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‘Shrimp & Hash’ Dish Proves Eating Healthy isn’t Boring

Whether you’re planning to entertain or you’re headed to a Super Bowl party, you don’t have to be satisfied with the same old appetizers. Chips and high-calorie dips? Forget them! Burgers and wings? Not exactly high on the healthy scale.

Instead, try this award-winning shrimp recipe from Executive Chef Edgardo Llopiz Rivera. It has such flavor and flair that it won the coveted Grand Slam honor at the Taste of Miami 2016 competition.

“Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. It’s a matter of being creative and putting passion into the dish,” said Chef Llopiz, who worked with a culinary team from West Kendall Baptist Hospital [1] to compete against chefs from some of South Florida’s top restaurants.

West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s Bamboo Café has always placed an emphasis on palate-pleasing, yet healthful, dishes. It’s why the cafe was recognized last year with a Healthy Happens Here [2] designation by the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. As part of the program, the cafe will feature special recipes every Monday, designed by hospital staff. From portobello fajitas to a seared black bean burger with lemony cucumber and kohlrabi slaw, the dishes offer the community new culinary experiences.

“Exploring ways to improve your health can be exciting,” said Chef Llopiz, now executive chef for Miami Cancer Institute. “Especially when it comes to food.”

GRILLED SHRIMP WITH TAMARIND GLAZE AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH HASH

Courtesy of Executive Chef Edgardo Llopiz Rivera

This two-part recipe is relatively simple to make. It combines high-quality protein of shrimp with a delightful hash that to achieve an unexpected appetizer. When bringing these tasty tidbits to a party, you can put each portion in a shot glass or a foil muffin liner, and transport them in two muffin pans.

SHRIMP RECIPE

Directions:

Calories, 108; fat, 3.1g; cholesterol, 48mg; sodium, 113mg; carbohydrates, 14.7g; fiber, 0.5g; sugars, 12.6g; protein, 5.7g

BUTTERNUT SQUASH HASH

Directions

Nutrition Information (Hash only): Makes 24 portions, approximately 2-3 tablespoons each. Calories, 45; Total Fat 1.1g; Cholesterol, 3mg; Sodium, 62mg; Carbohydrates, 8g; Fiber, 1.1g; Sugars, 3.7g; Protein, 1.4g