Happy New Year 2009! For our dinner menu, we’re going to dine on a diet resolution friendly meal of my husband’s favorite paprika grilled shrimp and lucky cabbage and pasta. Both are quick and easy to make and with lucky cabbage and tasty shrimp cooked on a barbecue, what New Year dinner menu will go wrong?
Preparing Barbecued Paprika Shrimp for Your New Year Dinner
Clean, peel and de-vein 7-8 large shrimp or prawns per person. Soak the shrimp in a dish of milk for ½ hour prior to putting them on the barbecue. While you’re waiting chop your cabbage and other vegetables and put on a pan of water to boil the pasta, and add one teaspoon of salt to the water, enough pasta for your guests and a tablespoon of butter.
Seasoning Barbecued Paprika Shrimp for Your New Year Dinner
Squeeze 1 small lemon per 8 shrimp in a pan with a tablespoon of butter per person and melt over low heat. Rinse the milk off the shrimp and place them on a skewer, I find separating them with a small piece of lemon adds more flavor but it’s optional. Place the shrimp or prawns in a cooking rack and sprinkle paprika and garlic salt liberarlly. Coat with the lemon butter and place over the barbecue fire, cooking until the paprika shrimp turn pink and slight charred (my preference), about twenty minutes. Add lemon butter every time you turn the paprika shrimp.
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Skewered Vegetables for Barbecued Paprika Shrimp for Your New Year Dinner
Skewer whole mushrooms, sliced onions, whole cherry tomatoes and chunks of zucchini. Prepare them with paprika and garlic salt like the paprika shrimp and coat liberally with lemon butter while cooking.
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Note: we’ve started cooking the vegetables in a different basket from the paprika shrimp since they cook quicker.
Preparing Lucky Fried Cabbage Pasta for Your New Year Dinner
Lucky fried cabbage pasta combines the lucky attributes of cabbage with the tasty paprika prawn skewers for a low calories meal/
Chop Fried Cabbage Ingredients for Lucky Fried Cabbage Pasta:
½ cup cabbage
½ cup napa cabbage
½ cup bok choy
Finely chop 3 cloves of garlic
Optional Vegetables for Lucky Fried Cabbage Pasta
½ cup slivered carrot
½ cup pea pods
¼ cup celery
Cooking Lucky Fried Cabbage Pasta for Your New Year Dinner
In a wok or frying pan on medium high heat, add several tablespoons of olive oil, several dashes of sesame oil and cook the garlic until slight browned. If you use the optional vegetables in the lucky fried cabbage pasta, cook them at the same time, except for the pea pods. Add the cabbage and cook it until it is tender. Add previously cooked, well-drained pasta to your lucky cabbage vegetables. Add two tablespoons of soy sauce (optional). Cook until the pasta is slightly browned. Most of the cabbage will cook down to a tiny size and only serve as flavor. When the pasta is done, add the pea pods and cook for one or two minutes longer. Serve with Paprika Shrimp and Skewered vegetables.
This tasty meal of Paprika Shrimp and Lucky Cabbage Pasta will help you keep your diet resolutions for your 2009 New Year, win you some lucky points for the Chinese New Year of the Rat, and please your taste buds.