The Perfect Post-Workout Meal

The Perfect Post-Workout Meal

Spicy Shrimp With Spinach & Tomatoes


After a good, hard workout, the last thing I want to do is expend whatever energy I have left on cooking and cleaning, however resorting to eating a bag of overly-nuked popcorn just isn’t going to cut it — even if that’s what my energy level is craving. Instead, I’d rather honor the blood, sweat and tears I laid out on the treadmill, elliptical or whatever other torture device I came across at the gym, with something satisfying, delicious and, above all else, easy! This recipe contains some of my favorite ingredients — succulent wild shrimp, bright, sweet tomatoes and intense, spicy Sambal. In the past I would cook rice on a Sunday to eat throughout the week. That was until I found the organic brown rice packs from Trader Joes, which have saved me! The rice comes 3 pouches to a box and each pouch takes 3 minutes in the microwave, realistically serving three. It is yummy, never over-cooked and just as good as the original. Not only is this a super delicious, spicy and nutritious meal, it literally takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.



¼ cup whole grain or brown rice

5 fresh, wild-caught shrimp

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Roma tomato, chopped, or a handful of cherry or grape tomatoes

Juice from ½ lemon

1 teaspoon of Sambal

Handful of spinach (about 1 cup)

Olive Oil




Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, heating over a med-high flame. When warm, add garlic. Be careful not to burn. After about a minute, add shrimp.  Sauté foe about 3 minutes (or until you start to see pink). Add the chopped tomatoes and flip your shrimp. Cook for another 3 minutes. Squeeze in the lemon juice and stir in the Sambal, add the spinach. Cook for about 1 more minute and turn the heat off. Put your rice in a bowl or on a plate and let the shrimp, spinach and tomatoes slide on top. Season with salt and pepper and treat your tastebuds to this heavenly creation!


Serves One.

Rebecca Toedter


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