Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium mixing bowl, sprinkle whole grain bread cubes with Italian seasoning and garlic powder. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, minced garlic, and salt and pepper. Pour the oil mixture over the seasoned bread and toss to coat. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway.
For the Healthy Caesar Dressing:
Add all dressing ingredients except for parmesan cheese to a blender/food processor or mixing bowl and blend on high speed or whisk until smooth and creamy. Fold in 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Adjust salt and pepper and seasonings as necessary to taste.
For the Lemon Garlic Shrimp (optional):
Defrost the shrimp according to package directions. Warm olive oil to a large pan over medium heat, then add the garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
Add shrimp to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the pan-side turns pink. Flip the shrimp and cook for another 3-4 minutes until pink. Stir in lemon juice.
For the Salad:
Chop romaine lettuce and add to a large salad bowl. Top with homemade croutons and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
Add your desired amount of dressing (you will likely have some leftover) and toss well to combine and coat the lettuce/croutons.
Top with lemon garlic shrimp or another protein (optional) and lemon wedges for serving. Enjoy!