Shrimp & Egg Lovers Take Heart . . . Gurus Say, “They’re Low in Fat and Good For You.”
Well conducted studies now show that low-fat shrimp and eggs, substituted for fatty foods, do not raise blood cholestero and are not a major contributor to heart disease. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says despite all that colesterol, shrimp is perfectly good for you.
This is no longer a health concern, because shrimp is low-fat with a rich content of highly unsaturated fatty acids, which lead to the formation of high-density lipids (HDL), commonly known as "good cholesterol". Consuming shrimp may actually lower blood cholesterols.
So here's a great shrimp dish I make quite often. the original recipe came out of an old Weight Watcher cookbook, but as always (something I learned from my Grandma) I usually throw in a few extras to make it taste better and substitute some ingredients, but it's still healthy cooking. I lost 40 lbs. on these recipes even with additions. Here's a tip I would like to pass on about fish. I always soak it in milk before cooking; it seems to take away any bad fishy taste.
Shrimp in Spicy Mustard Sauce
12 oz. shrimp, peeled, deveined
2/3 cup fat free 1/2 & 1/2, or substitute evaporated skim, regular skim or low-fat milk or soy milk
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chicken bullion powder or 1 cube
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
parsley and parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
Shell & devein shrimp, set aside. In 1-cup liquid measure, combine milk, mustard and seasonings, set aside (If you are using milk, instead of the 1/2 & 1/2, mix some of the milk with a tablespoon of cornstarch and add to sauce at end to thicken). In an 8 or 9 inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; add onions, garlic and shrimp, stir constantly until shrimp just turns pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour milk mixture into skillet, cook, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low, (add cornstarch mixture if using), let simmer until slightly thickened, 1 or 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove shrimp to serving platter, set aside. Increase heat to medium-high, continue cooking sauce until mixture is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Pour sauce over shrimp and sprinkle with parsley and parmesan cheese.
Makes 2 servings
This is great served over noodles or rice. Hope you enjoy your shrimp!
About the Author: Helen Robinson is the owner of the website http://www.healthy-cooking.ideatreasury.com and is a Line Dance Instructor for the Parks & Recreation Department. Visit her site for tips & recipes and to claim your free copy of "What to Eat When You Are Sick". Learn more about diets you should be on to increase your energy levels, alleviate your pain and speed your recovery.