all. You’re aliens. So I guess this recipe could technically be for all you aliens out there. Here’s a nice supper recipe to fill you up – the last but not least meal of your day. Well, if you make this recipe anyway, it certainly won’t be your least.

This is a great recipe for after a good workout! The healthy carbs and all the ingredients with tons of health benefits (turmeric, spinach etc) in this meal will replenish you and give you what your body needs after losing all those nutrients from your workout. But it’s also just a great meal for a pot-luck or dinner party! I didn’t really share when I made mine though. That’s the good thing about living with picky people – more for me 😉 but anyway – in the event you aren’t just cooking all for yourself like I usually do, feel free to double or triple my recipe! Actually, speaking of picky people, even my step-dad really liked this and ate my little amount of leftovers I had left in my bowl. He doesn’t like some of the healthy stuff I usually make, so even people slightly on the picky side seem to enjoy this meal as well! Just not when they’re as picky as my boyfriend Brett – he’s just a whole separate universe of picky. But I love this recipe because it’s a perfect mixture of creamy and smooth mixed with the sharp acidic flavor of the shrimp. I love mixing two opposite flavors like that. I always need balance. A recipe can’t be overly creamy, or overly bitter or overly sweet for me. Something has to even it out so I enjoy every bite without getting tired of it.

OH! I just realized I never really mentioned more about what happened with Brett and that job he applied for! In my Fourth Friday Favorites #4 post I mentioned that Brett applied for a job that has really good pay but that we hadn’t heard anything yet. Well they called him in and they started training! The job is at a Casino 15 minutes from where we live. He applied to be a dealer there (who do the poker games and whatnot). They get paid a good hourly rate and also get good tips on top of that, so he is very excited and I’m super proud of him! But training goes for 3 weeks, and then they have a test which they have to pass and do everything right or they can’t be hired. So I guess it’s still up in the air. But he’s going to practice non-stop and play with his cousin (who already works there) and work really hard to get it. And I have total faith in him 🙂

But back to this recipe – I loved coming up with the idea of this meal and cooking it. I love cooking with turmeric! This article literally says “turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence”. It has major benefits for your body and brain. I mentioned back in my Chai-Spiced Steel-Cut Oats recipe that I wanted to incorporate more turmeric in my recipes because of all the health benefits it has! So I’m really excited to be bringing you this recipe. And you should be too! It’s SO yummy. I inhaled it. Let me know if you try it and if you like it! I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to upload photos of any recipes of mine you make and tag them #itscrunchthyme 🙂


Garlic-Turmeric Shrimp on Spinach-Parm Israeli Couscous

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 20m

Ingredients

For The Shrimp

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 clove garlic // minced
  • 1/2 c uncooked fresh or frozen shrimp // thawed & de-shelled
  • 1 tsp. grated turmeric
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

For The Couscous

  • 1 c israeli couscous
  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese // finely grated (the kind that is almost a powder)
  • 1 c spinach leaves
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions

  1. Mix raw shrimp, turmeric, garlic, 1 tsp lime juice and salt & pepper in a dish and let sit while you prepare the rest.
  2. Mix raw shrimp, turmeric, garlic, 1 tsp lime juice and salt & pepper in a dish and let sit while you prepare the rest.
  3. In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Pour in the couscous and stir.
  4. In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Pour in the couscous and stir.
  5. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Then add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  6. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Then add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  7. Once boiling, decrease the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Once boiling, decrease the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. While that's cooking, heat olive oil in a small pan over medium heat.
  10. While that's cooking, heat olive oil in a small pan over medium heat.
  11. Add your shrimp mixture and stir fry until cooked through (about 5-7 minutes).
  12. Add your shrimp mixture and stir fry until cooked through (about 5-7 minutes).
  13. Once your couscous has been cooking for 8 minutes, drain out the access liquid. Then return to the stove and add the spinach, parsley, parmesan, 1 tsp lime juice and salt & pepper. Continue cooking and stirring for another minute or so until all the spinach has wilted and cheese has melted.
  14. Once your couscous has been cooking for 8 minutes, drain out the access liquid. Then return to the stove and add the spinach, parsley, parmesan, 1 tsp lime juice and salt & pepper. Continue cooking and stirring for another minute or so until all the spinach has wilted and cheese has melted.
  15. Plate by scooping the Israeli couscous mixture on a plate and top with the shrimp. Enjoy!
  16. Plate by scooping the Israeli couscous mixture on a plate and top with the shrimp. Enjoy!

 



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