June 20, 2012

Spinach Salad with Sautéed Mushrooms and Shrimp

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Hi my loves!!

Oh, I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get back in the groove and into my kitchen. But no worries, I am back. Life has been so crazy lately and I can't believe how much time has gone by.

I have had a lot on my plate these days but mainly, any down-time I have at work has been consumed with these two (very vital) interests:
Yes, my life has been consumed with the obsessively talked about best seller Fifty Shades of Grey and of course, planning planning planning for our wedding in only 4 months.


This past weekend we also drove up to Lake Placid, home of the future winter Olympics, for our friends Jen and Dan's wedding weekend. Start to finish it was blast. Beers down by the lake, rehearsal dinner barbecues, late night bonfire chats, a tear jerking beautiful wedding, a hell of a crazy reception and popping champagne with the gang and DJ Big John till 3am... needless to say it was an awesome weekend and one we won't forget.
 Then Monday came.

Ever have the best weekend ever and follow it by a 6am wake-up call to go to work...? It's the worst. My body still hasn't caught up on sleep and I am drinking more green tea and coffee than normal but it was still all worth it.

Now I know I just mentioned I have also been planning our wedding the past couple of weeks but we've finally set a date for this October and I am screaming with excitement. Finding a venue to host one of the best days of your life is a nightmare, and even more so when you are looking to throw it all together in only 4 months. But God smiled down and found us the most amazing place. No more stresses or worries, we're making it happen.
 So now that we actually have a wedding date and plans are all underway, Paul and I looked at each other wide-eyed and said 'we need to start making a plan to lose weight for the big day'. Ughhhh, the dreaded weight loss. Luckily we both eat pretty healthy (with the exception of long weekend weddings in Lake Placid) so as long as we kicked up the workouts and leaned out the heavy carbs, we will be in pretty good shape. 
 Last night I made one of my favorite salads with a few twists. We came home from the wedding with very little in our fridge but I knew this could work with what was in the house.

Grilled or sautéed shrimp is good in any salad. You could probably put shrimp on iceberg lettuce with no dressing and it would be delicious (not that you ever should) but tonight I wanted a spinach salad with the delicious mini bella mushrooms, light and tasty.

This salad is light, refreshing and filled with flavors. The capers in the salad dressing pair perfectly with the sautéed mushrooms. Top with creamy crumbled goat cheese and shrimp...and you have yourself a quick and easy dinner. You can always add more shrimp for the hungry-man's appetite but this filled us up and made me smile. Healthy happy dinners made at home and in only 15 minutes. Now that's what I am talking about.
Spinach Salad with Sautéed Mushrooms and Shrimp 
Servings: 2


3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped capers
1 tsp honey
10 cups spinach
1/2 lb  jumbo cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp
1/2 lb sliced fresh baby bella mushrooms
1/2 small onion, halved and sliced
2 oz package goat cheese, crumbled

kosher salt and black pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, capers, honey, salt and cracked pepper.

In a saucepan, saute onions and mushrooms however you would like. I chose to add a drop of olive oil and a few shakes of a balsamic and garlic vinaigrette to fragrance and brown the veggies nicely.

In a large bowl, toss the spinach, shrimp, mushroom and onion blend and crumbles goat cheese with the vinaigrette until coated evenly.

Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 



Grubarazzi said...

This salad looks absolutely delish! I read Fifty Shades in about a day last month. Couldn't put it down...but it's the worst writing in the history of writing... seriously. That said, I loved it. ;-)

Viviane Bauquet Farre said...

Very attractive salad. I love the color contrasts. I've not yet read that book but it seems to have everyone talking!

RavieNomNoms said...

What a lovely salad! Perfect for these hot summer days!

Mama said...

This will be my dinner tonight! Thanks! PS.. Congrats on setting a date!

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

What a fabulous salad and I'm completely addicted to Mr. Christian Grey! :)

Pammy said...

This salad sounds perfect for a day like today! Light and delish!Thanks!

Pammy said...

Sounds amazing on a day like today! Light and tasty!

jodi said...

It's just that kind of week. Shrimp on a salad is all I'm thinking about.

AndreaBai said...

That salad looks delicious!

I found my self talking about the Fifty Shades Trilogy for a while. How can a women not love Christian Grey?


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