Cilantro & Lime Baked Shrimp

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Shrimp is one of my favorite seafood dishes and I love it prepared in so many ways. This dish is super easy to make and every bite is bursting with flavor. My favorite mexican flavors of lime and cilantro are combined with garlicky shrimp…then topped with a light and healthy crisp topping. Perfection with a healthy twist, whats better?

Ingredients:
2 lb  raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (cleaned)
4 loves garlic, minced
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp. chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Topping:
Cilantro and lime slices (optional)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl, add shrimp, garlic, lime zest and juice, chili powder, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and toss to combine. Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish (grease with olive oil or butter).

2. In a separate bowl, stir together the melted butter, Panko, and fresh cilantro until combined. Sprinkle the Panko mixture evenly on top of the shrimp.

3. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink. Top with lime slices and chopped cilantro.

Easy and Light Crab & Shrimp Cocktail

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There is really no right or wrong way to make these Mexican styled cocktails. I am a huge fan of them especially when I am wanting to eat something cool and light in the summer time. I love tomato juice (weird I know)..but Clamato juice is better for this recipe in my opinion. The longer it sits in the fridge, the better so everything can absorb together.  You can add more or less of any ingredients and it will still be delicious! So if you like it spicy, add hot sauce! Oh, and this is also another healthy dish that you don’t have to feel guilty for 🙂

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
1 pound of cooked shrimp; cut in half
1/2 pound imitation crab meat; coarsely chopped
1 cucumber; seeds removed and cubed
1 1/2 cups Clamato Juice
1/4 cup cilantro; chopped
1 green onion; chopped
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp hot salsa
1 avocado; cubed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 whole lime
1/2 lemon

Steps:
1. Throw everything in a large bowl…squeeze in the lime and half of the lemon and mix! EASY. Let sit in refrigerator for a few hours or until chilled. I love dunking tortilla chips in this as well when I’m feeling extra hungry.
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Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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I love enchiladas and I also recently started to really enjoy spaghetti squash…so I combined the two! Spaghetti squash is my new favorite “pasta” when I’m feeling more on the healthier side. I really just made this recipe up as I continued to look in my fridge and I just happened to have everything I needed to make enchiladas. You could even switch out the beans for chicken if you’d like! The best part is..you don’t have to feel guilty at all for eating it!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash
3/4 cup enchilada sauce
1/4 cup jalapenos (optional)
1/4 cup cilantro; chopped
2 Tbsp green onions; chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or mexican 4 cheese
1 cup black beans
3/4 cup corn
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place whole spaghetti squash in oven and bake for 1 hour. Then let cool and carefully slice in half. Be sure to leave oven on!
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2. With a fork, scrape out all of the squash (it should look like spaghetti!). Place in bowl and once both halves are scrapped out add enchilada sauce, japapenos, cilantro, green onions, cheese, black beans, corn, and seasonings. Mix until combined.
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3. Spoon in filling with a large spoon and top with extra toppings. Place back in oven and bake for another 20 minutes and until cheese is melted.
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Grilled Guacamole

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I can’t believe yesterday was my first time coming up with the idea to grill my avocados before making guacamole. It added a smokey flavor to the dip and this is a great snack/appetizer to make for any occasion, especially on a football game day!

Yield: 8

Ingredients:
4 avocados
1 Tbsp olive oil (for the grill)
1/4 cup red onions
1 lime
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup cilantro (optional)
1/4 cup tomatoes (optional)

Steps:
1. Heat grill on medium heat. Cut avocados in half and take pits out. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and the juice of half of a lime. Place avocados faced down on grill and let sit for 5 minutes, or until you could see grill marks.
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2. In a small bowl, spoon out avocados, squeeze the juice of the other half of the lime, onions, cilantro, salt and pepper. Smash together with a fork until slightly chunky. Serve with tortilla chips, amazing!

Baked Rock Cod with a Mango Cilantro Salsa

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This delicious meal also makes great fish tacos! The salsa is so refreshing and pairs perfectly with the fish. You can also use other fishes such as salmon or halibut with this salsa.

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
Baked Rock Cod
2 4 ounce pieces of Fresh Rock Cod
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 lemon

Mango Cilantro Salsa
1 mango; cubed
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/2 red bell pepper; chopped
1/2 avocado; chopped
3 Roma tomatoes; chopped
1 tsp salt
1 small lime
1 tsp pepper

Steps:
1. For the cod, preheat oven to 350 degree F. Drizzle olive oil all over fish. Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic. Bake for 10 minutes and then squeeze the juice of one lemon on top of fish.Bake for another 5-10 minutes, fish should look a little flakey. Rock cod doesn’t have a lot of fat on it so it will feel a little firmer than other fishes.

2. For the salsa, add all ingredients in a small-medium sized mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lime and refrigerate until fish is done baking.

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