Shrimp and Avocado Salad

January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

So I continue on my mission to make more raw recipes.  The kind that involve no cooking.  These are the ones I enjoy making the most and I’m finding it to be a really awesome way to get in vegetables.  I have to admit to you I’ve never really liked cooked vegetables.  The only vegetable I’ve ever really liked is corn.  Which is no surprise since it has the highest sugar I believe of any  vegetable.  I’ve either eaten corn or green beans but aside from that I haven’t much enjoyed cooked vegetables at all.  Yet I’m suddenly loving them when not cooked!  I think so many years of low carbing with meat had me bored to death with it.  And finding ways to combine ingredients to make raw vegetables more inviting has actually been fun!

I continue to try and recreate the things I loved from San Antonio.  Mexican shrimp cocktail was always different from the kind I had growing up.  This isn’t shrimp cocktail but it is similar.  It is also similar to what they call Ceviche.  A Latin American dish of raw seafood marinated in some kind of citrus juice.  I looked up a lot of similar recipes and then used what I had on hand to create my own version.  Everyone LOVED it!!  It was all gone in no time as the kids thought it was great.  I will definitely be making this on a regular basis.  It is also totally healthy, low carb and low calorie!  I wish I had thought of doing more creative things with vegetables before now!

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

  • Shrimp (pick the size you want.  I bought jumbo precooked shrimp in the frozen section and took off the tail.  I also cut them in half)
  • 1 Avocado
  • Red onion diced
  • several small tomatoes or one large
  • Jalapeño pepper (seeded and chopped in small pieces)
  • Lime (Use the juice according to what you like–we used 2)
  • Cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper as you like
  • Hot sauce (Tabasco or other hot sauce)

I made a small bowl for our family but for more you would just use more of the ingredients.  You can add other things if you like.  I just happened to use these items.  Adding the lime, cilantro and hot sauce really make the dish in my opinion.  I did not add the hot sauce to the actual dish.  Instead we all added it to our own individual plates according to what we liked.  This is what gives it that reminiscent feel of the Mexican cocktail we used to have in San Antonio.  There they put it on crackers but I am not doing that as crackers are evil to me! I like them too much.  I will be making this again and again!! It was really good.

 

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Working with avocados was always intimidating to me.  I still think it’s hard to pick out a good one but I’m learning.

If you want some tips that helped me on how to pick one out, check out this video:

Here’s another one

 

I also read that you can just cut lines/squares into it when you first open it up and then when you scoop it out it will already be in chunks.

That is how I did mine for this dish.  Here is a picture of mine!

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This was a great dish that I served with baked chicken drumsticks.

Something I actually cooked in the oven that was totally easy and did not burn!! I will post that one later this week.

Have an awesome day!!

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Mrs Abella January 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Looks yummy!

Have you seen the avacados that are in Florida and farther south? Those things are humongous! Hubby’s family brought some up from the Miami metro (they are Cuban, and say our avacados are tiny), and those things were footballs!

I’m proud of you! You are going through a lot, and you keep on putting one foot in front of the other. Weight loss for many of us isn’t a one time deal, it’s a life time of ups and downs. We are not perfect folks, and our lives (and blogs) won’t look perfect to the outside world. We fall apart and get back up and repeat.

I started following you a few months ago after starting my own journey, and glad I did. It’s not that easy finding “real” folks, who aren’t putting on a front, and who have lost or are losing a large amount of weight. It’s not all fun and games, not all positive…but it’s life. My own has been up and down, from wanting to throttle some of those little bitty hard bodies in the walking dvd’s to having the huge desire to down a 16″ super supreme pizza chased by CCCD ice cream. In those months–almost 5 now, I’ve went from a 34/36 behind to a 18/20 so far, and been reading your writings as well as others to glean ideas, tips, motivation, and so on. Thank you!
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Barb January 27, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Sounds yummy! I love avocadoes! I could pretty much eat them with anything. You’re doing great learning new ways to make things!

If you like cauliflower (you might like a cooked veggie this way) the whole faux potato thing is delicious. Just buy the already cut up cauli in a bag in the produce section and then you don’t have to worry about cutting it up. Put it in a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap (no water or anything needed in it), microwave for about 8 minutes. Drain any water out that accumulated and let sit for about 5 minutes to “dry”. Then just take a fork or potato masher and start smashing it. Then just add some cheese, sour cream (big dollop), bacon and even butter. I try lots of variations with what I add to it. My kids will even eat it! That’s a huge plus! There are lots of videos on how to make it.

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down January 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I’m going to try this!!!!!

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Lori January 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

I am not a big vegetable fan either. I like corn, potatoes and green beans. I’ll eat lettuce and broccoli, but that is about it! I tried a couple of summers ago to try one new vegetable a week, but I always cooked it. Maybe I should try raw. Maybe that was my problem.
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John (Daddy Runs a Lot) January 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Looks great – and that’s EXACTLY the way that I cut my avocado!

I’m too cheap for the jumbo shrimp 🙂 I buy pre-cooked “salad shrimp” without tails — I think the weight is 20-30 per pound (so they’re not ultra-tiny), but often make similar.
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Brenda January 27, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Great job Holly! Looks delicious and the kids loved it! WIN!

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Beth January 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Sounds delish!
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Holly January 28, 2015 at 1:35 am

So excited for your continued cooking success!!

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LosingTheRolls February 15, 2015 at 5:22 am

Doing some catching up with my blog reading and glad to have come across this one. I will definitely try this recipe. I am a super novice with buying avocados. I love them, but never seem to know when they are ripe. The videos helped and this salad looks right up my alley. Thanks for sharing.
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