3 Shrimp Recipes for Weeknight Meals

I’m constantly trying to figure out what meals to cook on a weeknight that are quick and require little prep time. I also try to think of things that are fun and work with ingredients I’ve been craving. Here are 3 shrimp recipes that have been a hit with us and that are super easy too!

Shrimp or prawns, I don’t think there really is a difference in the taste. If you know of any please let me know! For these 3 shrimp recipes you can use shrimp/prawns.

Lemon Shrimp Pasta

lemon shrimp pasta

Ingredients: Makes 2 servings

Pasta (I used a handful for the two of us)

5 cloves of chopped garlic

2 Tablespoons olive oil

6 Tablespoons butter

5 cloves minced garlic

1 tsp chilli flakes

1/4 kilo large shrimp, peeled and deveined

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp Italian seasoning/oregano

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and some more to grate on top after

1 Tablespoon lemon juice and zest

1 spring onion for garnish

lemon shrimp pasta

Method:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add in the pasta

When your pasta is almost ready start with the rest of the ingredients

In a pan add olive oil, butter and let it sizzle a bit.

Add garlic and chilli flakes and fry for a minute or till you get a nice aroma of both mixed together

Add the shrimp with salt and pepper and cook till they turn pinkish

Add in Italian seasoning/oregano

At this point your pasta should be ready, drain and save some pasta water just incase

Add the pasta to the shrimp pan, add the parmesan, lemon juice and lemon zest. Toss everything to coat

If it is too dry, add in some of the pasta water. It will blend everything well together

Grate some parmesan over and garnish with some spring onion and lemon peel

Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

Don’t be afraid of the amount of oil and butter in this recipe, it makes the dipping sauce for later!

shrimp boil foil packets
Delish

Ingredients:

1/2 kilo large shrimp (you could peel them or leave them with the shell on)

5 smoked sausages, thinly sliced (I used pork, you could use chicken as well)

1 corn, cut into pieces and boiled

2 large potatoes, chopped into bite size pieces and semi boiled

2 large onions chopped length wise

5 cloves garlic, minced

2 spring onions chopped fine (only the green)

4 green chillies slit in half

1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning or use a spice mix of chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin, red chilli flakes, pepper, salt, ginger powder, mustard powder in equal proportions

1/4 cup butter Butter

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

lemon, sliced into thin wedges

Method:

In a large saucepan, add a little olive oil and soften onions with garlic

Add the rest of the olive oil and butter to the mix along with old bay seasoning or the spice mix, green chillies slit, spring onions and mix so that everything is melted. Take off the heat.

In a large baking dish add shrimp, sausages, boiled potatoes, boiled corn and mix in the entire butter and olive oil mixture. Cover and let this marinate for at least an hour or even overnight if you can.

To make the foil packets add the marinated shrimp, sausage, potato and corn into foil leaving behind the liquid in the bowl to make your dipping sauce.

Seal the foil packets and pop them into the oven at 200 degrees for 15 mins.

To make the sauce simply melt the leftover marinate in a saucepan over the stove.

Dip and eat. You could also accompany this with some good crusty bread for dunking!

Tip-Instead of the foil packs if you’re in a real hurry you can either add the entire baking dish into the oven making sure to cover it with foil. Cook it for 30 minutes at 200 degrees if you’re using shrimp with the shell on, cook for less time if there is no shell only till shrimp has turned pink.

Shrimp Fajita with Tortillas

I’ve used corn tortillas for this recipe which I get frozen from the states. You get corn tortillas here too but they are a bit pricy. However I have used tortilla wraps which work amazing too!

shrimp fajitas

Ingredients:

Tortilla Wraps/Corn Tortillas

1/4 kilo shrimp peeled and deveined

1 red and yellow bell pepper sliced long

1 green capsicum sliced long

1 large onion sliced long

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt and pepper

Olive oil

Method:

In a bowl mix all the powdered spices together to make the fajita mix

In a bowl add shrimp and half of the fajita mix and let it marinate for a bit

In a pan add olive oil and fry onions first till soft and add in the bell pepper with the capsicum and fry till soft too

Add the remaining fajita spice mix to the peppers and mix

Add the shrimp to the pan and cook till pink

Heat up some tortillas on a pan, add on the shrimp fajita mix and top with lime, sour cream or even some feta cheese.

I really hope these 3 shrimp recipes make your weeknight meals easy and most of all fun!

Don’t forget to tag me if you make any of these @buildingahoneycomb

DIY Diwali Paper Decor

Diwali 2020 is upon us! If you haven’t hung up any Diwali decor as yet and if you’re looking for something quick and easy, here are some DIY Diwali paper decor ideas for you.

I wanted to do something different but aesthetic to the eye as well. A Diwali dream catcher with printable elements which I have attached here for you so all you need to do is print them out and cut them!

diwali paper dream catcher

Another DIY Diwali paper craft I created is similar to a toran but basically a marigold flower garland.

diwali marigold paper garland

Here is what you need for the Diwali dream catcher:

-Box Board/cardboard

-Orange crepe paper

-Glue

-Scissors

-Thread

-Needle

Here’s how to make it:

-Cut an approximate 10 inch doughnut shape out of a box board/cardboard. To make this step extra easy, I used a large dinner plate and a smaller side plate to measure. See image below for reference of the shape.

-Next, using your orange crepe paper you want to create pom pom style flowers, refer to the link here.

-Stick the pom pom style paper flowers all around the doughnut shaped cardboard on both sides. Your ring for the dream catcher is now ready!

diwali marigold dream catcher

-Cut out eight marigold flowers to shape making sure to have two of the same kind from the printable sheet as well as 4 happy Diwali danglers.

-Then using the glue stick the backs of two of the same kind of flower together making sure both sides have the flower print on them. Do this for all flowers and happy Diwali danglers.

-Now it’s time to assemble your dream catcher. In the centre of the flower ring attach some thread, make a hole on the paper marigold flowers and tie it to the tread, do 4 flowers one bellow the other.

happy diwali, dream catcher

-Hang the happy Diwali danglers on either ends of the flower ring using thread and a needle to poke the holes.

diwali dream catcher

For the flower garland you will need:

-Marigold flower printable

-Thread

-Needle

-Glue

-Scissors

What you need to do:

-Cut out all the flowers you need

-Glue two of the backs of the same flower together to make sure you have the print on both sides.

-String all flowers using a needle and thread to create your garland and it’s ready!

Here are also some printable Diwali gift tags for you!

Make sure to check out my Diwali Miniature Snack Platter.

Happy Diwali Honey Bees!

Diwali Miniature Snack Platter

The festival of lights will be low key this year but you still have family to celebrate with and make it special. If you want to up your entertainment game you could woo them with this Diwali snack platter with individual miniature serving portions!

Diwali snack platter with miniature individual serving sizes

I’m a big fan of nibbles and bite size appetisers, so i’ve created a fusion mix of appetisers for you that are also very appealing to the eye.

Here’s what’s on my platter:

Cheese and Chutney Pinwheels

cheese and chutney pinwheels for a Diwali snack

Ingredients:

-Green Chutney (ingredients and recipe below)

-Sliced Cheese

-Tortilla Wraps

Method:

-To make the chutney blend together in a mixer

1 green chilly

4 large cloves of garlic

1/2 inch piece of ginger

1 handful of coriander leaves

1 handful of mint leaves

Half of a medium size fresh coconut

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

While blending, you may have to add some water to make a smooth chutney, we usually make this chutney by eyeballing the ingredients and don’t really measure. Keep tasting it and adding in more of something if needed. If you have your own chutney recipe you can most definitely add that instead.

– Spread the chutney on a tortilla wrapper

-Add a slice of cheese in the centre of the tortilla

-Start rolling the tortilla tightly from one end to make a roll/log

-Using a sharp knife cut the 1- 2 inch circles/pinwheels

Mini Dosas with a Peanut Chutney

mini dosa and peanut chutney for a Diwali snack

Ingredients:

For the Peanut Chutney

1 cup raw peanuts

10 garlic cloves

1 green chilly

1 handful coriander leaves

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

5 curry leaves

1 tbs oil

1/2 tsp salt

For the dosa I used a store bought mix (ID is the brand I use)

Method:

To make the chutney roast raw peanuts on a pan

Remove the skin by rubbing the peanuts with your hands

In a blender add roasted peanuts, garlic cloves, chilly and coriander leaves

Add a little water till you get a smooth paste

In a pan add oil, curry leaves and cumin seeds, toast for a minute and add the chutney mix with salt, fry for a few minutes and your chutney is ready.

Make mini dosas on your pan using the ID mix by following the recipe on the packet.

Tip-You could spread the peanut chutney onto the dosa or serve separately. If you want to make it even more interesting you could make mini uttapam’s by pouring a thicker layer of dosa batter and topping it with some chopped onion, capsicum and tomato!

Masala Papad Cones

masala papad cones for Diwali snack or appetiizer

Ingredients:

Papad (you could use any kind even the plain ones)

1 chopped tomato

1 chopped onion

Coriander leaves chopped

1/2 tsp Chilly powder

Salt to taste

Juice of half a lime

Method:

To make the cones, cut one circular papad in the middle (you will love a semicircle)

Roll the semi circle into a cone shape and hold the edge that meets with kitchen tongs (pakad)

Roast all sides, turning the tongs over an open flame on the stove till the papad is cooked on all sides. Keep the flame on low and be careful it can burn easily.

In a bowl mix together tomato, onion, coriander, chilly powder, salt and lime juice to make a masala

Set the papad cones in tiny liqueur glasses and fill with the masala.

Serve immediately

Chilly Cheese Toast on Roasted Samosa Wrappers

cheese chilly toast for a Diwali snack or appetizer

Ingredients:

Samosa wrappers

Cheese (grated, I used the Britannia block)

Chilly chopped fine

A little milk

Method:

Cut up samosa wrappers into cracker sizes (like in the picture)

On a pan/tava without any oil toast the wrappers on both sides for a couple of minutes. You will see the toasted marks. Take them off the pan and let rest, they turn into delicious crackers!

On a stove over a medium flame add grated cheese, chopped chilly and a little milk and make a paste.

Spread the paste over the crackers and you’re done!

Masala Lemon Soda Shots

Masala lemon soda for Diwali drinks

Ingredients:

Lemon barley mix (I used Mapro and followed the instructions on the bottle)

Soda

Ice

Cut lemon slices

Generous pinch of:

Cumin powder

Dry Mango powder

Black Pepper

Pink salt

Method:

Pour some lemon barley mix in a glass

Add soda and ice

Add all the masalas and mix

Garnish with a lemon slice and mint leaves

These measurements are for one large glass of masala lemon soda. I added them into tiny beer mugs… just because!

If you try any of the recipes above I would love for you to share them with me @buildingahoneycomb

Stay lit this Diwali!

Halloween Snack Board

I’m obsessed with bit size food and sometimes feel like a kid! So I created a fun Halloween snack board that will entice not just the kids but the adults too.

Halloween will be different this year but there’s so much you can do at home too! In fact you could celebrate with this Halloween snack board, it could be a great dinner idea for the kids or even a snack platter with some cocktails for the adults. Try it and let me know what you think.

Halloween themed snack board

First off let’s talk about the eyes I’ve added. I didn’t make this platter for any kids so I just used some plastic ones you get at the craft store. I would definitely suggest adding some edible candy ones which are available easily on Amazon. You could even use olives, almonds or cut up some marshmallows too.

wow confetti eye candy for halloween snacks
Wow Confetti Eye Candy

So to build the platter start with some veggies, carrots and cucumber are what I used to create these cute little ghosts.

carrot and cucumber ghosts for halloween

Peel one cucumber and carrot and slice it down just like the image below:

how to make carrot ghosts

I used two tools to shape the veggie ghosts to give them that rounded look on top and to poke out the eyes.

For the rounded tops I didn’t have a circle cookie cutter so I used the next best thing, my measuring cup and rounded off the tops using it like a cookie cutter (you could even do this step with a knife if you’re skilled enough).

For the eyes and mouth I just poked them out with a steel straw.

measuring cup and steel straw for making halloween vegetable ghosts

Next make some mini open faced peanut butter sandwiches.

peanut butter and chocolate chip open faced sandwich shaped like mini coffins

Using a knife cut some sandwich/sliced bread into mini coffins (I looked at a picture for reference). Spread on some peanut butter and make the cross with some chocolate chips.

Variations: You could use any ‘nut’ butter for these with some jelly/jam for the cross or even just plain old butter and a slice of cheese.

Halloween Quesadillas 3 ways are next!!

halloween quesadillas

Jack-o’-Lantern Quesadilla

Using my nifty measuring cup as a cutter, I cut out two circles of quesadilla and one slice of cheese.

On one of the quesadilla circles, cut out triangular shapes for the eyes and mouth with a knife. Let loose your creativity with any number of stencil art that you can manage.

Add a the circular piece of cheese in between and grill them on a hot pan for 2 minutes on both sides.

halloween mummy quesadillas

Mummy Quesadilla Pizza

Cut out a circle of the quesadilla and spread some pizza sauce in it, cut up some thin strips of cheese and place them to look like a mummy face.

Put the pizza on the pan and cover with a lid so that the bottom gets toasty and the top melty!

Add the eyes!

Open Face Mummy Quesadilla

Cut out a circle of the quesadilla and some strips of cheese, place them to resemble a mummy.

Grill it on a hot pan with the lid on for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Pop on two eyes and you’re done!

For the last one on this Halloween snack board we have One Eyed Mummy Sausages

one eyed mummy sausages or sausage aliens

For this, semi fry some sausages (I used jalapeno and cheese) and cut up some thin strips of quesadillas.

Once the sausages are semi fried, take them off the heat. Wrap each one with the strips of quesadilla and place it back on the pan and grill on all sides to get a slight browning. Recommend that you do this on low heat.

Add some eyes onto them and now they look like little wounded mummies, but also like little aliens with one eye or a monster. I will leave it to your imagination!

halloween snack board

Put your board together with your favourite dip, I added some cream cheese. You could add hummus or sriracha too!

Happy Halloween Honeybees! Check out my Halloween DIY Candle Table Decor to go with this snack board for a festive night on the 31st of October!

See you during Diwali for some fun stuff!

Halloween DIY Candle Table Decor

Halloween decor can be too tacky sometimes and some of us need it to be aesthetic, so here is my DIY halloween table decor with every single candle I own! Ok confession, we own more candles and probably didn’t use all here.

halloween candle decor

I stuck to the traditional Halloween colours, orange being the major focus here. Even though I didn’t have too many candles that were orange in colour, I just wrapped some in orange craft paper (you don’t want to do this with candles that aren’t in containers it could catch fire with the hot wax).

orange and black candles with bats, table decor for halloween

I went with all sorts of shapes and sizes to add depth and height. I cut out tiny white and black bats using a template and glued them on to the candles directly.

Download Bat Template Here

table decor fro halloween with candles

Using candle holders, plastic pumpkin pales, candle sticks I added in some height and variation.

I did use battery operated candles too for that something extra!

spider webs with candles for halloween table decor

If you can get your hands on some fake spider web, it definitely adds to the vibe. Texture was important so this was perfect. You can find this at any party store, if you can’t i’ve added a link here for you. They come in black and white and aren’t too expensive at all.

Fake Spider Web

pumpkin pails with candles for halloween table decor

Pumpkin pails add for extra height and make for great decor pieces too. I’ve linked some down below for you.

Pumpkin Pails

beware banner with candles and bats for halloween table decor

Finally added a BEWARE banner and I had the quickest and easiest halloween DIY candle table decor.

I got my Beware banner at Celebration Essentials, check out their website for more party essentials.

Hope this helps you spook it up honey bees!