Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Shrimp Creole
I’m a big fan of shrimp creole – a southern Louisiana shrimp dish made with tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, celery and spices.
But since going back to Weight Watchers, I’m always looking for ways to lighten up recipes – even relatively healthy ones -by decreasing the fat and extra calories, while keeping them delicious.
So I adapted this easy healthy shrimp recipe to better suit our tastes, with ingredients I had on hand.
You can serve it over white rice, brown rice, your favorite rice blend or even low-carb cauliflower rice.
I used a wild rice blend since that was what was in the pantry.
Skinny on Weight Watchers Skinny Shrimp Creole
I made this skinny shrimp creole for dinner recently and everyone who tasted it thought the flavor was great.
Remember to adjust the spices to suit your tastes.
I went light on the spices and then let everyone add hot pepper sauce and cayenne at the table as they were inclined.
According to the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder each serving has *5 Freestyle SmartPoints.
Here’s another easy recipe for Southern Shrimp Creole from Cynthia’s Home Cooking:
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, sliced into half moons
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
- 1 can (28-ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon creole or cajun seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch cayenne
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
- 2 cups hot cooked brown rice
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, bell peppers, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until softened about 7 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, worcestershire sauce, creole seasoning, thyme, oregano, pepper, cayenne and bay leaf. Simmer with the skillet partially covered, until the flavors are blended and sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and cook, stirring a few times, until they turn opaque, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the bay leaf.
- To serve, spoon over rice.
If the sauce doesn't seem thick enough, you can make a slurry by mixing 2 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch together and stirring it into the sauce before adding the shrimp.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *9
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *5
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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