CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Hy-Vee) - Americans consume roughly one billion pounds of shrimp a year. No wonder we love them so much; they are low in calories and a very good source of protein, which helps with appetite control. Shrimp are also an excellent source of Vitamin B12 which may support proper nerve function, and selenium that may prevent cell damage.
Try using shrimp as an alternate protein source in your favorite dishes. Add shrimp to pasta, use in tacos, and toss them in a salad or even experiment with grilling shrimp. Not only is shrimp easy to prepare, it cooks up fast, making it a very convenient weeknight meal.
Hy-Vee dietitian, Christy, will feature a recipe with all the flavors of a shrimp boil in these easy-to-make foil packets. Zero-clean up needed and you can make them in the oven or on the grill.
Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets
All you need:
1 pound peeled, deveined shrimp
1 pound baby red potatoes, diced
½ pound andouille sausage, sliced
3 ears corn on the cob, cut in half
6 teaspoons olive oil
3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
All you do:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees or preheat grill to medium-high heat.
2. Precut 6 large pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil (about 12 inches each). Divide shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn into 6 portions and place in center of foil. Drizzle each with 1 tsp. olive oil and season with ½ tsp. Cajun seasoning (add more or less depending on level of heat desired).
3. Roll long side of foil together on top and fold sides in, sealing the foil packet tightly.
4. Bake in a pre-heated oven or grill 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and shrimp is cooked through.
Nutrition Facts per serving: 315 calories, 10g Fat, 135mg Cholesterol, 31g carbohydrates, 395mg Sodium, 4g fiber, 27g protein.
Christy Frese represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community. Christy is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.