A High Protein, Low Carb Meal Prep or Dinner Option – recipe by Adrienne Callandrello of www.JerseyGirlTalk.com
Did you know that shrimp is one of the world's healthiest foods? It is super low in calories, high in protein and perfect for low carb diets. You can eat shrimp cooked raw as a shrimp cocktail appetizer or you can bake, fry or boil it. Tonight's dinner was delicious and I wanted to share how I like to cook and prepare shrimp so that you can try it out. A few summer's ago my husband, brother in law, cousin and I went on our very first vacation to Ocean City, Maryland. It has some of the best seafood in the USA and one thing they are known for is their crabs made in Old Bay Seasoning. We loved the food there and ever since we just love this seasoning on crab and shrimp. I purchased this in the seafood section of my local grocery store and use it any time I make shrimp.
At only 7 calories per shrimp, we can eat a relatively large amount of this shellfish without using up too many of our daily calories. Tonight's dinner was a complete meal of a hearty salad, snap peas (green vegetable) and baked shrimp. This is a low carb dinner option and ketogenic friendly. If you also don't like to eat carbs in the evening but rather for breakfast and lunch then this is a good idea to make next time you need a dinner idea.
- 1 large bag of large sized shelled and deveined shrimp
- Coconut oil spray
- Pink Himalayan sea salt
- Old Bay Seasoning
- Put shrimp in a large bowl and rinse with luke warm water
- Make sure to let them thaw for a few hours if they are frozen
- Take off the tails (and legs if they are still on)
- Spray a large cookie baking sheet with Trader Joe's coconut oil spray
- Spray the shrimp with a bit of coconut oil as well
- Dust with Pink Himalayan sea salt
- Use a generous amount of Old Bay Seasoning on both sides of the shrimp
- Cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 385 degrees
We don't usually think about seafood as a source of antioxidants, but shrimp features at least three unique antioxidants in its nutrient composition: the xanthophyll carotenoid called astaxanthin and the minerals selenium and copper. At nearly 26 grams per 4-ounce serving, shrimp ranks as a very good source of protein.
You can choose to eat the shrimp hot or cold, over salad or over vegetables - both are amazing options! For salad I add so many ingredients and colors that it is a pretty picture isn't it?! I love black olives (any olives actually and they are a good fat too for keto dieters), roma tomatoes (because I can't eat soft ones and these are usually really hard), artichoke hearts, cucumbers and I love Greek dressing because it is high in fat and has no sugar (unlike most low cal or low fat dressings!)
I hope you enjoy adding more shrimp to your diets with recipes like this one.