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The waning days of Winter bring a tumultuous transition to Spring. Wildly variable high and low temperatures have those of us in the Carolinas reaching for shorts one day and sweaters the next. In between all that outfit switching, some of us find ourselves getting a renewed desire for grilling. To be outdoors with nature after being cooped up (mostly) inside during the Winter. It just felt good to be outside again.
With temps in the upper 50’s and the sun shining it seemed like a great day to marinade and grill some food. Surveying the cabinets and refrigerator we were short a few ingredients. So, I headed off to the store.
I was looking for a replacement water filter. I thought it was down this aisle.
The Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ 10 piece set on the middle shelf, sitting on its end got my attention. It’s super clear construction was a standout.
The truth is all we had was a bunch of flimsy, leaky, cloudy looking, stained, storage containers. Some were even re-used from other food. Felt like it was time for an upgrade. So I grabbed the Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ 10 Piece Set
I made my way through the store rounding up the rest of the ingredients for our meal and headed home.
Unpacking the Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ 10 Piece Set
Checking the packaging a bit closer I was impressed to see that Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ is 100% Leak Proof. Guaranteed. And the storage containers are stain and odor resistant. Our meal of marinated shrimp and vegetables would be a good test of these new storage containers. The larger piece would be great to marinade the shrimp. And the smaller pieces could work if there were any leftovers.
Mixing up the shrimp marinade. Garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and fresh cilantro… can you smell it?
The vegetables for our marinaded and grilled balsamic vegetables… peppers, zucchini, squash, onion, and mushrooms, yummy!
Prepping the Shrimp
Shrimp get doused with cold water to help defrost them and remove the ice.
And after some additional prep, the shrimp meet up with their marinade in their new temporary home.
And all sealed up. I like the seal running all the way around the lid and the two locking tabs have a solid feel.
Off into the fridge. Yeah, it’s a little crazy in there but, our little fridge works hard. We cook at home a lot and it seems like we always have at least one thing balanced on something else. So, it’s important that our storage containers don’t leak odors or, liquid. And they should have strong sides. Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ seemed to fit the bill. The crystal clear sides make it clear what’s inside.
Getting the vegetables onto the grill and into a grilling basket to get them cooking down and “happy”/grilled.
About 30 minutes later, magic. The vegetables are cooked down and caramelized. They smell awesome. And, sneaking a taste (cooks privilege, right?) they are slightly charred. Yum.
The shrimp are on standby in their Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ container ready to go.
Into the grill basket with those shrimp! Around 15 minutes later…
Look at those shrimp. They are just about done, here. You know they have a built in doneness indicator, right? They are done when bright red.
Here’s how the whole meal laid out with the yellow rice as a side dish. It goes great with the shrimp and vegetables.
Look at that little bit of char on the shrimp, doesn’t it look yum?
After we finished eating we had some leftover rice and vegetables. No shrimp leftover, surprised? So, off the leftovers go into one of the other Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™containers from the set. Perfect!
The lid snapped on tightly as did the locking tabs. These containers just felt solid in your hand. The lid didn’t flex or bend like it does with our other containers.
Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ will fit right into our hard working, compact kitchen.
I gave a Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ 10 piece set to my friend Kristen Daukas over at Four Hens & A Rooster. She said, “What great timing since my daughter has commandeered all my other storage containers in the house to make homemade slime.”
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Cilantro Grilled Shrimp with Balsamic Vegetables
*For the shrimp marinade:*
- 1 - 2 bags of frozen raw shrimp. The bigger the size the better.
- 1/3 C cilantro
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1/3 c lime juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- zest of 1 lime
- 1/2 c olive oil
*For the vegetable marinade:*
- 2 small zucchini
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 purple onion
- 1 pkg sliced mushrooms
- 1 bell pepper any color
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/3 c chopped cilantro
- 1/3 c balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 c olive oil
- 2 Tbls lime juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
For the shrimp:
thaw the shrimp in a colander by running cold water
prep the shrimp removing tails & other shells
combine shrimp in a bowl with marinade and refrigerate for 1/2 hour
For the balsamic vegetables:
Coarsely chop all vegetables into large slices place in large bowl
In a separate bowl make the marinade with garlic, salt, pepper, vinegar and olive oil. Mix to combine.
Pour marinade into bowl with vegetables. Turn vegetables to coat.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
In a grill basket, grill the vegetables on medium heat on a gas or, charcoal grill (about 20 - 30 minutes). When vegetables are done transfer to a bowl and cover.
Grill the shrimp until done (about 10 - 15 minutes).