Hola, friends! Happy Tuesday and happy October! Does anyone else say “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” right when they wake up on the first day of every month? One of my roommates in college convinced me it was good luck, so I’ve been trying to do it for a couple of years now, usually with no success!
Anyways, please sit back and relax as I walk you through my super exciting day. This is the price you have to pay to receive the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: the recipe to a healthy bang bang shrimp!
I started my morning with a bowl of apple walnut cinnamon oatmeal. We were totally out of all milks: regular, skim, almond.. you name it, we didn’t have it. So I left out the splash of almond milk I usually go with, and started the morning sans coffee as well.
Louie was sad to see me leave in the morning. At least I’d like to hope he was, because I hate leaving his furry face.
For lunch at work I had leftovers from dinner the previous night, which included salad and some of the aforementioned bang bang shrimp. There was no picture taking at lunch. I’m trying to make friends at work, what did you expect?!?!
I made it back to my gym after a 2 week hiatus following the work day, and I have to be honest, I really missed it there.. While the gym at my hotel the last couple of weeks was pretty awesome for a hotel fitness center, it definitely doesn’t compare to my gym and all the fitness classes offered there.
My legs were a bit tired from the race on Saturday and our 5 mile run on Sunday morning, so my warm-up on the treadmill was a seriously slow 3 miles of walking and jogging. After gettin’ all my muscles ready to go, I headed to the fitness room for a Bodypump class. Boy did I miss that 55 minutes of toning madness. I plan to get to the gym as much as I can this week, as work will get a bit busier for me in the weeks to come.
Now that you’re all filled in on the details that comprise my little life, here is the recipe I promised you!
A few weeks ago I made shrimp skewers for some guests we had over to watch a football game. I served the skewers with a “bang bang” type spicy sauce, and while the end product was tasty, it didn’t feel as satisfying as an order of Bang Bang Shrimp from Bonefish Grill.
I couldn’t give up on my efforts to recreate this dish, so I tried it a different way for dinner this weekend. Here is my version of bang bang shrimp, lightened up a bit!
Healthier “Bang Bang” Shrimp
(Serves 4-5 as an appetizer, or 2 as a main dish)
1 lb. medium pink shrimp, tails removed
3 tbsp thai sweet chili sauce
¼ cup light or fat free mayonnaise
2 tsp sriracha sauce
1 egg white
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp olive oil or cooking spray
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 cups romaine lettuce
Place egg white in a large bowl, and bread crumbs and crushed red pepper in another large bowl. Dip shrimp in egg and then cover in bread crumbs and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine mayonnaise, sriracha sauce, and thai sweet chili sauce until fully mixed.
Heat olive oil or cooking spray over high heat in a large sauté pan, and add in coated shrimp once oil is sizzling.
Cook for a couple minutes (3 minutes for pre-cooked shrimp or 5-6 minutes for uncooked shrimp) until shrimp is pink and breadcrumb coating is toasted. Remove from heat and toss with thai sauce. Serve immediately over romaine lettuce.
My recipe left out the scallions that typically appear in bang bang shrimp, and I lightened it up with lite mayo and panko bread crumbs, while also eliminating butter. The dish ended up being exactly what I wanted, and tasted pretty darn close to the restaurant version 😉
Are there any restaurant dishes that you love to recreate at home?