Here is a healthy shrimp recipe! I love this dish. It reminds me of a wonderful vacation I took to the panhandle of Florida to see Lani. One day we ended up eating at a little local restaurant that made this garlic shrimp dish that was absolutely heavenly. Nothing beats fresh caught seafood! Unfortunately, as you all know by now, I am in Minnesota. Our shrimp is all frozen! Hey, that’s ok …we’ll do our best with what we have!
So this recipe gives you a little taste of that garlic shrimp fabulousness, and adds some simple sides that make this one of the quicker meals to make.
Here, our shrimp is mostly frozen, shipped in from the coasts. So I take a bag of cooked, frozen shrimp out of the freezer and thaw it during the day. Take it out in the morning, it will be thawed by dinner.
Start by getting a pan set for the angel hair pasta. Get the water boiling and put in the pasta. Use a portion size of 1.5 -2.0 ounces. By the time you are done with the shrimp, the pasta should be ready.
So start by heating up a sautée pan to medium heat. I will add a lot of minced garlic and either butter or olive oil. You can also use coconut oil or any other medium. Get the garlic going first, then once it is starting to just brown, throw in the shrimp. (Optional: I also love tossing in some green onion here) The shrimp does not take long – it already starts as cooked. If you are using raw shrimp, simply adjust your cooking time to match and run the pan at a slightly lower heat. My goal with using a higher heat and cooked shrimp is simply to warm them up and give them a good “flash in the pan”. Usually it doesn’t take more than a few minutes once the shrimp goes in.
As the shrimp is cooking, I would either run a separate pan for sautéed vegetables or pick a Green Giant steamers vegetable box and microwave it. Yes, I know …microwaved vegetable generally suck, but the Green Giant steamers selections are actually pretty good. For this meal I used the “Healthy Vision” box. They take about 4.5 minutes in the microwave.
When it’s all done, simply plate up the pasta – season it with a little herbal seasoning of your choice. Probably some Italian seasoning, or sunny paris or herbes de provence. Then add the vegetables as a side, and top the pasta with your shrimp. Done!
2.0 ounces of Barilla Plus angel hair pasta: 190 calories
4 ounces of shrimp is about 112 calories. If you cook the shrimp in butter, that would go up to about 138 calories.
The Green Giant Healthy Vision vegetable blend is about 120 calories for the box.
Total calories for this meal is roughly 450. So if you really love shrimp, add some more!