Sunday’s With Joy: Shrimp Mango Salad with Maple Mustard Almonds

With all the cookie munching going on around here and while burying myself in mounds of butter, sugar and flour I noticed LTSL has been lacking something.

Something VERY important.

A salad.

Children of the playground, the fact is life is about balance.

It should be a mix of eating healthy, exercising, laughing, loving, having great friends and family … aaannndd of course a cupcake – – or two. But all in moderation.

Personally, I work out and eat well Monday to Thursday and then on the weekend (yes, my weekend starts on a Friday 🙂 )  I allow my body to rest and indulge in a little sweet satisfaction.  Honestly, I hate working out. HATE IT. I cry, scream and curse the entire time. But after – – I feel like superwoman and I’m happy to go about my day.

I also do it because I like eating things like this … and do we even have to go into my cookie cravings.  But I save that for the weekend.

During the week, I need salads – whole grains – lean meats and to have my cupcake kicked when I work out. I crave fresh vegetables and the crunch of an apple … or two.

I need it all. And it needs to be pretty. And delicious.

This week, I worked my magic and added a splash of Sunday’s with Joy and….

Taaadaaaa!!

Shrimp Mango Salad with Maple Mustard Almonds

1/2 Cup of Joy The Baker‘s Honey Mustard Cashews (see below for alterations)

2 Firm Mangos ~ thinly sliced

1/2 Sweet Bell Pepper ~ thinly sliced

1 Medium Carrot ~ thinly sliced

2 Cloves of Garlic ~minced

2 Tbsp each of fresh Cilantro ,Basil, Mint and Thyme ~minced

2 Tbsp Lime Juice

1 Tsp Granulated Sugar

1 Tbsp Fish Sauce

1 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce

1 Cup of pre-cooked shrimp, seasoned to taste with Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Joy The Baker’s Honey Mustard Cashews

*Note: I used Joy’s recipe, that can be found in her fantastic book … buy it, trust me. It’s a classic and a keeper. It doesn’t even have time to sit on my shelf. I substitution Maple Syrup for the mustard and used Almonds instead of cashews.

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Shrimp Mango Salad

Prepare all of the ingredients, as advised above.

Toss together all of your vegetables and seasonings.

In a small bowl, whisk lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and Sriracha.

Add your salad dressing, to your vegetable and herb mixture and toss.

Top with shrimp and sprinkle with Almonds.

With all this yummy action, I don’t mind skimping on the sweet treats for a while.

Enjoy my sugarpies

Xoxox

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Fire Breathing Shrimp Mango-Tango Rice Paper Wraps

Kung Hei Fat Choi (wishing you prosperity) Sweet Hearts!!

It’s Chinese new year – it’s the year of the dragon and we should celebrate!!

*yahooo*

It’s the first day of a fifteen day long celebration filled with family – friends – huge feasts, parades, gorgeous lanterns and bright colours.

And though I’m not Chinese, nor versed to any extent in Chinese culture – any day I get to wear a cute dress, sit around the table to eat tons of Asian inspired food,  and be joined by  those I care about most – – that’s a pretty snazzy day.

Growing up, Chinese new year was a huge deal while attending school.

We were all responsible to wear red for good luck, we would receive little red envelopes with a coin inside, paper lanterns were made, the older students would wear a traditional dragon costume and run though the halls and at the end of the day, without fail there would be fireworks.

I was pretty lucky, I attended a really cool elementary school that  tried extremely hard to foster educating students on different cultures and customs. At that age, it was GREAT!! A day with not much school work – tons of fun games and fireworks!! – – how can you go wrong when you’re ending your school day with fireworks?!?!

It

was

AWESOME!!

So good looking kiddies, Let’s celebrate!!

And to start this party off….

Fire Breathing Shrimp Mango-Tango Rice Paper Wraps.

They’re light – fresh – bright – easy peasy and most importantly they are yuuummmmyyy!!

Add this little number to your day, and you’ll be sure to have your friends and family popping over to see how your celebrating the year of the dragon.

Fire Breathing Shrimp Mango-Tango Rice Paper Wraps

yields 10 wraps

10 Rice Paper Sheets

10 Leaves of  Romain Lettuce

1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced

1 Medium Carrot, shredded

1/2 Mango thinly sliced into strips (julienned)

3/4 Cup Shell-less Medium Sized Shrimp ~ approximately 20 pieces.

2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme, finely chopped

1/2 Tbsp Dried Savoy spice

1/2 Tbsp Salt

1/2 Tbsp Sriracha Hot Sauce

1/4 Tbsp Dried Parsley

1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder

1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper

1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger

Shallow dish, or deep bottomed plate filled with warm water

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl mix together shrimp, thyme, savoury, salt, sriracha hot sauce ( feel free to use more or less, it all depends on how dragon-like, you’re willing to go ;)), dried parsley, onion powder, black pepper and fresh minced ginger. Allow to marinate while all other ingredients are being prepared.

Look at that shrimp getting all hot and heavy!

Time to build these wraps!!

Have all of your ingredients arranged in an assembly line.

Assembly Order: Rice Sheets, water bath, lettuce leaves, mango strips, red onion slices, carrots, marinated shrimp.

Let’s get this parrr-taaayy started!!

Working with one rice paper sheet at a time, soak in water bath until translucent and pliable. This should take approximately 20 seconds on each side.

Next, layer 1 lettuce leaf on top of the wrap.

Now, add 4 or 5 strips of mango along the seam of the lettuce.

Layer a couple (3 or 4) sliced on onion on top of the mango.

And now, layer 2 tbsp of grated carrot atop of the onion.

Last but not least, add 2 pieces of the fire-breathing shrimp on top of your entire mound of yummy-ness.

Now, Let. It. ROOOLLL

Roll half of the rice paper wrap along the lettuce seam. Fold both sides of the wrap in, creating a rice paper wrap envelope.

Next, continue rolling in the direction of the seam of the lettuce until your wrap is well sealed.

Anndd

there

you

have

it.

Have a fantastic Monday & a wonderful Chinese New Year

Stay Sweet Cuties

xox