Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Shrimp and Broccoli Packet

2 sheets (12x18-inches each) Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil (or more for more servings) 1/2 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined 1 cup instant rice 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided 2 cups broccoli florets 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces 8 ice cubes 1/2 cup water


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F or grill to medium-high. Center one-half of shrimp on each sheet of Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil with non-stick (dull) side toward food. Arrange rice around shrimp; sprinkle shrimp and rice with seafood seasoning and half of garlic. Place broccoli over shrimp; sprinkle with remaining garlic and top with butter. Place ice cubes on top. Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and one end. Through open end, pour in water. Double fold remaining end to seal packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Repeat to make two packets. Bake 15 to 18 minutes on a cookie sheet in oven OR GRILL 9 to 13minutes in covered grill. Stir rice before serving.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Squeeze fresh lemon juice over shrimp before serving. THE REYNOLDS KITCHENS TIP: To pour liquids into packets, hold packets at a slight angle. After folding ends to seal, turn folded ends up to prevent leaking.

I made this for the first time today. I messed up and didn't buy instant rice, so I cooked the rice in the rice cooker. This is a very yummy meal! It smelled so much like The Olive Garden! I think I might try adding pasta to it instead of the rice sometime. I got the recipe at allrecipes.com.

Zach was sweet this evening when we sat down to eat together as a family. He told me how much he loves our family dinner time and he was very sincere and excited! He loves how we are together and we talk and tell stories. He never mentioned anything about the food. I guess being made to eat broccoli isn't a highlight. :-)

We made confetti sugar cookies after school and topped them with frosting. Yum! It was a baking kind of afternoon.

I took Kate & Noah to the Maine Jump this morning. As I watched them play, a wave of sadness washed over me as I thought about Noah losing his playmate next year. Kate & Noah get along really well. They have their squabbles, but it is nothing compared to a few of their older siblings at that age. It will be interesting to see how Noah does by himself. I think we are going to have a blast, but it will be different.

I had no intention of going to the High School Spring Concert this evening, but Zoe talked me into it. It was a girls' night out with me, Zoe, Emily, Eleanor, Kate & my grandmother. It was good, but long. Almost 2 hours long. Kate fell asleep in my lap. Zoe was beaming as we left. She really enjoyed it. She said, "See! Wasn't it worth it?!" I think she was mostly just happy that we were out of the house. We had a fun ride home in the dark as we cranked up the Rio soundtrack in the car. That was my favorite part of the evening.

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