Continuing with my meal solutions for an extremely busy week, this is another meal that goes together quickly, can be made in parts, and supplies a lot of good quality nutrients —–
Tacos made with shrimp and a tasty corn and avocado salsa make a light and easy meal. The shrimp are sautéed with garlic, cumin and coriander, and the salsa, made with corn, chopped tomato, red onion, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, avocado and lime, provides the perfect combination of flavors to compliment the shrimp. Fresh corn is preferred, but frozen corn will work in a pinch. You can also make your own taco corn tortillas, as described in the recipe notes, or use “store bought” ones.
SHRIMP TACOS WITH CORN AND AVOCADO SALSA
Yield: Makes 8 tacos, ( 4 – 6 servings)
- 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. coriander
- 1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning (optional)
- 8 taco shells ( or 6-inch corn tortillas–see notes, below)
- 1/2 cup queso fresco, or finely shredded Monterey Jack cheese
For the Salsa:
- 2 ears sweet corn, kernels removed, about 1 cup
- 1 large, ripe tomato, seeded and chopped, about 1/2 cup
- 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 medium avocado, peeled and cut into small cubes
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Place the shrimp in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil, garlic, cumin, coriander and Old Bay Seasoning. Set aside.
2. Combine the corn, tomato, red onion, jalapeño, lime juice and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add the avocado, taste and season again. Set aside. This can be made in advance and refrigerated until meal time.
Note: If your corn is very fresh and tender, you can use the kernels raw. If not, place them in a shallow dish, cover and microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on high. If using frozen corn, be sure to thaw and blot away any excess moisture with a paper towel before adding to the salsa.
3. Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and sauté until pink and opaque, about 2 minutes.
To serve, spoon a portion of the corn salsa into the bottom of each taco shell. Top with shrimp and a sprinkling of cheese.
How to Make Your Own Taco Shells
Preheat the oven to 375*F. Lightly brush or spray both sides of the 6-inch tortillas with vegetable oil. Turn a 12 cup muffin pan upside down, fold the tortillas in half and position them between the muffin cups to support the sides in a taco shape. Bake until crisp, 8 – 10 minutes.