Bacon Shrimp with Fancy Couscous and Chard

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The plan was for me to make polenta. I never have before. Well, I have bought the log, and pan fried or baked the already solid polenta, but I've never made the creamy type. And I was finally ready. Ready and excited. Then, I opened the package. And there were bugs. So, polenta went in the trash and couscous saved the day. Thanks for being bug free couscous!

We had nice, fancy and overpriced bacon for breakfast. With four slices left over, I decided to add this bacon to my jumbo shrimp. And it was delicious. On the side I also made red chard with some left over butter beans, in wine. Now I prefer my chard with balsamic vinegar, but the husband is not the biggest fan, so I tried the wine deal. I didn't care for it. But he really liked it. How we ever get along, I do not know.

Bacon Shrimp
Serves up to 4
1 lb of jumbo shrimp, shells on
4 slices of thick bacon (already cooked), chopped
2 garlic cloved, chopped
1 small shallot, chopped fine
handful of parsley
juice of half a lemon
1 tbs of butter
olive oil
salt and pepper

1) Heat pan, add butter and olive oil. Cook shallot and garlic for a couple of minutes. Add bacon.
2) Add shrimp and more olive oil if needed. Season and cook until shrimp are pink.
3) Squeeze lemon, add parsley and serve.

Couscous with Sundried Tomatoes and Herbs
1 cup of whole wheat couscous, cook according to directions on package
Add chopped sundried tomatoes, however many you like
Once couscous is done, add a handful of herbs, I used parsley and basil. Fluff with fork. Eat.

Red Chard and Beans, in Red Wine
Serves 3 to 4
1 bunch of red chard, trimmed and chopped
1/2 can of butter beans
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 garlic cloved, chopped
2 tbsps of red wine
olive oil
salt and pepper

1) Heat olive oil in pan. Add shallot and garlic, cook for a few minutes. Add beans. Cook for a few more minutes and add the stalks of the chard.
2) After cooking the stalks for 3 or so minutes, add the chard leaves, season, add wine, and cover and simmer for 7 or some minutes, stirring occasionally.
3) Uncover, cook for a minute or so, and serve.

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