Spicy Shrimp and Ten Tips for Eating Healthy Italian

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10 Tips for Eating Healthy Italian by Angela RoBerts

Fast food can be good for you. If you are like millions of Americans who eat fast food a few times a week because of work and crazy schedules, please take note: THIS spicy shrimp recipe IS FAST FOOD.

You don’t always have to eat very low carb or keto to eat healthy and sustain your weight.

Good food for dinner that doesn’t mean cottage cheese, dry fish, or a meal substitute protein shake. It means food that anyone would choose to eat no matter how thin or healthy they already are. See the list below for some good food ideas.

The sauce for spicy shrimp nearly screams for a date with a big hunk of crusty bread. And, if you are eating a french baguette, you could still eat two pieces, a bowl of shrimp and come in at about 500 calories.  Of course, if you skip the bread, you are barely at 200 calories. I am getting all calorie counting on you because I want to make a point about healthy low-calorie meals. No one can live on carrot sticks and be happy.

For all the desserts that get baked, and pasta that gets rolled, there are many in between nights where a good bowl of soup or a hearty dish such as spicy shrimp is dinner.

But, I love food, so it still has to be a good meal. And, it can be. People trying to fight the obesity statistics do not have to suffer. I think this must be the twinkie-type companies that convince people that if they are not shoveling fake baked goods and mcburgers down their throats, somehow life is less satisfying.

Less satisfying are all the problems of obesity, and they are different for everyone. But, Spinach Tiger knows and understands the love for food, and is here to tell you, it’s okay to love food, as long as it’s the food that can love you back.

Ten Tips for Eating Delicious Italian Food with No Weight Gai

  • Eat like an Italian: Pasta is but an appetizer, followed by a small serving of protein and a green salad or green vegetable. Try Healthy Italian Baked Chicken
  • Split up your meals. Eat your pasta for lunch, protein and greens for dinner. Try Bucatini with Black Pepper and Cheese for a rich, yet light spaghetti dish.
  • Go easy with cream sauces. Tomato-based sauces can be made in twenty minutes and have tons of nutrition and are much lower in calories. Try this Pasta All’ Amatriciana
  • Do prepare sauces with olive oil and garlic. The fat is satisfying and you will eat less; the olive oil has health benefits, as does the garlic. Try Broccoli Rabe and Pasta.
  • Shrimp and  scallops are low in calories, high in flavor, and you can make a FAST, delicious dinner for LESS than your drive through cost. Yes, you can.**
  • Italian soups are hearty, satisfying, healthy and even with a hunk of bread, will not break the calorie bank. See a list of Spinach Tiger soups below. Try this hearty, low carb Italian beef stew or this quick and easy Minestrone.
  • If you are eating pasta, don’t add a second carb. Save bread for another meal.
  • Try small amounts of alternate starch choices to up the heartiness of a dish, as this ossobuco with grits. There is really only a smattering of starch in this dish.
  • Save wine for weekends; too often wine lowers resistance and oops, you eat too much.
  • Roast vegetables with olive oil, sea salt and enjoy Italian inspired lighter fare, possibly with a piece of bread. A half cup of pasta with 2 cups of veggies and you have a great mid-week supper. Try these garlic roasted Brussels Sprouts.

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Spicy Shrimp with Red Chili Pepper

Adapted from Marcella Hazan’s Essential’s of Italian Cooking
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or chopped hot red chili pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 large can Italian plum tomatoes chopped w juice (I used San Marzano from Fresh Market)
  • Sea salt
  • 1 pound wild shrimp shelled, cleaned, deveined
  • Grilled or oven browned slices of bread


  • Saute shallot and garlic in olive oil. Add pepper flakes and parsley.add tomatoes. Cook at a simmer for twenty minutes to reduce the juice.
  • Rinse shrimp several times in cold water. Pat dry and add to sauce when it’s ready. Cook just until shrimp are cooked (about 3 minutes).
  • Grill thick slices of bread in cast iron pan on top of stove that has a little swipe of olive oil or bake in oven to brown.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. Oh this recipe is just delicious sounding Angela. Healthy Italian is what I think of as proper Italian…not the over fatty, creamy stuff we thought was Italian until we learned better. Hope you are well. T

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