As the weeks roll on in this pregnancy, I can feel the urge to nest grow stronger and stronger. Unfortunately I don’t have as mush energy as I’d like to do all the things I want to do. There’s so many things I want to change in the house before the baby gets here, because I know I’ll have no time to do anything after the baby gets here. So I’ve been going through closets, cleaning them out. I’ve been going through old baby boy clothes and picking out what things I could possibly re-use. And I’ve been doing a ton of laundry and re-washing baby things that have been gathering dust over the years.
Since I’ve been so busy cleaning and organizing the house, I haven’t been spending as much time in the kitchen, so I try to make meals as quick, healthy and nutritious as possible. Using fresh local ingredients makes this so easy, and since I live in Florida, there’s an abundance of fresh seasonal produce this time of year.
Even though we’ve had our share of below average temperatures, the weather is still mild enough in the sunshine state to allow for wonderful fresh produce all through winter. Local produce is easy to find at our grocery stores, farmer’s markets and at restaurants, so it’s easy to buy and eat locally.
Eating fresh, seasonal items means things are fresher and tastier, the nutritional value is optimized, which is important for me now since I’m pregnant! And the best part about eating local is that it’s cheap!
To find the freshest foods, I just look for the Fresh From Florida logo to be sure that the produce I’m purchasing is local and fresh. You can not only find this logo in the price department, but in the seafood department and in your favorite local Florida restaurants as well.
So what’s in season right now? Lots of stuff! In January we have fresh:
For this recipe I used fresh Florida bell peppers and freshly squeezed orange juice. I found Florida Bell Peppers at amazing prices today at the grocery store. I just couldn’t pass them up. After I got home I found this great recipe for Florida Gulf Shrimp and Sweet Pepper Stir-Fry on the Fresh From Florida site. My whole family loved this recipe, and I loved how fast and easy it was.
You can head over to the Fresh From Florida site and view some amazing recipes that utilize fresh seasonal Florida produce and seafood. Be sure to check back often because they update the site with seasonal recipes. Or, next time you are dining out or shopping for groceries, look for the Fresh From Florida logo to make sure that your food selections are fresh, healthy and support your local community.
Yield: 4 Servings 1 pound Florida shrimp, peeled and deveined Lightly coat the shrimp with the cornstarch.
Florida Gulf Shrimp and Sweet Pepper Stir-Fry
3 Florida bell peppers, assorted colors, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon Florida honey
1 cup Florida orange juice
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
oil for cooking
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the preheated sauté pan.
Carefully add the coated shrimp to the sauté pan and cook until almost done, about 3 minutes.
Remove the shrimp from the pan and add the peppers and onions.
Cook the peppers for 4 minutes.
Add the honey, orange juice and soy sauce to the pan.
Turn the heat up slightly.
Bring the liquid ingredients up to a boil.
Turn the heat back down to medium-high and add the shrimp back to the sauté pan.
The sauce should thicken and the shrimp will be cooked after 3 minutes.
Serve over brown rice.
Garnish with sesame seeds.
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Yield: 4 Servings
1 pound Florida shrimp, peeled and deveined
Lightly coat the shrimp with the cornstarch.
The photo below is curtesy of Fresh From Florida.