I was ravenous tonight, and for me that’s a big deal. I get cranky and mean if my blood sugar is too low.
That’s when cravings kick in and my mind starts visualizing recipe ingredients as if I were watching a movie. I can see them come together and taste the distinctive flavors of each ingredient.
These shrimp and avocado pita pockets are a perfect example of my food delirium. I visualized the shrimp I was craving, and noodled on the ingredients that I would need to make a fresh dish that would satisfy my hunger.
I decided a creamy sauce of thick Greek yogurt, lemon and basil would work well with the shrimp and avocado I had in the frig. Stuffed into a pita pocket, I was definitely happy.
- 6 ounces low fat Greek Yogurt
- 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
- ½ pound salad shrimp, rinsed and drained
- ½ cup green onion, sliced
- 1 small roma tomato, chopped into small pieces
- ½ medium avocado, chopped in small pieces
- ¼ cup fat free feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 large whole wheat pita bread, sliced in half
- 1 cup baby spinach
- Combine yogurt, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar and basil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Combine shrimp, onion, tomato, avocado and feta cheese in a medium bowl and add dressing.
- Warm pita bread in the microwave oven for 5 - 10 seconds. Remove and open one pita pocket and line with spinach. Stuff with 1/4 of the shrimp salad. Repeat for the remaining pita pockets.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Shrimp is low in fat, and higher in cholesterol. Studies show that it can raise HDL and triglyceride levels, good for heart health. It also contains B12, omega-3 fatty acids for anti-inflammatory effects, and selenium, copper and zinc.
Yogurt contains iodine, phosporous, calcium and protien. All nutrients that support good health, but it’s the active bacteria in yogurt that provides the strongest benefit to our immune systems. They aslo lower LDL, raise HDL Cholesterol.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 7.18g
Total Carbs: 26.65g
Dietary Fiber: 5.24g
Old Weight Watchers Points 5
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.