So, it appears I have a recipe theme of “shrimp meals” going on this month as my last post was this super simple and delicious Grilled Pesto Garden Salad with Warm Balsamic Shrimp. Today I’m continuing on with the theme and sharing my Citrus Shrimp & Avocado Toast Recipe. I have had this one in my recipe binder for years now and it has a regular presence in our home. I don’t know how it has not made it's way to the blog until today! Needless to say, I’m really excited to share this one with you guys.
As you probably already know by now, I’m a big fan of simple meals with simple but tasty quality ingredients. I always ask myself, “How can I bring out the flavors of simple ingredients and pair them together for a memorable meal with family and friends?” I, personally, think this recipe is one that answers this question perfectly. It takes the classic avocado toast but adds a few more ingredients, including a little bit of protein, to help make it a more complete meal and a good option for you and your busy athletes!
The tomatoes can cook on the stove or you can broil them in the oven while you cook the shrimp and toast your bread (I typically broil them so it frees me up to work on the other components of the dish). Once that is complete, you just have to start building your toast! This dish has alllll the wonderful flavors going on with the layer of creamy savory avocado, juicy sweet and salty tomatoes, a pop of sweet yellow corn and those warm citrusy chili shrimp. I seriously do love this dish and it’s so easy for those hot southern summer nights when you want something cool but satisfying for dinner. Whatever your schedule may be, I hope you can enjoy this dish with me this summer!
CITRUS SHRIMP & AVOCADO TOAST
Makes 2 toasts
For the Shrimp:
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp (you will have shrimp leftover for meals later that week. I typically do 3 or 4 shrimp per piece of toast)
For the Toast:
2 slices of whole-wheat bread
1/2 cup mashed avocado (about 2 medium avocados)
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
1 dry pints of cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons frozen & thawed corn (or you can use fresh cooked)
OPTIONAL - 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, served on the side and sprinkled over toast
To make the shrimp marinade, combine the ingredients for the shrimp in a small bowl and whisk well to combine.
Add the shrimp to a plastic sealable bag and then pour in the marinade.
Place plastic bag in the refrigerator and allow the shrimp to marinate for around an hour (you could also put in the fridge in the morning and have it ready to go in the evening for dinner)
Set the oven to broil and line a small baking sheet with foil.
Add lime juice to the mashed avocado to flavor it and prevent it from browning while you prepare the rest of the dish.
In a medium bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes with the 1 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
Add the tomatoes to the baking sheet and allow to broil in the oven about 6 to 8 minutes.
While the tomatoes cook, heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.
Add the marinated shrimp to the skillet and cook for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side, until the shrimp are white throughout.
Remove the cooked tomatoes from the broiler and set aside.
Begin to toast your bread and remove the shrimp from the heat when done cooking.
Place your slices of toast on separate plates or a serving platter and assemble by adding to each slice:
Sweet yellow corn (about 1 tablespoon per toast)
3 to 4 orange lime citrus shrimp
Sprinkle slices with feta, if desired, and enjoy!
The shrimp and whole grain bread provide PROTEIN
The roasted tomatoes are full of VITAMIN C and LYCOPENE. The vitamin C can help the body absorb any iron found in this dish (like in the whole grain bread or any in the shrimp)
The creamy avocado provides POTASSIUM, LUTEIN, and MONOUNSATURATED FATS. Beneficial for bone health, muscle contractions, good vision, brain health and helping fight inflammation!
MAKE IT AGAIN!
Use any extra ingredients as toppings on salads, mix-ins for eggs, or make another round of this delicious toast!