Thursday, February 17, 2011

Flashback Friday ~Butterflies and a Tropical Taco

I'm flashing back to early December when we took a trip up to Seattle to see the Harry Potter Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. They didn't allow photos to be taken at the exhibit, but while we were at the Science Center I made a point of us visiting the great butterfly exhibit they have there. Besides the butterflies its also a great place to pretend for a few minutes that your visiting some warm tropical locale...not a bad thing to be able to pretend on a Seattle winter day!

The place smells great too. Could have been the gardenias!

There are so many of these cuties flying around.

Or resting on lily pads

The hibiscus really adds to that tropical illusion

If Harry Potter hadn't been calling I would have stayed at least a little longer watching these beauties flutter by.

So carrying on the tropical theme I recently made some really fresh & *hot* but tasty shrimp tacos. Now..I know..if you are like me when you say fish or shrimp and taco in the same sentence it just makes you kind of shudder. Somehow it just doesn't sound right.

But I have really been on a healthy eating kick lately and I've been craving lighter foods. So I decided to go outside my comfort zone a little bit and give these a try. I kicked it up with some Chipotle peppers and the whole combination really won me over to the dark taco side :-) They were super quick and I really just kind of winged it after looking at a few similar recipes.

Shrimp Tacos
Serves 1

12 medium shrimp
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning or salt/pepper to season
2 tsp olive oil or spray to coat skillet
shredded lettuce or coleslaw mix
1 small tomato, chopped
2 radishes, sliced thin
green onions, chopped
3 corn tortillas

2 Tablespoons light sour cream
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
1-2 tsp lime juice
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped

Prepare sauce by mixing all ingredients. Can be made ahead and refrigerated. Heat skilled with 1 tsp of oil. Heat tortillas until begin to brown just a bit on each side. Put on serving dish and layer with lettuce or cole slaw mix, tomato, radishes & green onions. Season shrimp then saute in oil with chopped chipotle until shrimp is done. Divide shrimp between the tacos. Drizzle with sauce. Enjoy!

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Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
Flaunt Your Flowers at Tootsie Time
Inspiration Friday At the Picket Fence
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Leslie said...

I would love to smell the gardenia.. it looks beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend.
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Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Beautiful flowers and butterflies, Suzy!
That shrimp taco looks delicious! I would have to sub fish but the flavors sound so good!

LDH said...

Beautiful butterfly photos and delicious shrimp taco recipe!

Lisa said...

Beautiful photos! And your recipe looks delicious! I'm so hungry just looking at it!

A Garden of Threads said...

Beautiful butterflies, my favorite. The shrimp recipe looks very good. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Lavender Cottage said...

I enjoyed the photos of the flowers and butterflies and your tacos look yummy!

Foley said...

Suzy - those shrimp tacos look delicious!!
Love all the different butterflies and the gorgeous flowers, esp the hibiscus!

Kathleen said...

So nice to see those beautiful flowers and butterflies with all this snow on the ground!

The tacos look delicious! I have never made them with shrimp, good for Lent!

Kate said...

Shrimp tacos are wonderful! I am ready to pull up a chair...tasty!

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh yum! Shrimp tacos are one of my absolute favorite meals and this recipe looks delicious. Thanks so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday last week!

Tootsie said...

I am so sorry to be here tardy but here none the less!….thanks for linking in this post…I hope you will link in again soon!

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