Mojito Shrimp with Coconut Rice

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Mojito Shrimp with coconut rice

[This Mojito Shrimp with Coconut Rice has all the classic mojito flavors in a healthy and fresh dinner form!]

The last time I had a proper drink was February 14, 2013. 

I’d already been sick for almost a year at that point, and had pretty much given up alcohol. But we went out to eat at a nice restaurant for Valentine’s Day and I thought, “what the hell I’m having a glass of wine.” ONE glass of wine and the beating my body took for it the next day was enough to permanently keep me away for the past three years.  

Aside: I’m not anti-alcohol and there are actually some health benefits associated with moderate alcohol consumption (if you’re in good health), particularly red wine. I’ve made some alcohol-optional drink recipes for the blog and I’ve definitely incorporated wine into my styling and photos (and hopefully one day back into my real life!)

Mojito Shrimp with coconut rice

As I slowly crawled out of the hole I was in with my health I was able to cook with a little bit of alcohol here and there. But for someone who was (in a former life) reallly comfortable with a drink in her hand, giving up booze wasn’t all that easy.

Today I’m perfectly content with skipping the alcohol. But I’d be lying if I said I don’t occasionally miss red wine, mojitos, and margaritas.

Mojito Shrimp with coconut rice

I LOVE a good mojito. Especially when the weather starts warming up.

To me, there’s nothing quite as refreshing and crisp as the combination of lime and mint. Since I’m not quite at the point where I can enjoy a worry-free mojito straight up, I thought I’d recreate those flavors on a plate.

Enter MOJITO SHRIMP– a hugely successful edible experiment. 

Mojito Shrimp with coconut rice

There is a little bit of rum hiding in there, because I seem to do alright at this point eating foods cooked with a small amount of alcohol. But you can always leave it out if you prefer. 

And even though this recipe is pretty simple, it may be one of my favorites that I’ve created for the blog! You just have to mix up a quick marinade and let the shrimp hang out for a few minutes while you prepare everything else–including this super tasty coconut rice which I’m currently obsessing over. It’s just rice, but instead of using water as the cooking liquid it gets simmered away in silky coconut milk.

It’s what fluffy, dinnertime dreams are made of! 

Mojito Shrimp with coconut rice

The shrimp has the perfect bite from the lime and rum, which is balanced with sweet coconut sugar and honey. And at the last moment it all dances around with some fresh mint leaves. You reduce the marinade down to a sticky sauce, which that dreamy, coconut perfumed rice is happy to soak up. 

Of course, you can’t do dinner (or any meal for that matter) without a veggie friend. And these flavors really just asked for something simple and clean. So cucumber was the perfect solution! 

I sent a cucumber through the straight blade of the spiralizer to get these delicate ribbons. It’s my new favorite way to eat cucumbers! If you don’t have a spiralizer you can just thinly slice or shave with a vegetable peeler.

Then just nestle some oranges slices on in. And you’re good to go!

Mojito Shrimp with coconut rice


PS- If you make this recipe, tag me on Instagram or Facebook! Seeing those recreations makes my day! 

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