Shrimp Scampi

New Years Eve Dinner

New Years Eve Dinner

My boyfriend was sick yesterday so instead of fighting the New Years crowds I planned a date night in. I wanted us to have a healthy and comfortable New Year fiesta so that he could get better as soon as possible. Pasta isn’t exactly healthy but I wanted to find a way to make it a little healthy. ALthough, I spent 4 years in the kitchen as a server, caterer, and then chef while working through college I still can’t say I can whip up recipes on my own inspiration and memory. I have ideas of what foods I want to put together but I still have to look up different recipes to come up with my own. I remember the first time I made shrimp scampi I had called my mother and I was just amazed that she could just give me the recipe and instructions over the phone without even thinking twice.

I have to mention this because while buying my ingredients inside the grocery store you would think that it was the end of the world not the end of the year! I have a couple of places where I get my food in the city and yesterday I went to get my grocery’s at the Fairway on 86th and Lex. I witness line cutting, elbow bumping, and a baby being slapped by someone who was not the parent (not that it would be okay if it was the parent either it was just extra weird that a random slapped someones baby!). I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. Here is what I came up with and i must add.. my boyfriend LOVED it. I am dedicated to get that man to eat and live healthier this year.

1 pound large (16-20 count) shrimp, shelled* and de-veined, tail-on for presentation if you want. (I bought the frozen kind at Fairway)
2oz Spinach fettuccine noodles (of an 8 oz. box)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 tablespoons butter
Salt
3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup white wine (I used a dry wine, Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc, fancy I know)
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cupfresh baby spinach
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tablespoon reduced-fat grated Parmesan

PREPARATION

For pasta

Cook pasta 1 minute less than directed on package; set aside.

For shrimp

I bought frozen shrimp that had already been cooked, So I had to put in a colander and run cold water over them for about 10 min to de thaw. I then transferred the shrimp to a bowl and salted. I poured the wine, lemon, and butter over them and set aside.

Heat a sauté pan on high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-high and add the olive oil and butter. Once the butter melts, foams up and subsides, reduce heat to medium; add garlic, parsley and red pepper flakes. Cook until garlic becomes fragrant but does not brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spinach Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the bowl of shrimp and then the pasta. sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve.

For dessert I had pomegranate champagne and chocolate chip cookies. YUM

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