This dish is full of fresh ingredients that contain bold flavors.  It is easy to make, yet super gourmet.

Shrimp Scampi
  • 4 oz. spaghetti style whole grain pasta*
  • ½ pound of fresh wild caught shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter**
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and pressed through garlic press
  • ⅛ cup fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Optional: Add peas or spinach for additional vegetables
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. I add a pinch of sea salt and a drop of oil to boiling water before adding pasta
  2. Drain pasta in colander and set aside
  3. Meanwhile, sauté shallots, red pepper and shrimp in large pan on medium heat with extra virgin olive oil and butter
  4. Add lemon zest and juice
  5. When shrimp are fully cooked, add the pasta (shrimp are cooked when they turn from translucent to pink)
  6. Add fresh garlic and parsley
  7. Add salt and pepper

*I use gluten-free pasta by Tinkyada which uses organic brown rice.  This is my favorite brand of gluten-free pasta; it has the best texture and consistency of all the gluten-free pastas I have tried so far. 

**I use soy-free, gluten-free, vegan butter from Earth Balance.

Health Benefits

Using whole grain pasta, fresh seafood and vegetables make for a healthy, balanced and refreshing dinner.

This dish features shrimp.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), eating about 8 ounces per week of a variety of seafood contributes to the prevention of heart disease.

Shrimp is a great way to reach this goal.  In fact, according to the American Dietetic Association, shrimp are low in saturated fat and a good source of nutrients such as niacin, iron, phosphorus, zinc, protein, vitamin B12 and selenium.  Shrimp is high in cholesterol, so eat it in moderation.  Seven medium sized shrimp = 2 oz. cooked.