Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Coconut Shrimp

by Meghann on February 16, 2010

My snack this afternoon just goes to prove that almond butter really does go on everything.

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Ms. Dried Mango please meet Mr. Almond Butter

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A match made in heaven. :)

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I found this left over jar of Barney Butter from the Healthy Living Summit that was hiding in my closet.

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I think I found the perfect replacement for my secret jar. ;)

I had picked up some random shrimp at Publix on Sunday without much thought on what to do with them.

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You should have seen the guy’s face when I asked for only half a dozen shrimp. He looked at the basically empty baggie of shrimp then at me and asked if I was sure I didn’t want him to throw in a couple more. I just smiled. From years of living on my own I knew six would be the perfect portion for just me and I’m all about perfectly portioned for one meals. ;)

After a bit of brainstorming this afternoon, I knew exactly what the shrimp were going to be: Coconut Shrimp!

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I used to LOVE coconut shrimp growing up! There is something about the sweet and savory combination that always made my mouth happy.

For the Coconut Shrimp I stuck with a basic recipe that I sort of just made up as I went.

I started by toasting some coconut in oven at 420 for 5 minutes and added some whole wheat bread crumbs to bulk the toasted coconut up.

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For the wet I went the simple route with basic egg whites.

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Each shrimp was then dunked in the egg white and then in the toasted coconut before going on the baking sheet.

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The shrimp went in the oven at 420 for 10 minutes and were flipped halfway through.

The results were crispy, coconutty shrimp. Nom Nom Nom

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They were – dare I say it – the perfect healthier counterpart of one of my favorite restaurant treats.

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To round out my dinner I had a few rutabaga fries

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And some frozen okra that were heated up quickly in the mircowave

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Amanda’s Blondies came out for dessert.

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As well as a piece of my Godiva chocolate from Valentine’s Day.

I believe there were some requests for Maddie photos…

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Maddie was born to be on the side of a bag of dog food. ;)

Time to relax and enjoy the rest of my evening.

Good Night!

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