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I've been craving shrimp tacos, but you can't find them around here for less than $4 a piece and half the time they aren't that great. And between work, school and writing, I need something fast I can fix at night or pop into the crockpot in the morning. This one I made up as I went along and it was super easy and fast. I thought I would share.

Shrimp Tacos
2 lbs of small shrimp (frozen or fresh)
3 limes
1 tsp minced garlic (you can use powdered too)
1 onion
Salt and pepper
1 tbls of butter (or use Pam)
1 tsp of Cajun spice (if you want some kick)

Rinse small shrimp (if frozen, let it defrost in a collendar in the sink) with cold water and make sure it's been deveined. Melt butter and minced garlic on a low temp in a large frying pan. Once melted, raise the temp to medium heat and add onions. As they begin to become clear, add drained and blotted (w/ paper towel) shrimp to frying pan and add lime juice from the three limes. Add salt and pepper. I threw in a tsp of cajun spice for a little kick. It only takes four minutes or so to cook shrimp so chop tomato, lettuce (or whatever you like on your tacos) while they heat. When shrimp turn pink they are done. We use soft corn tortillas and heat them up in the microwave. Load up your tacos, squeeze a little more lime juice on, and you're set.

I added a can of no-fat refried beans as a side. To make those taste like homemade… Heat beans in a saucepan with a tsp of powdered garlic, pepper, cajun spice and some salt (to taste).

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About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

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