Intro to Cooking: Grilled Shrimp Marinade

Sometimes all you need to spruce up a dull salad or your run-of-the-mill Wednesday dinner is an ingredient swap. If chicken caesar has lost its bite, and you simply can’t look at another plate of turkey and veggies without yawning, say hello to my leetle friend (sorry, had to!): shrimp!

Did you know these bite-sized crustaceans have virtually no fat and are very low in calories, AND are a tremendous source of protein? Just one 3 oz serving carries 84 calories, 1g of fat and 18g of protein! They’re also rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for you, and cholesterol, which is not. That same serving will give you more than half of your daily recommended intake of cholesterol, so don’t go overboard!

Easy Swap-out Suggestions:

1. Ditch turkey and cobb salads for shrimp in a salad with mesclun greens, sugar snap peas, avocado, and a drizzle of lemon vinaigrette. Deeelish.
2. Sick of carrots and hummus? Boil shrimp and serve with cocktail sauce as a quick snack instead.
3. Kick up your pasta dish by switching chicken for sauteed shrimp in tomato sauce for drizzling over your fettuccine.

This Week’s Recipe: Grilled Shrimp Marinade

I tried this recipe with frozen shrimp from the grocery store–they’re easy to keep on hand for a meal in a pinch, and this marinade is essentially foolproof…and a great way to impress the roommates.


2 pounds jumbo shrimp
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 to 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 bunch green onions, with a few inches of green, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped parsley
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups (dry) brown rice, cooked
1 bag spinach, steamed


1. Place shrimp in a glass bowl. Stir remaining ingredients together; pour over shrimp. Cover and marinate for 3 to 4 hours.
2. Grill on the stove for about 5 to 7 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time. Serve over brown rice, with a side of steamed spinach. Serves 4-6.

One Month Challenge: Junk Food Free, Week 1
One Month Challenge: Junk Food Free, Week 1
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