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Chipotle Shrimp Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Cream Sauce

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I’ve had a rough go of it here lately. I am seeing my OB on Wednesday and an alternative pain doctor on Thursday — I’m having major back and butt pain. Literally, I have a pain in my a-double-s. I can only assume it’s my sciatica. And if one more person tells me, “Girl, you’ve got a looong way to go with this pregnancy.” …I might just smack them. I’m very aware as to how far into my pregnancy I am, thankyouverymuch.

I’m also not a weenie when it comes to pain and there are times when I can barely walk. Last night, it was everything in me just to make dinner after coming home from work. I had every intention of working out, and even the desire to do so, but my body was very clearly telling me otherwise.

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While Mr. Prevention was gone last week, Lily had a rough go of it, too. I took her to the dog park on Friday afternoon since it was so beautiful out. She and another female dog quickly engaged in a game of tug-of-war with a Frisbee. I’m very attune to the growls dogs make when they’re playing but before long, half way across the park, it was clear that this game of Frisbee had taken a turn for the worse and there was a full-on dog fight going on. And my dog was getting her butt KICKED.

By the time I sprinted to the dogs, I had to literally pry the other dog’s mouth open to dislodge Lily’s face from its grip. I was instantly in tears and when we finally separated the dogs, I looked at the other dog to see blood on its tongue and looked down to see Lily’s nose bleeding…a lot. A kind gentlemen helped me check out Lily head-to-toe to look for other injuries. Luckily, her nose was her only casualty. It was incredibly scary.

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Needless to say Lily and I spent the night on the couch. Well, me on the couch and her on her bed. Both of us needed a night of R&R. It was a week of too much action (recall the emergency vet visit on Tuesday and the tennis playing on Wednesday), with not enough down time. I also cooked very little in Mr. Prevention’s absence, but was happy to reheat leftovers for a Friday night on the couch spent catching up with my DVR.

My favorite meals are ones that make great leftovers because unlike you leftover haters out there, I’m leftover’s #1 fan. A balanced meal in minutes with few dishes? I’m alllllllll over that. Plus, this meal in particular was deeelicious. L0ve the heat!

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Chipotle Shrimp Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Cream Sauce
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Serves: 4
Great flavor and very filling! Great as leftovers, too!
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups long-grain brown rice
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • lime juice from ½ of a lime
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
Cream Sauce:
  • ¾ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Stir in rice, reduce heat to low, cover and allow to immer for 45 minutes or according to package directions. Fluff with a fork and stir in cilantro and lime juice.
  2. To prepare the shrimp, combine the can of chipotle peppers with sauce and garlic cloves in food processor. Pulse until pureed. Pour mixture over shrimp and stir to coat. Cover, place in refrigerator, and allow to marinade for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, turning once.
  4. To prepare the cream sauce, place yogurt, cilantro, and lime juice in food processor and pulse until smooth.
  5. Assemble and serve by dividing rice between bowls. Top with veggies. Place shrimp on top and drizzle with cream sauce.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe Calories: 561 Fat: 7.3 Carbohydrates: 65.5 Sugar: 4.5 Sodium: 608 Fiber: 10.8 Protein: 39.3 Cholesterol: 150

 Today looks to be a much calmer work day. Yesterday…woof. Glad it’s history.

Be well,


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  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweets
    April 22, 2014 / 7:54 am

    Ooooh, Yuck. I had sciatic nerve problems with my third pregnancy. I know what you’re going through!!! So awful. Mine fortunately went away completely several weeks after my daughter was born, so I pray yours is temporary too!!!
    And these shrimp bowls? YUM. That sauce is delish.

  2. julia
    April 22, 2014 / 8:00 am

    I love the burrito bowls at Chipotle and this reminds me of it. The idea of using shrimp sounds wonderful!

  3. Liz H
    April 22, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    Hang in there, friend! Hope the OB has some good suggestions for you.

  4. Susan
    April 22, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    Oh man I’ve deal with sciatica pain before and it wasn’t even pregnancy related! Hang in there and I hope you feel better soon! Side note this bowl looks delicious!

  5. Kim of Mo'Betta
    April 23, 2014 / 11:49 am

    Sounds like a rough week! Glad your fur-baby is okay, and that the nerve pain gets better. Hopefully when things inside “shift” a little, it will get better. Just give yourself a break and relax as much as possible! My sister is 19 weeks, and I just bought her some non-alcoholic wine…you might want to check into that 🙂

  6. Courtney
    April 23, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    You should definitely look into a chiropractor that specializes is prenatal care. I had terrible rib, back, and sciatic pain that started around 19/20 weeks into my pregnancy, and my chiropractor got rid of it in about 4 visits over a week and a half. So sorry you’re feeling bad! Hope you get some relief soon!

  7. Biz
    April 25, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    Sorry about your pain – hope the acupuncture works! Poor Lily! What an asshole dog owner that other dog was – our dog was not friendly around other dogs, so we never let Ed play because we knew what would happen. Glad it wasn’t worse!

  8. Samantha Angela
    April 25, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    Oh poor Lily! That’s horrifying!! I hope she’s doing okay.
    And I hope you’re doing okay too. My sister had terrible back pain when she was pregnant last year. I know that the chiropractor really helped her with that. I hope you can find some relief.

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  10. John @ Garage Gyms
    April 30, 2014 / 11:49 am

    I’m saving this one. Everything about this recipe sounds delicious. Cilantro and chipotle, shrimp and Greek yogurt… my kind of meal, lots of protein, lots of nutrients. I’m actually thinking of making this tonight. Leg day!

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