Simple Start Day 7, Shrimp With Zucchini & Tomatoes

by DanicasDaily on January 11, 2014

Happy Saturday all!  It’s pretty cool to think that today marks the completion of my first week of the Weight Watchers Simple Start.  Thank you all for the support and all the great conversation along the way.  I can honestly say I have been enjoying it and it’s been great to get back in the kitchen and on track.  I am also looking forward to week 2 as I have one pretty amazing menu planned out that I’ll be sharing on tomorrow’s post.

I knew I wanted breakfast this morning to hold me over for awhile and satisfy me so it would be a little easier to exercise my want power at lunch.  After pondering all the options, I decided on making another Oatmeal Protein Pancake topped with 1 Tbsp. Whipped Butter, 1 Tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup, a sprinkle of coconut and 1/2 cup blackberries. (SS/SF+ 3 WPA) – 11 points+


Lunch today was at Round Table Pizza where we met up with some of The Husband’s friends.  While I totally know I could’ve my WPA/Indulgence points+ on pizza, I really wanted to take advantage of their delicious salad bar instead.

My strategy was to power up with an egg for staying power


Then, pile on all the veggies I could finishing with a couple of “treats” that would make me so glad I picked a salad ~ like 1 Tbsp. Bacon, 1 Tbsp. Sunflower seeds, a sprinkle of olives + cheese and two croutons.  I also grabbed a container of real deal ranch for my dressing on the side. (SS/SF + 6 WPA) – 8 points+

Note: you could skip all my “treats” and use oil/vinegar as your dressing to make this 100% SS.

This totally hit the spot and I didn’t miss the pizza at all ~ success!


I cannot tell you all how many times I have marked, flagged, favorited and saved this Weight Watcher’s Shrimp with Zucchini and Tomatoes recipe to try.  I absolutely love shrimp and could eat it almost every day.

Tonight I finally made it only with my spin on it since I am not always that good at sticking to recipes. From start to finish this recipe took about 20 minutes to make and exceeded my expectations on deliciousness.

You start off by caramelizing the zucchini by heating a large skillet over medium high heat, adding a little olive oil and lining it with a single layer of zucchini slices.


After letting it get nice and browned for about two minutes, flip and cook for 2 more minutes on the other side.


Remove the zucchini and set it aside.


I chopped up 1/4 of a red onion with a little hatch chili pepper (because I had it) and minced 3 garlic cloves.  Return the pan to the heat, add the remaining oil and then, added my onion/garlic/pepper mix.


Plus the shrimp sautéing for about 2 minutes or until the shrimp are almost cooked through and orange.


Add in the tomatoes,sea salt, black pepper and 1/4 cup water.  I think a nice white wine would add even more flavor than the water.  Cook for another minute until the tomatoes slightly soften.


Return the zucchini to the pan with fresh basil and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the top.


Remove from the heat and dive in!  This would be totally amazing over multi-grain pasta as there is a great lemon, garlicky tomato sauce on the bottom.


I ended up having two bowls just like this ~ the shrimp totally absorb all that lemon and garlic goodness while the zucchini and tomatoes lend a nice sweetness to the dish.

The best part ~ it’s 100% Simple Start/Simply Filling and only 4 points+ a serving!


I am pretty content now but plan on having a Fage 0% Greek Yogurt as my dessert later on.

Here are my stats today:

  • Simple Start Day Week 1 Success, 1 WPA used, 1 WPA remaining  (I’ll be using the 1 remaining WPA on the jam in my yogurt).
  • 27 Daily Points+ (+3 for the yogurt), WPA used & WPA remaining will be added next week
  • Here is my FitBit Flex Dashboard!



What is one food you could eat every day?

Night all!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Gail H. January 12, 2014 at 4:17 am

OMG you must be able to read my mind! I have so been craving shrimp, and it was on my Publix shopping list yesterday, but I forgot them :( So you know I’m gonna run back there today! Gotta make this shrimp recipe, especially since I have a container of cherry tomatoes I need to use up :) LOVED seeing your week, as you always give us confidence to do it too :) I know it’s all about the planning…so I’m going to try to plan out 2 weeks during the week and possibly give it a go!! Today I took a pork tenderloin out of the freeze…gonna try my new pork cookbook :)


Cara McNulty January 12, 2014 at 8:59 am

It’s chips and a fresh homemade salsa. Unfortunately I eat them till they are gone.


Ann January 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Danica I know this is jumping the gun, but we are beginning week 2 of Simple Start! We love the menus that pre planned for Simple Start. We leave for six weeks staying at a condo and we want to continue with simply filling technique. Are there menus for this too or any differences in plan! I’d love more menus but if no more just keeping using Simple Start menus and do swap outs. Does that make sense? Ann


DanicasDaily January 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

Hi Ann,

They do not have a separate meal plan or menus for the Simply Filling technique. That being said, after two weeks on Simple Start you should have a good idea on how to work the plan using Simply Filling foods. You would simply continue doing the same thing as Simple Start = Simply Filling. Here is a link to a post I did that has all the items I have eaten on Simply Filling to help give you some ideas. I am still working through my recipe section to add in Simply Filling tracking, but, you can always look there. For any recipe, just break down the ingredients for non-simply filling foods, divide that by the number of servings and that is how many WPA you would count towards our 49 WPA unless the recipe is all Simply Filling or zero points+ foods.

Good luck – you will do great. It takes a few weeks to get the hang of it but it does get easier over time.



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