Shrimp Saltimbocca with Polenta

We at SimplyFit4Life hope you and your family enjoyed a beautiful time of fellowship and fun both Christmas Eve and Day. Celebrating Christ’s birth is truly “the most wonderful time of the year”.  As we move into the week of New Years Eve & Day we thought you could use a fresh recipe for a delicious & healthy appetizer or entree.  Have a blessed 2014 and celebrate safely!

Saltimbocca is an Italian word that literally means “jump mouth,” presumably because of its bold flavors. The dish is traditionally made with veal and seasoned with sage and prosciutto. We love these flavors in our simple version made with shrimp. Store-bought polenta turns golden brown under the broiler for an easy accompaniment. Serve with: Sautéed green beans and red peppers.

Makes: 4 servings

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Diabetes appropriate; low calorie/carbohydrate/saturated fat; heart healthy, gluten free


  • 1 16- to 18-ounce tube polenta, cut into 8 rounds
  • 1 thin slice prosciutto (about 1/2 ounce)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp (21-25 per pound)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced onion
  • 3/4 cup clam juice (see Note) or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 3/4 teaspoon dried rubbed
  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat broiler. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place polenta rounds and prosciutto on the baking sheet. Broil on the center rack until the prosciutto is crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the prosciutto to a plate. Continue broiling the polenta, turning once, until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes per side.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice and cornstarch in a small bowl. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, until the shrimp just turn pink but aren’t cooked through, about 2 minutes. Pour in clam juice (or broth), bring to a boil and cook until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 2 minutes more.
  4. Whisk the cornstarch mixture again and add to the pan along with sage and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Top the polenta with the shrimp and sauce, crumble the prosciutto over the top and serve immediately.


  • Note: Check sodium carefully when using clam juice because the amount of sodium can vary dramatically among brands. We use Bar Harbor clam juice with only 120 mg sodium per 2-ounce serving.


212 calories; 5 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono ); 171 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 21 gprotein; 1 g fiber; 729 mg sodium; 176 mg potassium.


Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 1/2 lean meat

Nutrition Note: Iron (15% daily value).

Judy Preciado is an Independent Consultant. Her areas of expertise are Social Media/Marketing, Promotions, Event Production and Wellness. She co-founded SimplyFit4Life and is currently Director of Media/Marketing with SF4L. Her most meaningful investment in life is with her family. Her greatest relationship is with her God.
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