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Paprika stew with shrimp*

OK, if  you don’t have really good paprika then this won’t be anything special. I use Pimenton El Rey de la Vera which is a smoked paprika from Portugal. It comes in a red “tin” and you can find it at pricey import food stores like Forward Foods.  It really is worth it, though.

*Shrimp is optional of course. Leave the shrimp out and it’s vegan.

1 large onion, diced
1 –  2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp olive oil
2 C yellow squash, diced (largish chunks)
2 C sweet potato (peeled and chunked)
1 can or 1 1/2 C frozen corn
1 can stewed tomatoes (chili seasoned)
2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes or cayenne
1/2 lb peeled shrimp*
1/2 C minced cilantro

Saute the onion and garlic in the oil, then add squash, sweet potato, corn, tomatoes, and spices. Cook until the sweet potatoes are just tender. Add the shrimp, and cook about 2 more minutes. Serve in a bowl with corn tortillas, cornbread, French bread, rice, couscous, noodles, or whatever you have handy. Sprinkle cilantro on top.


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Lentil salad for Aric

Lentils are such a great quick and satifying meal, especially if you have vegetarian friends over. I fixed this for lunch today – it tastes a bit like falafel.

1 lb green lentils – cooked till just al dente (NOT mushy)
I large clove garlic, minced/pressed
1/3 to 1/2 C olive oil
3/4 to 1 C lemon juice
2 green onions, chopped
1 C chopped parsley
3/4 C chopped roasted red pepper (only $1 a jar at Dollar Tree)
1/4 C of the liquid from the roasted red pepper jar
salt and fresh ground pepper
2 tsp ground cumin (this is what really makes this dish)

We didn’t have any tomatoes, but I bet they’d be good in it, or sun-dried tomatoes. I served this on a bed of buttercrunch lettuce. I think it would  be good with pita and yogurt/tzatziki sauce, too. If you use fresh squeezed lemon juice then you probably don’t need a whole cup.

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