New Year’s Resolution: Eat More Healthy Poboys

Healthy Poboy

You know what time it is.  Time to lighten things up.  Time to acknowledge our jeans are a little tighter after all the holiday treats.

Time for food makeovers.

I just got back from a New Years’ trip to New Orleans and had my first “authentic” shrimp poboy.  After 2 hours of waiting (1 hour in line to order and 1 hour waiting on the food–seriously), I was ready to dig in. Honestly?  I was kind of disappointed.  I’m not going to name the famous establishment in which I ate, but it definitely made me go “hmmm..”

original poboy

Ahhh, the picture is beautiful, no? Unfortunately, the shrimp was bland and overly coated in dry cornmeal batter, there was waaay too much bread, and there was no remolaude sauce.  What?  Isn’t the sauce the whole point??


Well, I’m not eating that sort of thing anymore.  I’m cleaning things up.

The irony is, that this one was so much better.  Trust me guys.  I’m incapable of telling lies.

Healthier Shrimp Poboy

Healthy Shrimp Poboy

makes 3 sandwiches

Light Remolaude Sauce
6 oz plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp horseradish sauce
1/2 tsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp pickle juice
1 tsp hot sauce (or more)
Salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika (to taste)
Mix all this together and adjust seasonings to taste.

1 bag frozen shrimp, thawed
1 stick of I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter (yes, really), melted
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper

100-120 calorie whole wheat hot dog buns
1 tbsp I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter (for toasting buns)
Slices of Roma Tomatoes, seasoned with salt & pepper
Torn lettuce leaves

Pat the thawed shrimp dry with paper towels.  Season with salt and pepper.  Dip in melted butter substitute and then into breadcrumbs mixed with parmesan and S&P.  Lay on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, then flip the shrimp over and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes.

Heat a griddle with 1 tbsp of butter substitute and lay your hot dog buns flat on it to toast.

Assemble sandwiches with shrimp, tomatoes, lettuce and remolaude.

Serve with baked sweet potato tots (recipe on my blog)!

Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Pat yourself on the back for your healthy choices.

Check out my other NOLA inspired dishes: Shrimp Poboy Pizza and Gingerbread Beignets (not exactly health food)

“Hungry monster” is Renee from, a cooking and (occasional) crafting site.  She’s a self-taught home chef who likes to put her own spin on classic recipes.  Go visit her blog and say hi.  Or follow her on Twitter  @athungrymonster or on Instagram

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  • me May 28, 2013  

    No way.. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is really unhealthy

  • me May 28, 2013  

    Sry that comment was rly mean, i actually really liked the idea of your recipe

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