Summer seems to be in full force, at least when it comes to what’s on our plates! The smell of barbecue is ever-present, and tasty, fresh foods are showing up in our farmers markets and supermarkets. Personally, I am delighted to see organic sweet corn again! I LOVE fresh corn. And to be honest, most (non-GMO) corn products! Since I have recognized a gluten sensitivity, corn has become even more prominent in my diet. I am always careful to select non-GMO or organic corn products, and avoid high fructose corn syrup. Americans have an over-dependence on corn products (watch the documentary King Corn!!!) but that doesn’t make sweet corn any less delicious!
Last night I had a strong craving for seafood and I wanted to use some of my sweet corn so I whipped up these Cajun shrimp tacos with fresh corn salsa! They were SO good!
Chipotle Pink Rice
-3/4 cup coral rice
-1 tsp chipotle powder
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a small pot. Add vanilla extract and rice, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. In 25 minutes, check texture of rice by chewing a few grains. Rice should not be crunchy or too soft (mushy). If still too crunchy, cook on low for a few more minutes and check again. When rice is cooked, stir in chipotle powder.
-peeled, deveined medium/small shrimp – 1 lb
-1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
-1 tablespoon butter
Warm butter in a skillet or wok over medium/low heat. Toss shrimp in Cajun seasoning. Sauté shrimp stirring frequently just until opaque throughout.
Sweet Corn Salsa
-1 small yellow onion
-1/2 red pepper
-1 large handful sungold cherry tomatoes
-1 cob freshly cooked sweet corn
Cook corn by boiling for 5-10 minutes, set aside to cool. Chop all other ingredients into a fine dice. Remove corn from cob with a knife, combine all ingredients.
-1 1/2 ripe avocados
– 1 large handful fresh cilantro
– 1/2 lime
Finely mince cilantro, combine with avocados, and juice of 1/2 lime. Mash together until smooth.
Combine all above ingredients with lettuce and shredded pepper jack cheese in a warm corn tortilla. Enjoy!