Sunday, March 15, 2009

Heart of the Matter-Monthly Challenge

This month's challenge of the group The Heart of the Matter-Eating for Life is finger food. Ilva from Lucullian Delights and Michelle of The Accidental Scientist had the inspiration of having a monthly blog event dedicated to heart-healthy eating. Two years ago they created a web site with the help of Joanna of Joanna's Food. HotM is turning two and the founders had the brilliant idea to make a big birthday bash with prices! This month I decided to participate with a super easy and tasty appetizer dish (it is great to have an excuse to cook something new!). The recipe was adapted by a recipe from Gourmet magazine which had chicken and fish sauce as ingredients. Shrimp works very well too and is a more heart friendly ingredient.

Shrimp Marinated with Lime and Herbs

1 pound shrimp (preferably wild)
1 large garlic glove, minced
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
1/4 cup extravergin olive oil
1/4 freshly squeezed lime juice

Mix all the ingredient to make a marinade. Marinate the shrimp for few hours to overnight. Pre-heat the broiler on high and broil the shrimp for 5 minutes. Serve as finger food or on steamed basmati rice or even 0n the more heart-friendly wild rice (reserve the juice if served with rice).

Buon Appetito!

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