I wanted to start the new year with a delicious healthy recipe to set the tone for me this year and ongoing. For a long time, I didn’t believe healthy and delicious were two words the belonged together. Most good-for-you food tasted like sawdust or worse. Today, I know that is not true. Many healthy recipes taste phenomenal and I’m on the hunt to make and devour them.
As you can probably guess, I am once again on a quest to get healthy this year. Last year I did get a bit healthier and dropped a few excess pounds but I can’t really claim to “be healthy” or at my ideal weight and I want to be healthy for real.
I also realized a couple of truths this past year:
- Losing weight isn’t going to be as easy for me as it was in my 20s.
- I need to focus and change habits to see real, permanent change.
The person staring back at me when I look in the mirror is heavy, sluggish and not me. And the only person who can return me to the person I was and want to be is me. I can’t pretend that doing nothing or half-assed will bring about the change I need.
And I must admit my efforts were half-assed.
Fortunately, I’ve gotten back into swimming and started making some changes to my diet. Fewer carbs on daily basis (although I am not eliminating them) and more healthy proteins and lots and lots of veggies. And this dish fits the bill perfectly. It’s also easy to make and only requires one pan too!
Look at all those glorious veggies, — grape tomatoes, artichokes, green beans and red onions. They are paired with perfectly seasoned shrimp and baked together. It’s filling, satisfying and feels like a real treat that doesn’t make me feel bad after eating it.
Don’t be intimidated by it’s large ingredient list. The only items that require real effort is trimming the green beans (and you can also substitute asparagus when in season), cutting the onion and deveining the shrimp (which you can also buy deveined if time is sparse and your budget allows it). It really takes minimal effort and tastes delicious.