Day 15 was a total Monday. Work was crazy, and then I somehow managed to pinch a nerve in my back swiveling from stovetop to island when I was thisclose to finishing dinner, so poor exhausted Chad had to take over… and help me not topple over onto the kitchen floor.
But regardless of all the nonsense, my nutrition was on point: two of my three meals actually contained seafood, which is basically unheard of for me. I started with a standard breakfast of eggs & veggies, and then I prepped a lunch of tuna with avocado, onion, celery, and some Whole 30 mayo. What I failed to remember — again — is that tuna is stinky, and therefore I would be stinking up the office. Again. Sorry colleagues!! But rest assured, it was delicious. Avocado makes everything better, no?
On the menu tonight was a new one for me: Garlic Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles with Romesco Sauce. I was excited about tonight’s dinner because of the zucchini noodles (or “zoodles”) — I had never made them before! We bought the Veggetti (and I absolutely loathe saying that out loud) a while ago & had never used it, so I busted it out, peeled 4 zucchini, & spiralized those suckers. It was actually kind of fun! Of course I’m coveting the spiralizer attachment for the KitchenAid mixer that costs a million dollars, but the Veggetti will have to do for now. Also I’m coveting the KitchenAid mixer. And want someone *cough*Chad*cough* to buy me the red one and make it look all Wonder Woman-y. But I digress.
Of all the sauces I’ve made thus far, the Romesco is my favorite. Chopped almonds, onion, garlic, tomato, olive oil, red wine vinegar, chili powder, paprika, salt, & pepper. The almonds got toasted first in a skillet, then the onion & garlic went in for a few, then the de-seeded chopped tomatoes for 3 minutes or so. Then the whole shebang
was dumped in the food processor with the remaining ingredients & blended to perfection. We really like it on the zoodles and shrimp, but we’re thinking it’s a perfect pairing for pork chops — guess I’m buying some chops during the next Publix run!
We elected to do frozen, bagged shrimp, since they were already peeled and deveined. We had to pull the tails off ourselves, but other than that the shrimp was super easy to cook. Once I defrosted them they went into the skillet where I had already sauteed finely chopped onion & garlic with some ghee, and they only took a few minutes to cook. I steamed the zoodles over a pot of boiling water, but for some reason the water got into the steamer basket and drenched them! We drained them the best we could after they steamed for about 3 minutes, but that ended up being the big drawback to tonight’s dinner: soggy zoodles. Oops. Made for some watery romesco.
Overall though, the dinner was successful (you know, if you don’t count me injuring myself in the cooking process. But that’s only 2 injuries in 3 weeks — some kind of record for me!).
Dinner was delicious, even though I sulked through it because I was mad that my injury ruined the stupid zoodles. I am 40. Stupid pinchy back. Stupid zoodles.