Baked Coconut Shrimp

Coconut ShrimpSuch a great recipe from March’s Everyday Food. I’m not a huge fan of shrimp, but I loved these. We devoured them all quite quickly and I can’t wait to make them again. Enjoy!

Baked Coconut Shrimp

3 T. vegetable oil
1 1/2 c. panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 c. sweetened shredded coconut, roughly chopped
1/2 c. Dijon mustard
1/2 t. curry powder
2 large egg whites
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on
1 lime, cut into wedges
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium. Add panko and toast, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer panko to a medium bowl; stir in coconut. In another medium bowl, whisk together Dijon, curry powder, and egg whites.
  3. Dip shrimp in Dijon mixture, then coat with panko mixture, gently pressing to adhere. Place shrimp on rack and bake until opaque throughout, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with lime wedges.

Low-Fat Meatloaf

So, I’m actually not that concerned about finding meatloaf that is low-fat, I just think this is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had (and I’ve tried a few!). The difference is that the mushroom mixture adds great flavor to the meatloaf (but because it’s pureed, my kids don’t know there’s mushrooms in it), and the meatloaf is never dry. It’s just a winner; so much so, that I usually turn to this recipe when I have mushrooms in the house. This recipe comes from an April 2008 Cook’s Country. I haven’t included a picture, because I don’t think meatloaf photographs well, but it looks pretty much like any other meatloaf, I promise!

Low-Fat Meatloaf

  • 1 t. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 oz. cremini or white mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 t. minced fresh thyme
  • ¼ c. tomato juice
  • 1 slice hearty white sandwich bread, torn into pieces
  • 1½ lbs. 90-percent lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. Dijon mustard
  • 2 T. finely chopped fresh parsley


  • ⅓ c. ketchup
  • 3 T. cider vinegar
  • 1 t. hot sauce
  • 2 T. light brown sugar

1. For the meatloaf: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Set wire rack inside rimmed baking sheet and arrange 8- by 6-inch piece of aluminum foil in center of rack. Using skewer, poke holes in foil at ½-inch intervals.

2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Cook onion and ¼ t. salt until softened, about 8 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato juice and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Let mixture cool 5 minutes, then transfer mixture to food processor, add bread, and process until smooth. Add beef to food processor and pulse to combine.

3. Whisk egg, soy sauce, mustard, parsley, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in large bowl. Add beef mixture and mix with hands until evenly combined. Using hands, shape mixture into loaf covering entirety of prepared foil. Bake until meatloaf registers 160 degrees, about 1 hour. Remove meatloaf from oven and heat broiler.

4. For the glaze: Combine ketchup, vinegar, hot sauce, and sugar in small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Spread glaze over meatloaf and broil until glaze begins to bubble, about 3 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes. Serve.


Black Bean and Mango Quinoa Salad

I improvised a little for a luncheon get-together last week, and came up with a new salad that is wonderfully colorful and seemed nutritionally loaded

A bright salad for spring and summer!

(as far as my knowledge of nutrition goes:). It’s also vegetarian and vegan.  I based it off of a recipe from epicurious, although the end result is quite a bit different. So, this is for Sara particularly, but if something doesn’t seem right, let me know! This is how I remember it going . . .

Black Bean and Mango Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 2 T. white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 t. salt (or more, to taste)
  • 1 c. black beans, cooked and drained (or from a can)
  • 1 c. chopped peeled mango
  • 1 medium tomato, cored and chopped into 1/4″ cubes
  • 1 sweet pepper (orange or yellow look particularly great), seeded, deveined, and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 large handful of cilantro, stems removed, roughly chopped

Cook quinoa in medium pot of boiling salted water over medium heat until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Drain well; cool. Transfer to medium bowl. [My quinoa gets really clumpy when I cook it this way, so instead, I boil it for 10 minutes, then I put it in a fine mesh steamer, and steam it for 10 minutes more. It turns out light and fluffy this way. I also always rinse it 3xs before cooking it, which was the excellent advice of my friend Maryann. Rinsing it ensures the quinoa’s not bitter.]

Meanwhile, whisk oil and next 4 ingredients in small bowl to blend. Season dressing to taste with more salt (if desired) and pepper.

Add chopped mango, black beans, tomato,  green onions, pepper, 1/2 the cilantro and 1/4 cup dressing to quinoa; toss to coat. Garnish with remaining cilantro and drizzle with remaining dressing; serve. Stores well for 2 days in an airtight container, refrigerated.

Serves 4-6.