Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Avocado Sauce

After uploading and putting this picture in the blog post, you can't really see the sauce or the shrimp and the tomatoes on the far left taco kind of look like a strawberry to me. Oh well. It's not a very pretty plate, but it's a delicious one, that's for sure! If you're looking for a quick, filling and tasty meal, you have to make these. We went from unthawed shrimp to taking our first bite in about 45minutes. My Husband and I prepared this together; he marinaded the shrimp, chopped up tomatoes and cooked the shrimp mixture while I prepared the sauce. Ok, so he more or less made dinner and I helped. It was still a lot of fun being in the kitchen together.

Shrimp Tacos
an Amy's Kitchen Creations original
1lb unthawed shrimp (we used 14oz of the pre-cooked kind)
Half a package of imitation crabmeat
a few leaves of cilantro
2/3 cup Italian Dressing

Marinade the shrimp, cilantro and dressing while you're preparing the sauce below. When the sauce is made, throw the shrimp (with about 1/2 of the marinade) in a pan to warm up. The sauce will boil a little and you may need to drain some of it out while you're cooking so that your shrimp aren't sitting in a bath.

Makes 8 tacos (4servings of 2 tacos per serving)

Spicy Avocado Sauce
an Amy's Kitchen Creations original
1 tblsp Franks Red Hot Sauce (love this stuff!)
2 tblsp Ranch Dressing (if you have fat free on hand, that would be even better!)
1 whole avocado, peeled
2 tblsp Light Sour Cream

I was originally going to mix this all together in a bowl, so I started with the ingredients in a cereal bowl but then quickly changed my mind when common sense kicked in and I knew that a whisk wouldn't get this to the consistency I wanted I attempted to use my immersion blender with the whisk attachment and I ended up whipping avocado chunks on my wall. Oops! That's when I knew I needed to convert ingredients to my blender!

Put all sauce ingredients in a small food processor (or blender, if the only FP you have is a ginormous one) and pulse/blend/whip it together until it is all combined and you get a nice smooth consistency. It's a thick sauce, more like a condiment than a sauce I guess. I wasn't sure what to add to it to get it more sauce like without risking points value (think taco sauce from a jar consistency), any suggestions? The sauce makes about 10 tablespoons (30tsps) and a serving size is 1 tblsp (2 tsps) for 1 point.

When the shrimp is warmed to your liking, take them off the heat, drain the remaining liquid and get ready to assemble your taco! We served these with 6" Fajita Carb Balance Whole Wheat Tortillas from Mission. (They're 1 ww point per tortilla and they're delicious!)

2 tacos served with lettuce, tomato, 2 tortillas and 1 tablespoon of sauce = 6pts*
2 tacos = 4pts*
1tblsp sauce = 1pt*


*points are based on my calculations and are not validated by Weight Watchers.