Pump up your protein with shrimp pasta

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I’m always looking for quick, healthy dinners that pack a lot of protein, especially when I do an after-work workout rather than my normal early morning workout routine. After a final 5-mile training run in preparation for my race, I needed something that was quick and had lots of protein.

I’ve had some frozen shrimp sitting in my freezer and have been waiting for the opportunity to pull them out for a meal. Unfortunately, Andy’s allergic to seafood so it’s never a meal we can enjoy together. He ordered a pizza one night, so it was the perfect time to try a seafood dish!

Lemon vegetable shrimp pasta
Serves 1 (Easy to double this for two!)

  • 10 shrimp (51/60 count)
  • 2 oz. whole wheat angel hair pasta
  • 2 cups chopped vegetables (I used yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, red pepper, and broccoli.)
  • 1/2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. chopped onion
  • 1 clove of garlic (or equivalent minced garlic)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • Lemon juice to taste
  1. Boil water in a saucepan. Once boiled, add angel hair pasta and cook as directed on box. (About eight minutes.)
  2. Meanwhile, pour 1/2 tb. olive oil in a pan and add garlic and onion for about three minutes. Add the rest of your vegetables to cook for another three minutes.
  3. Add (thawed) shrimp to your vegetable mix. Cook for 4-5 minutes until shrimp appear translucent.
  4. Drain your pasta and put on plate. Pour shrimp and vegetables on top, and mix in the paprika and seasoned salt. Top with a sprinkle of lemon juice and parmesan cheese.

How to “level up” this recipe…

  • Pump up the protein count by adding some edamame to the mix.
  • Feel free to add more vegetables! Sugar snap peas and spinach would also be a great addition to this dish.

How to “level down” this recipe…

  • I wouldn’t necessarily call this a level “down,” but you could replace the olive oil with a tablespoon of butter. It’s sure to make it creamier and add some great flavor!
  • Use one cup of vegetables instead of two, and feel free to alter this to your taste. If you only like one or two kinds of vegetables, use those!
  • Need some more flavor? Use an alfredo sauce to make this dish creamier and give it more flavor. Ragu has a light alfredo sauce that would work well.
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