Moving right along… Shrimp Ceviche night!

Let’s take a gastronomic trip to a place far from the cold and dreary Pacific NW. Yes, our winter started today, our 3 months of sunshine and dry weather is over. Ho hum. So let us venture south of the border or to the south Pacific with a simple healthy meal.
In the fridge I had two pounds of cold water shrimp harvested off the coast of Oregon.Sustainable? yes! Healthy? yes! Local? yes!

I already had some avocados, and frozen lime and lemon juice at home. So on the way home from work I stopped at my local produce place and got some vine-not-so-ripened-tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, Serrano chiles and garlic.

ingredients
The ingredients.

I’m a no nonsense type of cook. I don’t have any fancy gadgets, like a garlic peeler. My number one tool in the kitchen is my chef’s knife. (Yes, I need a larger cutting board.)

No nonsense cooking
Just the basics.

I chopped all of the veggies first, defrosted the lime and lemon ice cubes.

ingredients ready to be mixed
Ingredients before mixing.

Dumped them, along with the shrimp into the bowl, then mixed them up.

dump
Premixed ingredients.
mixed ingredients
Ingredients mixed, except for the avocado.

I sliced up the avocado halves vertically and horizontally using my chef’s knife. I could’ve used a smaller knife, but I didn’t want to get it dirty. I used a silicon spatula to scoop out the avocado pieces into the bowl and to gently stir the ingredients together.

Shrimp ceviche
Shrimp ceviche served with tortilla chips.

I like to serve ceviche with tortilla chips, the crunch and added salt make a great pairing. You can make this into a south Pacific variety by adding seaweed and a drizzle of sesame oil.

Ingredients:
2 lbs small shrimp
2 tomatoes
1 bunch cilantro
1/2 red onion
2 serrano chiles
3 cloves of garlic
Juice of 2 limes and 2 lemons
salt and pepper to taste

Once items are chopped, mix together, taste, mix one more time, then marinade in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. The longer the ceviche marinades, the more the flavors of the ingredients come together. Enjoy on a salad, on a tortilla chip or alone in a bowl.

Day 1 – lunch – preparations for a colonoscopy continue…

Low fiber lunch.
Last meal until tomorrow night.

 

I slurp the cooling soup as I try to take my time eating my last meal of solid food until tomorrow night. The soup, a mix of the grits from this morning, which are now a solid polenta, some boxed organic chicken broth, bay shrimp from Oregon and a bit of spices, doesn’t taste so bad.

Low fiber doesn’t have to be bland – hospitals listen up! I added some flair to my soup with some dehydrated onions and ground garlic, which I hope isn’t against the rules of “no fresh fruit or vegetables.”

I’m a bit worried though, this slow eating has put me past the 12:30pm point where I’m only supposed to consume liquids until 10:30 am tomorrow.

Ok, last bite of soup, time check 12:50 pm. I roll the savory soup around my mouth, my teeth bite down on the crunchy texture of the shrimp, the soft consistency of the pita bread and my tongue plays with the sticky, clumpy-ness of the polenta. I will remember this moment as I journey through a liquid fast. I will remember this moment while sitting on the toilet later today after I start the next phase of this preparation.

Day 1 – morning – The preparations begin

Breakfast
Low fiber breakfast cereal – grits.

 

“I’ll make grits this morning.” I thought to myself before getting out of bed. The directions said to have a “low fiber breakfast” and under cereal it said “rice or corn.” I knew I had a bag of coarsely ground corn meal that I bought to make polenta about a year ago, so why not take this opportunity to use up some of that stuff that gets forgotten in the cupboard.

Protein drink
Protein drink…

 

There were other “low fiber options” on one of the instruction sheets I was given for the preparation; eggs, tofu, milk products, protein drinks, and soup. “Meat and fish are ok to have” the instructions included. I decided to have a protein drink as well. Pumpkin protein and orange juice, even though orange juice wasn’t specifically mentioned. Or does it go under the “No seeds, nuts, bran, oats, wheat, fresh vegetables, fruit or salad?” Oops, I think I should not have had my type of protein drink. Perhaps they were thinking of that stuff called Ensure or something like that.

Low fiber breakfast

My version of a low fiber breakfast.

 

 

Well, breakfast wasn’t so bad. I was able to have coffee, so I’m happy. Lunch will look similar to breakfast. I have some leftover grits that I will eat with some chicken stock and perhaps I’ll throw in some small shrimp for the “meat.” I’ll have to eat this before 12:30 pm, since after this time I’m told to only have clear liquids.

I’m afraid of what is to come later today. Luckily, I had my morning constitutional despite the low fiber breakfast. I hope that will make tonight a little easier.