Archive | April, 2014

Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema

30 Apr

hi hi hi!

It’s me, I’m back with more food to fill your bellies.

First, though, I think we should have a bit of a chit chat. We haven’t really talked about life recently, have we? I’m going to list 5 things that I have been doing lately and you guys should do the same in the comments below!

1. We’re pretty much all moved in and organized in our new place, I am going to do a whole post about some fun things I’ve been doing to decorate and organize. So definitely watch out for that next week-ish. But for now, let me just say I am dead tired. Cleaning, packing and organizing every night after a full day of work, gets mighty exhausting around the 12th straight day. Luckily for me, I am pretty much done now and I am happy with how things look at this point. We still want to buy a new sectional for the living room. Any ideas?

2. Along those same lines, I just ordered a custom dining table from this awesome local company called Rainfall Designs

I met with Desiree who makes up half of the Rainfall Designs team, and we were so impressed with their tables that we had to order one on the spot. They are all custom made and so you can choose the size, color and finish of your table. It takes them about 5-6 weeks to make your beautiful table. They also make benches, side tables, coffee tables, desks ect. Ours is going to be similar to this one.

Now I just have to find chairs. Again, any suggestions?

3. We have been really into binge watching series on Netflix. We just finished Orange is the New Black which I am SO excited to come back in June. We also got thoroughly obsessed with Suits. Which reminds me that Gabriel Macht needs to be mine, now. As well as Luther which is an awesome show! I was not really expecting to like it but its so dark and creepy, love it. We are looking forward to watching True Detective which everyone has been freaking out over. In case you were wondering, yes our whole lives do revolve around television.

4. I bought a Pilates reformer to use at home and I’m loving it. For anyone who has done Pilates at a studio, you know how expensive that can get. I was really sad when I had to stop going, but I knew it had to be done. I browsed online for reformers and they were still pretty expensive, between $700-$1000 or more. Lucky for me, someone had one for sale locally on Craigslist and I nabbed it for just under $200. It has the jump board and everything! Wee. I didn’t get to use it much since I got it right after we moved in, but I did a little training session for the last couple nights and I am really loving it.

5. I have been cooking A LOT. I am really focusing on making the most of the ingredients I already have, rather than buying new stuff all the time. It is forcing allowing me to get really creative with recipes which has actually been really fun and challenging. Tonight I am going to possibly make some muffins for the week and then scrounge up something for dinner.

Now tell me what you guys have been up to! I wanna know.


Okay, onto the good stuff. I made these tacos one of the first nights after we moved and I did so for two reasons:

1. I had a hankering for tacos

2. We had no protein in the house other than shrimp

After we did our big first grocery shop, we came home with an elevator load of stuff and once we finished putting it away, Mr. Delish proclaimed that we had nothing to eat.



It was all the basics but nothing to really make any complete meals.

Luckily I did buy a gigantor bag of prawns from Costco so I decided to batter some of those babies up and shove ’em in a taco and then shove those in my face.



These are super easy guys, they come together in about 20 minutes and you will love the flavors!

Miss Delish asks:

What have you been up to lately?

Do you ever try to challenge yourself to make a meal with only what you already have in the house? Do you have any tips for me?


Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema:

 Serves 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Total time where you’re actually doing things: 20 minutes

What you need:

  •  1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 jalapeno, minced finely
  • 2 tbsps minced cilantro
  • the juice of one lime
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, plus 3 tbsps
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can of your favorite beer, I used Alexander Keith’s IPA because it’s not really an IPA and I have a thing for it.
  • 1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • Small flour tortillas, warmed
  • Avocado, cilantro and lime wedges for serving
  • Oil for frying

In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice, cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.

In a large bowl, add 1 cup of the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt and cayenne pepper and use a whisk to mix until totally combined. Now slowly sip pour in the beer, whisking as you go, until you get a smooth batter.

Now set a large heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat and add about 2 inches of oil into the pot. Heat until a drop of the batter bubbles up and fries without falling to the bottom. While it is heating, toss the shrimp in the remaining flour and then drop them into the batter.

Once the oil is ready, add the battered prawns, one by one, making sure to let the excess batter drip off before adding to the oil. Fry in batches, until golden, about 2-3 minutes. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the extra oil. Grab a flour tortilla, add 3 or four prawns, some avocado, cilantro and then drizzle with the Jalapeno Lime Crema you made earlier. Serve with lime wedges for spritzing.


Healthy Thai Turkey & Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

23 Apr

Hello strangers!

Ugh. It feels so good to be back. I am having blog withdrawals and I am missing all you guys like crazy. I am so sorry that I haven’t posted in forever but I am going to get on a good schedule of writing, something reasonable that I can stick to.


What you may not know about me, is I can be slightly obsessive compulsive, Mr. Delish would probably say it’s a lot more than “slightly,” but whatever.

Obsessive compulsiveness can be great when it comes to keeping the house clean or keeping your paperwork organized at work. On the other hand, it can get in the way of getting things done. Did you know that a lot of people that are considered “hoarders” are actually OCD? You might think, that makes no sense, wouldn’t they be super clean and organized if that was the case? Not always. For people with severe OCD, in their mind, everything has to be perfect, so if something gets out of hand, it is almost mentally impossible for them to know where to fix it. They would rather have a huge mess then get halfway between a mess and organization. Sounds crazy, but it’s true! This is the psych student in me coming out.

Despite what it is starting to sound like, this is not my round about way of telling you I’m a hoarder. What I am leading up to is explaining my craziness when it comes to blogging. Ultimately, I would love to post every weekday. Unfortunately, it would be incredibly unreasonable to expect myself to blog every day, considering I work full time, have housework and cooking to do and have a family and friends to keep up with, just like every other human being on this planet. However, what happens, is because I desire to post more often than I really have time to, I just end up not posting at all. It’s almost an all or nothing mindset, which is, quite obviously, very silly.

I need to just accept that 1 or 2 posts a week on this blog, and one post on Hello Giggles  is a reasonable expectation of myself. Then just stick to that. If I manage to get an extra post done, then great, that would be a bonus.

Whew. With that long winded explanation out of the way (I apologize) I am going to get on with the straight goods of this post. Turkey lettuce wraps. NOM.


I am a huge fan of lettuce wraps, I tend to order them immediately if I see them on a menu. For any of you BC’ers out there, my favorite are the ones from Cactus Club, you know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, the chicken in those ones is deep fried, which is not the greatest if you think you are ordering something healthy.


I did, however, order chicken lettuce wraps from a Thai restaurant recently and OHMYGOD they were good. They were very basic, but full of flavor and after eating them I just had to recreate them at home. I added quinoa for some added protein and fiber as well as to make these a little more substantial.


Thanks for sticking with me while I have been MIA, I promise I will post regularly from now on. The recipe for these yummy lettuce wraps is posted below as always!



Healthy Turkey & Quinoa Lettuce Wraps:

Serves 4-6 (depending on how hungry you are!)

Total time: 15 minutes

Total time where you’re actually doing things: 15 minutes

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Half of each red, orange and yellow pepper (or you can just use whatever color you have on hand, I just wanted to make it colorful) diced
  • 1 lb. ground white meat turkey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. chili garlic sauce (from your Asian grocer or Sriracha)
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • Lettuce leaves of your choice (I used butter lettuce)
  • Toppings such as: Avocado, tomatoes, thinly sliced carrot/radish/cucumber etc, nuts, chow mien noodles, bean sprouts, cilantro, chives, green onion. Plus whatever you think would taste good!

What to do:

In a large pan, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat, add the minced onion and cook for a minute to get it started, then add the garlic and sauté for another 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the diced peppers and continue to cook for 3 minutes or so. Remove to a bowl and set aside for a moment. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same pan, and then add the turkey meat. Cook for 6-7 minutes or until cooked through, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks.

Once cooked, add the sautéed veggies back to the pan and stir to combine. Add the soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, hoisin and Thai sweet chili sauce and stir again to thoroughly coat with the sauce. Bring to a simmer to let the flavor absorb into the meat, and then you’re all done.

Serve with the quinoa, lettuce leaves and other toppings.


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