Quick lunch or dinner for one! Cajun Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry – low carb, high protein and full in flavor.
Since February, I’ve been working hard at the gym to transform my body. Sounds extreme, I know, but really I’m just focused on building muscle and losing fat so honestly it’s not just about weight loss but more about inches and how my clothes are feeling. I experienced my first “success” last weekend that caught me off guard when I begrudgingly put on a pair of jeans (I hate wearing jeans, they make me cranky) and they surprisingly fit very well. It was a bit of a shock to me because although I have lost 8 pounds on the scale since the beginning of the year (it goes up and down after each weekend, weekends are tough for me), I haven’t really noticed since I typically wear workout clothes or leggings most days. Wearing jeans comfortably has always been a goal of mine and I call this major progress!
One of the most important things I’m working on right now in addition to my gym workouts is nutrition. I’m dedicated to using My Fitness Pal every day to track what I’m eating. I’ve been doing this 50 days now and I have to say, it really has trained me to stop before mindlessly eating or making a food choice I know I’ll regret later. Do I still eat pizza with my family on Saturday night? Yes, but less. I also drink a beer and eat tacos with my husband at lunch on Sunday, but just one beer (and too many tacos) and I try to walk extra later so my Fitbit can tell me how many exercise calories I burned to make me feel a little better. Or I just lay around on the couch and work extra hard at the gym the next day. I’m living a good, balanced life right now and seeing changes in my body and myself when it comes to food and I do think it has to do with being so much more mindful than I was before. It is not extreme weight loss and body transformation, it’s slow and steady and habit forming and that’s encouraging.
Let’s talk about this little plate of food. One of the coaches at my gym shared this with me recently and as soon as she did I made it the next day. I have made this dish (or a variation of it) at least 4 or 5 times in the last week. I’ve made it as shown, as well as with smoked chicken and apple sausage instead of shrimp, as well as with frozen mixed vegetables instead of peppers and green onion. This Cajun Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry comes together QUICK and is super easy to change up so you won’t get bored. It’s low in carbs and calories, high in protein, and filled with veggies. You can’t beat it.
A few items that has made my life easier and tastier lately have come from Trader Joe’s. I don’t get to my TJs often but when I do I am sure to pick up cauliflower rice for the freezer. I’ve been told that Green Giant is making cauliflower rice too so keep your eye out for it in the produce section or you could always make your own (<— here’s a tutorial). In all honestly, I see myself buying it more than making it on my own.
Also, this harissa is ridiculous and I’m adding it to everything lately. It’s HOT so add it sparingly at first. I love the extra spice. (I worked my way up to that little dollop of harissa shown below, you’ve been warned.)
Hope you enjoy this Cajun Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry as much as I do!
- 4 oz shrimp
- 1 teaspoon oil (coconut or avocado oil is what I like to use)
- 3 mini peppers, sliced
- 3/4 cup cauliflower rice
- sprinkle of Cajun seasoning, to taste
- 1 green onion, chopped
- hot sauce, chili garlic sauce or harissa
- In a nonstick skillet heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Add shrimp to skillet and season with Cajon seasoning. Let shrimp cook 2-3 minutes on each side until pink. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add peppers and cauliflower rice to pan, let cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring often until veggies start to soften. Season with a little Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper, to taste. Add cooked shrimp and green onions into skillet and continue to stir fry for just a few minutes longer. Serve immediately with hot sauce of choice.
Nutrition Information (without harissa, via My Fitness Pal): 248 calories / 17 g carbs / 8g fat / 27 g protein
Some other meals I’m enjoying while trying to lose weight:
Summer White Chicken Chili
Greek Yogurt Egg Salad with Smoked Paprika
Shrimp Bacon Garden Salad
Avocado Tuna Spinach Salad
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