Shrimp With Zucchini and Tomatoes

by Anne Bennett on May 20, 2017

Weight Watchers shrimp served with Trader Joe’s Multigrain Blend

In keeping with the philosophy that eating well and losing weight can and should go hand-in-hand, Weight Watchers has shifted its focus to recipes containing real food (AKA, food that your grandmother would recognize). Fresh produce, whole grains,  lean proteins — the Mediterranean way of eating.

This WW recipe for shrimp with zucchini and tomatoes is an example. The vegetables — grape tomatoes and zucchini — are fresh and seasonal. The lean protein is shrimp (not seasonal when you buy it frozen at Costco, but cut me some slack, I live in Kansas). If you like shrimp, Costco’s large frozen shrimp are a major find for healthy eaters. I keep a bag on hand at all times, ready for defrosting in a bowl of water and cooking in less than 5 minutes. Because they’re frozen right after being caught and processed, they taste fresher than the “fresh” shrimp you buy in the supermarket seafood department. Trust me.

Another healthy food find: Trader Joe’s Multigrain Blend with Vegetables. This frozen side-dish, produced in Italy, is fully cooked and minimally seasoned. It’s a whole grain rock star as far as I’m concerned. Buy some and keep it in your freezer for delicious dinners like this one.

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4″ slices
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 cup water

Heat 2 tsp. of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini in a single layer, increase heat and sauté about 2 minutes on each side until golden. Remove zucchini to a plate with a slotted spoon.

Heat remaining 1 tsp. oil in the same skillet. Add shrimp and sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper and cook until shrimp are just cooked through, about 1 minute. Stir in garlic and water and stir to loosen bits from pan. Cook until shrimp are cooked and tomatoes have softened, 1 to 2 minutes more. Return zucchini to skillet, toss and serve.

Serves 4 (each serving about 1 1/4 cups)
WW Points per serving: 4

1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Multigrain Blend = 3 WW Points

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Jody Gittleman May 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

I’ve read that before — that if you insist on buying seafood that hasn’t been frozen, it often won’t be as fresh as seafood that has been flash-frozen right after it is caught.

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