Kickin’ Chipotle Shrimp Fajitas

May 10th is National Shrimp Day, so here’s a healthy shrimp recipe that’s sure to light up your taste buds!

Looking for low fat protein? Have a look at shrimp:

This little protein powerhouse weighs in at only 30 calories per ounce, yet provides 7 grams of protein, with only .1 gram of fat! Additionally, shrimp are low in both carbohydrates and sodium.

And it gets even better! Not only do they contain healthy antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, but a 4 ounce serving will provide you with a recommend daily intake of: 75% of your vitamin B12, 100% selenium, 50% phosphorous, and more than 30% of choline, copper, and iodine.

Chipotle seasoned shrimp fajitas on a blue plate, with slices of lime.
Chipotle seasoned shrimp fajitas.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of Shrimp (we used 61/70 size peeled/deveined)
  • 1 1/2 medium onions, cut into thin strips
  • 2 bell peppers, whatever color you like, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic, granulated
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 1/4 tsp chipotle powder *We used Mesa Rosa Chipotle, a smoky southwestern blend from Urban Accents.

Preparation:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees farenheit. I like to preheat the sheet pan too.

Slice your bell peppers and onions and place into a mixing bowl. Peel your shrimp if not already done, cut into bite sized pieces, and add them to the bowl. We used 61/70 sized shrimp and cut them in half. The size refers to the number of shrimp per pound. In this case, there would be 61 to 70 shrimp per pound. You might consider using larger shrimp reduce your prep time. Thaw frozen shrimp in cold water. Thawing in warm water can affect the texture of shrimp.

Mix your spices together. Drizzle the olive oil over the veggie and shrimp mixture and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the shrimp and veggies, and stir again to coat. Spread the mixture out evenly on a sheet baking pan, and place into the oven.

Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes, then place under the broiler and broil for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Cut the lime in half, and squeeze the juice over the fajita mixture on the pan.

Serve on warm tortillas and garnish with fresh cilantro, onions, or even the Holy Guacamole from our last blog post.

Holy Guacamole!

Avocados! This nutrient-packed powerhouse of the fruit world is the main ingredient in this dish brought to us by the Aztec people of what we now know as Mexico. According to Wikipedia, avocados were first cultivated in south central Mexico around 10,000 years ago. [1]

Here are some interesting facts about avocados: Avocado trees can bear as many as 500 fruit, however they typically average about 150 fruit per year. Sometimes called an Alligator Pear due to their rough textured skin, Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit, and contain more potassium than a banana! They are cholesterol free, gluten free, low in sodium, and high in fiber and healthy monounsturated fats.

Chips and guacamole served on a cutting board.
Chips and Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium avocados
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or crushed garlic to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper, diced (seeds & veins removed)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 to 2 fresh limes

Do This:

Slice ripe avocados in half lengthwise and carefully remove the pit. Scoop or squeeze the avocado flesh from the skins, and place into a mixing bowl.

Slice limes in half, and squeeze the juice into the bowl with the avocado, being careful to remove any seeds.

Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix/mash together. Enjoy!

Some variation in ingredients can include things like fresh Cilantro, chili powder, and even roasted corn or green chilis. Have fun and experment! What do you like to have in your guacamole? We’d love to hear from you!

Sarah’s Mediterranean Bean Salad


Ingredients:

  • one 15 oz can Garbanzo Beans, drained
  • one 15 oz can Cannellini Beans, drained
  • 1/2 English Cucumber, diced
  • one Bell Pepper, diced/chunks
  • 1/2 small Red Onion, diced
  • one Jalapeno Pepper, seeded/diced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives, halved or quartered
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
  • 3-4 Green Onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes, diced

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • one Lemon, juiced + one tbsp bottled lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano

Do This:

Add salad ingredients to bowl. Mix/shake dressing ingredients, pour over salad, and mix with spoon to coat. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving (if able) to allow flavors to develop. ENJOY!


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Walking | So Good For You!

At 100+ pounds overweight, I asked my doctor “What can I do for exercise?” He replied “Walking. If you try anything else right now, you risk injuring yourself.”

He went on to add “If you burn 250 calories by walking, and reduce your calorie intake by 250 calories every day, you’ll lose a pound over the course of a week.”

I remember thinking that it sounded simple. Too simple, yet I noticed several improvements after I started walking on a regular basis:

Mobility

I noticed that I could move easier. I had less joint pain, and was less stiff after sitting or driving. I became more flexible. I was no longer getting out of the car hunched over and hobbling for the first several yards.

Muscles

I noticed things getting tighter! Not my clothes, or my joints, but my muscles! I felt more “in control”, if that makes sense.

Walking uses many muscles throughout your body, focusing mainly on leg and core muscles. The leg muscles are some of the largest in your body, with the gluteus (your butt) muscles being the largest! Working large muscles will help your body produce and balance hormone levels.

Your “core” incorporates muscles in your chest, abs, back, and hips. According to Michael Silverman, P.T., director of rehabilitation and wellness at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York. It even helps regulate breathing and bladder function. [1]

Energy

I used to get tired pretty easily at first, however I noticed that I was eventually less tired. The more effort I put into being active, the more I was rewarded with additional energy in the days ahead. Are there “off” days? Sure, but overall the payoff is undeniable!

These are just a few benefits provided by walking; such a simple, often under-appreciated exercise that most of us can do. The list of benefits goes on and on – so let’s get outside and go for a walk!

  • Written by Mike Masters, for Sarah. FueledBySarah.com

[1] 5 Ways To Strengthen Your Core: Tips For Seniors, By K. Aleisha Fetters, SilverSneakers.com

Coping With COVID19 Quarantine

Can it still be called “Quarantine” if you’re not sick? Some are calling it “Lockdown”, which seems more appropriate for what we’re currently experiencing here in California. Whatever people are calling it, it’s getting pretty tiresome now. Nonetheless, we are doing our best to live normally – whatever that may mean.

I have been craving spaghetti, but I wanted spaghetti with meatballs. We had gone grocery shopping that morning, and finally found some ingredients to make meatballs – so that’s what we did. After putting the meatballs in the oven, we found a bottle of 2012 Newsome Harlow Zinfandel in our wine cellar (it’s a fancy term for our basement). We poured a couple of glasses to sip on while I finished up dinner.

The weather has been warmer, so my husband (Mike) suggested we eat dinner outside on our deck. Mike prepped things outside, and we plated our meals, poured a couple more glasses of wine, and went outside to eat. Mike surprised me by streaming some French bistro music to enjoy with our dinner. IT WAS AWESOME!

Just a few minor changes turned what would be an ordinary dinner, into an amazing little vacation on our own deck! Something to keep in mind whille we all deal with our current state of affairs in the world – mix it up and try to change the ordinary into the extraordinary.

What have you been doing to mix things up and keep interesting at home? Please share!

Are You Moving? Tips To Stay Active.

With our current COVID19 pandemic lockdown, it’s easy to lose motivation for staying active – Trust me when I say “I get it!”. It’s tempting to adopt a routine of staying up late, sleeping in, treating yourself to comfort foods, baking goodies, drinking the wine/beer/cocktails – we’ve all been there!

But that’s exactly when we need to STAY active. It’s okay if we slip, but remember to get back into a healthy routine. Better yet, work on a new healthy routine. Work on developing some new habits that will help you in the future. Learn something new. Practice a skill. Your mental and physical health will benefit from it.

My list for staying active and healthy:

  1. Walk. Walk on a treadmill, or outside – just walk.
  2. Learn something new.
  3. Drink water. Bored? Drink water. Hungry? Drink water. Thirsty? You know the drill.
  4. Work on your hobbies or projects.
  5. That thing you said you didn’t have time for? Do that!
  6. Have a ZOOM meeting with your family and friends. (Major mental boost right now)
  7. Cook healthy meals from whole foods.
  8. Walk some more.

Well, Here We Go!

COVID15 weighing you down? That’s right, COVID15, as in “the 15 pounds I gained while isolating myself in my home”. Well, you certainly aren’t alone; many of us have gained some unwanted pounds, whether through inactivity, stress-eating, or both.

Follow me for some helpful insight, tips, tricks, and more to help you lose the dreaded COVID15. What have you got to lose?