This week, we’re bringing shrimp to the table. This popular seafood is so easy to cook with and is lower in fat and calories than many meats, which makes it a perfect protein for healthy weeknight meals.
Shrimp is a versatile ingredient and is great for bulking up meals – from pastas, to tacos, stir-fries, and more – with some lean protein.
A 3-ounce serving of cooked shrimp (about 7 medium-sized shrimp) has less than 85 calories, just 1.5 grams of fat, about 18 grams of protein, and plenty of omega-3 fatty acids.
So add this fish to your meals this week and try out these healthy dishes below:
Monday: Rice pilaf with shrimp
Ready in a half hour, this protein-packed meal includes shrimp, lima beans, brown rice, and egg noodles. You’ll also get a good dose of fiber from these wholesome ingredients.
Per serving: 353 calories; 9g fat, 30g carbohydrates, 34g protein, 3g fiber
Tuesday: Shrimp and avocado tacos
Take taco Tuesday to the next level with this Mexican meal. No fat or sour cream is needed in these tacos: they serve up enough flavor from the avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and garlic. Enjoy for less than 275 calories.
Per serving: 261 calories; 7.8g fat, 30.3g carbohydrates, 19.5g protein, 5g fiber
Wednesday: Shrimp and snow pea stir-fry
Ready in just 11 minutes, this stir-fry recipe blends the shrimp and veggies with Asian flavors from the sesame oil, ginger and soy sauce.
Per serving: 274 calories; 7.1g fat, 14.1g carbohydrates, 37.4g protein, 2.7g fiber
Thursday: Thai coconut shrimp soup
This light Thai soup is perfect for summer. The freshly squeezed lime juice balances the flavors of coconut milk, chicken broth, and fish sauce, and also adds some tartness.
Per serving: 185 calories; 6g fat, 12.4g carbohydrates, 21.6g protein, 0.6g fiber
Friday: Black forbidden rice with shrimp, peaches, and snap peas
This high-fiber shrimp meal is made with black forbidden rice, a starch that is actually considered a superfood. This nutritious meal is also full of Asian flavor from the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and ginger.
Per serving: 431 calories; 13.1g fat, 62g carbohydrates, 21g protein, 5g fiber