I originally published this recipe back in October, but I’m slowly in the process of re-making and re-taking pictures for those old posts which pre-dated my actually having a camera!
This dish came about on one of those nights when you’re so hungry that you actually can’t wait to cook something and are teetering very close to the edge of either (a) eating something super unhealthy or (b) forgoing dinner altogether for a miscellaneous assortment of randomly selected snacks that isn’t very satisfying. That’s where the Magic Shrimp come in. This isn’t so much of a recipe as it is a method. A really simple no-thinking-required way of getting a paleo meal on the table without having time to even contemplate looking for a takeout menu. And we all need some of these little backups. This is a lifesaver of a meal to have up your sleeve because it all happens on one baking tray. If you line it properly, you won’t have anything to wash up other than the bowls you eat out from. Yay, that makes me do the no-dishes-to-do-dance! And the name? “Magic Shrimp” came courtesy of Mr Meatified – he really, REALLY likes shrimp. To the point that we have a song which goes with his request for it. Seriously. We’re pretty weird. Magic Shrimp rule because it’s almost no effort at all.
I used broccoli because that’s what I had on hand, but you could use anything you have lying around really: onions, peppers, squash and mushrooms would all work with a little adjusting of cooking times. I also used jumbo shrimp (18 / lb; guess what, they were on sale!) so this even felt decadent! If you don’t have those laying around, no biggie, just reduce the broiling time at the end. I used a homemade version of this Cajun style seasoning without the salt, but you could use whatever you fancy. Pretty much anything is going to taste good!
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