I had some leftover shrimp, fresh chopped onions, zucchini and squash from the farmer’s markets over the weekend and decided to make a really easy, healthy main dish. I love cooking in the skillet and then finishing it off in the oven, and that works great with this dish which is like a shrimp vegetable lasagna without the noodles. It’s high in protein, low in carbs and delicious.
Now that summer is here, so many friends ask me what can they easily prepare while they’re vacationing at the lake or beach, or even just relaxing at home. I can creatively come up with hundreds of recipes, but why not go back to the basics and serve Classic Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce. This recipe is a cinch, and adults and kids always love it. Its a great way to serve a healthy protein appetizer or serve with a salad for dinnertime. If you don’t have time to prepare homeade cocktail sauce, I love Fresh Market’s brand cocktail sauce.
I used to only prepare Caesar Salads when I was having a large Italian or steak dinner. Now, I make them all of the time since my three kids (who are 8, 10 and 11) love them so much. This version is only five ingredients which is perfect this time of year when you want to eat light (and celebrate Earth Day) but also are in a hurry. Purchase already-peeled and deveined shrimp to save time, or substitute chicken or salmon for the shrimp. If I don’t have time to prepare a homemade dressing, I buy Ken’s Reduced-Fat Caesar dressing, which is really yummy.
Iceberg wedge salads are so fresh, delicious and best of all, simple. This one is a low-fat main-dish salad topped with shrimp and turkey bacon. I developed a low-fat blue cheese dressing to go with it, but if you’re short on time, use a bottled blue cheese or even vinaigrette dressing instead. This recipe is so simple: 21 minutes and dinner’s on the table.
Shrimp Iceberg Wedge
If you’re short on time, cook turkey bacon in microwave on HIGH 21/2 to 3 minutes or until crispy.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon bottled hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
2 to 3 tablespoons crumbled Blue cheese
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large head iceberg lettuce, cut into 6 wedges, with core attached
2 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled into pieces
1 cup chopped tomato
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
Pita wedges (optional)
1. Combine mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, hot sauce and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Add blue cheese, stirring until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. Preheat grill saute pan or grill pan to medium-high heat.
3. Drizzle shrimp with remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place shrimp on grill rack or grill pan coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until shrimp are done.
4. Arrange lettuce wedges on serving plates. Top with bacon, tomato, onion and shrimp. Spoon dressing evenly over each wedge.