Grilled Harissa Shrimp With Chickpea-Dill Tomato Sauce Comes Together In 30 Minutes
When you want to get dinner on the table in a hurry there's this delicious dish. Several of the ingredients should be in your pantry already — bonus! If frozen shrimp doesn't hold a permanent spot in your freezer, it's a worthy staple to have on hand as it defrosts quickly, is of equal quality to its fresh counterpart, cooks up in just minutes, and most everyone really enjoys them. Costco's seem to be the best value around.
You'll also love this recipe due to its versatility. The tomato sauce could easily support any protein, from tofu to rack of lamb. Not into dill? Use parsley, mint, basil, or cilantro (or d. all of the above) instead. No chickpeas? Omit them or substitute literally any other legume. Go to Italy or India with your flavor profile. There are many, many options here. Serve this alone or with a simple, lightly dressed salad and some steamed rice to make this stretch further for more people.
For quicker results, it's best to have one person on the sauce and one person on the shrimp. However, with a little organization, it's totally possible for one person to pull this off alone and within 30 minutes. If you don't have an outdoor grill, a stovetop grill pan will work wonderfully.
Grilled harissa shrimp with chickpea tomato sauce + Dill
- 1 tablespoon harissa paste (we used a powder spice blend the day we photographed because we couldn't find paste anywhere. Use a paste if you can find it; it's so much better)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice, about 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
- 2 pounds shrimp, shelled and deveined (whatever size you like)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium sweet onion, sliced thin
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed with side of knife
- 1 tablespoon dried onion or granulated onion
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced, fire-roasted tomatoes
- about 1/4 cup loosely packed dill leaves
- optional garnish: sliced scallion, feta crumbles, olive oil drizzle, toasted pine nuts, croutons
- In a large bowl, whisk together harissa, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate.
- Heat the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic, a pinch of kosher salt and let cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the dried onion and chili powder, stir to combine, and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add the chickpeas and tomatoes and stir to combine. Reduce heat to achieve a simmer. Let the tomato sauce simmer for about 15 minutes (while shrimp is grilling).
- Now throw those shrimp on a hot grill! Shrimp are cooked when flesh is opaque and pink. Cook time depends on the size of shrimp, but generally 2-3 minutes per side should do it.
- Spoon sauce onto a serving dish. Top it with grilled shrimp, and garnish with dill leaves and feta crumbles. Optionally, add a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle on toasted pine nuts and croutons.
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(Recipe and photos by Ashley Bare / Brit + Co)
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com