Scrumptious Pan-Seared Shrimp With Couscous [Recipe]

By Karyl Trejo | 14 February 2020 244 views
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Delicious & Healthy Pan-Seared Shrimp With Couscous

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As someone who enjoys good food, there are probably times where just don’t feel like cooking. Sometimes you want to enjoy a delicious and healthy dinner, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time fussing over it.

Right?

That makes perfect sense. After all, who wants to come home from work, only to spend an hour laboring away in the kitchen when they’re tired and hungry?

So then you end up reaching for something a bit less-than-delicious… and less-than-healthy…

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Like a frozen pizza (which is always a disappointing experience, in my opinion)… or a can of soup or chili… or some instant ramen. 🙁

(I mean, that stuff was fine when you were in college, but now? You deserve better!)

That’s why you always need to keep a bag of cleaned and frozen shrimp in your freezer, and whole-grain couscous in your pantry. Add a handful of fresh vegetables to the mix, and voila!

You have dinner on the table in less than fifteen minutes. It really doesn’t get better than that.

And unlike your sad frozen pizza or canned soup, this recipe is INCREDIBLY delicious. Plus, it’s actually good for you!

When you combine fast & easy… scrumptious… and good for you… you have a winning combination that will work on ANY weeknight.

FTH’s Fast & Easy Pan-Seared Shrimp with Couscous

(Low GI, Mediterranean)

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz shrimp, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry whole grain couscous
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 3 cups of spinach, chopped
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
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Directions:

1) Prepare couscous by bringing vegetable broth to a boil. Add couscous, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 10 minutes.

2) Heat up olive oil in a skillet. Add garlic and shrimp and cook until shrimp is almost opaque, about 3 to 5 minutes.

3) Add zucchini, tomato, and spinach to skillet. Stir until softened and spinach is just wilted.

4) Fluff couscous with a fork and top with shrimp and vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve hot.

Tiny Shrimp Pack A Big Nutritional Punch

You might not think too much about shrimp. After all, they’re most often served as an appetizer… or to accompany pasta.

But in reality, these little guys hold quite a few nutritional benefits.

A 3-ounce serving of shrimp contains only 84 calories, making it a low-calorie food. Plus, about 90% of those calories come from protein!

For such a low calorie count, shrimp contains A LOT of nutrients. That same 3-oz serving of shrimp includes:

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  • Protein (18 grams!)
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin B12
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus
  • Niacin
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Iodine
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

Shrimp also contain antioxidants. The primary type of antioxidant in shrimp is called astaxanthin. In fact, it is responsible for the shrimp’s reddish color.

Astaxanthin has been found to have many benefits, including reducing inflammation…  strengthening arteries (& reducing the risk of heart attack)… increase levels of “good” HDL cholesterol… and prevent damage to your brain cells that could lead to Alzheimer’s, memory loss, or other neurodegenerative diseases.

Some people are worried about antibiotics used in farm-raised shrimp. Although no studies have found major negative health effects from eating seafood that contains these antibiotics… you can always avoid the problem altogether by choosing wild-caught shrimp.

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Choosing shrimp that are caught and prepared in the US also eliminates the risk of antibiotic use.

So, stock up on some shrimp! You’ll find yourself using it not only in this delicious shrimp & couscous recipe… but with pasta dishes, salads, and much more.

Why You Shouldn’t Eliminate Parmesan From This Recipe (If You Want To Lose Weight)

If you’re trying to lose weight, you might try to occasionally “lighten up” recipes to aid in your weight loss.

You cut out a little sugar here… a little cream there… and make some smart ingredient swaps for a lighter, healthier meal.

And I totally get it—you want to eat healthy and eliminate unnecessary “empty” calories whenever you can!

So, you might be tempted to cut out one of the more indulgent ingredients in this delicious recipe: the parmesan cheese.

Don’t do it!!

This may surprise you, but parmesan cheese has been scientifically proven to actually boost fat burn!

While it might sound counterintuitive (eat more parm, lose more fat?)… it’s based on real research. 

Yes, cheese is actually a weight-loss superfood. If you know which ones to eat.

So before you eliminate the delicious parmesan from this amazing recipe… take a look at this research that shows you exactly why parmesan cheese is so good for your waistline (and your health)… plus, 2 more tasty cheeses that help your body burn more fat:

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