One of my favorite parts about trying these recipes is to know your favorite meals aren’t off-limits, especially if you’re trying to improve your diet. Yes–that’s right! I like to shine a light on these awesome recipes that lighten the calories without taking away any of the flavors.
This week let’s talk about my favorite quick meal–tacos!
I remember cleaning up one night after dinner and I asked Andy what I should make. He suggested tacos and it made me think. Okay–we had tacos already (I like trying a new recipe every weekend) that I made with chicken thighs. What other recipes have I found for tacos?
SHRIMP TACOS, of course!
This week’s recipe is courtesy of Jar of Lemons, and you can find it right -> here.
How Are Shrimp Tacos Healthy?
Remember how I said this recipe was healthy? Yeah, let’s talk about that.
There are always many things that you can do to improve a recipe in regards to its healthy ingredient content. For starters, rather than going with flour tortillas, the recipe calls for corn tortillas. You can take this a step further and turn to grain-free tortillas. Pssst, my favorite brand would have to be Siete Foods.
Then there’s the sauce! I don’t know about you all, but when we used to have taco nights at home, we often had sour cream as a “sauce” or topper. Other times you can use Mexican crema, as well. For this recipe, we used greek yogurt mixed with sriracha and standard seasoning (salt & pepper). The flavor was light and it had just enough spice. It didn’t overpower the shrimp, which we’ll get to soon.
Aside from substitutions, adding fresh veggies certainly helped boost the flavor as well.
Also, quick note–if you don’t need to feed more than 2 people, do yourself a favor and get the pre-shredded red cabbage that you can often find in the refrigerated aisle. Unless you plan on using the remainder of the cabbage for another recipe, I can guarantee you that you’d end up wasting the majority of it. Plus, sometimes getting the pre-sliced, pre-shredded veggies does help you save some time if you’re prepping food during the week. Yes, it shaves off seconds, but every second matters, right?
What About The Delicious Shrimp?
It wouldn’t be a proper review if we didn’t go over the yummy shrimp, right? Exactly. What I really enjoyed about this recipe is that while this is a healthier recipe, it does not skimp out on seasoning. The shrimp on its own really packs a punch, and that is absolute because of the chile powder and the crushed red pepper powder. Note: if you don’t like too much spice, consider reducing the amount of seasoning by half, or maybe even don’t add the crushed red pepper powder. With the seasoning just as the recipe indicated…there were some runny noses.
Regardless, the cooked shrimp is coated wonderfully in seasoning. Honestly, the shrimp in this recipe had to be my favorite. Yes, I’ve made other shrimp taco recipes, but this one? I’ll be making it again.
Grey’s Grade: 5/5
If it wasn’t clear already, we really enjoyed this recipe. After getting burned by a shrimp taco recipe before, I was honestly a bit nervous about trying a different one. This absolutely knocked it out of the park for me. The flavor combination was wonderful and didn’t leave you feeling like you needed to take a nap right after eating. The ingredients were fresh, light, and completely satisfying.
This recipe gets a 5/5 from me, and I honestly hope that you check out Jar of Lemons’ recipe.
Check Out My Other Reviews
- Tasty’s Simple And Cheesy Weeknight Alfredo
- Plated’s Steak Au Poivre
- Seared Wild Alaskan Pollock & Caper Yogurt
What’s your favorite kind of taco? Go ahead and post in the comments section! I’d love to hear your thoughts and maybe even get some suggestions for more reviews!
As always…happy nomming!