Shrimp & Greens Salad

Not only is this salad bustling with flavor, but I love it for the CR*R*RUNCH!  shrimp avocado salad

Crunchy snacks and foods make us feel more satisfied and fulfilled (think biting into a crisp, juicy apple Vs. eating apple sauce…  what’s more fun?  (and enjoyable)) …but I digress :)

Ingredients for 1 serving:
1 lime
7 cooked small/med shrimp, “cubed”
Handful of cilantro
1 scallion rod (you can substitute onion, level Tbsp should do)
1/2 green pepper
4 or 5 inches of cucumber, seeded
1/2 avocado
Salt

Direction:
Dice and cube all, sprinkle with sea salt, squeeze out the lime, combine and enjoy!
So refreshingly simple!

XOXOXOX
Irina

Creamy Dreamy MAYO FREE Tuna Salad

This is one of my favorite protein packed power lunches.  Not only is it easy and quick (I can make it early in the morning to take with me to work) but it will also keep me full well into the afternoon due to the high protein content and healthy fats.  The added bonus is that it’s simply delicious :)

Ingredients:
Canned tuna – 5oz
Large hard boiled egg
2 – 3 tsp Country Dijon mustard (I like Grey Poupon)
1/4 to 1/3 ripe avocado
Paprika
Optional: onions or scallions

Directions:
Chop egg, add to drained tuna meat, sliced up avocado, mustard and sprinkle with paprika.  Mash and mix all ingredients together.  Add more avocado for creaminess, or mustard for tang.  Enjoy!
Forgo the empty calories of bread and maximize on nutrients and flavor by eating on green pepper slices or cucumbers – deeelish!

 

Haute Baked Yam Fries

I don’t believe in denying cravings.  Instead, I find a healthier way to satisfy them.  These sexy things satisfy my sweet, my salty and my savory cravings perrrfectly.  Plus, who doesn’t like a fry once in a while?
So what makes these different then the regular fries?  Well for one, they’re baked!  And I’m using yams, so I’m getting more fiber then I would using a potato.  Yams are also rich in Vit C, potassium and B6.  I spice mine up with crushed red pepper flakes and Cajun seasoning – which I find a very nice compliment to the sweetness of the yam.  The rosemary gives it a nice earthy, herbal dimension – which gives the fries another flavor facet.  That’s why I call them Haute – these are so much more high-class then the average fry.

Ingredients:
yams
Cajun spice
dry rosemary
red pepper flakes
olive oil

Directions:
Cut yams into fries.  Preheat oven to 375.  Spray yams with olive oil, rub in.  Sprinkle with Cajun spice, rosemary and a tiny bit of red pepper flakes.  Rub in for even distribution.  Spread out on cookie tray and bake for roughly 25-35 minutes, depending on fry thickness.  You want to check in on them around the 20, 25 minute mark.  Fries should be browning on the outside, but soft inside.