Shrimp Scampi over Cauliflower Rice

One thing I love about being young is that I keep learning new things. Now I know that we will consistently learn new things throughout our life, but the younger you are generally you are more open to new ideas and can absorb them quicker. And I'm not just talking about education (although that is something I am huge into). I am mostly referring to life lessons.

Over the summer I attended a conference; I met numerous great people, gained a lot of insight to the industry, and, most importantly, learned the value of accountability. It was a small part of one of the many presentations over the 3 days, but it really struck a chord with me.

Be accountable for your actions. At home, at work, in relationships, with school work... whatever it is, YOU DO have control over at least some part of the situation. Think about it:
- You have the choice to turn off the television and do 100 jumping jacks, 20 push ups, 50 sit ups, and 30 squats.
- You have the choice to pick up the bag of baby carrots over the bag of chips (which totally cost the same price, BTW) at the grocery store.
- So what if that's not your "job duty"? You know how to do it, it will help your assigned duties, benefit your company, and maybe get you that raise you've wanted.
- That big fight last night was over something silly that you decided to push because you had a bad day. Admit it. Apologize. And make up (Common, who doesn't like that part! But you gotta do the first two steps first)
- I could go on, but I'm thinking you get my point...

Summary: Every situation is what you make of it. Perception is reality. If you don't like how something is, do something about it! Once you get the hang of it you will see your stress levels decrese, your energy increase, your mood elevate, everyone elses mood elevate (happy people generally propagate more happy people)... as far as I can see, becoming accountable has nothing but endless benefits!!

As does this following recipe :) Nutrient, vitamin, mineral, antioxidant packed spinach, shrimp, and cauliflower in a super simple weeknight dinner!

Shrimp Scampi over Cauliflower Rice

The Food
SHRIMP SCAMPI (for 1 person)
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 4-6oz shrimp, raw, peeled 
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1/4 tsp Salt

CAULIFLOWER RICE (makes about 4 servings)
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 cup chicken broth

The Prep
Cut the cauliflower into small florets

The Method
Cook cauliflower in chicken broth in pot over medium-high heat until soft, about 10 minutes
Process cauliflower in food processor until crumbly, resembling rice
Mix spinach, shrimp, garlic, olive oil, oregano, and salt in a microwave safe bowl
Cover and cook in microwave for 1 minute
Cover and cook another minute (may need more time if shrimp are larger; I used medium sized shrimp)
Serve spinach and shrimp over 1 serving of cauliflower rice.

Enjoy :)

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