A healthy high protein meal doesn’t have to be bland. Once you taste the garlic shrimp and chipotle guacomole in this recipe you’ll quickly see what I mean. I guarantee that you’ll never want to eat shrimp any other way. Every serving has 24 grams of protein, only 6 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and lots of heart healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. You even get a little creatine from the shrimp. Your body will get lots of vitamins and minerals too including: B vitamins, vitamin E, and potassium.
What makes the shrimp in this recipe so delicious is the garlic oil in which they’re cooked. I recommend preparing it ahead of time and keeping it on hand in your refrigerator. You can also use it to saute chicken, pork, and even vegetables.
Best of all is that both the shrimp and guacamole take minutes to prepare. Even if you’re pressed for time you’ll still be able to enjoy a delicious and healthy high protein meal.
Recipe For Garlic Shrimp And Chipotle Guacamole (Serves 2)
1 chipotle pepper, diced
1 garlic clove, diced
¼ white onion, diced
3 tablespoon of cilantro, washed and finely chopped
Juice from ½ a lime
Kosher or Sea salt to taste
1/2 pound of white shrimp, peeled and deveined
Kosher or Sea salt to taste
2-3 tablespoons of Roasted Garlic Oil (see recipe below)
Making The Chipotle Guacamole
1. Cut the avocado in half by slicing it lengthwise on all sides. Remove the seed from the center of the avocado.
2. Using a spoon, scoop the center of the avocado into a large bowl.
3. Mash the avocado with a potato masher, fork, or spatula until it has a creamy consistency.
4. Fold the diced chipotle pepper, cilantro, garlic, and onions into the mashed avocado.
5. Finish the guacomole by adding the salt and lime juice to the mixture. Fold both in with your spatula.
Cooking The Shrimp
1. Peel and de-vein 1 lb. of uncooked shrimp. If you buy yours frozen make sure it’s completely thawed. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel and season with the Kosher or Sea salt.
2. Heat a large Saute pan over medium until the pan is warmed.
3. Add 2 tablespoons of Roasted Garlic Oil (see below) to the pan. The oil should sizzle but not smoke when it hits the surface of the pan.
4. Add the shrimp to the pan.
5. Saute the shrimp, turning with a spatula or tongs to cook them evenly on both sides.
6. You’ll know the shrimp is done when they’re pink on both sides. Be careful not to overcook them as this will dry them out.
Serving Your High Protein Meal
Using tongs or a spatula add the shrimp to a plate. Drizzle some of the oil and garlic over the shrimp. Add 2-3 tablespoons of guacamole to the plate. Garnish with chopped cilantro. This dish also pairs well with a spinach salad or roasted asparagus.
Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories From Fat: 270
Carbohydrates: 6 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Fat: 30 grams
Saturated: 4 grams
Polyunsaturated: 5 grams
Monounsaturated: 21 grams
Protein: 23 grams
Roasted Garlic Oil
3 cups of peeled garlic (about 4 heads)
3-4 cups of olive oil
2 chipotle peppers
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon of salt
1. Dice the chipotle peppers and garlic.
2. Pour the olive oil into a saucepan and place over very low heat. I recommend starting with your range’s lowest setting.
3. Add the garlic to the oil.
4. Cook the garlic in the oil. The oil should never boil but slightly bubble from time to time.
5. After about 30 minutes add the lime juice and chipotle pepper to the oil.
6. Continue cooking until the garlic is very soft and golden yellow-light brown.
7. Remove the roasted garlic oil from the heat and allow to cool. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt.
8. Once the oil has cooled, add it to a container and store in your refrigerator.
You can substitute scallops and even lobster for the shrimp in this recipe.
Now you have a high protein meal that will satisfy your appetite and cravings for garlic-rich foods. It’s a great meal whether you are eating to lose weight or want to gain weight fast. All you have to do to add or remove calories from this meal is serve more or less guacamole or shrimp. Every 1/4 cup serving of guacamole has about 100 calories. Doubling the amount of shrimp served (an additional 1/4 lb.) gives you about 25 more grams of protein for building muscle and about 200 calories too.
Cook it for yourself, friends, or to impress at a dinner party and you’ll have everyone begging you for this high protein recipe.