(Guest Post) Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Hey, guys!! All five kids, my sister, mom and I made it safely to Destin. The drive was great and the kids did wonderfully. We left my mom’s house at 5:00 am, made 4 bathroom stops {including 2 gas-ups} and arrived in Destin at a little after 5:15 pm…..perfect timing! I’m planning to hit the beach first thing this morning, so I’m featuring one of my favorite bloggers today with a fantastic looking recipe. Enjoy!

Hi!  My name is Stephanie and I blog over at Food and Fitness 4 Real, where I write about balancing real life with healthy living.  From creating new recipes to training for half marathons, I write about the challenges I’ve faced and the success I have found with living a healthy lifestyle.  Last month when my family took a week-long vacation to Disney World, I asked Kim to guest post for me and now I get to return the favor!

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I love reading Kim’s blog because she is always posting new, healthy recipes that are easy to prepare.  Like Kim, I am a busy working mom but I still want to find time to feed my family real, healthy food.  A few years ago when I suggested that we clean up our eating habits, my husband was on board with the changes.  My husband is from Louisiana, where everything centers around family and food so trying to healthify some of his favorite foods has been a challenge.  Since most of the food he grew up eating were fried, rich, heavy or spicy, one of his complaints is that sometimes healthy food can be a little bland or boring.

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

That sent me straight to the kitchen to create a recipe for a healthy, flavorful, spicy shrimp pasta dish that quickly became one of his favorites.  Instead of frying the shrimp, I season it with red pepper and grill it in extra virgin olive oil.  Then I make a spicy tomato sauce, add a special ingredient at the end for richness and serve it over whole wheat pasta.  If you have kids who are not big fans of spicy food, you may want to cut back on the red pepper when you grill the shrimp.

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For a low carb option, you can also serve the spicy shrimp sauce over spaghetti squash.  To pump up the nutritional value, add a cup of baby spinach to the spaghetti squash before topping with the spicy shrimp & tomato sauce.

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Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Serves 6

Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra -virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 10 ounce can original Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 24 ounce jar fire roasted tomato sauce
  • 1 14 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup original Coconut milk creamer*
  • 1 box whole wheat spaghetti noodles

*Half and Half can be substituted for Coconut Milk creamer

Directions:

Heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat in a large pan.  Season shrimp with ground red pepper and grill the shrimp for 3-5 minutes, turning once, until shrimp is pink.  Remove from pan and set aside.  The shrimp will cook better if you do not overcrowd the pan, so you will have to grill the shrimp in small batches.

After the shrimp is cooked, add the second tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil to the pan and sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes until softened.  Add chopped garlic and cook one minute more, stirring frequently.  Add the Rotel, fire-roasted tomato sauce and diced tomatoes to the pan.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in creamer.

While the sauce is simmering, cook whole wheat spaghetti noodles according to package directions.

With a hand-held immersion blender, blend the sauce until no large chunks of tomato remain.  (If you use a regular blender, allow the sauce to cool slightly then put 1/3 of the sauce in the blender.  Pulse the sauce a few times to blend large chunks, repeat twice with the remaining sauce.)

Add the cooked shrimp to the spicy tomato sauce and stir to combine.  Serve over whole wheat spaghetti noodles or spaghetti squash.

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Does this recipe look fantastic, or what!!! I cannot wait to give it a try!

Something to think about….

Are you a shrimp lover, like me?

What about pasta? I LOVE pasta too!!

Have you checked out Food and Fitness 4 Real? Head on over and check out all of Stephanie’s wonderful recipes!

You can also find Stephanie on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

Please check back tomorrow for my “What a What I Ate Wednesday” post, complete with Destin photos.

 

 

 

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