A Lighter Pasta Dish with Lemon, Basil and Shrimp

Now that the cold air is officially behind us, I want to experiment more with pasta, but with lighter types of sauces that are tasty as well. One of the great things I’ve noticed on Pinterest is the pages and pages of shared recipes. I stumbled on a linguine with lemon and basil sauce and thought it would be a perfect meal if I added in some veggies and shrimp. Cook time: 15 minutes Serving Size: 4 Ingredients 3 quarts cold water 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti noodles 1 pound large…

Shrimp with Penne Pasta and Vegetables in Cream Sauce

I met a good friend for lunch over the weekend at Seasons 54 and was impressed with their new Spring menu. I ordered a shrimp with penne pasta dish and was immensely impressed at how delicious and flavorful it was, while still being under 500 calories! I was so pleased with my dish, that I really wanted to try and make it at home. Now I would like to say that under no circumstances do I believe my dish is under 500 calories (I’m sure it surpasses that calorie count)…

Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

In honor of the weather being extremely warm and nice in the city today, I wanted a light and fresh dinner. So I decided to make some shrimp tacos with a fresh avocado salsa. Cook  Time: 10 minutes Yields: 4 servings Ingredients: Salsa: 1 small yellow onion, cut into chunks 1 jalapeno, quartered (optional – keep the seeds for added heat) 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 1 avocado, peeled and cut into chunks 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped Shrimp: 1 tbsp extra virgin…

A Quick and Easy Dinner: Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Sometimes by the time I get home, I’m at a lost for what to make for dinner, and am just looking for something that’s quick yet delicious. I also find that I always have linguine, lemons, parsley and shrimp in my fridge and freezer; so I can whip up some shrimp scampi pretty easily. I’ve made this a few times before, so I feel like I know the recipe like the back of my hand. It also happens to be one of my husband’s favorite dishes. Cook Time: 15 minutes…

Getting a Healthy Serving of Vitamins with Winter Melon Soup

Winter melon, also referred to as fuzzy melon or white gourd, is a native vegetable to the Southeast Asia region. Cambodians, Vietnamese and Chinese all make their own variety of winter melon soup, touting it’s health properties; it’s full of Vitamin C, Zinc, Calcium and Iron. As a child, I never really cared for this soup; but then again, I really didn’t care much for any type of vegetable. But I had it for dinner a few weeks ago, and was really stunned at the mildly sweet flavor of the…

Lemongrass Grilled Shrimp

My mother in law makes an amazing marinade that she uses for her pork chops; I like to refer to this sauce as the magic marinade. Luckily for me, she made a big container of the marinade; and since it’s grilling season, I’ve been using the sauce on just about everything to make a super easy meal after a long day at work. For this meal, I had a pound of large tiger shrimp and recreated my own marinade to make a delicious grilled dinner. Ingredients: 1 lb large tiger…

Pork and Shrimp Wontons

With it being Memorial Day weekend, that means cookouts galore for this long weekend. So one of the items I wanted to contribute to my friend’s cookout were pork and shrimp wontons. I was thinking that I could make a big batch and save some for my own cookout as well. I love the mild flavors of the wonton and sweet and spicy dipping sauce. It makes such a great appetizer and is a sure fire crowd pleaser. Ingredients: 1 lb of large tiger shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 lb…

Roast Pork and Shrimp Noodle Soup

If you can’t tell by now, I love Asian foods. I think the complexity of the flavors and the sweet and savory combinations are what get me everytime and always tantalizes my taste buds! And since I’ve journeyed out to try and become an aspiring chef, one of my goals has been to learn how to make a few of my favorite Asian dishes. The one I’m sharing today is known as Hu Tieu — roast pork and shrimp noodle soup. And I just want to say that this is…

It’s shrimpin time

On our way home today, we decided to make a quick run into Costco to get some gigantic shrimp. It was such a gorgeous day outside, and we both really wanted to break in the grill and start the grilling season early. The original plan was to grill them outside, I wanted to try making some sweet and spicy grilled shrimp. But by the time we got home, it was a little too dark to start up our Weber grill. So I figured, why not try out some salt and…