Recipe Duo: Lemon Orzo with Tomato & Asparagus

Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad 1I love a good pasta salad, and this one is is a favorite of mine. There are a ton of variations of this particular salad floating around the food blogs, but the basic ingredients are orzo, grape tomatoes, asparagus, and lemon.  I add arugula for extra volume and a bitter bite.  But even though it is simple, this salad is special.

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Sriracha Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Sriracha ShrimpMy doctor just informed me that I need to reduce certain carbohydrates in my diet. Apparently, foods like bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta are known to contribute to weight gain. Can anyone tell me, is this a thing? I mean, I was totally unaware of this!

Just kidding. It’s just that I’m in denial. See, I love carbs, but at 34, they apparently no longer love me and have caused me to gain an unmentionable amount of weight in the past few weeks. So…I guess I need to change my diet a bit, especially since my doctor also told me not to run for the next few weeks or so. (Sprained ankle.)

If you couldn’t tell from my previous posts (and probably many of my future posts), eating low-carb or low-sugar or any other type of healthy is a challenge for me. There is just too much good stuff out there. I have, however, been making a concerted effort to cut out excessive amounts of carbs (like my standard weekly ENTIRE bag of kettle chips in one sitting).

I started trying to cut carbs yesterday, and it has been pure torture. I did, however, manage to take my mind off of that for a little while by whipping up some incredibly delicious little lettuce wraps for lunch.

Shrimp. Sriracha mayo. Cucumber. All wrapped in tender butter lettuce leaves.  And the whole recipe (according to My Fitness Pal) is less than 300 calories! Continue reading