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Okay, so it's not really Shrimp Toast…. but it's good, it's easy, and it's colorful!
Shrimp on Avocado Cream Serves 2
12 – 18 medium shrimp
1 tbs butter
1 tbs lemon
1 tsp pepper
1 small ripe avocado
1 tsp lemon juice
2oz (60gr) Greek or plain yogurt, (1/4 cup)
3 yellow cherry tomatoes
3 red cherry tomatoes
2 pieces whole-grain bread or whatever you have
Olives and fresh basil for garnish (and eating)
Peel and devein shrimp if needed. Melt butter; add lemon and pepper. Toss shrimp with lemon butter. Cook on barbecue grill for 5 minutes or until done. Or sauté in nonstick skillet for same amount of time. Remove and set aside. Remove avocado from shell and put into a bowl. Add lemon juice and mash with a fork. Add the yogurt and mash with the avocado. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half. Toast the bread. Remove the crusts from the bread and allow to cool.
To assemble: generously spread the avocado cream on the toast. Artfully arrange shrimp and tomatoes, garnish and serve.
In addition to the above, for the week of August 22 we have Grilled Swordfish, Lamb Chops with Rosemary, Grilled Potatoes Dijon, Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart, Pork Tenderloin with Paprika and Mustard Seeds, Easy Zucchini Gratin and Potatoes and more…
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