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$8 Dinner: Cumin-Spiked Shrimp with Summer Bean Salad

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Susannah Locketti: This dish required some creativity to keep it under $10, and the result is a fresh and flavorful summer dinner your family and friends will love. You can serve this for an outdoor dinner, bring it to a summer potluck or even pack it up for a day at the beach. Not to mention, this is a super-healthy combo guaranteed to fill you up guilt-free!

Cumin Spiked Shrimp with Summer Bean Salad

Cumin-Spiked Shrimp with Summer Bean Salad
Recipe courtesy Susannah Locketti
Serves 4-6

15.5 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small container grape tomatoes, halved
Corn kernels cut from two ears of fresh corn
1/2 cup sliced scallions
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice and zest from 1/2 lime
8 oz. jumbo shrimp, shelled, deveined and halved down the middle
Ground cumin or any other Mexican seasoning
Salt and pepper
Olive oil cooking spray

In a large bowl, combine black beans, tomatoes, corn, scallions, garlic, olive oil, lime juice and salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly. Set aside while you season the shrimp with Mexican seasonings, salt and pepper. Coat a grill pan or sauté pan with cooking spray and quickly cook shrimp about two minutes (until it's salmon-colored). Place black bean salad in a pretty serving dish and top with the cooked shrimp. Garnish with additional slices of scallions.

Susannah's Time- & Money-Saving Sense:

  • The summer bean salad requires no cooking, which saves a ton of time. I've also used seasonal ingredients, which saves you money.
  • I managed to buy shrimp for about $6 per pound. I only used half a pound, but sliced the shrimp down the middle to double the appearance of the shrimp in the dish. Shrimp also cooks up in a matter of minutes.
  • The black beans in the summer salad keep the protein in the dish up, at a more affordable price than the shrimp; plus, they add color and fiber. I love to combine an expensive protein with a more cost-effective protein to keep my recipes affordable yet indulgent.
  • Having a well-stocked pantry kept the price of this dish down. Always have olive oil, garlic and assorted seasonings on hand, because they will be used constantly in dinners. Buy the olive oil in bulk to save even more money.

Pantry +'s:

  • Serve this over whole grain or white rice if you have it on hand.
  • Any other summer veggie will work well in the bean salad. Feel free to use up whatever you have in the crisper. (Just dice them up small.) Red onion would work really well here.
  • Diced avocado would be amazing in this!
  • Cider vinegar will make an adequate substitute for the lime juice. Use 2 tablespoons.

Cost Breakdown:
Black beans -- $ .67 (on sale)
Tomatoes -- $2.50 (on sale)
Corn -- $ .50 (on sale)
Scallions -- $ .79
Garlic -- Free (on hand)
Olive oil -- Free (on hand)
Lime -- $ .67
Shrimp -- $3.00 (on sale)
Seasonings -- Free (on hand)

Total Cost: $8.13

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