A Meal in Minutes: Grilled Jamaican Shrimp

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Grilled Jamaican Shrimp

  • Total Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (about 2 cloves)

    1 tsp. allspice (or use a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves)

    1 1/2 tsp. fresh minced ginger or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

    2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce

    3 Tbsp. pineapple juice (from pineapple chunks below)

  • Juice of 1 lime

    1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined

    1 large red bell pepper, cut in 1-inch chunks

    1 small onion, cut in 1-inch chunks

    1 can (20 oz.) pineapple chunks in juice, drained, 3 Tbsp. juice reserved

Directions:

  1. In a medium flat dish or resealable plastic bag, combine the garlic, allspice, ginger, soy sauce, pineapple juice and lime juice. Add the shrimp, red pepper and onion chunks and marinate it for 10 - 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare the rice, if you are making it. Remove the shrimp and peppers from the marinade, discarding the marinade, and thread the shrimp, peppers and pineapple chunks onto metal skewers, alternating the shrimp, then pineapple chunks, then peppers until all the shrimp and peppers are used. Reserve extra pineapple chunks to serve on the side.
  3. Grill or broil the skewers for about 3 minutes per side until the shrimp is cooked through. 
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the edamame, if you are making it. 
  5. Serve the shrimp, peppers and pineapple over rice. Enjoy!


    Recipe adapted from www.thescramble.com

    Going Further


    Preparing meals at home can be challenging for busy families. I have experienced this firsthand since returning to work part time after my son was born. There are nights where my husband and I are too worn out to cook so we resort to frozen meals. I can only imagine the struggle full-time working parents or caretakers face when it comes to family mealtimes! We’ve all heard about the importance of cooking at home and taking time to meal plan, but let’s be honest, it’s not easy! 

    Since returning to work I’ve used the following short cuts to help me get a healthful home cooked meal on the table for my family: 

    Frozen vegetables – I use these regularly for a quick and easy side. Season with salt and pepper, lemon juice or your favorite seasoning blend. Are you feeling motivated to start preparing meals at home for your family? Try this quick and easy recipe my family enjoyed last week! I served it with brown rice and a side of microwaved frozen edamame with a sprinkle of sea salt.

    Bagged salads – another simple side to pair with frozen pizza or pasta.

    The Scramble – A meal planning site that you can subscribe to for roughly $2/week. It provides weekly menus with shopping lists and helpful tips. Visit www.thescramble.com for more information.

    Meal Delivery Service- I’ve used Hello Fresh on occasion when I don’t have time to grocery shop and meal plan. The food and recipes are delivered right to your doorstep. All you need to do is follow the directions!

    Grill- this has been a lifesaver for me! I’m lucky to have a husband who enjoys the grill. I’ll season the meat/vegetables and leave the rest up to him! Teamwork is key to feeding a family.

    What quick tips and tricks work for your family? 

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