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Firstly, a huge thank you for all the thoughtful, kind comments on yesterday’s post. I really appreciate the time and thought that was put into your responses, and I even learned a few things myself about undergraduate and graduate DPD programs! 🙂 I truly do hope and believe that being a dietitian is a feather in my cap as to my credibility in Blogland. And I hope you do, too!

Anyways, the “Prevention Kitchen” has been BUSY! One of my New Years Resolutions was to continue trying new recipes and blogging about them, so I am wasting no time!

Shrimp Sauteed with Fresh Tomatoes, Wine, and Basil

Shrimp Sauteed with Fresh Tomatoes, Wine, and Basil

3 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup kosher salt
1 cup ice cubes
1 1/4 lbs large shrimp (uncooked)
1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 3)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup coarsely chopped, seeded tomatoes
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 cups hot cooked vermicelli pasta (~6 oz uncooked)
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

1. Combine water and 1/2 cup salt in a large bowl, stirring until salt dissolves. Pour salt mixture into a large zip-top bag. Add ice and shrimp; seal. Refigerate 30 minutes. Remove shrimp from bag; discard brine. Peel shrimp.
2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; saute 15 seconds. Add shrimp and saute 1 minute. Add wine; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cook 3 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove from heat; serve over pasta. Sprinkle with basil.

Yield: 4 servings (2/3 cup shrimp mixture over 3/4 cup pasta)
Nutrition Information (per serving): 380 calories, 8.4 g. fat (1.3 g. saturated fat, 4.2 g. monounsatured fat, 1.2 g. polyunsaturated fat); 34.5 g. protein; 35 g. carbohydrate; 2.7 g. fiber; 216 mg. cholesterol; 5.4 mg.. iron; 1,137 mg. sodium; 100 mg. calcium

My only compliant: high in sodium. Next time, I think I will omit the salt-soaking. While I have NOT A CLUE how much that will lower the sodium content, I imagine it would be significant. I don’t think the salt water soak drastically added any flavor, but we’ll see!


Corn, Crab, and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing

Corn, Crab, and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing

1 Tbsp grated lemon rind
5 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup corn kernels
1/4 cup thinly sliced basil
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
1 pound lump crab meat, shell pieces removed
8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices ripe tomatoes
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1. Combine rind, 3 tablespoons juice, and next 5 ingredients (through black pepper) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons juice mixture. Add remaining 2 tablespoons juice, corn, and next 4 ingredients (through crab) to remaining juice mixture; toss gently to coat.
2. Arrange 2 tomato slices and 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes on each of 4 plates. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon reserved juice mixture over each serving. Top each serving with 1 cup corn and crab mixture.

Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition Information (per serving): 242 calories; 5.6 g. fat (0.6 g. saturated fat, 2.7 g. monounsaturated fat, 0.7 g. polyunsaturated fat); 30 g. protein; 17.7 g. carbohydrate; 3.6 g. fiber; 128 mg. cholesterol; 1.8 mg. iron; 613 mg. sodium; 161 mg. calcium

While this dish was really good, it’s definitely very light and summery!

Does anyone else LOVE to receive mail? It always makes me feel special!

Back in December I entered into a Cookie Exchange on Steph’s blog, Steph Chows. I was paired with Shannon of Tri 2 Cook, and boy did I luck out! Look what Shannon sent…

The sweetest little note! And Shannon even sent cookies for Lily!
Crispy Salted Oatmeal Cookies!
Blueberry Lavender Butter Cookies!
My spoiled Lily getting one of the treats Shannon sent!

Thank you, Shannon! <3, Nicole, Mark, and Lily

Question: Bloggers, do you post in the mornings or evenings?

I didn’t get to see Biggest Loser last night (I was catching up on blogs!), but am looking forward to watching tonight! Since work blocked EVERYTHING online I am STRUGGLING to keep up with everyone! Forgive me! I comment as much as I can, I promise! 🙁

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  1. January 6, 2010 / 6:30 am

    Thats a very colourful one,sounds delicious too

  2. January 6, 2010 / 6:47 am

    Both those recipes sound/look fab! I am definitely going all out with seafood here in FL this week because unfortunately my boy back home cannot eat seafood–he’s deathly allergic! But I may have to make this for myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Yum!! And I usually post in the a.m. during college semesters because it’s easier, but when I have no schedule, it’s whenever. Happy hump day!

  3. January 6, 2010 / 7:30 am

    Thanks for visiting our blog! This shrimp dish looks great, esp w. the basil!

  4. January 6, 2010 / 7:34 am

    oh my goodness, that all looks so good! I love salted cookies and chocolates…such a great combo!

    I post mid-day and evening for the most part…I eat boring, boring breakfasts that no one would want to see ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. January 6, 2010 / 7:36 am

    Your recipes, the cookies, it all looked great! I post at night b/c I have no extra time in the morning – love my sleep too much ;). I love reading your blog every day!

  6. January 6, 2010 / 7:44 am

    your shrimp dish looks awesome! I love anything with shrimp so I might have to try this one out. I’ll omit the salt soaking, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. January 6, 2010 / 8:10 am

    Looks like you got a great package! And so exciting she sent stuff for Lily!!! Thanks for joining in on the exchange! And to answer your question, I blog at night but have it scheduled to post first thing the next morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. eaternotarunner
    January 6, 2010 / 8:38 am

    I usually post in the evening when I have more time. That shrimp looks awesome!

  9. January 6, 2010 / 9:23 am

    What tasty looking meals!! Looks delish!

    LOVE doing cookie exchanges!!! So fun!

  10. January 6, 2010 / 10:56 am

    You have got some good eats in there.. I love the color combo of Red and Green… in food.

    Cookie Exchange… FUN!

    I write my posts at night and publish them before I go to bed.

  11. January 6, 2010 / 12:00 pm

    Such lovely dishes, light and delicious! The cookies from Shannon are totally scrumptious, yum!

  12. January 6, 2010 / 1:07 pm

    OMG I think I just had a foodgasm! Way too much yummy eats in just one post lol.

  13. January 6, 2010 / 1:08 pm

    Damn so much food that I missed the picture of LILY!!!!! hahahaha. so cute

  14. January 6, 2010 / 1:18 pm

    you have been busy in the kitchen girl!!
    those cookies sound so unique and delish!

  15. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce
    January 6, 2010 / 2:50 pm

    that package is so sweet, even included doggy biscuits!

  16. January 6, 2010 / 2:58 pm

    The shrimp dish looks so good. That is really high on the sodium, but I agree with your thoughts for cutting back on it. And you have some yummy cookies too. Looks like you are all set!

  17. January 6, 2010 / 3:18 pm

    AHH a cookie exchange.. how fun!! You hit the jack-pot! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I usually blog at night after din din.. it depends though on the day.

  18. January 6, 2010 / 3:25 pm

    That shrimp looks amazing!!

    I can’t blog everyday anymore – too much craziness going on to produce decent posts everyday. But when I do, most of the time it’s in the evenings because that’s when I have the most time.

  19. January 6, 2010 / 4:23 pm

    oh! i love seafood so these recipes are fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing them! Those crispy salted oatmeal cookies look delicious. What a cool idea for a cookie exchange! SO fun!

    I usually post in the evenings as Im eating dinner. Its my time to relax and I can recap the day.

  20. January 6, 2010 / 5:43 pm

    Yum, these recipes sounds fantastic!! While I’m usually about the simple meals, with very few ingredients, I like to make meals such as these sometimes too, so thanks for sharing.

    I post in the morning, but I usually work on my posts at night, then post them in the morning. Why? I dunno! And don’t worry about commenting, you don’t ever have to apologize for that.

  21. January 6, 2010 / 5:44 pm

    That shrimp saute looks great! I also plan on testing out tons of recipes this year…lately I’ve been so inspired to cook!

  22. January 6, 2010 / 8:19 pm

    Those meals look restaurant worthy! Yum. I blog in the morning and at night. I try to keep them short though ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. January 6, 2010 / 8:59 pm

    Hmm…it usually varies …could be morning or evening…but either way I waste time ;)…Nice gift – your deserve it girl ๐Ÿ™‚ I have yet to see TBL as well…wish I had TiVo ๐Ÿ™

  24. January 6, 2010 / 9:00 pm

    I just love trying out new recipes, and that shrimp looks SO good! I’m not a fan of anything salty, so I can imagine that omitting the salt-soaking would make it much more tasty! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m tend to post in the evening since I have a full-time job (aka school!). But on the weekends, I just post whenever I feel like it.


  25. January 6, 2010 / 9:04 pm

    That looks amazing! I usually write my posts in the evening and then schedule them for early in the morning.

    I like reading yours whenever you put them up!

  26. January 6, 2010 / 9:05 pm

    Blueberry lavender butter cookies sound marvelous!

    How sweet that Lily the dog got some too!

    During the week, I blog and post at night. The weekends I post when I can squeeze it in. During my Christmas break, it was definitely difficult to keep posting.

  27. January 6, 2010 / 9:35 pm

    Nicole, this Shrimp dish sounds great, but I too would forgo the salt soak. I would just add some salt during the sautรฉ. That is probably all you would need here. I do not drink wine , but I did buy a bottle of white to use in recipes. This shrimp is the perfect way to use some of that bottle!
    Yes, your RD degree is a VERY cool thing to have under your belt. Wish I had the same!!

  28. January 6, 2010 / 9:39 pm

    This looks so good, and healthy! What a great idea for you to be a dietitian, its great that a person that actually knows how to cook go into this profession.

  29. January 6, 2010 / 10:17 pm

    I have a real sweet tooth so of course those cookies caught my eye first. ๐Ÿ˜‰ A cookie exchange is an awesome idea… maybe next year I can get in on one.

    As far as when I blog: whenever I can! Sometimes I’ll upload my photos but won’t get time to write so I’ll wait until later in the afternoon or after work. It all really depends on how much time I have.

  30. January 7, 2010 / 12:40 am

    Your shrimp dish looks FABULOUS!!!
    I love that you give the nutrition info. It is so really helpful!

    As far as the blog goes, I usually post in the morning. I like spending time with the husband in the evening and then waking up extra early to write and publish my post.

  31. January 7, 2010 / 1:28 am

    Blueberry Lavender Butter Cookies! Those sound AMAZING!!! I’m not sure I could even handle those!

    I blog whenever I have something to say ๐Ÿ™‚ Usually in the morning and at night

  32. January 7, 2010 / 4:44 am

    Its very good recipe of Corn, Crab, and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing recipe.I like the way it has garnished as I like garnished dishes very much.Thank you very much for these tasty recipes.

  33. January 7, 2010 / 11:15 am

    That corn and crab salad just screams summer! I’d love to have something like that for lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

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