Saturday, June 28, 2014

Love and Shrimp Scampi



I have recently become obsessed with topping my dishes with a fresh arugula salad. 

Arugula is a bitter green, with a little bit of bite but when you add a little olive oil, fresh lemon juice and parmesan cheese, it's lemony and simply refreshing. 

It is especially delicious when served with seafood! I've topped salmon, pasta and now shrimp scampi. It adds a level of freshness to the dish which just lightens it up and makes it oh so good. 

I've never cooked shrimp before but it is actually quite easy. It turns a beautiful red color and you know it's just about done. 


This recipe is a lightened up version so it will be healthier, lighter but still delicious.

It was also really simple and only had a few ingredients! 

Time to start cooking!


Ingredients
Servings = 2

3/4 lb of peeled, deveined small shrimp
Whole Wheat pasta, about half the box
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice 
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Arugula, 1 cup

Also...olive oil, salt and pepper and (optional) a little butter.




Instructions

Begin by cooking the pasta, using the instructions on the package.

You can also use this time to begin making the arugula salad. Combine arugula, lemon juice and olive oil (1 tbsp of each), salt, pepper and about a tbsp of parmesan cheese. Toss and set aside.


For the shrimp, start by heating up a little olive oil. On medium-high heat, add the minced garlic and shrimp and begin to cook. Stir and flip the shrimp so it cooks evenly. Season with salt and pepper.

[Side-note: if you like onion, you can begin by sautéing that before you add the shrimp and garlic. It will add another depth of flavor.]

Once they turn a beautiful red color, add the white wine and let it reduce, about 3 minutes. You can add 1-2 tsp of butter to add a little silkiness to the flavor, but this is optional.

Once the wine reduces, add the pasta directly into sauté pan. Toss the sauce into the pasta.


Serve it with a little of the arugula salad on top. 

Deeeeelicious and easy!

This would also be good with spaghetti squash or without the pasta all together. 

Make it how you love it!


As always, hope you enjoy.

Lots of LOVE,

Eva

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