Dinner/Mains

August 4, 2021

Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas

These Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas are so named because they are powerhouses of nutrition from red foods! Red onion, red bell pepper, tomatoes, and shrimp all contain a variety of nutrients and antioxidants from their vibrant red colors. Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas are a fun and easy weeknight meal. They are fast to prepare, leaving you more time to get outside and enjoy the evening sunshine!

Red foods contain a family of antioxidant red pigments known as carotenoids: tomatoes contain lycopene, shrimp contain astaxanthin, and bell peppers contain beta-carotene (and lycopene). Carotenoid-rich foods are powerful antioxidants, which help protect your cells from the damage of free radicals. Carotenoids also support immune system function, and promote eye and lung health. Carotenoids are better absorbed by your body when eaten with a fat, such as the avocado oil used for cooking these fajitas.

You don’t always have to eat all your red foods in one meal! But these Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas are a fun way to pack in several nutrient-dense foods into one dish. Think about how to include a variety of red foods in other meals, too - especially now that you know how beneficial they are!

Ingredients assembled for Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas
Assemble your ingredients.

Stages of cooking Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas
Saute onion and bell peppers, then add seasonings, then add cherry tomatoes and a splash of water to deglaze the pan, then add the shrimp and cook through.

Finished Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajita filling
Serve your Red Powerhouse fajita filling on your favorite tortillas with a dollop of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.

Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajita in a flour tortilla garnished with sour cream and sliced green onions
Enjoy this fast and easy weeknight meal!

Original publication date: May 31, 2021

Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas

These Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas are so named because they are powerhouses of nutrition from red foods: red onion, red bell pepper, tomatoes, and shrimp. And they're easy and fast to get on the table!

Author:

Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful

Prep:

10

min

cook:

15

min

total:

25

min

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. avocado oil

1 medium red onion, sliced

2 red bell peppers, sliced

2 Tbsp. TJP Taco Seasoning Blend [link]

1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup water

1 lb. shrimp, deveined, shells and tails removed


For serving:

Tortillas of your choice

Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp. avocado oil over medium heat. Add sliced red onions and bell pepper, and saute 7-8 minutes.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning blend, and stir to coat vegetables.
  3. Add halved cherry tomatoes and 1/4 cup water to deglaze the pan.
  4. Bring to a simmer, then add shrimp. Stir to combine. Cook until shrimp just begin to turn pink, about 4-5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat to avoid overcooking the shrimp.
  5. Serve immediately in tortillas of your choice, topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream.
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May 24, 2022
Elizabeth
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
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