Thursday, September 01, 2022

Recipe: Low Carb Lettuce Boats

I made these for dinner with a side of crab legs for dinner the other night. They were so good so I thought I would share the recipe in case anyone else wanted to try them. 

You will need:

Several lettuce leaves- I used Romaine
12 large shrimp- cleaned and deveined
2 slices of bacon- cooked
1/2 tomato- diced
1 small avocado- diced
1 green onion- diced
1 small carrot- julienned (Sliced very thin)
A small handful of cilantro- diced
The juice of 2 lemons
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. McCormick Herb and Garlic seasoning
1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

What to do: 

Cook your bacon and save grease in the pan. Add cleaned shrimp to bacon grease pan, season shrimp with whatever seasoning you like. I used Old Bay and McCormick Herb and Garlic seasoning. Fry on both sides until it turns pink. Remove from pan and cut each shrimp in half so they are bite size pieces. 

Mix together lemon juice, garlic powder, paprika, Herb and Garlic seasoning and old Bay. Mix well and set aside.

In a bowl add the Tomato, bacon, avocado, green onion, carrot, and cilantro. Add the lemon juice mixture to the bowl and mix well. Add shrimp and toss well. Add this mixture to whatever lettuce leaves you like and enjoy. 

Makes 6 small lettuce boats.

We had ours with some crab legs. 

So, why low carb? Well saw my doctor a couple of weeks ago and my A1c and blood pressure is really high. I have diabetes (for several years) and just haven't been sticking to the low carb diet and my blood glucose levels are starting to show it. A1c shows what your average glucose levels have been for the past several months. For anyone curious my A1c was 10.1 and that's high. My glucose levels have been averaging 350 during the day when they should be around 100. My blood pressure was 198/101 the last couple of times she came out and took it. Normal range is 120/80. She's afraid I might have a stroke if I don't change my diet and bring these numbers down. So that's why salt wasn't an addition to my spices and I used a bunch of other spices to make up for the lack of salt. The bacon has enough salt for this meal all by itself but distributed into 6 lettuce boats, I don't think it was that much.

So I will be sharing a few of my low carb recipes with you as I make them and try to bring all these numbers down.