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Title:   Trader Joe's - Lightly Breaded Popcorn Shrimp

Nutrition facts

Serving Size 3oz (85g/ about 17 shrimp)
Amount per serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 80
Hide Daily Values % Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
  Saturated Fat 0.5g 2%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 340mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Protein 15g
Vitamin A 0%     Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2%     Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

The packaging blurb says:
"Trader Joe's Lightly Breaded Popcorn Shrimp (TJLBPS) are produced from the highest quality chemical free, tail-off shrimp...The shrimp are lightly breaded with 35% breading versus the industry standard of nearly 50% breading. They are then cooked in pure canola oil and ready for you to heat and eat. No preservatives. No artificial colours or flavours."

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Powerfrau says:
Delectable, just the right crunchiness to tenderness ratio, nutritious, high in protein, low in saturated fat, an excellent source of selenium, and a good source of vitamin B12, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Since the breading is light, you can see that there is a real whole shrimp residing beneath the breadcrumb coating -- this is NOT some minced up shrimp (plus heaven knows what else) trapped in an ultra-fatty, mega-carby encasement. TJLBPS make you feel you're being bad, but in fact you're being veeeery good! Best of all, unlike many other fast food snacks, it is impossible to overeat these. One serving is very filling, perhaps due to all the protein, and since shrimp are so rich it would be really tough to keep eating after that.

When to deploy:
Obviously, plain shrimp, with no breading, steamed or grilled from raw by you, or added to a soup, stir-fry or salad, would have all of the above nutrition benefits, and even less calories and fat. TJLBPS is not a substitute for home-cooking. It will not offer you the thrill of deshelling and deveining. Instead, TJLBPS is fast, filling and fits the snack gap. It's the perfect item to pick up when you're wandering around Trader Joe's, having already basketed your healthy staples, pondering the possibilities, looking for something naughty and knowing you shouldn't. Because it's not really naughty. (Well, unless you deep fry the little devils.)

How to prepare:
The cooking directions tell you to oven bake them for 8-10 mins (thus adding no calories, but slooow), or else deep fry or pan fry them for 2 mins (thus adding oil, and loads more calories, but speedy). That's all very well, but when I'm in a wanting-popcorn-shrimp state of mind, I don't want to wait 8-10 mins, and the time for the oven to preheat, and then have to deal with the whole kitchen getting even warmer, just for my 17 shrimp. Nor do I want to add the empty calories of oil. My solution is to use a very non-stick pan, and "pan heat" them without any additional oil. After all, they were already cooked in pure canola oil by TJ's. The result: tasty, crispy popcorn shrimp from freezer to mouth in 2 minutes, and with no extra calories.

A warning:
Be careful not to overcook. This is purely in the interests of your tastebuds. If your popcorn shrimp feel rubbery when you take a bite then know that it was your fault...but at $3.99 for 4 servings, you can afford to make mistakes.

Did you know:
In England, we call them prawns, not least in the culinary capacity. But "popcorn prawns" sounds daft, no?
In France, they call them crevettes. "Crevettes popcorns" doesn't sound too bad.

How to serve:
Personally, I can savour all 17 shrimp, one at a time, without accompaniment. But then, prior to this week, I was a TJLBPS virgin. In my inevitable future encounters with these popcorn shrimp, should monotony set in, I envisage adding 1 of these 3 minimal-calorie condiments:
- lemon juice (fresh, from the lemon)
- salsa (probably the "authentic" variety, also from TJ's)
- cajun spices (while doing the "pan heating")

I'd be interested to hear how you plan to eat your TJLBPS!

last edit by slc2006, 11/4/2007 2:15:24 PM

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