For years, my dad has complained that dentists/orthodontists are the worst. He says that even when you go in for something as simple as a cleaning, they always find something wrong with your mouth.
"Ooooh I found a smaaaall black spot. It could be a food particle, or worse, A CAVITY! I must fill in this cavity RIGHT NOW, or there will be out-of-control pus monsters dancing on your tongue in no time!! Your choice, though...Hey, guess what, I could add this shield paste thingy to your teeth and it'll protect it against cavities! But in a few years you'll have to get it re-coated when it wears off. The reason it will wear off is because you will have eaten part of it. But don't worry, I have a procedure to cure that too!"
Lately, I have come to agree with my dad. I just want tooth doctors to leave my mouth alone.
Sadly, this is easier said than done. A few weeks ago, I went to the dentist to fill 2 cavities, and he said I should get my wisdom teeth out. They were partially out, not bothering me, and I wasn't in any pain. Still, he said I should get them out because if the root of the tooth touches the nerve blah blah then I could be in pain. I got all 4 wisdom teeth taken out over a week ago, and the last 9 days have been miserable. No cooking, no eating real foods, difficulty talking and laughing...all my favorite things, put on hold. What did I do while I was restricted from 98% of foods? I looked at food blogs, updated my "EAT" board on pinterest, and watched the Food Network. Not being able to eat non mushy, non-smoothie, non-soup foods was torture. I'm still not totally back to normal, but I've been sneaking in some solids here and there.
Yesterday, we went to a cooking expo in the suburbs and I picked up a few things, including the cajun spice rub featured in this recipe. It's a flavorful blend of onion and garlic powders, salt, sugar, nutmeg, paprika, turmeric, and some other spices. You could probably make a similar mix yourself, but I happened to try some delicious shrimp and chicken marinated in this pre-made stuff, so I bought it. The recipe here is one of the simplest I've made and took sooo little time start to finish. There's almost no chopping involved, and the shrimp absorbs the spices and cooks quickly. You can also use this rub on fish, chicken, steak, or pork. It has an intense flavor, so a little marination is all it takes for big flavor.
- 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning mix (I used the Mangia brand, available here)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 12-15 jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
- 1 cup firm tofu, cut into small cubes
- Flour tortillas
- Fire roasted tomato salsa (or any other salsa you have on hand)
- Fat-free sour cream
- Fresh lemon juice
Combine the seasoning with 1 tbsp olive oil, toss in the shrimp and tofu, and marinate for 15 minutes. Heat remaining oil in a skillet and cook shrimp/tofu mix until shrimp are no longer pink and tofu is lightly seared. Check the seasoning and add more salt if needed. Roughly chop the shrimp/tofu and place on a flour tortilla. Spoon a little salsa and sour cream on the filling, then top with arugula and finish with a squeeze of lemon.