Shrimp is one of the lean proteins we’ll never ever tire of. Not only is the quick-cooking seafood basically fool-proof—all you need to do is throw them in a pan and wait for them to turn pink—it’s also surprisingly low in calories, not to mention delicious. In fact, one medium-sized shrimp will set you back just six calories, but it packs calcium (which keeps bones and teeth healthy) and potassium too.
What’s more, shrimp are super versatile, so they pair well with a wide range of flavors. In this recipe, we put a Mediterranean spin on the seafood by pairing it with white beans, couscous, and a lemony sauce. We love that the white beans offer a hit of plant-based protein, while the couscous provides the already-satisfying meal with a hearty, whole grain base.
Add some fresh lemon juice, savory garlic, and parsley to the mix and your dish gets a flavorful finish that will make any dinner guest think you’ve been cooking in the kitchen for hours.
Not convinced of the power of Mediterranean diet-inspired food? Research has shown that the meal plan’s plant-based proteins (like the white beans in this dish) and whole grains, such as couscous, offer a slew of health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease, dementia, and depression. Plus, the diet is full of good-for-you fats that will keep you feeling full, so you’re less likely to graze and gain.
What are you waiting for? Watch this video to learn how you can cook up lemony shrimp with white beans and couscous right at home.