Try Applebee's new Weight Watchers endorsed Lemon Shrimp Parmesan

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Drop into Applebee's and you'll find a great shrimp meal that won't provoke guilt on any level. Lemon Parmesan Shrimp is A-OK with Weight Watchers and its Points Plus® program.

Shrimp meals got a bit more interesting at Applebee's this summer.

Weight Watchers announced Lemon Parmesan Shrimp, exclusively at Applebee's and here's what it's all about.

"Tender blackened shrimp are sauteed with fresh tomatoes, onions and basil then served over a bed of creamy rice with a decadent lemon cream sauce and Parmesan cheese."

Sounds good, right? What's better, if there could be anything better is that the weight-loss giant has given it its seal of approval.

With no more than 550 calories and 13 Points Plus values on the WW program, this shrimp meal won't cause eater's remorse, so to speak.

Weight Watchers and Applebee's have an established relationship which has now grown a bit.

Entrees already available at participating locations of Applebee's nationwide include yummy sounding meals like Creamy Parmesan Chicken, Grilled Jalapeno-Lime Shrimp and Cabernet Mushroom Sirloin.

Read more about those delicious meals and the Weight Watchers Points Plus program, here.

The Lemon Parmesan Shrimp entree is the latest one on the list.

Shrimp meals are great for summer eating whether eaten cold or off the BBQ.

Here are a couple of ideas for homemade meals made with the low fat seafood choice.

Malaysian Shrimp Salad
5 Points Plus Value

1 pound(s) cooked shrimp, peeled, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
1 cup(s) mango(es), diced
1 cup(s) cucumber(s), diced
2 Tbsp mint leaves, fresh, minced
1 tsp green hot chili peppers, serrano-variety, minced (or to taste)
1 Tbsp olive oil, extra-virgin
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp lime zest
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp sugar

In a medium bowl, combine shrimp, mango, cucumber, mint and pepper. In another bowl, whisk together oil, lime juice and zest, salt and sugar; toss with shrimp mixture. Yields about 1 cup shrimp salad per serving.

Smoky Orange-BBQ Shrimp Skewers 3 Points Plus values

3 Tbsp barbecue sauce, chipotle-variety
2 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped
1 tsp orange zest, plus extra for garnish
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 pound(s) uncooked shrimp, extra large, fresh or thawed frozen, peeled and deveined (about 21-15 shrimp per pound)
3 spray(s) cooking spray, divided
2 Tbsp uncooked scallion(s), sliced

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together barbecue sauce, cilantro, orange zest and juice, vinegar and cumin. Add shrimp and toss to coat; let marinate at least 10 minutes.

Off heat, coat grill rack with cooking spray; heat grill.
Thread 5 or 6 shrimp onto each of four 12-inch metal or wooden skewers and brush with sauce remaining in bowl; lightly coat skewers with cooking spray.

Grill skewers, turning as needed, just until shrimp are cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove to serving plates or a platter; sprinkle with scallions and orange zest (optional). Yields 1 skewer (5 to 6 shrimp) per serving.

Image: Weight Watchers/Applebee's

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