Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Spicy Shrimp & Avocado Lettuce Cups

Well hello there! I have missed this here blogosphere over the past week. But in all honesty, I just couldn't pull myself away from watching the Olympics, that blogging took a back seat. And you know what? It felt really good! I got my hubby to watch some sports (that's a feat in itself), and he LIKED it!! We have had so much fun cheering on the red, white, and blue, and there is nothing more motivating to get our butts in the gym than looking at the most insanely fit humans on the planet for hours a day. So needless to say we have been hitting the weights and trimming our plates if you will! Case in point, these spicy shrimp lettuce cups. This recipe is perfect to serve 2 people, but easily doubled for a family of 4. Green, clean, and lean, this is a simple dinner that can be thrown together in under 10 minutes, giving you more time to cheer on this weeks track and fields stars, volleyball, and more swimming (our fave!). 

Spicy Shrimp & Avocado Lettuce Cups
Makes 8 Cups

  • 1 cup slaw mix
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro
Spicy Shrimp:
  • 1/2 lb. wild caught peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
Lettuce Cups:
  • 8 leaves of butter lettuce
  • 1 avocado, halved and very thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • freshly chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

In a medium mixing bowl, toss together all of the ingredients for the slaw. Place in the fridge to let the flavors merry until ready to serve. 

In a small bowl, mix together the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, and salt. Sprinkle the mixture over the shrimp, covering both sides of the shrimp. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add in the shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, until just cooked through and an opaque pink color.

To assemble the cups, place a spoonful of slaw in the middle of each butter lettuce leaf. Top with 2-3 slices of avocado, and 2-3 pieces of spiced shrimp. Top with sliced jalapeno and more cilantro if you prefer. Serve immediately. 

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