Spicy Coconut Lime Shrimp

Every year on my birthday I enjoy a pina colada. This probably doesn’t sound too exciting to you – it’s just a drink. But it happens to be one of my favorite drinks and as I have only liked the full sugar/fat/alcohol versions, I only let myself partake on my birthday. One pina colada per year every year. This causes so much hype that by the time my birthday rolls around I’ve been dreaming and talking and thinking about my drink for almost a week.

This year was a little disappointing. I don’t know if all the anticipation created a drink in my mind that was much better than anything that exists, but it was too sweet. When my Mom asked about my birthday colada, she claimed my taste buds were growing up. I refuse to believe it. I try to eat everything healthy. I want to stick to this one horrible treat and I’m just not ready to give up on the tradition.  Despite my stubbornness, I have found some point friendly recipes on weight watchers. I may try one before the summer is over. Afterall, if I do go for the healthier versions, I can have more than one a year, right? Growing up may not be so bad after all!

My pina colada, although disappointing, was a source of inspiration. While drinking my Pina Colada with a lime, my birthday dinner of shrimp with cocktail sauce was served. Cue the recipe idea: Spicy Coconut Lime Shrimp.

 

Spicy Coconut Lime Shrimp (4 servings – 5 WW points plus)

1 lb of shrimp

1 can of unsweetened coconut milk

Coconut oil spray

Crushed red pepper flakes

3 limes

Sweetened Shredded Coconut

Directions:

1. Marinate the shrimp in coconut milk, red pepper flakes, and the juice of one lime.

2. Spray sauté pan with coconut oil.

3. Pour marinade and shrimp in the sauté pan and cook until warm.

4. Plate. Squeeze half a lime per plate. Sprinkle shredded coconut. Enjoy.

Verdict:

The coconut milk flavor was still a little too strong. The next time I make it I am going to offset it with a little more lime and red pepper flakes. Other than that, I loved it! This put me right back at the beach. All that was missing was a pina colada in my hand!

Spicy Coconut Lime Shrimp

Spicy Coconut Lime Shrimp

Coconut Iced Coffee

I worked in a coffee shop all through college, which did very little for my caffeine addiction and a lot for my long hours studying. It is probably the best part time job ever. I mean – coffee! It’s been a few years since college and I’ve been working hard on getting rid of my caffeine addiction. That being said, every now and then I get a craving for some really good coffee. My problem lies in the fact that I am not a huge fan of plain coffee. Flavored and sweet coffee usually racks up the weight watchers points. Typically, I will do do a small latte with skim milk and flavoring but lately that hasn’t been satisfying me.

In an attempt to get back to drinking plain(ish) coffee, I decided to try a combination of coffees that we used to have in the shop. The result: Coconut Iced Coffee

Coconut Iced Coffee (1 cup, 1-2 points plus)

Ground Coffee

Sweetened Shredded Coconut

Skim Milk

Water

Instructions:

1. Fill coffee pot with water.  

2. Layer ground coffee and shredded coconut in a coffee filter. Brew coffee. 

3. Pour coffee into a pitcher. Add more water until desired strength. Refrigerate. 

4. When cold, pour over ice in a cup and add milk and splenda (if needed) to preference. 

Coconut Iced Coffee

Coconut Iced Coffee

Verdict

It wasn’t as sweet or as flavorful as I wanted. I had set myself up for failure though – the Toasted Coconut Coffee we had in Boone was delicious. That being said, I didn’t have to add any type of sweetener. That in itself is huge for me. I’m going to try a few other variations to give it more flavor and maybe make it just a tiny bit more sweet. Overall, it was just what I needed!

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