Spicy Shrimp and Scallops

I found this recipe in the Paleo Diet Cookbook  and I had to try it.

What you need:

2 tbsp olive oil

1 pound raw, peeled, deveined shrimp

1 pound scallops

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp paprika

2 tsp fresh chopped cilantro

lime juice to taste

cayenne pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil on medium heat in your skillet. Add the garlic and saute for one minute, stirring so that the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the tomatoes and stir, cooking for two minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp turn pink. Remove from pan – put them in a bowl – and cook the scallops, about five minutes (or until they are done, whichever comes first). Add the scallops to the shrimp and tomatoes, and stir in the remaining ingredients.

This was a pretty good snack for my fiance and I. The scallops were definitely a treat, but the recipe in the book doesn’t even call for them. I added them simply because he and I both like scallops, and they worked really well. I think that as everything sets the resulting sauce may pick up the subtleties of the different flavors involved; we ate the majority of the shrimp and scallops right after they were done cooking and felt that there was too much lime juice (the recipe called for juice from half of a lime). But when I went back for more, I felt that the flavors had melded a little better.

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Day 3

Day three went okay. I had my huge veggie omelet which did not fill me up, so I went to the store and bought some shrimp from the meat department to munch on. I put the rest of it in my baked tilapia with mushrooms. They got a little overcooked with the tilapia, since they were already cooked, but they weren’t inedible. Lunch was another salad with chicken and olive oil.

Breakfast this morning was leftover shrimp and tilapia, with some sauteed veggies thrown in. It was kind of weird having that for breakfast, but since the eggs haven’t been cutting it I figured that I would try it and see how it goes. I wasn’t really hungry this morning, but I ate it because I really didn’t want hunger to hit in the middle of the morning and there be nothing I could do about it.

Yesterday afternoon was a little rough in that I felt so tired and worn down. I know that this is probably the carb withdrawal flu that I have heard so much about. I’ve never experienced it to this degree, which makes me wonder if there were quite a few things that I was doing wrong on those low-carb diets. I didn’t go to bed any earlier last night, but I’m thinking that I should have because I woke up tired this morning. It is going to be a long day.

Because it is going to be a long day and I’ve had a long week, I plan on treating myself to some fajitas from the Mexican restaurant for lunch – without the tortillas, beans, cheese, and rice, of course. With a side of guacamole, that should hit the spot and perhaps give me enough energy to make it through the afternoon.