Friday, January 29, 2016

Shrimp Avocado Grapefruit Salad with Some Random Acts of Kindness

Shrimp, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad 

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light and serves 4.
Cook's notes: This fresh citrus salad is light and filling as a main dish entree. Adding in red onion balances out the tart and pomegranates give it a pop of color and crunch. A time saver is using fully cooked frozen shrimp that is thawed, deveined, peeled and tail on. Directions include cooking steps if using  fresh shrimp. 
Salad Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large grapefruit or two blood oranges
  • 1 cup red onion strips
  • 1/3 cup pomegranates seeds
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 peeled avocado, cut into 12 wedges 
Salad Directions:
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 ½ teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle shrimp with ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add shrimp to pan; cook 3 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring frequently. Remove from pan; keep warm.
  • Peel and section grapefruit over a bowl.
  • Add 2 cups lettuce mixture on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with 3 avocado wedges; divide shrimp and grapefruit or orange sections evenly among servings and drizzle with citrus dressing.
Citrus Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 3 TB. lime juice
  • 2 TB. honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil or Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp.Dijon mustard
Citrus Dressing Directions:
  • Add to blender ingredients and mix well.
  • Refrigerate until needed.
The nightly onslaught of news can be depressing. Often I wish to hear more good things happen. I propose a segment that would regularly run at the end of the newscast showing some random acts of kindness and maybe a follow-up how it spiraled into some unexpected happenings.
Random acts of kindness are a means by which we make a deliberate attempt to brighten another person's day by doing something thoughtful, nice, and caring.
Here are some proposed ideas or create your own.

  • Send someone a hand written note of thanks.
  • Make a card at home and send it to a friend for no reason.
  • Buy a lottery ticket for a stranger.
  • Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter.
  • Cut your neighbour’s lawn.
  • Walk your friend’s dog.
  • Give a compliment about your waiter / waitress to his / her manager.
  • Send someone a small gift anonymously.
  • Let someone jump the queue at the bank.
  • Pay for the drinks on the next table at a café.
  • Treat a friend to the movies for no reason.
  • Give a huge tip to someone when they least expect it.
  • Hold the train door open for someone rushing to get in.
  • Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.
  • Write notes of appreciation at least once a week.
  • Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.
  • Pick up some rubbish in the road or yard which would otherwise be lying around.
  • Compliment a work colleague for their excellence.
  • Recommend a competitor to a potential client.
  • Give another driver your parking spot.
  • Be more courteous to merging traffic.
  • Help an elderly neighbour carry the rubbish out.
  • Tell all your family members how much your appreciate them.
  • Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train / bus.
  • Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
  • Send a thank you note to a person who has helped you in the past.
  • Smile a lot.

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