Saturday, October 24, 2020

#Egg Roll Bowl with Shrimp by Denise Swanson

Happy week before Halloween!

Truthfully, I don't really do holidays, or maybe I should say that I don't cook anything special for holidays.

I don't make cute cupcakes like these.

Or create scary trays like this one

Instead, on Halloween night, I make my husband a tasty dinner to prepare him for the evening. He is none too fond of the whole trick or treat experience, so I need to put him in a good mood for the endless doorbell ringing. LOL

Seeing as we've been on an Asian food kick, I've been searching for more healthy, easy, and tasty recipes. This one ticks all the boxes. It literally took us fifteen minutes to put it together with minimal chopping, which is a con with most Asian recipes.

5 cups of frozen cauliflower rice
2 tablespoons of canola oil
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
4 teaspoons of minced garlic
2 teaspoons of ginger paste (not pictured)
6 cups of coleslaw mix (not pictured)
1 sliced red pepper
½ cup of thinly slice green tail onions
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1-pound peeled shrimp (thaw if frozen)
Sesame seeds

Immediately steam cauliflower rice according to directions on package.

Meanwhile, warm large skillet over medium heat. Add oils, swirling to coat pan. Add garlic and ginger. Sauté until sizzling and golden brown.

Add coleslaw, bell pepper, and onions. Stir frequently until for about 3 minutes (until cabbage is wilted).

Sprinkle five spice over cabbage mixture and stir until blended.  Add soy sauce and vinegar. Stir until mixture is coated evenly.

Add shrimp and cook until done (about three minutes).

Divide rice between four plates. 

Top with shrimp/cabbage mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.


Chocolate, men, and magic. Who can turn down that inheritance?
     If life had gone as she planned, Lexie Green would have been teaching English at a prestigious university, not persuading spoiled, rich women to buy overpriced clothes they didn’t need and often looked ridiculous wearing. Can you say electric yellow see-through skirts and Torn jeans with unfinished hems?    
     Still, although this isn’t the life Lexie would have chosen, all is going well. At least until Lexie is fired and her deranged ex-boyfriend tries to kidnap her.
     Deciding that it’s better to accept a mysterious inheritance from a great aunt she’s never heard of rather than end up kept in a cage as her ex’s pet poodle, Lexie packs up and heads to Kansas. So, what if she has to go by a new name and live in a town that she can’t find on a map?
     Unfortunately, once she arrives in her new hometown, everyone there seems just a tad off-kilter and Lexie’s cousin insists that the citizens are magical. At least there are a couple of hot guys hanging around for eye candy.
     Even though Lexie doesn’t believe the nonsense about her being the Ravenscraft Shield, she does believe her father was murdered—a father she never knew existed, and she investigates his death.
     Too bad, whoever killed her father, now wants Lexie dead as well.    


There's something fishy just below the surface of Scumble River...

School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd is getting ready to return to work from her maternity leave and hoping for a peaceful year in her job as a school psychologist. But when an elderly woman disappears on her first day back and a disgruntled parent threatens to sue the school, Skye realizes that her return will be anything but quiet.

When the parent suing Skye's school is found dead and with the missing woman's case is still unsolved, Skye suspects the crimes are somehow linked. With her chief of police husband, Wally, at her side, Skye dives into the investigations. But as tensions rise and Skye and Wally's suspect list lengthens, they start to wonder whether a member of their own tight-knit community could be behind it all...



In the small town of Normalton, IL, there aren't a lot of opportunities for small business owner Dani Sloan to cater big-ticket events. But that's about to change—a client named Yvette Joubert is marrying Franklin Whittaker, the richest guy around, and they want Dani to cater their engagement party! The swanky event is the perfect opportunity to put Dani on the map for wealthier clients.

But when a storm hits the party after guests arrive, it becomes clear that more than the dinner is ruined: Yvette is found dead beneath the marquee. Is her death a tragic accident, or a perfectly orchestrated murder? Then the case gets even juicier—it turns out that Yvette's ex-husband is Spencer Drake, Dani's almost-boyfriend, and the police start circling. Now Dani must follow an unending list of clues to save her business, her better half, and catch a criminal. Let's just hope they get their just desserts!

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  1. The cabbage/carrot slaw mix is so useful. I sprinkle it in wraps in place of lettuce (which loves to go icky in my frig.)

  2. I love that there are so many pre-chopped options now.