New Year’s Eve is a night of celebration, a time to gather loved ones and prepare for the year ahead. Whether you are going to a party, or hosting one yourself, this recipe is a perfect crowd pleaser that is simple and packed with flavor. Kick your new year off right with a tasty low carb appetizer that will leave your guests begging for more!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">A Fruit You Say?</p></h4>
Yes! Cucumbers are technically a fruit! They are high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease. Cucumbers are low in calories and are made up of 96% water, and contain soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss. Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">The More Fresh Herbs the Better</p></h4>
Cilantro is a popular herb due to its fresh and bright taste. But cilantro is so much more than a versatile culinary herb. Cilantro is loaded with beneficial phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Cilantro is truly amazing it can rid the body of heavy metals, protects against oxidative stress, lowers anxiety and improves sleep, lowers blood sugar levels, protects against, cardiovascular disease, food poisoning and even neurological inflammation.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Blackened Shrimp & Crispy Chilled Cucumbers</p></h4>
<h5>Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 4</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
**For the Cucumbers:**
* 20, ½ -inch-thick cucumber slices
* 2 tablespoons avocado oil
* 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
* ½ teaspoon sea salt
* ½ teaspoon pepper
* ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
**For the Blackened Shrimp:**
* 2 teaspoons paprika
* 2 teaspoons onion powder
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon cumin
* 1 teaspoon sea salt
* 1 teaspoon pepper
* 1 teaspoon dried ground thyme
* 1 teaspoon dried ground oregano
* ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne, adjust to your heat index
* ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili flakes, adjust to your heat index
* 16 –20, about 1¼ lbs. total large deveined tail-on wild shrimp
* 2 tablespoons butter cooking spray
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5>
1. Put the sliced cucumbers in a bowl and mix with the olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. Prepare the blackening seasoning by combining the paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, sea salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, cayenne, and red chili flakes in a shallow baking dish or pie plate; blend together well. Coat the shrimp with cooking spray and put a few at a time in the blackening seasoning to coat all over. Set aside. Repeat until all the shrimp are coated.
3. In a large (10- to 12-inch) heavy skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Let the skillet get hot. Place a few shrimp in (don’t crowd) and pan-sear on each side for 1½ to 2 minutes. Remove seared shrimp to a plate. If you need to add cooking spray to the skillet to keep it from sticking, have at it. Serve the blackened shrimp with the cucumbers on the side.