I know that a lot of the people who read this blog are women. Therefore, I know that many of you have probably seen a good amount of Sex and the City. I also know that in college my friend Kurt used to occasionally borrow my Sex and the City DVDs to watch during Sunday hangovers, so it’s likely that even the boys reading right now have watched an episode or two of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha.
There are a lot of Sex and the City episodes that I can quote on command, thanks to the many hours that my college roommates and I spent holed up in our dorm watching them on repeat. One of those episodes, in particular is when Carrie’s fiance broke up with her and left her forced with a dilemma: move or buy her apartment back from him. Miranda reminded Carrie, who had no down payment for her apartment and nowhere to live, that she had approximately $40,000 dollars worth of shoes in her closet, to which she said: “I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes.”
I think a lot of us girls can relate.
If you’ve spent all of your grocery money on shoes, you can still eat well. You can still prepare an elegant dinner for your significant other or for a group of your girlfriends. A big bag of frozen shrimp from Trader Joe’s is cheap cheap cheap and it will feed a crowd or if you’re into leftovers, one person for a few meals in a row.
If your shoe budget is more conservative than your grocery budget and you’re buying fresh from the seafood counter at the grocery store, we have a pro-tip for you. Shrimp is sold by a number called the “count” and not by weight. The count refers to the number of individual shrimp in 1 pound. So for example, when you buy 1 pound of 21/25 count shrimp, you’ll get 21 to 25 shrimp. The smaller the numbers, the bigger the shrimp. Sometimes on larger shrimp you’ll see a count that looks like this: U/15 or U/10. This means there are “under 15” or “under 10” shrimp per pound.
When buying shrimp, the main advantage to using the count is that it’s a reliable, consistent measure. While “jumbo” or “large” size shrimp can be subjective, using the count can be more helpful for planning purposes. Not to mention, you’ll sound like someone “in the know” and your fish monger might be more likely to point you in the direction of higher quality seafood.
Once you get your shrimp home and cooked, serve this over brown rice, steamed spinach or whole wheat pasta.
- ½ pound(s) uncooked shrimp, 8/12 count (a large or jumbo variety)*
- ⅛ cup(s) fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoons light butter, melted
- 1 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place shrimp in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine lemon juice and next 5 ingredients. Pour the mixture over the shrimp and toss gently.
- Bake at for 8 to 10 minutes or until shrimp are done. Sprinkle parsley over shrimp and serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces shrimp and 2 tablespoons sauce).
You want to look for peeled, deveined shrimp. I bought the wrong ones, like a dummy, but they still turn out great, just require a little more effort.