once or twice a million times that I’ve been on a diet. How exciting?! Actually, I’m trying to think of it more as a lifestyle change. I’m not depriving myself, I’m just not over-doing it, either.
My new way of eating really focuses on portion sizes and eating more frequently. Truthfully, it sucks. That being said, it works.
Most of the food I’ve been cooking lately has been incredibly unexciting. Because I’ve been busier than usual the past couple months, my kitchen experiments have been “pushed” to the back burner and I’ve been making super easy dinners involving lots of shrimp or chicken.
Lately shrimp has been my go-to protein, which is totally weird because I have never been real fond of the little sea creatures–or any seafood, actually. I started eating it because it’s an incredible source of protein and it’s super quick to prepare…did I mention I’ve been busy?!
So, because I’ve been eating shrimp so often, I’ve been experimenting with different spice blends/seasonings. The last thing I want is to get bored with my protein-of-choice. Once I get bored, it’s over. Done. I’m “off the wagon.” Not to mention I’m way more likely to make unhealthy food choices.
Mexican Spiced Shrimp Recipe
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 lb. raw shrimp (I used 8-12 count USA wild-caught)
- 1 roma tomato, small diced
- 1 tbsp. taco seasoning (homemade* is best, if using store-bought look for low-sodium)
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 garlic clove, smashed and finely minced
- 1 small handful cilantro, chopped
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
*homemade taco seasoning: I use THIS recipe
Use a pan that is large enough so that the shrimp aren’t crowded. Cook in batches, if necessary.
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and stir-fry until the raw smell is gone, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Add the shrimp, tomato, and taco seasoning. Mix well and cook until the shrimp are fully cooked (about 4 to 5 minutes).
- Add lime juice and cilantro to the shrimp, stir so that all the shrimp are equally coated.
- Season with salt and pepper and Enjoy!
As for the beans, I don’t really have a recipe. The truth is, I cheated. I purchased some canned non-fat refried black beans from Target. Of course, I doctored them up a little for a little added flavor.
Hey! I can’t always cook everything from scratch all the time, right?
To the can of refried beans I added about a teaspoon of bacon grease (yeah, yeah…I’m on a diet, but fat is flavor and I want to enjoy my food!), some shredded pepper-jack cheese and a good amount of salsa.
Once the cheese was melted and the beans were fully heated through I topped them with a dollop of Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream.
What are your favorite “diet” foods? Do you have any tips or secrets to lightening up meals without compromising flavor or using fake chemical filled substitutes? I’d love to hear your ideas!