Cooking Light Night

August 4, 2008 at 6:55 pm 9 comments

Food is both my friend and my enemy. I love food but sometimes it doesn’t love me.

::looking at my ever growing muffin top::

Instead of whining about it to my husband (again), I decided I wanted to make a conscious effort to “cook light” at least once a week. Gotta ease my way into it right? Can’t get too crazy in the beginning and quit. Yeah… That makes sense.

Currently I subscribe to Cooking Light magazine (and Rachael Ray much to the distaste of my friend, Nikki. HA!) and I’ve earmarked so many recipes that I’ve been wanting to try. Now is a good a time as any!

At first I started thinking I wanted to make it a specific day but my whims are so sporadic that there’s only room for one strict schedule, my baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie. Instead I will have Cooking Light Nite any night of the week that I feel inspired… like tonight.

Oven Grilled Shrimp Tacos

(Recipe adapted from Cooking Light | photos from me!)

Makes about 8 servings


1/2 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons milk (I used fat free milk)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1-1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled (I used 1 lb)
3 tablespoons butter, melted (I used 2 tbsp)
2 large garlic cloves, minced
4 limes, cut into quarters (I used 2 limes)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8-6inch corn tortillas
2 to 3 cups finely shredded green cabbage
Bottled green tomatillo salsa
cilantro, garnish


Wrap the tortillas in foil and heat in a 350° F oven for 15 minutes, or wrap them in a napkin and microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, milk, and cumin. Set aside.

Skewer the shrimp. (If using wood skewers, soak them in water for 10 minutes beforehand.) In a small bowl, combine the butter and garlic. Brush the skewered shrimp with the garlic butter. Set oven to broil, about 4-5 minutes on each side or until the shrimp are opaque and the limes are browned. Lightly salt the shrimp.

To serve, pull the shrimp off the skewers and divide them evenly among the tortillas. Top with the cabbage, sour cream sauce, tomatillo salsa, and a spritz of grilled lime.

* CALORIES 247 (0% from fat); FAT 13g (sat 5g); CHOLESTEROL 147mg; CALCIUM 96mg; CARBOHYDRATE 18g; SODIUM 345mg; PROTEIN 16mg; FIBER 3g; IRON 3mg


Husband rating: A+
He was barely able to tell me anything b/c his mouth was full but I think he said “These are awesome!” LOL

Wifey rating: A+
I love shrimp and these were SO good. Definitely will make them again!

* Nutritional info for original recipe. Does not include my changes.


Entry filed under: Cooking Light, seafood.

Bunday Monday TWD #24 I didn’t do it! ~ Bart Simpson

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mara  |  August 5, 2008 at 10:50 am

    those look yummy. i have cooking light as well as Self which actually has goo light recipes. if you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, their pre-pack fresh foods are actually not all bad for you. And we love their Shepherd’s Pies. I try to eat 90% healthy during the week and then we splurge on wkds. Gotta live!!

  • 2. CB  |  August 5, 2008 at 10:53 am

    MARA, I definitely need to get to TJs more often. I am not a shepherd’s pie fan but I know I gotta get back on the healthy train esp with all these cupcakes and TWD desserts! haha.

  • 3. Jodie  |  October 6, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I LOVE Cooking Light. My mother-in-law has given me subscriptions the past couple years after I told her how great it is!

  • 4. CB  |  October 6, 2008 at 11:49 am

    JODIE, Me too! I got the subscription from my MIL! haha.

  • 5. Natalie  |  October 6, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I love cooking light! I was at the bookstore today looking to buy Ellie Krieger’s book for CEiMB and saw a Cooking Light (Best of Collection) and wished there was a cooking club for that one!

  • 6. CB  |  October 6, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    NATALIE, Did you get Ellie Krieger’s book? Hope you’ll join in on the CEiMB fun! I try to cook light once a week but I can’t be more strict b/c I do too many events already. Maybe you should start the CL event! I know there’s alot of Lighters out there. ;)

  • 7. Andrea  |  October 15, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I too am a Cooking Light Girl! Gotta love that struggle between tasting ANOTHER yummy cupcake and fitting into your jeans, huh? You should start a group. I would definitely join!

  • 8. CB  |  October 17, 2009 at 7:38 am

    ANDREA, I’ve thought about starting a group so many times but I am so busy that I don’t think I could keep up! Maybe someday…

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