grilled shrimp with spicy ale bbq sauce

I recently cleaned out all of my “stuff” for our move, just to another floor in the building, but I love this purging of everything excess – shoes, clothes, old kitchen goods and a very large stack of recipes. Some of these recipes were my old “favorites” before the idea of photographing and blogging about food had even crossed my mind. Most of these recipes remind me of the Taster as it was when we first started dating that I started having an interest in cooking and food. Ahh, memories. :)

I ended up tossing most of those old recipes – but a few I kept – honeydew bellini ice (that I swear I’ll make this summer), and the inspiration for this recipe – an old Cooking Light recipe for “Four Alarm Barbecue Sauce” served with shrimp.

BBQ sauce is surprisingly pretty simple to make and the smoky sauce pairs well with grilled shrimp. I recommend purchasing the largest shrimp you can – these were a little small for my preference but was the largest the store had. I took this over to our friends (who just started a blog!) house for an appetizer and thankfully they loved the spice as I added some extra heat.

Now I just need to get to that Honeydew Bellini Ice.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Grilled Shrimp with Spicy Ale BBQ Sauce
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Recipe type: appetizer, seafood
Serves: 1.5 cup
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 3 medium shallots, chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 - 12 oz beer
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 1 pound raw shrimp
  1. Grill shrimp and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in medium sized sauce pan.
  3. Add garlic and shallots, cooking about 3 minutes, until fragrant.
  4. Add water and stir.
  5. Add remaining ingredients.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until reduced, about 10 minutes.
  7. Using a blender or hand-held blender, carefully blend sauce until desired consistency.
  8. Serve shrimp with BBQ sauce.

review: sun chlorella

You know I love my greens. Kale, amazing grass and now sun chlorella. Whats next? Your guess as is good as mine….but I’ll try it.

I myself, was not really familiar with chlorella so I’ll fill you in a bit. Chlorella is a fresh-water strain of green algae. Appetizing, right? It is thought that sun chlorella can help to detoxify your body. The chemicals that we consume (through pesticides, etc.) bind to the algae and are then excreted from the body through sweat, urination, etc. I think this is very interesting and I’m a sucker for things like this!

It contains chlorophyll, vitamin C, pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene), chlorophyll, lutein, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6), niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, choline, lipoic acid, and inositol; certain minerals including: phosphorus, calcium, zinc, magnesium,and iron; protein, dietary fiber, nucleic acids, and omega fatty acids. (from the website)


  • Small tablet size! So often supplements such as this one are HUGE
  • I feel like I’m doing something beneficial for my body (above and beyond the everyday type stuff!)
  • The testimonials on the website – love hearing stories from healthy, happy people (again, sucker!!)
  • Just like other green supplements, I love having a back-up if I’m traveling, etc. and not able to get as many vegetables, but still get the nutrients
  • They offer a pH Test Kit – pH balance in the body is something that I find very interesting – I’ve been wanting to find out what my pH levels are


  • The serving size wasn’t so large, I don’t take 15 (recommended) tablets every day
  • The claims weren’t as…lofty…I’m a bit of a skeptic and then a believer all rolled into one!
  • It’s a bit pricey, but I’ve never really been one to put a price on my health


Do you like trying supplements like this? Are you a believer?

Disclaimer: Sun Chlorella was sent to me to review. The opinions are entirely my own.

mango lassi

I think I’ve shared my slight obsession with Indian food with you all, but instead of chicken curry or dal, today I’ve got a recipe for mango lassi, the popular Indian smoothie.

The typical mango lassi recipes often contain added sugar, along with the store versions I’ve seen, which just doesn’t sit well with me. It’s not that I am anti-sugar, but I’d rather have sugar in the form of cookies, ice cream, etc. – NOT in a smoothie. Fruit is enough sweetness in smoothies for me!

This drink is perfect for breakfast or a snack in the warmer months and very filling due to the protein in the greek yogurt (20 grams!). I used 2% greek yogurt because I think it is so much more creamy than 0% and I love a little fat at all my meals. :)


5.0 from 2 reviews
Mango Lassi
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Recipe type: smoothie, breakfast
Serves: 1
  • 1-7oz container 2% greek yogurt
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • splash of milk
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more milk as necessary.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 195 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 15 Protein: 20



in the news: choose my plate

As of Thursday June 2nd, the food guide pyramid (which I wasn’t a fan of) is no more! Welcome to the plate method. I’m a huge fan, and we’ve actually been using it at camp for a few years now.

“This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating,” Mrs. Obama said. “We’re all bombarded with so many dietary messages that it’s hard to find time to sort through all this information, but we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates.”

If the filled plate looks like the symbol, with lots of fruits and vegetables, she said, “then we’re good, it’s as simple as that.”

It is easy to understand, and I love that it focuses on what we should be eating – not just what we should be removing/reducing from our diets.

From the USDA My Plate website:

Balancing Calories

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half of your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

The website has a lot of information that goes into more detail – what’s a grain, how much protein is needed, etc. for those who aren’t familiar with serving sizes, what constitutes a grain and meal plan ideas and recipes.

What do you think of choose my plate? A step in the right direction? Confusing?