Fire Cracker Shrimp

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday!

As promised, I have the results from the two DietBet challenges I did for the month of June! I am super excited to say that I am a winner of both challenges! Not too bad for being a virgin DietBet . Mark my words, I definitely did the Happy Dance! Not sure exactly what the Happy Dance entails, but I was doing some type of movement that involved burning calories, most likely without rhythm.

This is how I did on the challenges: 

Jalita's DietBet

Start Weight June 1st: 175.8 lbs
Goal Weight: 168.8 lbs
Final Weight June 29th: 167.8 lbs

Amount won: $32.84
Profit: $7.84

Blogilates DietBet

Start Weight June 3rd: 173.9 lbs
Goal Weight: 166.3 lbs
Final Weight July 2nd: 165.6 lbs

Amount Won: $44.69!
Profit: $19.69

Total loss, while on Medifast, from June 1st o July 2nd: 10.2 lbs!

On Medifast, results vary. Typical weight loss is 2 to 5 pounds for the first two weeks and 1 to 2 lbs per week thereafter.

  I started my own DietBet challenge for the month of July called Sandy's Kitchen Adventures. I can't believe the amount of people who decided to play this time around which is 767 awesome peeps! The challenge started July 1st and ends July 28th! If you missed joining this time around, I will be starting another one August 1st and the 1st day of every month thereafter so you won't be left in the dust! You can always join another game if you don't want to wait that long! Good luck to everyone who is playing right now! I hope this will help get your butts in gear and gain some motivation! Soooo many people email me or message me to tell me about their issues with getting motivated and staying on plan and I know EXACTLY what you are going through. I have been overweight most of my adult life but it is a lifestyle change and if I can do it... then you can Do It! Between the fabulous support from Medifast, the Medifast community, and now DietBet... weight loss has certainly been obtainable for me. Does DietBet really help me? Sure does! I mean come on... you lose weight and have a chance to earn some moula even if it could range from $7 to $19, like for me. Honestly, I would be happy if I just didn't lose the money I put in if it helped me lose weight. Losing weight has always been a struggle for me so I will take any help I can get! If you have any questions about the plan or just need someone to talk to, message me and I will be happy to help if I can!

 As for the recipe...

I thought fire cracker shrimp sounded appropriate for the 4th of July! I am guessing they call it that because of the crushed red pepper, but honestly, it isn't really hot at all. Grilling recipes are my favorite kind of recipes because nothing beats that flavor you can only get from the grill. The best part about grilling shrimp is the cooking time is not much at all, just a few minutes on each side. You want to be careful not to over cook the shrimp or they will get tough and chewy.

I actually used Walden Farms Orange Marmalade instead of Apricot Preserves because that it is what I had on hand and it worked out well. I have made this recipe in the past with the regular Apricot preserves and both flavors taste great with the shrimp. You can sometimes purchase Walden Farms products at your grocery store, but I like to purchase it online at Netrition. I buy all my Walden Farms products, Guy's BBQ sauce, and Da Vinci syrups from that website for a flat shipping fee of $4.95. Do I a big order all at once and you will save on shipping costs. Plus their prices are very reasonable too.

The shrimp had a slightly sweet flavor that I loved and the soy sauce helped bring out a tiny bit of saltiness. As for the fire cracker (heat from the crushed red pepper), I didn't taste it at all. This will surely be a great summer recipe for my family. Enjoy!

Fire Cracker Shrimp
Slightly adapted from Tried and True Cooking with Heidi

11.2 ounces raw, peeled shrimp - should yield 7 oz cooked (1 Lean)
2 tbsp Walden Farms Apricot Preserves (2 Condiments)
1 tsp lite soy sauce (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (1/2 Condiment)
1 tsp canola oil (1 Healthy Fat)


Place apricot preserves in a small bowl and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds until partially melted.

Add soy sauce, red pepper flakes and oil to the melted apricot preserves; stirring until combined.

Thread shrimp on a metal or soaked wooden skewer.

Brush sauce on both sides of shrimp. (I let the shrimp marinate in the sauce for about an hour in the fridge before grilling).

Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

1 Serving with 1 Lean (7 oz of cooked shrimp), 3 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat (need 1 more Healthy Fat)

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