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Tired of the same old appetizers?

Labor Day weekend is almost here, and we wanted to give you a dish to send the last of the summer get-togethers out with a bang! This Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Herb Dipping Sauce is one of our favorites from Appetite for Life by Stacey Antine. Read on for the recipe and to see what Stacey says about it.

From Appetite for LifeTired of the same old appetizers? We were too, which is why we were inspired to create these coconut shrimp starters. These tasty bites offer a good balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. The sweet and tangy dipping sauce brings out the fabulous flavor of the shrimp.

Ingredients: Coconut Shrimp

• ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
• ¼ cup whole wheat flour
• 2 large egg whites
• 1 tablespoon water
• ½ cup panko bread crumbs
• 18 large shrimp, shelled and deveined with tail part of shell left on
• 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients: Pineapple Herb Dipping Sauce

½ (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice
• ½ cup loosely packed fresh herbs (basil, rosemary, parsley)
• Juice of ½ lime

Directions
1. Prepare the Coconut Shrimp: Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spread coconut on an ungreased baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 3–5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently to
ensure even cooking. Transfer coconut to a pie plate; cool.
2. Turn oven temperature up to 425˚F. Grease the same baking sheet. Place flour in a small bowl. In another small bowl, whisk egg whites with water until foamy. Stir panko into the coconut in the pie plate. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with soy sauce and pepper.
3. One at a time, hold shrimp by tail and coat with flour, shaking off excess; then dip in egg white mixture. Finally, roll in coconut mixture to coat well.
4. Place shrimp on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10–12 minutes or until shrimp are opaque throughout and coating is crisp.
5. Meanwhile, prepare the Pineapple Herb Dipping Sauce: Drain pineapple, reserving ¼ cup juice. In a food processor, pulse pineapple, reserved pineapple juice, herbs, and lime juice until blended.
6. Serve coconut shrimp with dipping sauce.
Makes 18 servings (1 shrimp per serving)

For other recipes to mealtime an opportunity for fun and experimentation for the whole family, read more about Appetite for Life by Stacey Antine.

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