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Friday, March 31, 2017

Firecracker Shrimp

Some like it hot! These little shrimp bites are something to tell about. A little fire and a little sweet. That tender chewiness of shrimp and savory enough to keep you coming back for more. And that's okay, because these little devils are super low calorie too.  In fitting with this month's theme for the Diner News, they have a slimming secret or two. Full of flavor, but no added fat. Sweet but no sugar. Spicy to make you happy and rev up your metabolism.

I like to add easy too. I start with cleaned, pre-cooked shrimp. No fail and no hunting for little veins. The tails are attached. I happen to love that. It makes me slow down to eat them and really consciously enjoy my meal. That is a slimming secret too. I have so many of them, you really think I would have become so skinny that I could just blow away. Alas, no. I will always need to be ever mindful in my eating. If you are the same, then this issue is for you!

Firecracker Shrimp

12 oz frozen cooked shrimp
3 tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tbsp Sambal Oelek
1 tsp tamari  or soy sauce
1 tbsp erythritol/ stevia blend sweetener
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Pinch cayenne
2 Green onion tops or chives

Thaw and drain shrimp. In medium bowl, combine lime juice, vinegar and Sambal Oelek. Drizzle the juice and vinegar over the shrimp in a lidded container. Stir to coat.  In small bowl, combine sweetener, garlic powder and cayenne. Sprinkle this mixture over the surface of each shrimp. Marinate several hours as the shrimp thaws, stirring from time to time. To cook, simply warm everything in a nonstick skillet.  Garnish with diced green onion or chives.

Serves 3:  119 calories  2 net g carb

Note, that this serves three. Perfect for a meal for two and a leftover lunch. I do adore leftovers. I must admit that I have the most interesting lunches at school.  This shrimp would also be great to serve for a party. Just find some friends who love the heat as much as we do! I will admit to adding an extra sprinkle of crushed red pepper. That is up to you.

Get a nice serving of protein for just 119 calories. That leaves you plenty of room for veggies and even some caulirice or shirataki rice. Think how many veggies you can add and still have a super low calorie, low carb meal! In this month's Diner News, I share several recipes that use all the little secrets in my arsenal for a slimmer life. This one is both low carb and low fat. That adds up to low calories. Not that I am counting, but we must practice moderation, right?

Check out some of the other yummy foods in this issue that will keep you light. Order the 24/7 Low Carb Diner News here.

Prep Ahead Taco Cobb Salad Bowls

Sassy Cajun Skillet Dinner

Light Layered Lasagna in a Jar

Jicama Pickles

Green Monster Moonshine from THM

Asian Egg Muffins

Albuquerque Dirty Rice

Cranberry Slushie

Taco Train Soup ( adapted from THM's Woman's Day Article)

Arnold's Oolong

Green Chile Egg Cups

Golden Girl Salad Dressing

Peach Fizz
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Ditamac MI/FL said...

Lisa I am a longtime subscriber to your blog and I appreciate all your hard work!!
What is Sambal Oelek?? It is not a spice I am familiar with and obviously don't have. What can I substitute for it?? Thanks again.

Unknown said...

Samar oelek is ground chili paste

Lisa Marshall said...

Ditamac-- thanks for the kind words. Chris is correct. Sambal Oelek is a chili paste--although it is not much like a paste in my opinion. I purchase mine at Walmart. Here is a link:

I like it in recipes where Sriracha might be used also. No sugar in this.