Chris' Recipes

Bon Appetite!

Zesty Shrimp Salad

Written By: Chris - May• 12•16

Bill and I were feeling a bit sluggish following the holidays and started following the Weight Watchers Smart Point system via the phone app.  It’s an easy program to stick to because of the fact that you can eat anything you want – so long as you “count” it and keep track on your daily log.  I’ve done WW over the years, but their new program helps you eat healthier, get active at your own pace, and discover new ways to define success.  It focuses on you, not just a number on the scale.  It’s also more realistic than years past as you can eat all the fresh fruit and vegetables you want and not have them go against your daily “points”.  Basically, you’re issued an amount of recommended daily points based on your age and height.  You also are allotted “weekly” floaters, to be used in the event you’ve exceeded the daily points.  I think the other huge advantage is that the system syncs with my FitBit and I can actually “earn” additional FitPoints to be used if I choose, so I’m not really ever feeling deprived.

We started the day after Easter and are both down quite a bit in weight and we’ve picked up our exercise quite a bit and are no longer just trying to meet the daily step goals we used to have and as a result are feeling much better!

This is a refreshing and delicious salad that I came up with based on ingredients that I had on hand.  it’s really important for me to change things up while I’m trying to eat healthier and this was a tasty option!  It serves two and equates to 8 Weight Watchers *SmartPoints™ each.

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Ingredients:

2 Cups Lettuce, chopped
2 Cups Spinach, chopped
20 Shrimp, cooked and chilled, *1
4 baby cucumbers, sliced
12 grape tomatoes, sliced
Fresh herbs, parsley, dill, cilantro (about 1 cup total chopped fine)
8 Parmesan crisps (from Costco, see below) *2
Dressing:
1 Meyer Lemon, plus rind
2 Green Onions, sliced thin
1 Garlic Clove, pressed
2 Tablespoons Cocktail Sauce *2
2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt 0
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil *8
Salt & Pepper to taste

Chop the salad items and whisk together the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl.  Toss the salad greens in about half of the salad dressing and then as more as you desire being sure not to overdress the greens.  Toss the shrimp in some of the remaining dressing and place them on top of salad.  (I had about a half a cup of remaining dressing) Top with crumbled Parmesan crisps!

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Enjoy!
Cheers!
~Chris

 

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