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Shrimp Tacos

Reheating time: 10-15 minutes

Bit warm out there, eh? Hope y’all are staying cool. I know I’m not. I’ve been cursed- every apartment I’ve lived in for the past two years has been excruciatingly cold in the winter, and unbelievably hot in the summer. Central air is not in the cards for me and Rach, it seems. We must instead resort to window air conditioning units, fans, and basically dumping cold water on our heads. It’s great. If you have a pool, definitely don’t let me know. You won’t be able to get rid of me. It’s super hot, and we are so happy that tonight’s dinner is what it is. Fresh, fruity, and perfect for a summer scorcher. Citrus poached shrimp with a nice smoky sweet + spicy glaze, a couple different summery garnishes, cilantro lime rice, crunchy slaw, and fresh lime. That’s the recipe for keeping cool on a hot day. Tacos are widely accepted as a cure-all in the medical field, so whatever you’re ailing from, a taco can probably fix that. Grab an ice cold beverage, figure out some sort of air conditioning situation for yourself, and get in there!

For the shrimp and rice:

These are the only two hot components tonight, and they can be reheated together. The best way is to slowly warm them in the oven, then give a quick broil for some color/char. On a large sheet tray or casserole dish, arrange the shrimp and rice side by side. Cover with aluminum foil, and pop them in the oven at 375F. Bake for 8-10 minutes, till hot, then remove the foil and give them a quick broil to caramelize slightly. Once they’re hot, they’re ready!

For the slaw:

Nothing to do here. Just revel in the beauty of crunchy summer veggies. Salted and pressed veggies are so cool- they retain all of their flavor- the salt pulls out only the liquids in the cell walls, leaving all the sugars behind. Sweet, fresh, and just a little spicy, this slaw is my entire world in this summer heat. Keep it nice and cold till you’re ready to eat. 

For the tortillas:

Best technique is to char them over an open flame for 5-10 seconds on each side, so they get warm and lightly charred. Stack them up under a warm and slightly damp dish towel to keep them hot and let them steam a bit. Alternatively, warm them in a nonstick pan one at a time. Get them hot!

For taco assembly:

There’s quite a few possible combinations for tonight when it comes to actually building your tacos. We have three different garnishes, each packing their own punch. I’d recommend just sending it, and putting everything on there. Why not. At least for one. For the others, you can mix and match fillings and garnishes and find out what you like the best 🙂 Experiment! Whatever you do, make sure to top off your creation with a fresh squeeze of lime!

That’s it!

Keep cool, eat some tacos, and make the best of this heat wave.

Dinner is served, and solved. #weareweco


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