3/52 Recipe Review
Today I’m reviewing a recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s first cookbook “My Fathers Daughter”. It’s called:
“Marinated Gigante Bean Salad with Grilled Shrimp & Watercress”
…which is basically what it is in a nutshell. Long title for a quick recipe. As you know I have been trying to keep my body clean ever since I completed the Juice Cleanse a few weeks ago. I have been relatively successful with the exception of some chips, cookies and the odd bit of chocolate which I am totally down with as long as I’m not mowing on this stuff 24/7 like the olden days. (btw, sorry Tanya for my hogging of the Peanut M & M’s at the movies the other night)
Up to this point, I have been picking which recipe I prepare by photo first. Probably a lazy way to research but I have self-diagnosed myself with A.D.D. (being totally serious with this…high school was hell for me with the exception of the social aspect) so flipping through a book until something grabs my attention is what works for me.
Secondly, I make sure the ingredients are ones that I like, that I know RJ will like and “fingers crossed” , something the boys will like or at least try.
Lastly, I take into account the time it will take to prepare. If I’m making this dish on a Saturday, with company coming over for dinner and I have all afternoon to prepare, I go deep. But if I have 45 minutes to make a meal, I move on to something like today’s recipe.
This bean & shrimp salad was so easy to prepare. Super easy. It required only a very few ingredients and involved just the oven or bbq, so no splattering on the stove (clean up was a breeze). A couple ingredients finely diced/thinly sliced but that’s it. As for the flavour…not so good on the scale of 1 to 10…I’d give it about a 3.5 on that alone however, there were some things that stood out on the high end of the scale for me. I felt full afterwards and I felt light and clean and refreshed on the inside so that’s a major plus. I will definitely make it again but will probably make it when I’m on my own for lunch or something…RJ wasn’t a huge fan but he was satisfied. The kids did okay too. Because the garlic flavour was so strong they found it kind of “spicy” but as long as they get a few beans and greens in their little bodies I’m good with that.
I give this recipe a 4.5 out of 10. It was bland in flavour and expensive (the shrimp) for the lack of taste in my opinion. If I am paying for good shrimp or scallops, I want them to be damn tasty when they go down. This recipe is super healthy and full of great ingredients for your body so it gets a little ‘pick me up’ on the judgement scale.
Here’s how my attempt looked:
Give it a whirl here.
And hey…the next night I got to make one of my favourite dishes in the world topped with all my left over shrimp (I had lots)…I made Shrimp Ceasar Salad. Check out this beautiful thing.