Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp. Now In my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” I have a recipe for “Sweet Chili Shrimp Wraps” they are quickly fried and served inside butter lettuce with a jicama salad, and they are oh SO delicious! My condiments of choice are always sweet chili sauce and ketchup. There are always bottles of it stashed in my cupboards and refrigerator. This recipe is a simple pan-seared shrimp that incorporates sweet chili sauce without the frying. It’s a quick and easy recipe when you are looking to have a flavorful meal in twenty minutes or less. (That’s counting the rice cook time!) What is your favorite way to prepare shrimp? (Fried, pan seared, grilled?) Comment below!

Enjoy,

Xo-Ayesha

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

1 Pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined.
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional.
One shallot, minced.
1-2 cloves garlic, minced.
3 Tablespoons sweet chili sauce (I prefer Mae Ploy)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
One tablespoon brown sugar

 

Add spices and one tablespoon of olive oil into a large bowl and mix well until a paste is formed.

Place dry shrimp in the bowl and toss to coat. (You have to dry your shrimp after you rinse them. Shrimp tend to absorb water and will change the outcome of your dish!)

Now in a small bowl, whisk together the chili sauce, soy, lime juice, brown sugar and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in one tablespoon of olive oil to heat. Add garlic and shallot and cook for about 1 minute before adding the shrimp to the pan and cooking for 1-2 minutes per side. Do not overcook! Remove the pan from heat and pour the sauce mixture over the shrimp and stir to coat the shrimp evenly.

Serve over jasmine rice or pasta and enjoy!

 

Grilled Spiced Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Spiced Chicken Sandwich. Happy Friday, everyone! Now if you have my cookbook “The Seasoned Life,” you have probably made one of my favorite recipes called “Grilled Spiced Chicken.” I take chicken breast and coat them in a dry rub mixture before grilling them indoors or outdoors. The chicken gets all caramelized on the grill and is just so juicy and flavorful. Here I slice it up for a sourdough sandwich with a sweet and peppery arugula salad for crunch and flavor. You can also pair it with a little mayo and your favorite cheese. This sandwich is going to be your next backyard hit. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Grilled Spiced Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Spiced Chicken Sandwich

Four boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Two tablespoons olive oil
Two tablespoons paprika
One teaspoon cinnamon
Kosher salt, to taste.
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste.
Eight slices lightly toasted sourdough bread (Or bread of your choosing.)
Sliced cheese, for serving. (I used fontina)
Mayonnaise, for serving.
Arugula salad, for serving. (recipe below)

Preheat grill at medium-high heat.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine seasonings and thoroughly mix. Coat chicken breast one at a time into the spice mixture and set aside onto a plate.

Grill the chicken until cooked through and juices run clear — about 4-6 minutes per side.

Slice chicken breast diagonally and assemble sandwiches to your liking. Enjoy!

 

Arugula Salad:

2 cups packed arugula
One tablespoon balsamic vinegar
One tablespoon dark brown sugar
One tablespoon olive oil

In a small bowl, add vinegar, sugar, and oil and whisk together.

Add in arugula and toss to coat.

Serve immediately.

Island Green Smoothie

Island Green Smoothie. For a sweet and tropical pick me up, try out this recipe. It just happens to be one of my husband’s favorite drinks to get when we go to any smoothie place. And with only three simple ingredients that you probably already have at home.  You can add in protein powder, chia seeds, and more to make it your own — also a perfect substitution for a sweet tooth craving. For the full recipe and more, go out and get my book “The Seasoned Life” available at book retailers nationwide. And if you’ve already tried this let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy.

Xo- Ayesha

Island Green Smoothie

Smoky Wet Rub

Smoky Wet Rub. This throwback is Fathers Day approved. Turn a simple steak dinner into something extraordinary for dinner this week. Now usually my go-to recipe is “Pan Steaks” from my cookbook “The Seasoned Life,” but every once in a while I like to change it up. I love that you can mix and match different seasonings to your liking in this rub. No marinating required it adds an extra punch of flavor to your steak. You could also use this on chicken and pork. Just throw the “rub” ingredients into a mason jar give it a shake and voila dinner is just minutes away. I hope that you enjoy it. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Xo- Ayesha

 

Smoky Wet Rub

Smoky Wet Rub

1/2 cup olive oil
One tablespoon smoky paprika.
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
One teaspoon dry mustard
One tablespoon brown sugar
One teaspoon cayenne pepper

**Before using rub make sure to season your meat with salt and pepper to your liking.**

Place all of the ingredients into a mason jar. Close the lid and shake until well combined. Rub evenly over meat before grilling. Enjoy!

Apricot Glazed Salmon And Vegetable Bake

Apricot Glazed Salmon And Vegetable Bake. Hey everyone! Now one of my go-to recipes in my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” is my apricot glazed salmon. The fun thing about this dish is its versatility. You can use almost any vegetable you have on hand. I added a touch of red pepper flake for some heat (optional) before pouring the sauce over the top of the salmon and vegetables. In about fifteen minutes you have a fully cooked meal that takes little to no prep time. You could also use fig jam in place of the apricot. I’ve tried it, and it was amazing. For the full recipe pick up a copy of my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” sold at a book retailer near you. Trust me you’re going to want to try this!

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

 

Carolina Chowder

Carolina Chowder. Hey everyone! We are in full winter mode which means heavier coats, cozy blankets and hopefully a bowl of warm soup! I wanted to share a few of my favorite soup, stews, and chowder recipes. Because there is nothing like a good hearty bowl of soup to warm you up, now, let’s kick it off with my “Carolina Chowder.” The full recipe can be found in my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” at a book retailer near you. Its reminiscent of my time in Charlotte, NC. Its a rich chowder filled with crab, corn, shallot, and potatoes. My version of classic clam chowder but with crab meat. Now, this recipe calls for fish or clam stock, but it can be easily replaced with vegetable stock if you’re in a pinch. We are big crustacean lovers in my family. My mom makes a fantastic curry and garlic crab leg dish that we’ve had since I was a kid. What is your favorite way to eat crab? Comment below.

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

Carolina Chowder

Remember to get the FULL recipe in my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” at a book retailer near you.

Andouille Sausage Egg Rolls

The perfect game night appetizer! One of my favorite dishes for my sister to make is her andouille sausage egg rolls. They are chock full of meaty and cheesy goodness. Crunchy and salty with a little sweetness. Andouille is a smoked slightly spicy sausage made using pork and is perfect for the egg roll. And certainly always a crowd pleaser. The only problem is she seriously can never seem to make enough for the group.

She came up with this recipe when one of her favorite places to eat closed down and all that was left with was the memory of this fantastic egg roll. And instead of tracking down the owners and demanding the recipe she recreated this dish and added some of her own flair to it. (Her method is definitely better.) So if you haven’t already tried to make this you definitely should! Just pick up a copy of my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” available at a book retailer near you. Have you already made this dish? Share it in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Andouille Sausage Egg Rolls

*Find this recipe and more in “The Seasoned Life”. Available at a book retailer near you!

Some dreamy andouille.

Wrap it up.

I freeze leftovers for future use.

Fry Time!

Here Comes the cheese…

 

Yummm..!

Almond Butter Energy Bites

Almond Butter Energy Bites

Today I would like to share with you my “Almond Butter Energy Bites.” No-bake and super easy to make and takes less than 10 minutes to put together. This recipe is the perfect, delicious snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They are great for freezing ahead as well. Packed with protein and is my go-to snack after a grueling workout. Loaded with oats, almond butter, flax seeds, cherries, and dark chocolate. Some healthy fats and fiber for a quick energy boost.

I love incorporating flax seed into a lot of the recipes that I eat. Whether it be smoothies, sauces or my flax seed chicken tenders from my cookbook “The Seasoned Life.” Did you know that flaxseed is known to improve digestion, clear skin, lower cholesterol, and so much more? And I love how flexible and forgiving this recipe is to make. If its too sticky add more oats if its too dry add more honey. You can use almond, peanut, cashew, sun butter or whatever you have on hand. My kids love helping me make these. This will be the perfect thing to add into your kid’s lunchbox once school starts back! Do you have a favorite energy bite variation? Please share yours in the comments below.

Xo- Ayesha

Almond Butter Energy Bites

1 cup dry old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon flax seed
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons chopped dried cherries (Optional)
Pinch of sea salt

Combine oats, dark chocolate, flax seed, almond butter, honey, cherries, and salt in a bowl. And use your hands to blend and mix all of the ingredients. ( A Perfect job for the kids to help with) Form into golf sized balls using your hands or a cookie scooper. Place energy bites on a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to rest for about 30 minutes. This process will allow the oats to absorb some of the moisture and stick together.

They can be stored and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks.