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Hungry Girl Today: 8.21.12

HG's Shrimptastic Nachos

Shrimply the Best...
Restaurants LOVE to get crazy with their appetizers, don't they? Pssst... We secretly love that they do. It gives us great excuses to make over dishes like THIS. Chomp, chomp!

2 tbsp. light plain soymilk
Dash cumin
Dash chili powder, or more to taste
1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
3 oz. ready-to-eat small/bay shrimp
2 oz. (about 30) baked tortilla chips (like Guiltless Gourmet or Baked! Tostitos Scoops!)
1/4 cup fresh salsa or pico de gallo
1 jalapeño pepper, sliced into rings (see HG Tips!)
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream

In a medium pot, combine soymilk, cumin, and chili powder. Add all three cheeses, breaking the cheese wedge into pieces. Bring to medium-low heat. Cook and stir until sauce is hot and uniform, about 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp and cook and stir until hot, about 3 minutes.

Evenly lay chips on a large microwave-safe plate. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until warm.

Give cheese-shrimp mixture a stir, and spoon over chips. Top with salsa or pico de gallo, jalapeño slices, and sour cream. Consume immediately!


Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe (about 15 nachos)
Calories: 282
Fat: 7g
Sodium: 722mg
Carbs: 30g
Fiber: 2.5g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 22.5g

PointsPlus® value 7*

HG Tips! When handling jalapeños, don't touch your eyes -- that pepper juice can STING. And wash your hands well immediately afterward. For less heat in your dish, remove the seeds.

Red Lobster's Shrimp Nachos

When Shrimp Attack...
Sometimes, when perusing a menu, we'll see something that sounds so crazy delicious, we’ll actually consider casting aside concern for whether the stats are smart. But BE WARNED! These nachos are SO not worth it for many reasons. We tried 'em and were pretty disappointed. Sorry, Red Lobster -- we're impressed with some of your other offerings, but not this! Our order was insanely salty, the shrimp were mushy, and the cheesy goo was crazily and weirdly oily. Plus, there wasn't nearly enough pico de gallo. We counted 35 chips in our order -- definitely more like a two-serving starter than a group appetizer. So we set out to make a similarly sized plate of nachos with better stats and better taste. The good news? We succeeded. The bad news? Our nachos disappear FAST...

Serving Size: 1/2 order
Calories: 545
Fat: 32g
Sodium: 840mg
Carbs: 47g
Fiber: n.a.
Sugars: n.a.
Protein: 17.5g

PointsPlus® value of about 15*

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