Have vampires invaded your home? I hear they're out in massive forces lately. This recipe for Garlic Lemon Pepper Shrimp should keep them at a comfortable distance!
HAPPY GARLIC DAY!
Lucky for me, I'm a garlic lover, so there's never a worry about vampire invasion around these parts. However, if Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt want to don their adorable selves with their false vampire teeth and come to my home for a visit, I'll certainly open the door and wish them a hearty welcome!
Heck, I'll even put the garlic away! Maybe. OK, I won't, but they won't mind. I'll be too busy pining over them and running my fingers through their hair and across their biceps that they won't even notice garlic in the house. Unless of course I kiss one of them... OK, I'm digressing...and living in a dream world. Let's move on to this recipe before I become distracted again.
5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THIS RECIPE
It's extremely versatile and adaptable to your personal taste As evidenced by the ingredient list (shown below) this dish can be made with just about any protein, veggie, and pasta of your choice.
It's filling and delicious - I don't know about you, but pasta is big ol' boost of tummy love for me. I don't need the 2 pounds of it that are usually piled high on a restaurant plate. Just a simple 2 ounces of dry pasta per person should be enough to fill the plate of an average eater. For those of you watching your caloric intake, that 2 ounces of dry pasta becomes 4 ounces after cooking.
It fits nicely into the frugal feeding category - Depending on the type of protein you choose to use, this dish will cost you approximately $2 to $5 per serving. The recipe I made for you came to $2.23 per serving!
It only requires 5 ingredients!
- pre-cooked shrimp or chicken, or turkey, clams, meatballs, or bacon... just pick a protein and go!
- pasta of your choice. I used angel hair because I was all out of my favorite quinoa pasta
- red bell pepper (or veggie of your choice)
- chopped garlic - - If you would like to make this a 4 ingredient dish, skip the garlic and use Lia Marie's 5-Cheese Spread instead of the butter or oil that you need to saute your veggies in.
- Parmesan cheese
It can be prepared and ready to eat in less than 15 minutes!
The best news of all is that if you eat this garlic lemon pepper shrimp often (which I do!), you'll be giving your body great big doses of healthy, garlicky love!
So here's the skinny on how to prepare this yummi Garlic Lemon Pepper Shrimp recipe!
- 1 pound (16 ounces) of cooked and peeled shrimp
- 8 ounces of dry angel hair pasta
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
- 2 ounces of Lia Marie's 5-Cheese Spread or salted butter
- 1 clove of chopped garlic (omit if using Lia Marie's)
- 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (or more, to suit your taste)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon of dry)
- Bring large stockpot of well salted water to a rolling boil. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter or garlic spread and saute the peppers for 5-7 minutes, or until they are tender. If you're using fresh garlic, wait to add it until the last 1-2 minutes of cooking time so that it doesn't burn.
- Add shrimp to the pan and toss to coat with the butter sauce. Add the red chili flakes and parsley and cook 1-2 minutes until the shrimp has warmed through.
- Add the drained pasta to the pan and toss to coat.
- Serve with a smile and enjoy!
Have a happy, healthy, garlic lovin', yummi day!!
~ ~ Becca