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We have this balloon in our house. It’s left over from my kid’s birthday. It scares the shizzle out of me. Like, when I’m coming down the stairs my heart jumps out of my chest because I see something moving and I think it is a burglar. Or, I’ll be sitting on the couch and and see something move out of the corner of my eye…

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and be all like omgwhatisthatohitsjustthedamnballoon. Oh, and the shadow!! Don’t even get me started. I think I’ll pop it tonight and trash it (I mean, it’s been in my house at least two weeks) but I’m dreading the “hey, where’d our balloon go” convo. I think they’ll be able to handle it. Balloons come and go.

I think I set the tone because tonight before bedtime I told a story about a balloon that floated away up into the sky, never to be seen again. Well, okokok there was a happy ending. They got another balloon at their next birthday, but you get the drift. I don’t think I’m a particularly jumpy person, but this really has me wondering. Anyway, tonight? Peace out Thomas the train balloon! Thanks for the memories 🙂 

This weekend is the official start to summer! Could have fooled me because I’ve been sweating my booty off for at least a month. Every morning I’ve been sitting in front of my the air conditioner, drinking my coffee. I spend my morning avoiding sweat and finding some fleeting sense of hope that today will be the day where I won’t have to change my sweaty clothes and wash my face halfway through the day.

My hope melts (literally) away the moment I decide to rally the troops and do anything. Get my kids out the door? Pack snacks and put on shoes and get everyone in a fresh diaper? Dripping in sweat. I don’t know what my problem is. Anyone have non-sweating tips? I knew this girl in high school who is a seriously funny person but also had to get prescription antiperspirant and apply it liberally at night to avoid any type of sweating and BO. I kind of feel like I need that but just apply it all over my body and face. Like just bathe in it. I don’t know if you can hear it, but I just whimpered a little bit. I’m sweaty. Then I see other people and I’m all like, how are you not sweating your face off?!

But anyway. I knew I wanted to make shrimp for dinner, and I started thinking about coconut shrimp. I thought about rolling the shrimp around in shredded coconut, but then decided I wanted a lighter, more subtle flavor. Coconut oil is where it’s at. This is like a 10 minute meal and so delicious, I can’t even. So simple!! Here’s what you do to make Coconut Garlic Shrimp with Zoodles:

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Zoodle your zoodles. You can also use a julienne peeler. Or! I’ve seen people make zucchini ribbons using a peeler!! You know that handheld thing you’d use to peel vegetables? Just slowly make ribbons with that! You don’t need anything fancy, it might just take a little longer. Another option is just cutting up the zucchini and serving it as a side. 

The zoodles are served raw, so this is the end of step one. What what!! I loove the crunch of raw zoodles, plus the warmth of the shrimp heats them a bit.

Now, chop your garlic. When you do this, use the side of your knife to press the garlic down. Then chop. Press it down again, then chop. Kind of smushing it and releasing the flavor. Whisk together the coconut oil, garlic, and salt and set aside. 

Grill the shrimp. I ended up using a grill pan, but you can totally throw these babies on a skewer and pop them on the grill. While they’re cooking, brush with the oil mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes, over medium heat, then flip. Brush the flipped side with oil mixture and cook for another 3 minutes. 

Place the shrimp on top of the zoodles. Drizzle the remaining oil mixture on top. 

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Coconut Garlic Shrimp with Zoodles

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 2 zucchini, spiralized Blade A

Instructions

  1. Spiralize your zucchini and place them in serving bowls. Set aside.
  2. Chop the garlic, using the side of your knife to press the garlic down in between chopping. Then chop. Press it down again, then chop.
  3. Whisk together the coconut oil, garlic, and salt and set aside.
  4. Grill the shrimp either on a grill pan over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Brush oil mixture on top, and flip. Brush the flipped side with oil mixture and cook for another 3 minutes, or until the shrimp is pink.*
  5. Place the shrimp on top of the zoodles. Drizzle the remaining oil mixture on top.


Notes

  • If you like less salt, use 1/8 t. sea salt or less.
  • Serves 2 – 4.
  • *Shrimp may cook faster on a grill. Maybe 2 minutes on each side.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2

I’m totally obsessed with this dish!! And, apparently so is this little munchkin who ate a no salt, cheesier version (my toddler not so much)!! Babies, chubby cheeks, zoodles, and their little pincer grasps are a magical combination. Enjoy!! xo

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