Blackened Shrimp Bowls

Over the past few years ‘bowls’ as dinner’s main course have become very popular at my house. Like Blackened Shrimp Bowls, they’re fully self-contained, provide everything in a single bowl and make it really easy to prepare just enough for however many people will be sitting down to dinner. Chicken, beef, shrimp, all make excellent protein bases for a delicious bowl. I think they’re a great choice!

As an alternate protein choice, shrimp offers a high concentration of protein while very low in saturated fat. Protein is important in your diet to fight muscle weakness, fatigue, low energy levels, dull skin, low immunity levels, slow wound healing and poor concentration levels

Shrimp is also an excellent source of selenium, Vitamins A, D, B3 and B12. It is also full of minerals like Iron, Copper, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, and Magnesium. Shrimp is also an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids.

In combination, the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in shrimp boost the immune system, have cancer fighting properties, and fight age-related vision issues. They also help improve cognition and mood and combine to battle depression and cognitive degenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Though it’s cholesterol level is on the higher side, it’s low in saturated fat, helps raise good cholesterol levels and lowers triglycerides

Finally, it’s relatively low caloric content makes shrimp useful in weight loss programs.

Combine shrimp, olive oil, Cajun Spice Rub, street corn, avocado, brown rice
INGREDIENTS
Shrimp:
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 lb. shrimp, tails removed, peeled and de-veined
Cajun Spice Rub (see below)

Street Corn:
1 c. fire roasted corn
1 red pepper, diced
1 Jalepeño, diced
1 tsp Chili powder
2 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
Juice of 1 lime, divided

1 avocado, thinly sliced

2 cups brown rice
Cajun Spice Rub: cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, Kosher salt and ground black pepper
Cajun Spice Rub
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Defrost shrimp. Then, peel, de-vein and take tails off...
Defrost shrimp. Then, peel, de-vein and take tails off…
Street Corn: in a med bowl combine chopped red pepper, Jalepeño, green onion and cilantro.
Add 1 tbsp olive oil, juice of half a lime, season with salt and pepper and Chili powder.
 Add to charred corn and top with Cojita cheese (I use Feta)
Toss shrimp in Cajun Spice Rub according to taste
Toss shrimp in Cajun Spice Rub according to taste
Prepare the corn as per the Street Corn Recipe
Prepare the corn as per the Street Corn Recipe
Set a large skillet to medium-high, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add shrimp and cook until opaque (pink) and rub forms a slightly charred crust.
Set a large skillet to medium-high, heat 1 tbsp olive oil.
Add shrimp and cook until opaque (pink) and rub forms a slightly charred crust.
Build bowls: divide rice between 4 bowls. Top with shrimp, corn salad, and 1/4 avocado each. Garnish with cilantro, squeeze with lime and serve.
Build bowls: divide rice between 4 bowls.
Top with shrimp, corn salad, and 1/4 avocado each.
Garnish with cilantro, squeeze with lime and serve. 

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