Date night in Steak Shrimp and Salad

Sitting here drinking a cup of tea after having banana pancakes my husband made. Which I was very thankful he did. The banana was the last one in the basket that is on the island right in front of me and I could smell it. That may not sound terrible but I sit at the island quite a bit and I do like bananas I just don’t want to smell it the entire time I am sitting here. I have offered him money to eat peaches before; for some reason I have a REAL aversion to peaches. The smell and taste are just plain terrible in my opinion.

One could say last nights dinner was sort of similar; though what I was using didn’t have a smell but what I made; except the lemon was the last one in the house and some were on their way out if I didn’t do something with them.

It was just my husband and I for dinner; which is pretty rare around here. I thought steak dinner; which I had some in the freezer. When I went to pull them out there was only one – OK that changes things a bit. Then I pivoted and thought we could split it as long as I had a few other things to go with. That’s pretty much how dinner went. I had a handful of frozen shrimp left in the freezer. A half shallot, one scallion and some not so fresh parsley leftover in the fridge. A lonely clove of garlic and the romaine was from last weeks shopping so it was on its last leg as well. You see what I am doing here.

Since the shrimp was already cooked and I didn’t want to make cocktail sauce I decided to take what I had on hand and make a quick marinade just to give it some love. I diced and sliced up what I had and while the steak was resting I tossed the shrimp into the marinade for a few minutes. Trying hard not to over cook it to a rubbery mess.

Since what I made from basically scraps from the fridge and freezer I thought I could serve it like a date night meal. It worked out perfectly and tasted great plus it looked cool! See what you can come up with and share it with me. Sorry not the best pictures I could have taken.

quick marinade

a quick marinade with what's on hand


  • 1 scallion diced
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced or finely chopped
  • 1 freshly grated ginger
  • 1 lemon zested and the juice
  • 1 extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 Kosher salt and black pepper


  • take what you have on hand and that you like; dice and slice. Taste what you have and adjust where needed then add some olive oil.
  • If using already cooked shrimp you are just going to let it sit in the marinade for like 2-3 minutes at most. You could heat up your marinade and add the shrimp just to barely warm it up.

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