In this healthy BBQ shrimp recipe, shrimp are seasoned with a peppery spice blend and served with zucchini, peppers and whole-grain orzo for a delicious and easy dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes. The shrimp and veggies are cooked in the same skillet, so cleanup is a snap too.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: What to Eat with Diabetes 2019


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  • Place shrimp in a medium bowl. Combine paprika, garlic powder, oregano, pepper and cayenne in a small bowl. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the shrimp; toss to coat and set aside.

  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook orzo according to package directions; drain. Return to the hot pot; cover and keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, slice scallions, separating white and green parts. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites, zucchini, bell pepper and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes more. Add the vegetables to the pot with the orzo. Add salt; toss to combine.

  • In same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add the shrimp; cook, turning once, until opaque, 4 to 6 minutes. Drizzle with barbecue sauce. Cook and stir until the shrimp are coated, about 1 minute.

  • Serve the shrimp with the vegetable mixture. Top with scallion greens and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.


Tip: Frozen shrimp thaws quickly. Place frozen shrimp in a large bowl with ice water. Let stand for 20 minutes.

Note: See this recipe in our 1,500-calorie diabetes meal plan.

Nutrition Facts

360 calories; protein 30.1g; carbohydrates 40.6g; dietary fiber 9.5g; sugars 7.2g; fat 8.9g; saturated fat 1.2g; cholesterol 182.6mg; vitamin a iu 2098IU; vitamin c 66.4mg; folate 50.4mcg; calcium 109.3mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 66.2mg; potassium 734.1mg; sodium 553.8mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 3g.

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Both me and my significant other enjoyed this. You could do it with other types of meat or add some feta and tofu for vegetarian. Loaded with fresh veggies. Definitely will make again. Read More