It’s no secret that I love food. It’s even hard to tell that I love to eat. (I so love to eat!) And a lot of nights when I’m super tied up with the kids and don’t want to cook the same things over and over again, I try to think of something different with the ingredients I already have. (Because once I’m in the house, I’m in and I’m not leaving!)
So, it’s Tuesday and we already did spaghetti, already had pizza, didn’t want a sandwich, OMG what are we going to do? At the end of the day when it’s dinner time, guess who does the decision mainly fall on? If you guessed me, you are so right. But I’m not complaining because I actually do enjoy cooking. (Sometimes.)
I love to make up food that actually turn out good and taste good. (Especially for my step-sons because I don’t want them to feel like they will starve when they are with us.) Yeah, I know I can be a little dramatic. It’s stressful being a step parent but I’ll get into that some other time. *nervous laugh*
Anyway, I’m looking through all cupboards of the kitchen trying to figure out something quick but good and filling. In the midst of brainstorming, I just so happened to look up at an old “fishbowl” glass I got from our honeymoon in New Orleans. The first thing that came to mind was how good their gumbo is. OMG, I seriously never had such good food! (& drinks- haha)
It would be wonderful to have a big bowl of gumbo.
One tiny problem.
I don’t know how to make gumbo. Even looking up recipes for it online, I didn’t have all the ingredients to make it. Crap! Now what?
I came across a bag of frozen shrimp and some Mexican rice and thought, “This could be good”.
Then I kind of lost track of what I was thinking about at the moment and went towards a Chili route. So, I got a can of kidney beans, tomato sauce, cayenne pepper, black peppercorn…
So, I took a chance and threw everything into a pot and it came out lovely!
No, really, it did. My stepson liked it. I was surprised because I thought it was going to be a mess!
Ok, now I’m finally going to tell you how I made it. But first, the ingredients!
- 1 bag of frozen pre-peeled medium shrimp
- 1 can of whole potatoes
- 1 can of sweet corn niblets
- 1 can of light red kidney beans
- 1 bag of Knorr Pasta Sides Mexican rice
- 1 small can of tomato sauce
- Cayenne pepper seasoning
- Black pepper
First, I cooked the rice. The directions on the bag say bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. I put an extra cup in. (so 3 cups). It’s obviously too much water but previously cooking this rice, I always end up adding more water anyway. So, while the rice is boiling for about 5 mins, reduce heat to medium heat and stir occasionally.
Have shrimp thawed out or sitting in warm water in a bowl thawing while you are cooking the rice. (saves time and it doesn’t take long to thaw.)
Chop up the whole potatoes a little before you put it in the rice.
Then add corn, beans and tomato sauce to the pot. Still stirring occasionally, add just a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. (A little goes a long way, trust me. Unless you love spicy, have at it! ) Add a little pepper to taste.
Now, it’s time to simmer. Just for about 10 mins, covered until beans and potatoes are tender. Stir occasionally.
And that’s it! All done! Trust me, it’s good and goes great with crackers! It’s a perfect meal for a chilly night at home or a filling meal that doesn’t need any sides. Whenever I make this again, I will probably add some chopped bell peppers to it. (I love bell peppers!)
Try it and tell me what you think! It’s delicious and I’m sure you won’t regret it.
Until next time, stay spicy! 😉