If you have tried any of my recipes, you know our family has a thing for Mexican food. Here in Arizona, we are so close to the Mexican border and are spoiled with amazing, authentic Mexican food. My husband and I enjoy Baja style Mexican food the most, and this shrimp ceviche is a perfect example of fresh ingredients paired with seafood. What’s even better is you don’t have turn on your oven to create this low calorie meal!
What we like best about Baja style Mexican food is it tends to be lighter and healthier. Mexican food can get really heavy and calorie laden with rich sauces, oodles of cheese and high fat cuts of meat. Baja style puts an emphasis on fresh vegetables and seafood.
I get to take a break from the kitchen with this recipe, as it’s my husband Dean’s specialty! A lot of chopping of vegetables is required, so the whole family can get involved to make it go faster.
We like to eat this shrimp ceviche with corn tortilla chips or make our own tostada shells, with corn tortillas like these Ezekiel sprouted corn tortillas. I spray the tortillas with coconut oil spray, season with salt and bake for 6 minutes a side in a 400 degree oven.
The shrimp is cooked by the acid in the lime juice and white wine vinegar, so you don’t even need to cook it before adding it to the recipe. Just let the mixture sit for an hour or so, or until the shrimp is firm and pink.
This dish contains healing foods such as garlic, which has strong antifungal and antiviral properties. Garlic is also a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Cilantro is also a strong antioxidant and helps remove heavy metals. It is also antibacterial and can aid in digestion by enhancing pancreatic enzyme activity and stimulating bile flow.
Onions are a great source of quercetin, which helps decrease inflammation and protect cells. Quercetin is also helpful with allergies. Onions help feel healthy bacteria in the gut. Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C and potassium and an excellent source of lycopene, which is an anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic. Cucumbers help with dehydration and can help reverse liver damage. It’s really effective in reducing stomach bloat.