Cranberry basil Shrimp Cocktail! A refreshing and healthy appetizer that’s Gluten Free, paleo, and easy to make.
So here we are. Year 2015! Personally, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can finally stand tall. You know that feeling? When you give yourself a break from trying to EXCEED at everything and just focus on the one thing that makes you your best.
That’s what 2015 is about. It is not to become new in improved. It’s about feeling good, refreshed, and embracing where you are in life.
Which leads me here. Welcome to my old yet new Cotter Crunch. If your’e viewing this in bloglovin, email, or other format, just click to go to my real website and you’ll see a FRESH look ( thanks to jenny). I will definitely go into more details when time allows, but for now, this Sherpa Wife is all about inviting you to sit and eat at my table and cheer you in on your 2015! Whatever that may look like! Yes, corny, but that’s me.
How are you kicking off the 2015? Are you trying something new? Are you striving to take better care of yourself?
I think both are great. But let’s Keep it simple and Choose wisely.
Just move each day. Just focus on REAL food. I think it’s always best to start with that and go from there. Wouldn’t you agree?
I’ll be teaming up with Garmin vívofit and Whole Foods Market to help keep us ALL on the PATH to good health and fitness these next few weeks.
The Garmin vívofit tracks your steps, sleep, activity, and more. And I think you know what Whole Foods Market can provide. -→ REAL food focus!
Now, about the eating part. Here’s a LUCKY recipe you can try out for the New Year. Fruit and Fish (or Seafood) are supposedly to be eaten at the first of the year to bring “abundance” and luck. Good thing I have an abundance of Sizzlefish shrimp and fish to keep our year stocked full of luck!
Healthy Gluten Free Cranberry Basil Shrimp Cocktail
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries (or fresh cranberry sauce works great too)
- 1/2 bunch basil leaves chopped
- gluten free cocktail sauce (I buy mine from whole foods) or you can make your own.
- lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil (optional for more creaminess)
- 1/4 tsp each black pepper and sea salt
- 10-12 medium wild caught shrimp (preferably peeled)
- Note: want is spicy? add in 1 tbsp fresh horse radish or sriracha.
- First, boil your shrimp. Devien and place in ice.
- In blender, combine your basil, cranberries, and cocktail sauce. Blend then add in 1- 2 tsp of lemon juice and your sea salt. Blend until smooth.
- Spoon into bowl. Place shrimp and veggies around the bowl and sprinkle a little basil and black pepper around the shrimp to add more flavor. Make sure to keep your shrimp on ice to keep cold. Shrimp are safe at room temperature for 2 hours but need ice to maintain freshness if left out longer.
- I also like serving this with feta and gluten free crackers or dehydrated veggie chips!
Recipe by Lindsay at Cotter Crunch
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I also love using fresh basil in this recipe because it can bring in the medicinal properties we all need after a holiday season of eating. There are several types of basil plants, all which contain essential oils and phytochemicals. Plus it has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-microbial properties, which can help remedy headaches, fever, anxiety, nausea and more. I’ll cheers to that after a month of holidays!
Well friends, that’s my first Path To FIT (and Healthy) Recipe for 2015! More to come, as well a big long update on the Healthy Bites, Cotters, and more! Oh, and after 6 years of blogging, I finally created a COTTER CRUNCH Facebook page. Another change, and reason for it! I hope to connect more with you all there.
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Favorite good luck food to eat at the beginning of the year?
Cheers to 2015!
Disclaimer: Garmin provided a vívofit and Whole Foods an $100 gift card