THEY'RE BITE-SIZED 4 U, BAE <3

When we think of Valentines Day we tend to think of extravagant candlelit steak dinners and expensive wines. If you're an Average Joe (or Jane), surf and turf can be pretty expensive. Luckily, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy your own version at home! Whether you're celebrating Valentines Day this weekend or on Monday, single or taken, with bae or your baddies, in the house or out, let's make sure there's some snackage involved. With this recipe I'm serving up a bite-sized version of surf and turf: Thai-inspired meatballs and coconut fried shrimp (licks lips). These two recipes will take you less than 45 minutes to whip up and only a couple of minutes to scarf down. Enjoy!

Get this recipe below.

 

Cost: Less than $15.

Time: 45 minutes.

Healthy? Kinda. Paleo friendly!

Ingredients:

Meatballs

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 pound 85/15 ground beef (or any ground protein of your choosing)
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or agave)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1 dash of pepper

Coconut Fried Shrimp

  • 12 jumbo shrimp
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened (dry) coconut flake
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup high-heat oil

Instructions:

Coconut Fried Shrimp

  1. In a large colander, let the shrimp defrost. If you're pressed for time, rinse them with cold water. If they're not peeled, tailed, and de-veined, remember to do so yourself!
  2. Heat oil in a medium frying pan on medium-high (sunflower, safflower, or avocado oil, olive oil will burn)
  3. Make 2 bowls: one with egg yolks, one with coconut flake, garlic powder, and paprika
  4. Dip each shrimp in egg, then coconut flake mixture and drop them in the frying pan
  5. Fry 3-5 minutes each side, being careful not to burn them. Helps to have your lover or gal pal on an assembly line so you can get the shrimp in the pan ASAP!
  6. Let them dry on a wire drying rack or paper towel to absorb any excess oil!
  7. Serve with chili sauce, sriracha, or peanut sauce!

Thai Meatballs

  1. Preheat your oven to 375.
  2. In a large bowl, dump the ground beef (or any ground meat of your choosing!)
  3. Chop up the cilantro and the green onion, making sure to get rid of the stems!
  4. In the same bowl, mash up the ground beef, cilantro, green onions, and the rest of the ingredients together with a fork. 
  5. Spoon into 12 meat balls in a greased iron skillet or pan.
  6. Cook for 25 minutes.
  7. Serve with Thai peanut sauce, chili, or hoisin sauce!

THE SHRIMP.

 Most shrimp that you get at the store was frozen at some point, so frozen works just fine.

Most shrimp that you get at the store was frozen at some point, so frozen works just fine.

 Having everything close to your stove top will make the frying process easier and a bit less messy :)

Having everything close to your stove top will make the frying process easier and a bit less messy :)

 Let the shrimp get perfect golden brown on both sides&nbsp;

Let the shrimp get perfect golden brown on both sides 

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Warning: They're gonna go fast.

THE MEATBALLS.

 Cilantro and green onion are common in Thai dishes. You can omit the cilantro if that's not your steez.

Cilantro and green onion are common in Thai dishes. You can omit the cilantro if that's not your steez.

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 This OG  Lodge Cast Iron  is wonderful. There's nothing you can't make in it.

This OG Lodge Cast Iron is wonderful. There's nothing you can't make in it.

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 This Mae Ploy sweet chilli sauce goes well in and on everything...

This Mae Ploy sweet chilli sauce goes well in and on everything...

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 If you're spending V-Day inside you can munch on these all day long...

If you're spending V-Day inside you can munch on these all day long...

 That is until they're gone.

That is until they're gone.

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