Rediscovering My Love for Cooking

If there’s one thing I miss the most about home, it’s being able to cook in my own kitchen. You know how it feels when you are so used to a place that when even when you leave for a while and come back, you still feel right at home? It’s not that I can’t cook my own food at my house here on campus, but there’s something about the familiarity of the stove I use, the shelf in cabinet where the flour is, or why I can always find the vanilla extract behind the bottle of ground cinnamon.

During this past spring break I did a lot of cooking and it made me want to try to cook more when I came back to campus! I may not always get things in class or in life, but somehow when it comes to cooking, I am in my comfort zone. Here’s a quick and simple shrimp taco recipe I tried out a few days ago that I wanted to share with all of you out there who want to start cooking! I didn’t have everything you need to make the ultimate shrimp taco, but this was just something I made with the ingredients I had. As college students we know how to stretch whatever food we have a long way am I right?

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 lb. of shrimp (I had a bag of frozen shrimp I defrosted)
  • Garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • *any other optional seasoning you prefer* I used a seasoning mix that had tomato and coriander in it to give the shrimp some color and extra flavor.
  • A few leaves of parsley
  • Lime

Seasonings you need: garlic salt, olive oil, salt and pepper and any additional seasonings you prefer

It’s not pictured here, but the first step you want to do is season all of the shrimp. Make sure they are dry and not wet so all of the seasonings will stick! Mix together in a large bowl two tablespoons of olive oil, garlic salt, salt and pepper and any other seasoning you choose.

Once that’s done, heat a large skillet or grill over medium heat. Add olive oil to make sure the shrimp don’t stick. Shrimp only need to cook about 4-5 minutes and you will know they are ready when they turn an opaque color and look a little white in color.

Cooking the shrimp in a skillet over medium heat

Take the grill or pan off the heat and at this point you can squeeze half a lime to the shrimp and mix together. Heat up your tortillas – I used flour, but you can use whichever you prefer – and chop up a few leaves of parsley to sprinkle over the top. If you really want to get fancy and if you have the ingredients, you can add some chopped cabbage and sliced avocado over the top! I will have to try that for the next time 🙂 Serve the tacos with a side of white rice or by themselves!

Shrimp tacos with a side of white rice

I hope you enjoyed reading and I will be back soon with other easy and delicious recipes! 🙂

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Published by Marisela Meraz

Hello! My name is Marisela, but everyone knows me by Mari. I am a senior at Hope majoring in English with an emphasis on writing and minoring in French. I am also part of the Theta Gamma Pi Sorority on campus. In my free time, I enjoy baking, taking photos, watching Netflix, and making music playlists for my friends. I am so excited to share my Hope experiences with you all!

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