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Simple Truth Lemon Shrimp

Hey, y’all!

I hope that your New Year is off to a great start. January 1st marks a change in the lives of many, myself included. I promote food positivity, not diet culture; that’s why I am so tickled to be partnering with Kroger on their Simple Truth line.Processed with Focos Processed with VSCO with e6 presetKroger simply wants to help people live their best lives in 2019; with so many diet fads focusing on what you should eat less of, Kroger is focusing on the items to eat more of. That’s a mission that I can get behind!

In your local community, Kroger is your one-stop shop for quality, healthy food. When shopping, look for the Simple Truth label. Located all throughout the store, Simple Truth foods are free from 101+ artificial preservatives and ingredients! Thus, there is no worry as to how the food was raised, processed, and/or acquired. That, to me, means everything.

For today’s recipe, I decided to work with the Simple Truth Raw Shrimp (both peeled and deveined). Shrimp is, simply put, my favorite meat. It’s versatile and flexible – two qualities that I very much appreciate in food.Processed with Focos Processed with VSCO with e3 preset

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Processed with Focos Processed with VSCO with e6 presetI developed an easy, foolproof shrimp recipe that can be used in a multitude of ways. Eat them as described and simply dip them in cocktail sauce; if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, use them in salad, tacos, pasta, or soup! How easy is that?

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Lemon Shrimp

Ingredients:

1 Bag Simple Truth Raw Shrimp, Peeled & Deveined

3 lemons, juiced

1 tsp. lemon zest

¼ c. olive oil

1 tsp. Italian Seasoning

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. chopped parsley

Salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Follow instructions, as provided, for the shrimp.
  2. In a large bowl, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt; mix well.
  3. Add shrimp to the marinade, stir well, and cover with cling wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Over medium-high heat, add shrimp and marinade into a large skillet. Preparation time depends on size, though typically is around 2 minutes per side (4 minutes total). Shrimp, when done, are pink and have an opaque, white flesh.
  5. Garnish with finely chopped parsley and serve!

I believe that there is power in food. It sustains us, and most importantly, it brings us together. That’s my culinary truth – and the Simple Truth line at Kroger is perpetuating that notion. For that, I thank them.

Also, be sure to check out the Simple Truth Digital Coupon Event on the Kroger app – there are so many savings to be had! The event ends on February 5th, 2019.

Tell me – what’s your favorite way to eat shrimp? I think I’m going to use these in a salad for lunch and inside a burrito for dinner. Yum!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a commissioned post; however, all opinions are my own.

 

 

First Anniversary Party!

Hey, y’all!

I am SO proud to say that, alongside forty friends and family members, I celebrated my one year anniversary here on www.jcpeats.com. To say that it has been a journey, a rollercoaster, and an interesting ride would be a hyperbolic understatement.

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However, I’m not afraid of a walk on the wild side.

JCP Eats, as many of you know, started out of eating disorder recovery. It was a private Instagram account that I used to post photos of my food; this, in effect, was changing the way in which I looked at food.

Food photography became just that — photography. A form of art. It no longer represented a struggle on a plate; it was a subject — one that I eventually found to be both beautiful and therapeutic.

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That Instagram page became this online community. Fast forward one year and SO much has happened. My passion became my job – and for that, I will always be grateful. I owe that to each of you. Those of you that read, like, comment, and share my posts — it’s all because of you. Thank you, for the bottom of my heart, for making one of my dreams come true.

In true JCP fashion, I couldn’t let the momentous event pass without a proper party. For that, I have several people to thank.

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To my friends at Kroger: thank you for being the corporate sponsor of the event.

To my friends at Taziki’s: thank you for catering the fabulous food. It was a hit!

Side note: Lisa and Jeff at Taziki’s make catering an event SO easy. I simply emailed my order and Lisa arrived (early, might I add!) with a smile and all of the goodies. She set everything up beautifully and ensured that food/setup would not be something that I had to worry about. I can’t recommend them enough!

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To my friends at Yes Louisville/Yes Working: thank you for the event space and for helping me orchestrate it all.

To Mr. Lemaster, my bestie’s Dad: thank you for being the DJ and for keeping the party going!

To Becky: thank you for being a fabulous bartender!

To Jude: thank you for all you did the day of!

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And to each of my friends and family members that showed up to shower me with love: thank you. I owe so much of this to y’all.

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In the coming year, I hope to take y’all around the world with me, around the US, and most importantly, around more of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I want to explore new regions, new cuisines, and new restaurants with you. I want to continue chasing this dream – and I hope y’all will stay along for the ride.

Cheers!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, all opinions are my own.

 

The Best Chicken Noodle Soup

Hey, y’all!

The leaves are colorful, the days are shorter, and the it’s getting colder outside. In my world, that means that it is soup season!

Soup, to me, is nostalgic. It reminds me of childhood. It is comforting, it is filling, and it is reminiscent. Now, as an adult, it’s still all of those things; however, most importantly, it is delicious!

Chicken Noodle Soup is one of my favorites. It’s a classic; however, classics, to me, have to be held to the highest of standards. Time-honored dishes truly epitomize my style of cooking and my philosophy on food: you need not have a large quantity of ingredients, you need not have a difficult recipe to execute. What do you need, however, are good, quality ingredients – ones that stand on their own and ones that compliment one another. Cooking, to me, is an act of symbiosis.

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I’m so excited to be teaming up with my friends at Kroger to share my Chicken Noodle Soup recipe with y’all. From my dutch oven pot to yours – enjoy!

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Simple Truth® Rotisserie Chicken (I prefer to just use the white meat)
  • 1 bag Kroger Wide Egg Noodles
  • 1.5 Vidalia onions, diced
  • 4 large carrots, julienned
  • 3 large stalks of celery, diced
  • 2-2.5 Simple Truth® Organic Free Range Chicken Broth (32 oz. each)
  • 2.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • Salt, heavy and to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • In a large dutch oven pot, sauté onions in olive oil until tender.
  • Add garlic to the onions and allow to cook for an additional 90 seconds.
  • Combine the julienned carrots and diced celery with the onions and garlic; allow to cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add Simple Truth® Organic Free Range Chicken Broth, stir well, and bring it to a boil. Post-boil, add the bay leaves and fresh thyme.
  • Reduce heat, allow ingredients to simmer for roughly 15-20 minutes.
  • Add Kroger Wide Egg Noodles, allowing to cook through until tender.
  • Combine pulled Simple Truth® Rotisserie Chicken into soup, stir thoroughly.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove bay leaves.
  • Serve each bowl of soup with lemon; add right before consumed. The more, in my opinion, the better!

All of the above ingredients were purchased at my local Kroger in Louisville. If you are in Kentucky or an area with a Kroger, it is your one-stop shop – which is my kind of shopping, y’all!

Tell me – what’s your favorite soup this time of year? I just might make it!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; all opinions, however, are my own.

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