Shrimp with Cilantro Pesto

Hubby and I have been enjoying our new kitchen so much but sometimes we get a bit ambitious… I pick exciting new recipes I want to try and then it’s 8:30 before we sit down to eat. Yea, that just doesn’t sit well in my stomach. So we’ve been trying to save those more intricate recipes for the weekends and focus on easy to make weeknight meals. This is our most recent go-to weeknight meal. We’ve been eating it about once a week because it takes no time at all.

The first thing you need for this meal is some frozen pesto. Obviously freshly made pesto or pesto from a jar would also work, but I’ve started freezing pesto, as I’ve seen so many other food bloggers do. See, our fridge came with these little mini ice cube trays. They’re somewhat useless for making ice cubes, so I use them for pesto. The first time I froze pesto was after we made the salmon with cilantro pesto. Now, any time a recipe calls for fresh herbs, I take whatever is left and whip up pesto to freeze.

The next thing you need is some shrimp. We like to buy the two pound bag of shell-on uncooked frozen shrimp when it’s on sale. Just thaw 1/2 the bag and remove the shells. I like to sprinkle the shrimp with some Old Bay prior to throwing them on the griddle that came with our new stove.

Once the shrimp is cooked, throw it in a bowl with a few of your pesto cubes. I like to use 4-6 of my mini pesto cubes for a pound of shrimp. Now cover the bowl with saran wrap and shake it so that the heat from the shrimp defrosts the pesto and the pesto distributes itself on all of the shrimp (a ziplock bag would work for this too, although I’ve never tried that).

And voila, in no time at all, dinner is served. I like to steam some veggies or throw together a quick salad to serve with this shrimp.

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Shrimp with Cilantro Pesto

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 lb uncooked shrimp, peeled
Old Bay seasoning
frozen pesto cubes

Directions:

Sprinkle Old Bay on the peeled shrimp and cook shrimp in a pan, on the grill, basically any way you like.

Put cooked shrimp into a bowl with a few pesto cubes and cover. Shake to distribute pesto. Enjoy!

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13 Responses to “Sugar Cookie Bars for St Patty’s Day”

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    Brisbane Baker — March 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Mmmm sugar cookies bars! What an awesome combo!

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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    SimplySweeter — March 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! These bars look fabulous!

    http://www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com

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    Kaloula — March 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Oh – YUM! I want to go home immediately and bake these!

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    yumventures — March 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I love baking that has simple recipes and turn out delicious! These look great for any occasion 🙂

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    Katie — March 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    LOVE THOSE!!! They are super cute. And you can’t go wrong with green sprinkles! 🙂

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    Cottage Sisters — March 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Oooooh! These sound delicious, I am definitely going to make these. Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful day! Denise@cottagesisters

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    Kathleen — March 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I’m newer to the blogging scene so these bars are new to me! Thanks for posting it again.

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    Vivian - Let's Try These... — March 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    They may have been all the rage last year but they are new to me! I wasn’t able to find any st. patricks day sprinkles … bummer. Yummy looking pictures

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    Kerstin — March 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Happy St. Patty’s Day! What yummy sugar cookie bars – love the sprinkles!

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    carrie1 — March 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    mmmm…mmm…mmmm… making these right now for my nephew and niece! =)

    Thank you for sharing! =)

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    bcallegra — March 18, 2010 at 2:35 am

    I love this recipe – and I know what you mean about the supermarket sprinkles. I have a huge tub of heart shaped ones leftover from a purchase last year and I think there’s enough to last me for the next twenty years of Valentine’s day treats.

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    nsmerkt — March 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I made these the other evening for a picnic and they were all that you had promised! Oh my! One of my new favorites for sure. Thanks for sharing this and for the rec for a half batch!

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    teresacooks — March 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Just made these. My kids are loving them.

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