We eat out too much! Eating out is so easy and oh so delicious and I love, love, love to do it. However, it eventually takes a toll on your waistline and your pocketbook. Tonight I decided to make a celebration dinner. “Celebrating what?” you ask? Celebrating the fact that we are home together with nothing to do on a Saturday night. That might not sound like something to celebrate but it doesn’t happen very often around here.
Dewey and I both LOVE seafood but we don’t eat it all that often. One reason is that Nicole is allergic and the other is that Evan won’t eat it. Our seafood consumption usually takes place at dim sum. Today I wasn’t sure what I wanted to cook but I knew I wanted it to be something that we don’t eat all the time (a celebration is supposed to be special, right?). When I headed to No Frills, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for. I wanted to see what looked good and what was on sale. I also wanted something that would be easy to prepare. While I wanted diner to be delicious, I did not have time to cook all day!
I thought about going with steaks but we have those quite often. Instead I bought a bag of crab legs and a bag of shrimp. To round out the dinner I bought ingredients for salad, baby potatoes, rolls and dessert.
Blackberry Goat Cheese Spinach Salad Recipe
To start out dinner, I made a blackberry goat cheese spinach salad. It was easy and delicious!
Blackberry Goat Cheese Spinach Salad
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1/4 cups pine nuts
- 8 blackberries
- 4 slices President's Choice herbed goat cheese or similar
- 1 tbsp Bottled balsamic glaze
- Divide baby spinach on to two salad plates.
- Roast pine nuts in a small skillet over medium high heat for 2 - 3 minutes or until the nuts are golden brown.
- Divide roasted pine nuts between the two salads.
- Place 4 blackberries and 2 slices of goat cheese on each salad.
- Drizzle with balsamic glaze and server.
For dinner we had Garlic Butter Shrimp and steamed crab legs. For the shrimp (see top pic), peel a 300 g bag of shrimp. Melt 1/4 cup of butter and add 3 garlic cloves minced. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink and opaque. We decided to skip making the potatoes (more room for shrimp!). We also really enjoyed dipping the rolls in the leftover garlic butter sauce from the shrimp.
For dessert I purchased a President’s Choice Dulce de Leche cheese cake. All together I spent just under $60 and there was quite a bit of food left over (part of the spinach, most of the pound of butter, most of the garlic, etc) so the actual meal cost quite a bit less than that. While only two of us ate tonight, there was definitely enough food for 4 people especially if you made the potatoes.
Dewey and I cracked open a bottle of wine, put on tunes and made dinner together. We had a great time and it ended up being one of our favorite meals in a long time.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Loblaw. All recipes, opinions and savings (woo hoo PC Points) are my own.
Want to hear more about my saving adventures at No Frills? Check out my post Dinner Party on a Dime with PC Plus Points and 7 Thrifty Tips for a Less Expensive Thanksgiving Feast.