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Recipe Collection: Corn, Avocado, And Shrimp Salad

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We absolutely love this light, filling, colorful, and super tasty salad. Feel free to make it your own by customizing it in any way you’d like. You can cook the shrimp on an outdoor grill, if you’d like. But, if you’re frying them in a pan or using the grill option built into your stove, then remember to turn on the range hood fan. It will draw up all the smoke, grease, and fishy odor from your kitchen and exhaust it to the outdoors!

Corn, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad

  • 20 tiger shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • kernels from 2 cobs of corn
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp shallots, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt, to taste
  1. Preheat grill. Cook shrimp until pink.
  2. Combine cooked shrimp, corn kernels, tomatoes, avocado, radishes, cucumber, and parsley in a bowl.
  3. Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
  4. Combine dressing with salad ingredients.

Enjoy! You’ll find many more delicious recipes here.

Grilled Shrimp with Creamy Horseradish Dip

Mar. 16

You are going to love this recipe! It’s super easy, quick, and so delicious. The dish is customizable in so many ways, too. You can choose the size of shrimp you want, and you can adjust the spiciness of the dip.

If you can grill these outdoors, I really encourage you to do so. Get out into the wild (even if it’s just your back patio). Breathe in the fresh air, and soak up the sun’s rays.

If your stove is equipped with a grill, fire it up, turn on the range hood fan and start cooking! Otherwise, you can always make these in your favorite pan. No worries. Just cook and eat.

Grilled Shrimp with Creamy Horseradish Dip

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp prepared hot horseradish (feel free to use a milder version, if you’d like)
  • 1 Tbsp each parsley and chives, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp each cider vinegar and granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 lb frozen shrimp (21 to 25 count), thawed, peeled, deveined
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 lemon, sliced into quarters
  1. Combine sour cream, horseradish, parsley, chives, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir well, set aside.
  2. Toss shrimp with oil and pepper.
  3. Place lemon quarters on a hot grill. Grill, cut side down, until well marked.
  4. Place shrimp directly on the grill. Turn once. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until shrimp are pink.
  5. Transfer shrimp to a platter. Place lemon quarters on platter around the shrimp. Serve with the dip.

Enjoy! Want more recipes like this? We’ve got them! Try: Spicy Avocado and Yogurt Dip.

Tips for Cleaning Your Backyard Grill

Backyard Grill                                           Photo Credit: Ferrier’s Hardware

It’s that time of year when you start thinking about summer barbeques and outdoor grilling. If you already have a grill, you’re all set! But you may find that your grill has begun collecting dust throughout the long winter and fall months, especially if you keep it outdoors. Your first thoughts might be somewhat filled with disgust at the thought of cooking ready-to-eat food on your now filthy and weather-beaten grill. Not to mention what your guests might think when they see you cooking their lunch or dinner on the shabby looking instrument. So, how can you clean your grill and get it back to like-new condition for summer?

Burn of Excess Food and Grease
As with most things that can rise in temperature, it’s a good idea to start your grill cleaning by burning off any excess food and grease.  Put the grill heat on high and let it burn for about 20 minutes or until the grill is no longer smoking or giving off food odors. Leaving the grill burning will allow force any remaining food particles to turn to ash and make the grill easier to clean.

Complete Routine Checks
Before you can really start cleaning your grill, it’s vital that you check the ignition system and make sure that the gas is disconnected. Check the pressure regulators to makes sure that using your grill will not create a fire hazard, and that temperatures are evenly distributed throughout the grill to prevent only one side of your meat from grilling properly and safely. Check flame tamers, heat tents, and/or vaporizer bars and brush off any debris that has accumulated on the wire brush.

Clean the Grilling Grates
Possibly one of the areas that need the most cleaning, the grates will most likely need to be scrubbed clean. If possible, we recommend removing the grates from your grill and soaking them in hot soaping water for as long as possible. The hot soapy water will loosen any burnt residue or grime off of the grates, and then you can scrub the remaining debris with a tough scrub brush until your grilling grates start to look like new.

As a reminder:
Gas Grills – Burners MUST BE OFF before cleaning! If using a grill stone, no water is required — the stone will remove residue. After you have cleaned the cooking grates, spray them with cooking oil.

Charcoal Grills – Clean surfaces when the grill is still hot. Use a grill brush that dispenses water to steam-clean the grates. If your brush does not have that feature, a little water sprinkled onto the brush produces the same effect.

Chrome Wire Grates – Coat with vegetable oil after cleaning to prevent rust.

Cast Iron Grates– Coat with a vegetable oil after cleaning to prevent rust.

Porcelain-coated Steel Rods and Porcelain-coated Cast Iron – No coating is required unless porcelain is missing. Coating prior to cooking will help prevent food from sticking.

Clean the Interior of the Grill
The grates are not the only part of the grill that needs scrubbing. This is also the time scrub under the hood and clean the inside walls. Loosely cover the heating elements with a large piece of foil to protect them from damage and resist creating a fire hazard. Soap and water is are the best cleaning tools for the inside of the grill, as you want to avoid anything with hard chemicals that could possibly contaminate food.

Clean the Exterior of the Grill
To clean the exterior of the grill, make sure to use products that are stainless steel friendly.  Soap and dishwasher water or stainless steel wipes often do the trick. Be careful to use a soft material to wipe down the grill so that you can prevent scratches to the stainless steel outer face.

Keep Your Grill Covered
Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your grill, you’ll want to make sure that it is protected from dust and debris so that you don’t have to go through this process every time you want to use it.  Most grill manufactures will include a grill cover when you purchase a grill, but if you don’t have one, there are many hardcore grill covers than can be purchased for about $25 from your local home and garden store. These grill covers normally come with a thick undercoating to keep your grill protected from the harshest of conditions. However, if you have a garage or an outdoor shed, then you might consider keeping it indoors to further prevent harm from the weather.

Get your grill clean and get ready for summer! Do you have any special tips or trick to use when cleaning your outdoor grill? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below and let us know what works best for you.

Kitchen Tech Wednesday: iGrill Mini

The iGrill Mini may be just what you need for grilling big meals on the Fourth of July this holiday weekend. This kitchen gadget makes it easy to keep tabs on the food you’re cooking without having to check on it over and over again. If you haven’t yet, check out last week’s post Kitchen Tech Wednesday: GKILO & CLOGK.

The iGrill Mini takes the guess work out of cooking. Even professional chefs on shows like Hell’s Kitchen make the mistake of undercooking chicken or pork. The iGrill Mini is a small Bluetooth device that is connected via a jack to a cord and probe. The probe goes into the meat, chicken, pork, or whatever you’re cooking, and measures the internal temperature of the food. It can be used with a grill, oven, smoker, etc.

This little gadget has 150 hours of battery life, a LED temperature indicator and proximity wake-up. It works with specific Apple products, including the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad and runs on a coin battery. This smart meat thermometer retails at $39.99.

The iGrill Mini is produced by iDevice, and Apple product owners can download a free app that works with the gadget. Within the app, you can choose what type of food you’re cooking and how you would like it cooked. When the food reaches that temperature, you will get a notification on your Apple device. From within the app, you can set temperature alarms, view graphs of temperature during cooking, pull up recipes and share via social media.

The iGrill Mini flashes blue when it’s about to pair with a device, green when it senses temperature, yellow when the food is almost done, orange when the food is closer to being done and red when the proper internal temperature has been reached.

iDevice also has a newer version of this gadget, called the iGrill 2. This device retails for $99.99, has four probes and a digital display. The iGrill 2 is perfect for keeping tabs on four different steaks at once. This also means each steak can be monitored so it will only be cooked to personal preference (such as medium, medium well, medium rare or rare). iDevice also has one other version of the iGrill that retails at $79.99. It is larger than the mini, runs on AA batteries and is compatible with Android devices.

Some positive features of the iGrill Mini include the magnetic base it comes with. The iGrill Mini is magnetic and will adhere to magnetic ovens, grills and smokers. The provided base adheres to surfaces that are not magnetic so you can mount the iGrill where needed. Another beneficial feature is cord wrap for easy storage. Common complaints about the iGrill Mini include the fact that the battery does not last as long as expected and that the Bluetooth periodically disconnects if you move too far away from the food.

The iGrill Mini definitely succeeds at this main purpose: allowing you to cook food to safe temperatures without having to check it multiple times.

Music for the Grill: Kelly Clarkson

Congratulations, Kelly Clarkson, on being a new mom. Enjoy some music from the pop star and American Idol winner while cooking on the grill this summer. See the video below, and remember to turn on the range hood while grilling.

Most Nutritious Vegetables to Grill

It’s summertime, and it’s time to take out those tongs for grilling. Grilling is a great way to cook vegetables so they will retain the nutrients and vitamins that make them so healthy. Boiling vegetables is effective, but drains the vegetables of their nutrients. For other articles about food, see Top 5 Super Foods: Fruit Edition.

Vegetables are delicious and healthy. They are low in calories and fat and full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. If you’re not sure which vegetables to grill, look for vegetables that are in season and are grown locally.

To properly cook vegetables on the grill, make sure the vegetables don’t end up stuck on the grate. Use a non-stick cooking spray on your grill so the vegetables will easily come off. Other methods include wrapping the vegetables in foil or placing them in a specialized grilling basket.

Before putting vegetables on the grill, think about how you would like to season them. For a simple version, coat them in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Lastly, make sure you turn on the range hood while cooking. If you’re cooking on the stovetop in your kitchen, turn on your range hood. If you’re grilling outside, turn on the outdoor range hood if you have one.

The following are some of the most nutritious vegetables to grill:

Asparagus,

This green vegetable is full of antioxidants, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin C and glutathione. It has anti-inflammatory properties because of the flavonoids and saponins it contains. Asparagus has also been used medicinally throughout its history and it is known as a diuretic. It is believed its glutathione content gives it the power to remove toxins from the body and prevent cancer. Asparagus also contains fiber, folate and vitamin B12.

Zucchini

Zucchini is a green squash that is shaped like a cucumber. It contains antioxidants, potassium, vitamin A, protein, fiber, vitamin C and folate. It improves the body’s immunity, potassium helps the issues within the body and fiber improves the digestive system.

Onions

Onions may seem like a garnish or an element that is an add-on to a meal. For example, onions by themselves do not usually make a sufficient side. However, that doesn’t mean onions aren’t nutritious. They contain anti-inflammatory agents, they fight infections and they increase immunity. They contain phytochemicals, chromium, and quercetin. It is thought onions increase beneficial cholesterol, that they regulate blood sugar and that they prevent cancer.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are a sweet vegetable. The level of sweetness depends upon the color. Green bell peppers are the least ripe and red bell peppers are the ripest versions. Bell peppers have low fat content and contain antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene and beta-carotene. Additionally, the fiber in bell peppers help the digestive system and the vitamin C helps fight infections.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes were once thought to be poisonous during history; they are a member of the nightshade group of vegetables. Today, we know tomatoes contain antioxidants, carotene lycopene, vitamin C and vitamin A. They are thought to prevent cancers, including prostate cancer, to improve urinary tract health and to protect skin from the sun’s rays.

Have fun grilling these colorful and healthy vegetables!

Music for the Grill: 50 Cent

50 Cent just released a new album, Animal Ambition, last week. He is also releasing a new album in September. In preparation, here are some songs from Animal Ambition to listen to while grilling your favorite summer foods.

Don’t forget to turn on the range hood while grilling. Keep it safe!

 

 

Music for the Grill: Katy Perry

Every week we will be posting playlists to enjoy while grilling or while cooking in your home kitchen. Last week we brought you Music for the Grill: Lorde. This week’s pick is a playlist from the pop star Katy Perry.

Enjoy, and remember to turn on the kitchen range hood while cooking.