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! 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 from June 1st o July 2nd: 10.2 lbs!

  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 was 767 awesome peeps! The challenge started July 1st and ended 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 emailed me or messaged me to tell me about their issues with getting motivated and staying on plan and I knew EXACTLY what they were 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, the weight loss 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. 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! Grilling recipes are my favorite kind of recipes because nothing beats that flavor you only get from the grill. The best part about grilling shrimp is that 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 used Walden Farms Apricot Preserves but Orange Marmalade works great too!  Both flavors taste great with shrimp.

The shrimp had a slightly sweetened flavor that I loved and the soy sauce helped bring out a tiny bit of saltiness. As for the fire cracker (heat from sriracha), it was spicy but not too spicy. This will surely be a great summer recipe to enjoy!

Fire Cracker Shrimp

9 to 10 ounces raw, peeled shrimp - should yield 7 oz cooked (1 Leanest)
2 tbsp Walden Farms Apricot Preserves (2 Condiments)
1 1/2 tsp lite soy sauce (1/2 Condiment)
1/2 tsp sriracha sauce (1/2 Condiment)
1 tsp sesame oil (1 Healthy Fat)

Place apricot preserves in a small bowl and microwave for 20 seconds until partially melted.
Add soy sauce, sriracha sauce, 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 Leanest (7 oz of cooked shrimp), 3 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat (need 1 more Healthy Fat) per serving

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