Garlic Lime Shrimp-Stuffed Avocado

My hubby and I love shrimp tacos but sometimes we want a low-carb option. I created this recipe so that we can enjoy the rich, fresh flavors of shrimp tacos without the tortilla. They are so yummy! They are also a great recipe for the spring and summer seasons, light yet very tasty, especially with the creamy avocado scooped up with each bite!

 -Mel

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb, anti-inflammatory, diabetes friendly

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 10-12 medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Pinch of kosher salt (About 1/8 teaspoon)
  • Pinch of pepper (About 1/8 teaspoon)
  • Pinch of sodium-free garlic seasoning (About 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, grated or minced
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of chipotle chili powder (About 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh salsa with extra cilantro added in, OR pico de gallo (tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice)
  • Juice of 1 lime

Garnishes

  • Your choice of crema – Here are some quick recipe options. For something instant, you can pick up ready made flavored mayos from the store, like Kraft Reduced-Fat Chipotle Mayo: Honey Sriracha Crema, Cilantro Lime Crema, Chipotle Crema
  • Queso fresco
  • Hot sauce, if desired
  • More chopped cilantro, if desired
  • More lime juice, if desired

Steps

  1. Chop shrimp in 1/2″ bite-sized pieces. In a small bowl, mix shrimp thoroughly with the salt, pepper, seasoning, garlic, lemon zest, olive oil and chipotle chili powder. Cover and marinate in the fridge for half hour.
  2. Drizzle a bit more olive oil into a medium skillet and heat on medium high.
  3. Cook shrimp pieces, about 1 minute on each side, until just turns pink. Watch carefully so they don’t overcook! Set aside in a small bowl.
  4. Mix shrimp with fresh salsa or pico de gallo, and lime juice.
  5. Cut avocados in half and scoop out the seed. Spoon in about 2 heaping tablespoons of the shrimp mixture in each avocado half.
  6. Garnish with your choice of crema, queso fresco, hot sauce, cilantro and extra lime juice. Enjoy!

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