Shrimp Korma

Thanks for all your comments on my Guy Fieri Halloween costume.  I’ve done famous chefs three years in a row and am stumped on who I should be next year – let me know if you have any ideas! 😀

I still had leftover roast beef, so I made a hash – 3 oz. roast beef, baby spinach, roasted red pepper, 2 eggs, 1/2 ounce of cheese and a mini bagel for 11 points.  This was super filling!

Even though I was super busy at work, I was able to get out for a walk – gorgeous sunny 55 degree weather!

I took a different path and turned into a subdivision, thinking it made one giant loop back to the main road to my office.  I was enjoying the weather, listening to Pandora, when all of a sudden I realize I’ve walked for 35 minutes and I don’t seem to be getting any closer to the main road!  Um, there were some seriously big houses!

And I found an idea that Tony and I can do for our driveway – not!  Kinda reminds me of Big Fat Greek Wedding movie, doesn’t it?

So I ended up running back the way I came!  It took me 20 minutes to jog the second half of my walk – so it was a total 55 minute walk/jog. 😀  Luckily all I had to do was heat up my lunch for 3 minutes.

I saw this dish at Marisa’s blog – I knew it was going to the top of my list of recipes to make.  I did leave out the onion, and I didn’t have fresh ginger.  And I also used chicken broth and added a 1 tsp. or sriracha to kick it up. 😀  I also am not the hugest fan of peas, so I added canned green beans.  And I didn’t have the yogurt too, still delicious though!

Shrimp Korma over Basmati Rice
from
Cooking Light Magazine (June 2011)

  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 lb. peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 4 cups hot cooked basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add bell pepper and onion;  saute 2 minutes.  Add flour, ginger and garlic;  cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add curry powder, garam masala and 1/4 tsp. salt;  cook 30 seconds while stirring.  Stir in broth and 1/3 cup water;  bring to boil.   Stir in milk and tomato;  reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.  Add peas, shrimp and remaining salt;  cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done.    Spoon 2/3 cup rice into each bowl.  Top with 1 cup shrimp mixture and 2 tsp. yogurt. 

Makes 6 servings.  Calories:  295;  Fat:  5.9 grams;  Protein: 20.1 grams;  Carbs:  39.1 grams;  Fiber:  2 grams.

This one will be repeated again – I am pissed though because somehow I forgot to give my SIL one of the two meals I made – so you may see this again later in the week – sorry Jody!

I worked late – had a boring grilled chicken salad that I prepared just in case.  No time to even take a picture, but you didn’t miss much!  The salad with dressing came in at 7 points.

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 29 points exactly 😀
  • 55 minute walk/jog
  • average blood sugar 144

I am looking into doing a Paleo diet for six weeks – anyone have any thoughts on the subject?  This plan runs from November 7 to December 19 along with a personal trainer that incorporates strength/core/cardio training – but it would mean grain-free, bean-free, potato-free, dairy-free (fat free feta is the only cheese!), and sugar-free.  (alcohol free – eek!).

I am testing out my first Paleo breakfast this morning – come back tomorrow and I’ll let you know how it is! 😀

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43 thoughts on “Shrimp Korma

  1. That sounds like it would be really hard. I eat way too many beans to give them up. Meat often freaks me out, so in turn, I make myself super “fun” to be around. Dancing farts are the worst! I don’t know how this comment got to that point…

  2. The shrimp korma looks delicious…it is on the menu for next week! The Guy costume was a HOOT!!! I love it! 🙂

    Paleo…Hm. I think of it as the Atkins of today. It has some valid points, but overall…nah. Curious to see what you decide!

  3. I’m interested to see how it goes – good luck!

  4. Laughing at the Guy Fieri idea! Genius! Next year: Julia Child?

  5. I thought the title of this post was shrimp coma haha. I was like uhhh. That dish looks awesome! I love Shrimp so much!Glad you were able to get out. K has been super sick and I was finally able to get out and run today! Felt so good

  6. I loved the Shrimp Korma dish, too, Biz! Definitely a keeper!

    Okay, next chef costume… how about Mario Batali- red headed ponytail, shorts, orange clogs (and a pillow for your belly (sorry Mario!)? Then, you could cook up big dishes of pasta for your office party!

  7. Julia Childs….I loved the way she talked and would always taste things along the way.
    Glad to hear and see all is going great. Been a bit since I left a comment but I do read your posts all the time.
    Take care Biz and have a blessed day.

  8. I’ve thought on and off about doing Paleo, but am not keen on all of the restriction. I’ve done restriction before and it doesn’t work for me. I do keep to a higher protein diet, but need to throw in oats or whole grains in daily to keep my cravings at bay. I’m curious to what you decide!

    I agree with the Mario Batali costume. Orange crocks!!!

  9. I’m not so sure about this Paleo diet! Eek! I need ideas too! Glad I have a familiar face doing this challenge!

  10. Love the guy costume! Duff Goldman would be a funny one.. but about that bald head of his..

    I’ve had that CL recipe bookmarked for a while, maybe it’s time to make it!

  11. I had to scroll to your last post.. Guy fieri!! That is hysterical!! You look great!!!
    That meal looks just amazing!!! Yum!!

  12. The plan sounds like a great one if you can stick to it, I think I would personally have a hard time sticking with it long term, but I love my cheese and potatoes too much to ever give them up 🙂

  13. There are so many celebrity chefs to choose from nowadays!! Giada, Anne with the spiky hair, Gordon Ramsey, Alton Brown, the chairman from Iron Chef..

    I saw a brief segment on Dr. Oz about the Paleo diet and the hunter/gatherer thing. I personally would NOT be able to do it b/c as soon as something becomes “off limits” I crave it like crazy. So all I’d want is cheesy mashed potatoes and a big glass of wine!!

  14. I am not a fan of the paleo diet because I personally don’t think that much meat is good for me. I know that we all could eat chicken all day and be skinny but for my health I feel good when I have whole grains, lots of fruit and veggies and beans. Also I buy organic meat. The chicken I buy is $5.99 lb., so there is no way I could even afford to do that diet if I wanted to.

    But every body is different so I am curious to see if you like it. Good luck.

  15. And to add. I am not an expert in this field at all but I think the meat waaaaay back then was so much cleaner, if you know what I mean. I love meat and feed it to my family, but I am so cautious because I know about the whole process of getting it to market. It’s kind of sad what is done to the meat we eat so others can make a buck. I guess it’s buyer’s beware.

  16. I think that if you’re up for the challenge, then go for it! I would just look into if it’s maintainable long-term because there’s no way in hell I would give up all that, drop some poundage and then gain it all back after the “diet” was over. I think I would prefer just clean eating and working with a trainer.

  17. I like the Mario Batali idea – plus this gives you a year to find orange Crocs!

    The paleo/primal diet sounds hard. However, it’s only for a short time, and you might break a couple of habits (um, wine?) during the process AND drop some weight…of course, we all know that keeping it off can be just as hard. I like that it ends before Christmas!

  18. erintakescontrol

    Thanks for your comment on my blog re: Chicago. I hadn’t heard much about Xoco but I might have to visit both places. Xoco is a little farther from my hotel, but it might be worth the cab ride. 🙂 I will also have to check out heaven on seven – might have to break the paleo cycle for some spicy Cajun lovin!

  19. That shrimp korma sounds amazing, yum! 🙂 The paleo diet sounds super hard but it could be fun to try it out since it’s only for a small amount of time. 🙂

  20. Here is a website that was shared with me about Paleo living: http://robbwolf.com/

  21. Maggie @ say yes to salad

    I just had to comment and I am on my phone. I adore the Paleo diet. Love love love it. I am mostly paleo these days and it is so easy to maintain it. You can certainly modify it to include cheese of you want. The main offenders are grains and sugar. I eat beans occasionally and sometimes (like this afternoon) I’ll have a small piece of candy but I am probably 95% grain free. Definitely check out marks daily apple. He has a great book out as well (also available as an ebook). Anyway, highly recommend it and feel free to email me with any questions. I have seen so many health improvements since starting (on and off but mostly on for about a year). I don’t talk about it much on my blog but I should. Good luck!! I hope you try it and that it works.

  22. i think stepping it up a notch and keeping yourself on a plan during that time frame sounds like a good idea to meet some of your goals! that being said, it sounds like it might be really difficult…what CAN you eat//? not all of those foods are unhealthy in my mind!

  23. The diet,and exercise coach sounds like a good idea, at least for 6 weeks! Don’t know if I could keep it up after that. But there is only one way to find out!
    The shrimp looks great, I love shrimp!
    I think Mario is a great idea, you just rocked Guy! 🙂

  24. That driveway reminded me of the Beverly Hillbillies! LOL

    That diet should be interesting. I’ll be watching to see what happens.

  25. Maybe Rachel Ray or Giada? That korma recipe sounds sooo yummy!

  26. erintakescontrol

    Rachael Ray – you could squeak when you laugh and carry a bottle of EVOO around with you all day!

    Mario would be hilarious, too – neon orange wig, orange crocs, and a pot of pasta at the hip.

  27. Paleo sounds a little crazy to me but I’m sure you can do it! Good luck!

  28. I want to live in one of those houses:)

  29. Gosh that looks good! I love My Big Fat Greek Wedding-so funny! When the carbs are out of control I do find that going higher protein helps to kick the cravings. I look forward to reading what you think of doing the Paleo diet.

  30. No beans! Forget it. I couldn’t do it! I’ve heard of the diet but I don’t eat meat so this wouldn’t work for me. However, I am curious to hear your thoughts if you do decide to follow it. Would you take a break from WW while you do this?

  31. I’ve been reading about paleo/primal eating lately and think it is interesting. I definitely thing eating a diet that has minimally processed foods, lots of vegetables, some fruit, healthy fats, and grass-fed meat is a good thing. Paleo is actually quite strict and I don’t see that being sustainable for me. However primal is a little more flexible and I’ve been gradually headed that direction over the last few months. Many people that eat primal still eat dairy, nightshade vegetables, and occasional grains. The guy behind primal eating has an 80/20 philosophy that I like. Basically his idea is that if you eat well (primal) 80% of the time, the other 20% allows for some room when you either can’t eat primal or choose not to for some reason. No matter how you are eating, I think keeping an 80/20 rule in mind is a good one. All too often people get off track for whatever reason and then throw in the towel because they aren’t perfect. Allowing yourself a few sensible treats or times to eat outside of your norm seems like a good thing to me.

  32. I’ve been reading about paleo/primal for awhile. I tried the 3 week primal challenge at Mark’s Daily Apple. I’ve also read some books.

    It looks like that type of diet has good success at controlling both weight and diabetes. Have you read Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes? Also eye-opening.

    What I found when I ate more primal/paleo is that I wasn’t hungry. Normally if I have toast or oats for breakfast, I need a snack at 10 am or I’ll get faint and weak. But with paleo, that never happened. I found that I didn’t get as hungry all the time, and my craving for sugar basically disappeared.

    I prefer primal to paleo as it has a little more wiggle room on the dairy. And I missed beans, but I recently re-introduced beans and I’ve been really gassy.

  33. Hey Biz!!!

    did you get a zero scale too??
    I am unable to participate in the challenge due to surgeries. I didnt want to commit to it – I knew I would not be able to fully commit. I am, however, testing out the scale and I am thinking about testing the paleo diet – at least most of the way paleo – I dont think I can completely give up my coffee (with splenda and half & half)…I look forward to learning from you… lucky me, you post all your foods and recipes!!
    Thank Biz!!
    xox
    Jen

  34. Yes! I am on off paleo and it is a great lifestyle but you have to really plan and have the right choices in your reach or you grab for the chips! Lots of protein, lots of veggies, nuts and eggs. I missed cheese and pasta! My final bit of my middle melted off when I did this very strictly. I also trained better and my skin cleared right up.

    This pizza is a lifesaver! http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2011/06/greekza-pizza-grain-and-dairy-free.html

    I lived on beef patties on a bed of spinach drizzled with a bit of balsamic and topped with an egg for breakfast. You can have quinoa in moderation as it is a seed.
    There are some good paleo sites out there too, like marks daily apple. nomnompaleo, and fastpaleo.
    Oh and watch your sugars closely. Can’t wait to see what you think. I like Liz’s thoughts too. Don’t throw in the towel if you “cheat” a little!

  35. Tonyne (from the retired Unlikely Success Story)

    You have my interest peaked in a Paleo Challenge…I have been considering doing it for the 2 weeks before Thanksgiving week (well, a modified version) starting on Monday. I may have to consider this a challenge for myself! Good Luck! 🙂

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