Quick and Easy Mock Shrimp "Risotto"

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I had a wonderful 4th of July weekend with my husband and son! The best part about it? I stayed on the Medifast plan! OP all the way baby! Holidays always seem the hardest for me, but luckily we decided not to go to one of the infamous buffets here in Vegas that happen to be everywhere! I think that would have been asking for trouble... BIG trouble. Instead, we grilled some shrimp for me and steak for the hubs. I can happily say I had No Regrets this 4th of July weekend :) My loss for the week was 1.6 lbs! Great week week for me indeed!

As you can tell by my many posts of shrimp recipes, I love shrimp. I usually have it at least once a week because they cook pretty fast and they absorb a lot of flavor. Plus they belong to the leanest lean category. Not to mention they are just plain old delicious. Hubby can't eat shrimp so more for me!

I needed to make something that would be quick and easy to put together, hence the name of the recipe, since I am still studying for my real estate license. Study, study , study is all I seem to do these days. I didn't have too much time to spend in the kitchen so this recipe did the trick. With a little preparation, the dish only took a few minutes to make. Well, a few minutes of cooking time. If you like the cauliflower mashed "potatoes" mixed with laughing cow cheese wedges, then you will love this dish. It is definitely keeper! Also, I kept this as one serving for those days that I just didn't want leftovers but now I kind of wished I doubles the recipe. I will next time! Also, don't fret if you don't have Garlic and Herb Laughing Cow Cheese. You can use any of the other flavors... well maybe not the Cinnamon Cream flavor but most any of the other flavors. Enjoy!

    
 The finished product! Doesn't that look delicious! The grated cauliflower resembles rice and is a great low carb alternative.
 

I used frozen cauliflower, which didn't take long at all to cook. Add the frozen cauliflower to boiling water and let it cook for about 5 minutes.


Drain the cauliflower. Use a food scale to measure out 270 grams of cauliflower or 186 grams if using fresh cauliflower. You can also measure out 1 1/2 cups of cauliflower if you do not have a food scale.


Place the cooked cauliflower in a food processor and use the shredding disk too shred the cauliflower. You could also use a hand grater if you don't have a processor.
 

Set aside the grated cauliflower.


 Measure out 7 oz of cooked shrimp and set aside. Make sure the shrimp is peeled with tails removed.

 
Saute 1 tbsp of butter with 1 minced garlic clove.


 Add the rest of the ingredients cooking until heated thoroughly. Only a few minutes! Voila! Dinner is served!


 Quick and Easy Mock Shrimp "Risotto"

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup cooked, grated cauliflower (3 Greens)
7 oz peeled, tails removed, cooked shrimp (1 Lean)
1 tbsp Land O' Lakes light butter spread with canola oil (1 Healthy Fat)
2 light garlic and herb Laughing Cow Cheese wedges (1 Healthy Fat)
1 garlic clove, chopped (1 Condiment)
1/4 tsp salt (1 Condiment)
1/8 tsp black pepper (1/4 Condiment)
1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes (1/6 Condiment)
2 tsp grated Kraft Parmesan Cheese (2/3 Condiment)

Preparation:
Cook cauliflower. I used frozen cauliflower. Follow the cooking instructions on the back of the package. Drain.

Use a food scale to measure out 270 grams of cauliflower, since 90 grams of cooked from frozen is 1 Green. If you are cooking fresh cauliflower, measure out 186 grams, since 62 grams of cooked from fresh is 1 Green. Place cooked cauliflower in a food processor and shred using the shredding disk. Place in a medium sized bowl and set aside.

Thaw out cooked shrimp from bag. Peel and remove tails if necessary. Weigh out 7 oz of shrimp and set aside.

Directions:

In a medium sized skillet, melt butter and add garlic. Saute garlic in butter until they turn light brown, a few minutes over medium high heat. Lower the temperature to medium heat and add the wedges of laughing cow cheese. Stir until slightly melted. It is okay to have some lumps. They will blend nicely with the rest of the ingredients. Add the shrimp to the laughing cow cheese mixture and then add the grated cauliflower, parmesan cheese, and salt. Stir until combined. Heat for about 3 to 4 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Sprinkle parsley flakes on top. Enjoy!

1 Serving
1 Lean, 3 Greens, 3 Condiments, and 2 Healthy Fats per Serving



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