When I was around 10 years old, my family belonged to a club that had the most delicious Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving brunches. There were huge lines of spiral ham, veggies, and a dessert. What I remember most, though (beside the chocolate lava cake that was divine!), was the ice sculptures with all you can eat shrimp cocktail around. I’d layer my salad plate up with a mound of shrimp and a whole bowl of cocktail sauce for myself. I probably didn’t end up eating it all because my mom always said my eyes were bigger than my stomach!
I loved that shrimp cocktail, though. It is extremely easy to make, too, with only two ingredients: ketchup and horseradish. Now that I have a sugar-free ketchup recipe, I can eat all the shrimp cocktail I want!
- 1/4 cup Homemade Ketchup
- 1-3 teaspoons horseradish
- Simply mix the two ingredients together and serve with boiled shrimp. You may adjust the amount of horseradish used to suit your tastes. Some horseradishes are stronger than others, and some prefer a stronger or weaker horseradish taste. Personally, I enjoy shrimp cocktail with a high amount of horseradish!
Shrimp Buying Tips:
- Unless you are buying the shrimp fresh, right off the boat, it is usually best to choose frozen shrimp because it is frozen right after catching.
- Make sure “shrimp” is the only ingredient listed on the package. Some manufacturers add STPP (sodium tripolyphosphate) which is a dangerous chemical preservative.
- Buy wild, not farmed.
- Horseradish:The glucosinolates in it have powerful antioxidant properties and can also be used to reduce thyroid function and to relieve aching joints. Glucosinolates also act as natural antibiotics against different types of infections because they increase blood flow in the infected area and remove the waste products from that region of the body.
- Tomato: Best known for its high lycopene content. Lycopene is a carotenoid that may reduce incidences of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration. Tomatoes are especially high in vitamin C and A as well.
- Shrimp: Shrimp is low in calories and loaded with protein. Shrimp contain astaxanthin, a carotenoid that gives them their pink color and that can act as a potent antioxidant and protect the skin from premature aging. Also the omega-3 fatty acids in shrimp provide antioxidant protection. It contains shrimp that plays an important role in the production of new cells, including hair cells and skin cells.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
What is your favorite way to eat and prepare shrimp? (links welcome)