Day 61: “Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook”
March 2, 2011
Meals that take minutes and are healthy for you? You will find both of those with this recipe. What is really nice is that this can be a pantry/freezer meal. You keep everything you need for this recipe in your kitchen for a gourmet meal with minutes notice. Shrimp can be pulled out of the freezer and submerged in water for a quick thaw. Bottled pesto, roasted red peppers and pasta are all staples in my pantry. Throw in a fresh lemon and you are good to go. We all need a healthy fast recipe in our back pocket and here is the one that you should keep in said pocket.
The “Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook” is filled with recipes that most in my family would eat. Fill a meal with fresh produce seems to be the key to this cookbook. But shouldn’t that be how we eat anyway? I will admit it, some nice comfort food is a requirement when you live through the harsh winters of the cold upper midwest. You will find those dishes in this cookbook, like “Chipotle Beef and Bean Chili” or “Crunchy Crust Mac and Cheese”. Because this book is dedicated to families, it also has a section on bag lunches that turns a typical bag lunch on its ear. How about a “Chicken and Creamy Pepper Jelly Wrap” or a “Peanut Butter-Strawberry Wrap”? The cookbook is full of lovely pictures and tips on fat.
The Ruling: Just my oldest son and I ate this, just as I knew we would. We love shrimp, nobody else does. The rest of the family had noodles with cheese and butter or sauce. I just made extra noodles for them and we were all happy. Because it is still winter, we did not have the option of an outdoor grill. We made the most of it and used our George Foreman grill. The meal was so fast and easy to put together, yet tasted as if I worked for hours in the kitchen. This one is a keeper.
Lemon Shrimp with Rosted Peppers, page 113
- 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 ounces multigrain spaghetti
- 1 toasted pepper, rinsed, patted dry, and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup pesto sauce
- 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- Combine the shrimp, lemon juice, and oil in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to grill, but no more than 30 minutes.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high. Remove the shrimp from the marinade (discard the marinade) and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. Thread the shrimp onto metal skewers or coat grill basket with cooking spray. Grill the shrimp 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with the grilled shrimp, roasted pepper, pesto, lemon zest, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
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