Shrimp + Couscous

shrimp couscous 2TK likes couscous. Kind of random, but we’re going with it!

A few weeks ago at the store I was going to get quinoa and TK asked me to get couscous. It’s good, has a nice texture and is super easy to make!

So I had to find some recipes to make with it. I found this recipe for shrimp and couscous and everyone in the family liked it. I made a few adjustments and will probably change one or two things if when I make it again*

Shrimp and Couscous


  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and deveined*
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 leek, sliced into 1/2-inch half-moons
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or just water – I wanted the little boost of flavor)
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  1. Heat 1 TBSP olive oil over medium heat in a 12-inch skillet.
  2. Toss shrimp with salt and pepper, then saute until cooked thoroughly. Remove from skillet.
  3. Add remaining olive oil to pan. Stir in mustard seeds and cook until the seeds pop.
  4. Add leeks, carrots and garlic. Cook until leeks are tender, stirring often.
  5. Stir in couscous, peas and stock/water. Remove from heat. Cover, let stand 5 minutes.
  6. Add shrimp; stir gently.

*I wish I had taken the tails off the shrimp before I made the dish. It would have made eating it much easier and a little less messy 🙂

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Cornish hens with rice stuffing – Christmas Eve with the Spencers

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Like I said earlier this week, TK and I had a great first Christmas together. We had dinner on Christmas day with my parents, so I cooked a fancy meal for the two of us on Christmas Eve. I got the recipe for my hens with rice stuffing from this website, but I changed it quite a bit for my taste. We also had roasted okra which was a big hit. Yay veggies! Continue reading

Festival of Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly! I know we’re still a few days from Thanksgiving and traditionally I don’t start celebrating Christmas until after I’ve watched Macy’s parade and eaten too much turkey, but the ladies at church had a fantastic holiday celebration this past week that thrust me into the holiday spirit!

Decorations at our table. Too cute!

My friends Megan and Tess decorated a beautiful table for the event. We got to relax, hang out with friends, sing some songs and get rejuvenated for the rest of the year.

My in-laws are coming down to celebrate Thanksgiving with my side of the family. That’s one thing I’m incredibly thankful for – family from both sides who get along. How cool is that?

As far as Thanksgiving is concerned, I’m looking forward to helping my mom and mother-in-law cook dinner. I think I may be making some kind of pie – I’ll let you know how it goes! Continue reading

A little sweet, a little tangy

Sometimes you need to cook something fun for absolutely no reason at all. TK and I have had a crazy week and so last night I decided we needed a little treat.

Growing up in my house included inviting a lot of people over for dinner. Mom and Dad love having company and they never slacked on catering to our guests! One of my favorite meals Dad would make was a roundup of Italian deliciousness: chicken/veal Marsala, stuffed portobello mushrooms, Caprese salad and fresh homemade bread. Mmm!

Last night I decided to revisit one of these dishes and change it up a bit. I found a recipe for Chicken Marsala Pasta on 100 Days of Real Food and decided to try it out. Um, it was really good. Definitely something special.

Chicken Marsala Pasta with roasted asparagus

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More sweet potato surprises

It’s no secret TK and I love black bean burgers. They’re easy, delicious and fairly healthy. So when my mother-in-law sent me a recipe for sweet potato burgers I had to give them a try!

Sweet potato burger. Mm!

First, a little comparison. Technically these sweet potato burgers are vegan and when I make black bean burgers I use an egg as a binder, so I found the sweet potato burgers did not hold together as well as my black bean burgers. They were very good and I wasn’t overwhelmed with a taste of sweet potatoes, so whether that’s good or bad is up to you. Continue reading