Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Light and Fresh

**Sorry for the re-post, but I fixed the link for the Shrimp, Jicama & Mango Salad!!*

Today was absolutely gorgeous outside. So much so, that it was impossible to work ;-) Maybe it was just the blue skies after a few days of rain, but I couldn't stop staring out the window! I went in for the morning to do what was absolutely necessary, then took off. Hey, it's the last day our boss is out of town, so i took advantage and went on a nice, long 5+mi walk! (shh, don't tell!)

When I got back and saw these photos on my desktop waiting to be posted about, I knew the timing was perfect. First one featured some mangoes and jicama that were on sale...

Shrimp, Jicama, & Mango Salad

You can find the recipe here. I love the crunch of jicama and the sweetness of the mango in this dish!! I had some Maple-Glazed Butternut Squash & Parsnips alongside, to use up things that were in my fridge. It was a little camera-shy though :) Besides for cutting back a bit on the butter and using dried rosemary instead of fresh, I followed the recipe. This also had a nice textural contrast with chopped marcona almonds amidst the creamy roasted roots! This would make a nice side on your winter table!

The parsnips became another fabulous side dish, this time inspired by Esi-- Parsnip, Carrot & Scallion Fritters. I had more parsnips than carrots in my mix, used WW panko bread crumbs, and egg whites instead of the eggs. I cooked mine up in my favorite nonstick pan (which apparently is no longer available?), no extra oil needed! Served on a bed of baby spinach with a large dallop of hummus. These were awesome!! I don't know why, but these really exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to make them again :)

Parsnip, Carrot & Scallion Cakes

I almost forgot--giveaways!! Sarah has got it goin' on with Bob's Red Mill, and Rose-Anne also has a giveaway going on. Click on over and you might even get to learn how to use your kitchen to fall in love ;-) You can also participate in a scavenger hunt to find something chocolate-covered and win some great loot!

31 comments:

HangryPants said...

I love the flavor of parsnips and the scallions looks awesome!

ashley (sweetandnatural) said...

I love the cakes! Anything in cake form is a winner for me. :-)

Sara said...

I love the look of that jicama salad, so light and refreshing! I don't cook with jicama nearly enough.

Elra said...

Jicama and mango sounds so refreshing. And I really need the recipe for that parsnip fritter. I'll go and check out Esi.
Cheers,
elra

Juliet said...

The shrimp jimaca and mango salad looks so good and fresh! Yum!

Esi said...

Love the air after it rains. That jicama and shrimp salad looks wonderful and of course I would love the carrot/parsnip cakes :) Glad you enjoyed them.

veggie belly said...

the parsnip carrot cakes look yummy!

Pumpkin said...

The scallion/parsnip cakes look so yummy! I really need to get a non-stick pan. All mine are stainless!

I love how crisp jicama is- I like to slice it and eat it like chips with salsa/hummus/&c.

Emily said...

What delicious, healthy and fresh creations you've made! I'd love to taste them.

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

both recipes are great! so fresh and yummy~~ perfect for the coming spring/summer!

MizFit said...

that looks amazing. Im a lifelong jicama fan but, not shockingly given how plain we all know I am, I tend to eat it raw in strips and NOT think of cooking with it!!

Erica said...

Hey! The link for the Shrimp, Jicama & Mango salad isn't showing up (and I want it!!!). Let me know what it is ;) Esi has the best recipes, doesn't she? Looks like you did an awesome job recreating and making the recipe more healthy!

Glad you got away today :) You totally deserved the time off!!

Lauren said...

Ahh I definitely want the recipe for the shrimp, jicama & mango salad! Looks wonderful - perfect for spring :)

Elina said...

Beautiful fresh salad! I'm a big fan of fruit in salad now... :)
Hope you walked in the sunshine. I thought it was cold yesterday :(

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Thanks so much, Miss Shannon! I entered you three times :)

P.S. Ugh, don't you just hate it when it's nice out and you're stuck indoors? Good decision to go out!!

Dawn said...

I was outside allll day. I knew the rest of the week was going to be non-sun like. I think everyone in Mass is sun starved after the winter we've endured. Amen

burpandslurp said...

gosh, what a refreshing salad! I love anything with mangoes! and jicama is such a great vegetable. so crunchy! have you tried them cooked though? here in Singapore there is this dish where they sautee jicama and roll them up in a thin pastry with peanuts and eggs and sauce.

5 Star Foodie said...

My 4-year old's favorite fruit is mango but she hasn't tried shrimp yet so this salad would be a perfect combination to introduce her to shrimp and jicama too! Very delicious!

Rosiecat said...

Sneaky, sneaky, ttfn! I'm proud of you for letting the sun coax you outside for the day.

Thank you for the link to my cookbook giveaway! So far, you've still got a 50-50 chance of being the winner, though...but if you win, it will seem fitting to me since you ARE my most loyal commenter!

PS I'm a big, big fan of pan-fried savory cakes, and your fritters today sound great. Perhaps I should add them to my list of things to make?

Kerstin said...

The parsnip, carrot & scallion fritters sound great! I love that you served them over spinach. It was lovely yesterday - I can't wait until we can eat lunch outside again!

biz319 said...

Love the shrimp dish!

OMG, that would be awesome if you sent me quinoa! There are so many dishes I want to try!

Let me know who much it costs with shipping and I'll pay you for it.

Thanks!!! :D

here is my email address: bdl319@gmail.com

Emily said...

Salad looks great! I don't like jicama, though. :-(

It is so nice here, too, and I don't want to do ANY work!

Every Gym's Nightmare said...

i kind of forgot about hicama- i love that stuff!

Reeni♥ said...

The salad just screams 'Spring' and the pancakes look so yummy!!

Lauren said...

Hey Shannon - I've found Sunspire PB chips at Whole Foods & sometimes in the "natural foods section" of grocery stores. They are so yummy!

Maureen "Hold The Gluten" said...

This sounds amazing!! I need, need, need to pick up some jicama! I'm with you -- I have Spring fever big time :)

Heather said...

oh my gosh! those veggie cakes sound AMAZING!

Meg said...

It all looks so delicious!

Maggie said...

These look fabulous! I'm glad I'm eating seafood again :)

Ricki said...

Parsnip-scallion cakes sound wonderful--and they look just great.

Kevin said...

That cake looks good!

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