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It all started with a desire to have #TacoTuesday at the house with the family. We’re really big on family night, we love to cook together (including the kids), and since October is “Eat Better, Eat Together Month,” tacos were a perfect idea.
So how did these tacos end up naked?
That part. There are very few things I love more than a nice crunchy, flavorful taco LOADED with sour cream. My waist however, does not like tacos so much, or the sour cream, among other things. I want to slim down a little, get my energy levels up, and just get to feeling better so I can hang around a little longer with these people I love so much. So I decided this month to try WHOLE 30. You can read more about it here, but it’s basically a 30-day challenge to transform the way you view food, and retrain your body and it’s response to food. You can’t eat any dairy, processed food, beans, grains, and all of the yummy, dirty, delicious foods you love so much! Check out the site for the full details.
THAT…is how the tacos ended up naked. If you’re brave enough to take the Whole 30 plunge, or if you just want a lighter way to enjoy a favorite, you’ll love these shrimp tacos. I used a romaine lettuce instead of a taco shell, and scratched the sour cream altogether… and you know what? I regret nothing. They were nothing short of delicious!
So here’s how you make them:
1 c. Mango, diced small
1 Red Pepper, diced small
½ Red Onion, diced small
1 Jalapeno, seeded, diced small
Juice of 1 Lime
1Tbsp. Cilantro, chopped
Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate. This can be made ahead of time.
Red Cabbage Slaw:
½ Head of Red Cabbage, thinly sliced
1Tbsp. Cider Vinegar
Toss cabbage and vinegar together in a bowl, season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
1 lb. Medium Shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Chili Powder
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 Lime
Heat a skillet to medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Season shrimp with garlic powder, and salt and pepper, and sauté shrimp until done. They will be pink. Drain off excess oil if any, and set aside. Squeeze on the lime juice!
**Firm white fish such as tilapia, grouper, halibut, or cod, all work well in this dish as a substitute for the shrimp.
6 washed and cut romaine leaves (or taco shells of course)
Layer the slaw, shrimp, and relish on each leaf. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime, and fight over who will get the last one. Well, play fight. 😉
Does your family do Taco Tuesday?