Recipe: Shrimp a la Mediterrane

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The perfect shrimp dish for entertaining this holiday season!

Shrimp is an excellent carbohydrate-free, low calorie protein with one gram of shrimp containing only one calorie.

One of its most desirable benefits is high omega-3 and omega-6 fat content, which is important for cardiovascular and nervous system health.

This sea protein is packed full of many vitamins and minerals including the cancer reducing mineral selenium. Selenium helps protect against the damaging effects of free radicals and boosts the immune system preventing cancer tumor growth.

Many steer clear of this sea creature because of its high cholesterol content, but with its many health benefits, you should consider incorporating more shrimp into your diet – just be sure to consult with your physician if high cholesterol is a potential risk for your health.

Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Serves 6


1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (pre-cooked or raw frozen shrimp may be used)
Pinch sea salt
Pinch fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, finely minced
2 cups grape or Roma tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons fresh basil or oregano, thinly sliced
¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, diced
4 cups washed organic baby spinach


1. Rinse shrimp and pat dry.

2. Season with salt and pepper, set aside.

3. In a large pan heat olive oil on medium heat.

4. Sauté onions and garlic until lightly browned.

5. Add shrimp, sear 1 minute on each side.

6. Stir in fresh basil or oregano, olives, and tomatoes. Immediately remove from heat.

7. Gently toss with spinach to lightly wilt the leaves.


Add thinly sliced red, yellow, orange, or green bell peppers and a pinch of cayenne.

For an Asian flair, instead of basil and oregano use thai basil and coriander leaves or five spice powder and swap toasted sesame oil for the olive oil.

You don’t need to compromise good health to enjoy good food this holiday season!