When Louisa announced her vegetarian intentions to us over July 4th weekend, I asked just how far she planned to take this. Would she give up eggs and dairy? Nope, she would be a lacto-ovo vegetarian. My next question was would she eat seafood and fall into the pescatarian form of vegetarian? Her answer was definitively no. Hmm, that one is going to be rough on her since she likes sushi and sashimi and all kinds of cooked fish as well. I don’t think it will be difficult for her to give up shellfish, though, because that was never her favorite seafood, unlike her parents.
But, when you think about it, shellfish are these weird little sea creatures that aren’t terribly lovable (except on the dinner plate). If Louisa gave up meat because she loves animals, I doubt there’s any love lost in eating a shrimp. We will see if she changes her mind the next time we visit Chincoteague and she discovers how slim her dinner options will be. Would you like buttered pasta, Miss, or… buttered pasta?
That said, there’s no issue this week since she’s still away at her music program. And last night the three of us enjoyed grilled shrimp that I had marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, fresh thyme from my herb garden, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. So good!
I served the skewers on a bed of cooked couscous that was tossed with gently sautéed spinach (gentle in that it didn’t cook down to unrecognizable form), olive oil, red wine vinegar, a minced fresh garlic clove, two diced oil packed sun dried tomatoes, and diced parsley from my herb garden.
If Louisa were home, I know she would have enjoyed the couscous. Would she have compromised her food choices by “seeing” the shrimp as weird little sea creatures or as meat? I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks when she comes home.