Not only is this dish fast and easy but its DELICIOUS. Things that don’t normally go together.
Besides that, its delicious and SKINNY 🙂 Chock full of veggies and loads of protein from the shrimp.
Easy is a 3 ingredient sauce. Make as much or as little as you want. Make it as hot as you want. Make it as sweet as you want. I’ll give you the basic recipe and you can tweak it to your taste.
Just combine the sauce ingredients while your shrimp is sizzling up in the coconut oil and set aside.
After you’ve cooked up your shrimp in the coconut oil, add another tablespoon of oil and fry up those veggies for a few minutes, just to soften a bit. Combine cooked shrimp and veggies with the sauce and top some riced cauliflower.
I used to buy my cauliflower rice from Trader Joe’s but now it’s becoming way more mainstream and my local grocery store carries it. You make so many things with it so if you have any left over, maybe make some Cauliflower Cheese Sticks or Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Gluten Free). I bought mine at Costco recently.
But you could use regular rice if you wanted, that’s up to you. Either way, you will LOVE this dish.
So there I was at Costco one weekend enjoying an interesting people watching episode when I found myself standing next to the PB2. I had heard about PB2 but wasn’t really sure what it was. So, being that I was in Costco, I threw it in my cart because I knew I needed it. I just didn’t know for what yet.
Later that night I was cruising Pinterest for what to do with PB2. I found a zillion recipes. I feel like I’ve been missing out on so many yummy things because of all the fat in regular peanut butter. So I wasted no time in picking a recipe.
If you don’t know about PB2, its a powdered peanut powder. Think, powdered peanut butter. 85% of the fat and oil is removed making it only 45 calories a serving compared to peanut butters 165 calories. It also has 1.5 grams of fat (no saturated fat) compared to peanut butters 16 grams of fat! That’s huge.
I love a creamy peanut sauce with my Thai food so I found this recipe, tweaked a couple of things, made it and LOVED IT. No more shying away from Thai peanut recipes because of all the fat in peanut butter!!
Chop those veggies!
Saute those veggies!
Whip up the sauce! So easy.
Combine shrimp with cooked veggies then add sauce. That’s it.
Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon and Neufchatel Cheese
When I’m deciding on which recipes to try and make healthier for the week, I usually ask my husband if he’s in the mood for something in particular and use that as my challenge. His request this week was crab and shrimp stuffed mushrooms. I took it from there.
The recipe is very easy. The most important part is baking the mushrooms to draw out a lot of the moisture. You don’t a want big watery mushroom mess on your hands do you? While the mushrooms are baking you can prepare the stuffing part. The stuffing takes place all in one saute pan.
Bake the mushrooms stem side down first then turn over, bake some more and blot with a paper towel to soak up the water that was drawn out.
These stuffed mushrooms came out nice and creamy because of the Neufchatel cheese. I love Neufchatel cheese. If you don’t know what it is, think cream cheese. The only real difference that I notice between Neufchatel and Cream Cheese is that Neufchatel is a creamier softer cheese than regular cream cheese. Neufchatel is also slightly lower in calories. Most of the time you can use them interchangeably in recipes.
These make delicious gluten free appetizers. Because they have a good amount of protein, I ate 4 or 5 with a side salad and made a meal out of them. Oh and the most important part, my hubby loved them. Score!
You can use the “stuffing” all by itself too as a crab/shrimp dip. Serve it with some homemade pita chips and you’ve got a great little party dip.
Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon and Neufchatel Cheese - Gluten Free
I love a challenge. So while I’m planning my recipes for the week I will ask the hubby if he is in the mood for any particular meal. Of course he didn’t pick something easy like salad, he picks paella. Thanks hubby. Challenge accepted.
Of course I wasn’t going to make the traditional paella that is made with rice. Since I replace rice with quinoa in my other recipes like paleo “faux” fried rice, I knew it could be done. The secret is in the spices. I found this awesome recipe on www.skinnyms.com as a great starting point.
Since quinoa is so versatile and absorbs any seasoning or flavoring you incorporate into it, I was pretty sure this would work. Off to the laboratory (kitchen) I went.
We used shrimp and sea scallops for the protein but by using quinoa, the protein levels gets kicked up even more! Quinoa is just so super awesome. I could eat it every day (and almost do).
Before starting anything, place the shrimp and scallops in a bowl, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of seafood seasoning, mix it around so all of the seasoning touches everything. Place in fridge until ready to use.
Start your quinoa. I use the pre-rinsed kind but if you don't, make sure to rinse your quinoa so it doesn't have any bitterness.
Put 1½ cups of uncooked quinoa and 3 cups of chicken broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, add ½ teaspoon of saffron threads, spanish paprika, black pepper, a dash of salt and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 4 or 5 minutes.
While the quinoa is cooking, in a LARGE skillet (I used a heavy cast iron one), heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute your diced onion for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once your onion has been sauteed add another tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, red bell pepper and tomatoes, stir and continue to saute for 3 or 4 minutes.
Add quinoa, 3 cups chicken broth and bay leaf to the onion mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle with the other ½ teaspoon of saffron threads, 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low boil and cover for 10 minutes.or until the liquid has been absorbed.
Add peas, shrimp and scallops. Sink them down into the quinoa mix so that the seafood is surrounded by the quinoa. Cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes while still covered.
Posting from South Dakota again. Today we have a vigorous 10K hike up Harney Peak. Very excited. Yesterday we visited the Badlands and the view was absolutely breathtaking. I’ve never seen this part of the country.
This picture above was taken at the prairie dog park where we got to hand feed little prairie dogs. There were tons of babies too. After that we moved on down the road to an unbelievably vast site. So why not do a little yoga? Made sense to me. Yoga is awesome anywhere.
Onto today’s lean clean protein machine recipe. This is a super fresh, filling, low-fat, paleo salad. Clean protein from the shrimp and the quinoa. Tons of flavor too.
I made a lime walnut version of quinoa which complimented the lime shrimp perfectly. I love quinoa period and one of the main reasons is that it is so versatile that you can adapt it to pretty much any recipe and it always turns out great.
1 cup dried quinoa (rinse according to box instructions if not using pre-rinsed)
2 cups vegetable broth
1 Tablespoon chopped green onions (the green part)
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
1 Tablespoon olive oil
½ cup chopped walnuts
dash of salt/pepper
Optional: ½ lemon, sliced into wedges
In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup dried quinoa and 2 cups vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, cover and lower to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Fluff with fork.
Add zest of a half of a lime, juice of a half of lime, olive oil, ¼ cup of chopped walnuts, chopped green onions and dash of salt/pepper to the quinoa. Stir to combine.
While the quinoa is simmering, get the shrimp started.
In medium saucepan, heat ghee and saute shrimp.
In a small bowl combine zest of ½ of a lime, juice of half of a lime and coconut palm sugar. Pour mixture into saucepan on top of the shrimp and continue sauteing shrimp in lime/sugar mixture until shrimp is thoroughly pink.
Serve shrimp with quinoa on a bed of mixed greens. Squirt lemon wedge over everything.