So the dog’s been sick. I don’t know. He probably ate something ridiculously wretched at the Park. . .or in our house. Anyway, he’s not deathly ill. Just ill enough to leave glorious messes in the house at night while we sleep. . .And his flatulence is toxic. I’m certain. If it continues, I’m forcing the Husband to bring home an air-monitoring device. . .
When one of our dogs develops a minor stomach issue, we typically try to address it at home before heading to the Vet. They get a diet of rice cooked in broth, boneless/skinless chicken breast, fat-free plain yogurt and sometimes a Pepto Bismol. (Please note, this is based upon our Vet’s orders and ONLY if the dog is a little ill. If your dog is sick for the first time or violently ill, be smart, see your Vet. I’m not a trained pet professional).
Anyway, point is, I’ve been cooking up a LOT of rice. And since I’m cooking rice, I thought I could perhaps make a little extra and try out the following recipe. . .Shrimp Scampi with Spinach!
So we now appetizingly go from doggie diarrhea to Shrimp Scampi dinner! Excited aren’t you?
This is a recipe I found in a Real Simple magazine years ago. Of course, I made a few modifications. . .
1. I cooked the rice in chicken broth – because that’s what the dog wanted.
2. I omitted the wine – because duh I drank it all already.
3. More butter, people. More butter.
4. Fresh tarragon? Oops. That was left off the grocery list somehow? Screw it. I’m not sure I love tarragon anyway. Plus, I’d rather clean up more dog excrement than go to the grocery twice in one day.
5. AND since I felt as if I was potentially lacking in the flavor department, I added the tomatoes to the rice (after the rice was cooked). Sautéed the garlic, butter, and shrimp together in a skillet to try to get that good buttery garlic flavor more concentrated. Then I removed them from the pan and wilted the spinach separately in the same hot skillet.
6. I used only half a pound of shrimp (not the full pound mentioned in the recipe). And I used a very large bag of baby spinach. . .probably at least double the amount called for in the original recipe. We like our veggies.
7. Red pepper flakes anyone? We are a zippy bunch.
That is all. The longest part of this whole dinner was cooking the rice. We use the long grain brown kind and it takes a while to soften. Of course if you used an “instant rice,” you’d probably be done in 30 minutes tops.
Chris didn’t go WHOOOOOOAAAAAA-NEELLLLLIEEEEE like he does with some dinners, but he did help himself to seconds. And he thanked me for cooking dinner. . .So either he liked it or he was angling for a little extra somethin’ later. . .good thing there’s left overs!!