Let me show you how to meal prep shrimp for a high protein, low fat, and super quick meal prep option. This easy Honey Garlic Shrimp Meal Prep with Instant Pot Brown Rice and Lemon Snap Peas is a great healthy shrimp dinner idea for your meal prep.
I want you to jump on the meal prepping train with me because I don’t want you to miss out on this amazing trick for how to eat healthy AND save time.
My meal prepping obsession started with me switching to a healthy lifestyle. I have to admit, switching to a healthy lifestyle was a bit intimidating in the beginning because so many more foods needed to be homemade to control the ingredients. But, once I discovered how easy it is to eat real food and to make delicious clean foods, I never looked back.
Yes, it is possible to eat healthy and love your food. Actually, that’s the secret of a healthy lifestyle, if you ask me. Eating food that is healthy and delicious at the same time is a big win-win.
Plus making the process work for you is super key in being successful.
Sometimes I’m very busy (oh, who am I kidding, I am ALWAYS VERY BUSY). So, for me, making the process work for me means meal prepping. I don’t have time to cook 3 meals per day every day. And when I have time, I prefer to do something else. Meal prepping is basically a survival mechanism for busy weeks.
Quick recap: Meal prepping saves you a lot of time and it allows you to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle. Also: I’m busy, and I bet you are, too!
You see where I’m going with this?
Once you realize how amazing it is to open the fridge and always have something nutritious and easy to eat, you won’t be able to stop. No more ordering unhealthy food for dinner, no more cooking when you don’t feel like cooking a full meal.
Am I right?
You know how to make your life easier now. Glad to have you on board.
Now, it is time to introduce you to one of my favorite shrimp dinner ideas that is, of course, a shrimp meal prep recipe.
Week meal prep recipes + shrimp recipes = the best healthy dinner recipes.
HOW TO MEAL PREP SHRIMP
Learning how to how to prep shrimp is a simple 5 steps process.
Dare we take a look at the steps? Of course we dare. I told you it’s a simple process so you have nothing to fear.
- Peel and devein shrimp. Here’s a helpful video tutorial for peeling and deveining shrimp.
- Cook shrimp.
- Prep and cook side dish.
- Divide the shrimp and side dish in meal prep containers.
- Store the containers in the freezer.
See? So simple.
Shrimp recipes are simple like that. But, most importantly, they are quick, healthy, and delicious.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SHRIMP
You probably know that shrimp is healthy and good for you. But… what are the health benefits of shrimp?
- Shrimp is low in calories. A medium shrimp provides approximately 7 calories which means a serving provides approximately 99 calories. Not bad. In fact, amazing.
- Shrimp is rich in protein. How much protein is in shrimp? Shrimp contains 24g of protein per 1/2 cup of shrimp. Kinda amazing. Am I right?
- Shrimp is low in fat and carbs. Another amazing and awesome shrimp fact you should know.
- Shrimp is highly nutritious. Shrimp contains phosphorus, iodine, copper, choline, vitamin B12, and 2 types of antioxidants – selenium (fights against free radicals) and astaxanthin (reduces inflammation). Animal protein is usually not a source of antioxidants. But shrimp is. How awesome is that?!
Tempted to start cooking shrimp recipes?
Start with my shrimp meal prep recipe. I promise it won’t disappoint.
HOW TO COOK SHRIMP
Since shrimp is so amazing, this means the more easy shrimp recipes, the better? Correct? Correct.
There are numerous easy shrimp recipes you can try. But let’s start with the basics. Meaning, let me tell you how to cook shrimp in a healthy way.
If you’re looking for healthy options for shrimp, you have a few options for cooking shrimp. Here they are:
- Start with raw shrimp and water.
- Boil water with a teaspoon of sea salt.
- Reduce heat and add shrimp.
- Simmer for up to 3 minutes or until shrimp turn
- Drain water.
- Transfer shrimp to a bowl of cold water. This will stop the cooking process..
- Boil shrimp as described above.
- Sautée the shrimp in a little bit of olive oil until it turns golden brown.
- Brush shrimp with olive oil.
- Season with sea salt and pepper.
- Grill for 2 minutes on each side.
Sounds easy, right? Well, that’s because it is.
However, make sure you don’t overcook the shrimp. When cooked properly, shrimp is pink on the exterior and the flesh is slightly white. Bright white means overcooked shrimp. Especially since we will be reheating the meal prep later in the week, the closer to just cooking through is ideal, but not super horribly mandatory. IMO overcooked shrimp is easy to deal with, especially compared to other proteins.
Hooray, you know how to cook shrimp. That means you can try many shrimp dinner ideas, such as shrimp and vegetables, skillet shrimp recipes or other easy shrimp recipes.
You can, of course, start with the shrimp recipe included in this post. It makes a healthy and delicious dinner. I mean LOOK at the deliciousness we got going on here…
VEGETABLES THAT GO WITH SHRIMP
Shrimp and vegetables sounds like a good dinner idea to you? So happy to hear that. Most people pair shrimp with pasta so I’m happy to hear that shrimp and veggies interests you.
There are many vegetables that go with shrimp. Some of my favorite shrimp with vegetables pairings are:
- zucchini, especially zucchini noodles
- bell peppers
- snap peas
- green beans
Obviously, you can combine all these veggies and make a delicious skillet shrimp dinner. In fact, skillet shrimp is a great shrimp lunch idea, too.
HOW LONG IS SHRIMP GOOD FOR?
The best thing about make ahead shrimp dishes, besides their delicious taste, is the fact that you can enjoy them for up to 4 days. If you store them properly in the fridge, that is. Which means, if you store your meal with shrimp in these meal containers sealed tightly, you get 4 days worth of healthy dinner recipes.
Not to mention, reheating shrimp is super easy. Just 2 minutes in the microwave and your dinner is ready to serve.
3 MORE HEALTHY MEAL PREP RECIPES
Your weekly meal prep shouldn’t start and end with this shrimp recipe because I have other week meal prep recipes that are delicious and easy to make. Including some healthy recipes for dinner, easy healthy recipes for lunch. And of course, easy healthy recipes for breakfast.
Meal prepping is delicious and fun, peeps. So join the meal-prepping party.
MEAL PREP FOR WEIGHT LOSS
The first thing I want to recommend you is this Meal Prep for Weight Loss article. This article is a super special article that includes a week worth of healthy meals including healthy dinner recipes, healthy breakfast and lunch recipes, and even snack options.
Besides the recipes, you’ll also find my favorite meal prepping tips. Oh, before I forget to mentions this, every daily menu totals to 1500 calories per day. So this is a great healthy menu for weight loss. Get the recipes here.
KOREAN BEEF BOWL MEAL PREP
This flavorful and easy Korean Beef Bowl is another amazing easy meal prep recipe you can enjoy during busy work weeks.
The Korean Beef Bowl will keep in the fridge for up to 7 days or up to 3 months in the freezer. And it’s less than $4 a meal! Get the recipe.
SALMON MEAL PREP
Another budget-friendly healthy dinner recipe is this Salmon Meal Prep recipe. Less than $6 per meal and one of the most delicious healthy dinner recipes ever.
Seriously, this salmon meal prep is a super yummy recipe and it’s super easy to make. Get the recipe.
How To Meal Prep | Honey Garlic Shrimp Meal Prep (Under 350 Calories!)
- 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 lb large shrimp, peeled & deveined
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 2 cups brown rice, uncooked
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb fresh sugar snap peas
- 1 tsp lemon zest freshly grated
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- We’re going to start with our brown rice since that takes the longest to prepare. You can always steam rice in a covered pot on the stove, but I like using my Instant Pot to make rice because I can get it started and then just forget about it.
- To make the rice, add your uncooked brown rice to the Instant Pot. Pour in water, and stir to combine. Then, seal the lid and select the RICE option on high pressure.
The Instant Pot is going to start its magic and will eventually seal itself once it builds up enough pressure. When it’s done, carefully remove the lid and fluff the brown rice with a fork. Then, allow the rice to cool.
Alternatively, you can add the rice to a deep pot and heat to a simmer over medium heat. Then, cook for 25-30 minutes, or until rice fully absorbs the water.
- While rice is cooking, we can prep our honey garlic meal prep shrimp and our lemon snap peas.
To make the shrimp, start by making the sauce. So add raw honey, low sodium soy sauce, minced garlic, minced fresh ginger, crushed red pepper flakes, and rice vinegar to a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Then set this sauce aside for a sec.
Heat some olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Place shrimp in the skillet. Cook the shrimp until pink on both sides, about 2-3 minutes.
- Pour in the sauce and cook until the shrimp is fully cooked and the sauce is heated through, about 2-3 minutes. Then, set this aside to cool.
To make the lemon snap peas, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the fresh sugar snap peas and toss to coat. Cook snap peas over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the lemon zest, sea salt, and ground black pepper, and cook an additional 3-5 minutes, until the snap peas begin to puff up and are crisp, yet tender.
Divide the steamed rice into 4 equal portions in your meal prep containers. Add the lemon snap peas to the opposite side of the containers. Then, top the rice with our honey garlic shrimp and the rest of the sauce.
- Seal the lids tightly and store this meal prepped shrimp in fridge for up to 4 days.
When you’re ready to eat, just remove the lid and reheat in the microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until heated through.
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