This recipe takes nearly no time to put together and the flavors are absolutely delicious.

Shrimp are an excellent food choice because it is very high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids; and very low in total fat.

Shrimp has been shown to improve mood and overall cardiovascular health. It is even thought to offer protection against Alzheimer's disease.

Spicy Chipotle Shrimp

serves 4 – two skewers per serving (8 shrimp)

Each serving is equal to approximately 160 calories.

Ingredients:

1 lb uncooked shrimp- peeled and de-vained (about 32 large shrimp)

3 tbsp. tomato paste

3 tbsp. water

1 ½ tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. chipotle chili powder

1 tsp. dried oragano

2 tbsp. fresh cilantro- chopped

1 tsp. lemon juice

salt- to taste

pepper- to taste

8 wooden skewers (or metal)

Directions:

Rinse the shrimp under cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel and toss in a bowl. Add lemon juice and toss to coat.

Meanwhile, to prevent burning, place wooden skewers in water to soak for at least 20 minutes. If you're using metal skewers, you can skip this step.

In a large zip-lock bag, add the tomato paste, water, olive oil, chipotle chili powder, oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper. Seal the bag and mix together all the ingredients to form a marinade.

The marinade should be a little thick, but thin enough to coat the shrimp. If the marinade is too thick, add an additional 1 tsp. lemon juice or just enough water to get the right consistency.

Open the bag and toss in the shrimp. Seal the bag and shake it until the shrimp are all evenly coated. Place the marinading shrimp in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, up to 2 hours.

When you're ready to cook the shrimp, heat up your grill. Position the cooking grate at least 4 inches from the direct heat source.

Thread 4 pieces of shrimp on each wooden skewer. Lightly coat the grate of the grill with non-stick cooking spray.

Place the skewers on the grill, turning the shrimp every 2 minutes. The shrimp are finished when the color becomes slightly pink or orange. Remove from heat.

Serve your shrimp garnished with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges. They would be fantastic along-side some grilled vegetables and seasoned brown rice.

Note:

Actual cooking time may vary depending on which type of grill is used and how high the temperature is set. Watch the shrimp carefully.

About the author: Shari enjoys learning about food, making food, and eating food. She especially has an affinity for unique ingredients and Indian recipes. You can read her blog over at MyFancyPantry.com

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