Date Night Honey Cilantro Shrimp and Quinoa Salad


Ah, date night. I vaguely remember date night. I can see it now through a fog of diapers, teething and footed pajamas. I remember getting dressed up in high heals (I vaguely remember high heals) and going to a movie.

Now date night is in the living room after baby boy has passed out. I love it. I really do.

A few nights ago I made this Honey Cilantro Shrimp and Quinoa Salad along with these brownies for date night. Then we watched the Sherlock on Netflix.

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I made the shrimp with a few things I had in my cabinet. It turned out great. Roasting shrimp makes it sweet and plump and it's so easy.

Honey Cilantro Shrimp:

What you'll need:

1/2 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
A bunch of fresh cilantro - about 1/2 a cup.
2 -4 tbsp honey
2'4 tbsp olive oil (I used Extra Virgin Kalamata Oil)

Combine honey, olive oil and cilantro. Add in the shrimp and mix with your hands.
Place in a greased pan and roast on 350 for about 20 minutes.

Quinoa Salad

What you'll need:

1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa - cook according to package instructions.
2 tbsp dried cilantro
1 tbsp lemon juice
One avocado cubed
2 cups cubed mango
stir together and add some fresh cilantro as garnish

Raw Honey: Natures allergy med and a few facts

Sniffle, sneeze, snort and snuff. Those are the sounds I hear during pollen season, which this year came early to Alabama.My husband has terrible allergies. The watery eyes, the runny nose. The whole nine yards.

He is miserable and in turn I am miserable. Bless him. So, I have been researching natural ways to help with his allergies.

I have long heard the benefits of local honey. In fact, my friend Tricia, has always joked that local honey cured anything. As long as local honey was in something it was healthy."Try this cup cake, it's made with local honey," she would say with a wink.

But was Tricia on to something? I think she was.

So recently when perusing my local farmer's market I came across local RAW honey.

So what's that? The most delicous thing nature ever made I tell you! Expensive as all get out, but worth every penny.

It's pure, 100 percent, unprocessed honey. It's unpasteurized and pretty much direct from the hive. It is not strained, filtered or ever heated and retains all of the pollen, royal jelly, enzymes and vitamins. I am, needless to say, a believer.

It is loaded with amino acids, B complex vitamins and vitamins A, C, D, E and K. (Also, iron, calcium and potassium. The list goes on and on.)

I have been putting it in everything from coffee to smoothies to shrimp. I love it.

There are some people who are sensitive to it. You can read about allergic reactions here.

Surely the raw honey I consumed in my coffee will balance out the two (small) cinnamon rolls I had for breakfast. Right?