about last night…

Quick and satisfying Spaghetti with Shrimp & vegetablesGood Morning World:

I have been compiling recipes and ideas for quite sometime now. I am definately in a creative mode as of late. Hot summer days, easy and quick cooling dinner ideas. My daughter graduated college last month and I must admit, she has inspired me in so many ways. She has transformed her life and herself by making small simple changes to her diet. I noticed a pattern immediately. Tons of fresh veggies,  and lots of high protein bean dishes. She avoids flour laden carbs and focuses on roasted or sauteed produce. She also adds organic whole grains (quinoa, oats).  We do have fun shopping for various organic foods. I also notice that it is much more expensive. So instead of being a penny pincher, I force myself to see the other end of the spectrum. Organic foods are healthier, safer for us and alil really does go a long way.  Last nights dinner was pretty quick and easy. I used just the stove top to prepare (and microwave to steam veggies). The dish was tasty and a little splurge of jumbo shrimp. Quick and Easy… this recipe serves 4-5 people.

Whole wheat spaghetti w/ Shrimp & Vegetables with Balsamic Glaze sauce


3/4 lb of Whole Wheat spaghetti (or pasta)

1lb of jumbo shrimp (sliced in half)

1 pkg broccoli/cauliflower steamed  vegetables

1 bag baby spinach (fresh)

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tbs Canola Oil (or olive oil)

salt & pepper and red crushed pepper to taste

3 cloves fresh garlic minced

2 tbs butter

Saute baby spinach in 1 tablespoon canola oil, set aside

microwave for 6 mins, broccoli/cauliflower combo, set aside

melt 1 tbs butter and 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar in saucepot, let simmer for 10 mins till thickened

cook pasta according to package directions

Heat skillet (hot), saute shrimp in 1 tbsp canola, add garlic,  ( 2-3 mins for shrimp) salt&pepper, crushed red pepper to taste. Remove from heat

Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water when draining

In a large Serving bowl, combine cooked pasta, veggies, in 1 tbsp canola oil, & 1 tbsp butter melted. add alil pasta water if dry. Add shrimp and toss. Drizzle balsamic glaze over top and toss.

You may enjoy grated Romano cheese on top. (optional)




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