Holiday Appetizer Recipe: Garlic Herb Shrimp with Avocado Mash

There is always so much talk about gaining weight and over-indulging during the holidays. It’s largely do to the fact that our culture focuses these holiday events around food, with indulgence as a social norm for celebration. Could you imagine a holiday party with absolutely no food or drink involved (other than water, of course)? It would be like Christmas without snow…awkward.

Food is like the weather, everyone can relate to it some way or another. And to say the least, food is a conversation starter and part of our everyday life. I prefer to eat food that is healthy and nourishing because it makes me feel my best. I’m a fan of incorporating “every once in a while” indulgences into my diet because, let’s face it, you only live once! But the key to remember is: every ONCE in a while!

What I like to do when I’m invited to a holiday party, is bring “the good stuff.” I like to bring a healthy appetizer, or two; that way, I’m not over-indulging on every single thing I eat that night!

Here’s one of my favorite quick and easy-to-make healthy appetizers that’s a perfect dish for the next holiday party!

Garlic Herb Shrimp with Avocado Mash

Serving Size: 4-5 Shrimps




  • 40-50 pre-cooked large shrimp, thawed
  • ½ tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon + ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano


  • ½ avocado, ripe
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin


  1. Prep your shrimp by thawing in a warm bowl of water (taking the tails off is optional. I kept them on because they have great color).
  2. Heat ½ tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a sauce-pan to medium/high heat. Then add in garlic and thawed shrimp. Sauté for about a minute. Season with salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Let simmer over heat for about 8-10 minutes, or until all of the juices have evaporated and the shrimp have gotten some nice color.
  3. To make your avocado mash, place ½ ripe avocado, salt, pepper, and cumin in a bowl and mash with fork until smooth.
  4. Transfer avocado mash into a sandwich ziploc bag and cut a hole at the end. Pipe about a teaspoon of mash onto each shrimp.
  5. Serve hot or cold, both are delicious!

What’s your favorite dish to make for a holiday party?

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