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Monday, April 13, 2009

A Healthy Twist on an American Classic

Since becoming a Pesce-vegetarian (meaning I still eat fish), it has been a challenge trying to replace some of my favorite meals. Cheeseburgers and french fries being one of them, I recently came across a delicious alternative:

The Shrimp Burger

If you ever made a crab cake it’s pretty similar and you can play around with the ingredients to suit your taste. But you can start with the following:


-One pound medium shrimp
-One onion finely chopped
-A handful of parsley
-One cup of seasoned bread crumbs
-Three tablespoons of mayo
-One egg
-Two sprinkles of salt, pepper, and Old Bay
-One-eighth of a teaspoon of Cajun seasonings
-One eighth of a teaspoon of hot sauce or jerk sauce
-Two tablespoons of olive oil
-And hamburger buns

Topping Suggestions: Lettuce, tomatoes & tatar sauce

Clean & devein shrimp, than chop into pieces.
Combine shrimps with chopped onions & parsley, and mix in a bowl.
Add seasoned bread crumbs and the next 5 ingredients – stir or use blender.
Shape into patties, place olive into large nonstick skillet and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve on buns with desired toppings.

The Shrimp Burger is 190 calories vs. A beef hamburger at 350 calories.

Sweet Potato French Fries


-Two large sweet potatoes
-One teaspoon of white or brown sugar
-A pinch of cinnamon

Cut potatoes into "thick-cut french fries" and soak in cold water for thirty minutes. Pre-heat oven to 350. Place french fries in single layer on cooking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper, grease with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes than turn around, and bake addtl 15 minutes or until light brown. Place sugar, cinnamon, and french fries in ziplock bag, and shake to coat. Yummy!

The Baked Sweet Potato French Fries is 170 vs. Regular French Fries at 250.