Shrimp Cream Croquettes for my Daughter

Croquettes in my family are made from potatoes, onions, ground beef, and cheese. It’s super yummy and one of my family’s favorite foods. This is good for bento box (lunch) too for my daughter when she was little.

After my daughter left for college, I seldom cook croquettes for a few reasons. It takes time to make croquettes because of many steps. My husband and I now try to eat less beef as well as deep fried food. We try to be healthier to reduce meat and oily food. However, we have a good excuse to eat croquettes once in a while when my daughter comes over for dinner.

Although I cook croquettes, I still try not to eat beef. So, I tried something new this time. I made shrimp cream croquettes and beef croquettes. For shrimp croquettes, I used chopped shrimp instead of ground beef. I added cream in mashed potatoes to make it softer and creamy. Shrimp cream croquettes are so good as much as beef croquettes.

I have no idea what my daughter cooks in her apartment but I am sure she doesn’t know the recipe for croquettes. She was happy to eat her favorite food and she liked shrimp cream croquettes too. I added green vegetables, natto (fermented soybeans), yellowtail sashimi with avocado, and more to make the meal healthier.

We had a dinner together just like when my daughter was a child. After dinner, I put some croquettes in a tapper ware so that she can take them to her apartment. It was a good dinner with my daughter and good shrimp cream croquettes. I found a small happiness thanks to croquettes.

コロッケは子供の頃からの大好物。母がよく手づくりで作ってくれたように私も娘が小さい頃はよく作ってました。学校や会社へのお弁当のおかずにも重宝しました。成人した娘が家を出てからは殆ど作らなくなったコロッケ。旦那も私も年のせいか最近はあまり牛肉や揚げ物を取らないようになりました。コロッケは作るのに時間も掛かるし美味しいけどやはり揚げ物なので。でもたまに娘が帰って来る時はコロッケを作る良い言い訳ができます。

今回は牛肉のコロッケだけでなくエビクリームコロッケも作ってみました。やはり牛肉はあまり食べたくないので。エビ、玉ねぎ、グリーンピースを炒めて彩りも鮮やか。潰したじゃがいもにはクリームを混ぜて柔らかくクリーミーに。牛肉のコロッケに負けないぐらい美味しいコロッケができました。コロッケ以外にグリーン野菜やハマチの刺身のアボカド和え、納豆などを添え健康的に。

娘が自分のアパートで何を作って食べているのか分からないけれどきっとコロッケの作り方は知らないはず。牛肉のコロッケもエビのコロッケも喜んで食べてくれました。娘が子供だった時のように家族で夕食を。夕食の後は、私の母がしてくれたように、娘にも残り物のコロッケと野菜をタッパに詰めて持たせました。自分のアパートでお腹が空いた時に食べれるように。成長した娘にたまにこうしてあげられる事も小さな幸せなんだと思います。

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