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Shrimp for Three Tastes

>> 6/26/10

Some would argue that you just make one meal for the entire family and "you get what you get." But that would mean that the parents have to simplify their foods down to the youngest taste buds - in our case, the nine-year-old boy.   I prepare food that I know my husband and I like and then dumb it down for the kids.   We get what we want and the kids get introduced in stages to new flavors.  Below, teenager's version to the left and kid's version to the right.

Shopping:  uncooked shrimp, corn on the cob, black beans, red pepper, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, limes

Spicy Shrimp Salad for Grownups

Marinate shrimp for 30 minutes in 1 t olive and 1 T Mexican seasonings (chili powder, cumin, salt, a dash of cayenne pepper).

Serve over:  lettuce, fresh corn kernels (cut from cob), chopped: tomatoes, red pepper, avocados, onions, black beans (or use whatever salad ingredients you have on hand).

Add cilantro, dash of salt, lime juice and olive to season salad.

Teenager Shrimp Dinner Spin-off:  Grilled spicy shrimp, corn on the cob and raw red peppers

Kid Shrimp Dinner for the shrimps in the family Spin-off#2: Sauteed shrimp (dab of butter, lemon juice), sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob.

I admit, there is not anything green on these plates and we have a little more sugar in the meal than I normally like, but everyone was happy tonight and that goes along way in keeping mom off the w(h)ine.

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