Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Healthy Meal of the Week

Hey everyone!  Tonight’s healthy meal is “Shrimp Tacos with Green Apple Salsa” from the March 2012 issue of Cooking Light.  It was featured in their “Feed 4 for Less than $10” section.  I suppose this is true if you were to find the shrimp on sale (like I did).  I liked the meal a lot, Scarlett not so much so it may not be very kid friendly in case that’s important.  I added a salad that consisted of 1 cup baby spinach and 2 tablespoon light raspberry vinaigrette but you can add whatever side you choose.  Check out the recipe below and  enjoy!


1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice, divided
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon hot smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 cup sliced green onions
½ teaspoon grated lime rind
1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
 1 minced seeded jalapeno pepper (I did not add this)
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 ounce crumbled queso fresco


1.  Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons lime juice, cumin, paprika, and red pepper in a small bowl.  Combine shrimp and spice mixture in a zip-top plastic bag and seal.  Let stand 15 minutes.

2.  Combine 1 ½ teaspoons oil, 2 teaspoons juice, onions, 1/8 teaspoon salt, rind, apples and jalapenos; toss.

3.  Remove shrimp from bag; discard marinade.  Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.  Sprinkle shrimp with 1/8 teaspoon salt.  Arrange half of shrimp in pan; grill 2 minutes on each side or until done.  Remove from pan; keep warm.  Repeat procedure with remaining shrimp.  Toast the tortillas in grill pan, if desired.  Place 2 tortillas on each of 4 plates and divide shrimp evenly among tortillas.  Divide salsa evenly among tacos and top with queso fresco.

Hands on time:  37 minutes
Total time:  49 minutes

Serves 4 (serving size 2 tacos)

Nutritional information:  259 calories; 9.4g total fat (1.6g saturated fat; 5.3g mono.; 1.7g poly); 21.2g protein; 24.3g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 170mg cholesterol; 3mg iron; 364mg sodium; 87mg calcium


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