Adventures of Eating with dReJ: healthy, cheap, delicious

We failed to take a picture of ours this week, so here's what it looks like from Cooking Light!

Here’s the link to the recipe from Cooking Light: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=50400000107431

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups shrimp and pasta mixture and 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese)

Ingredients

  • red green bell peppers
  • 8  ounces  uncooked fettuccine (or whatever pasta you have on hand would work)
  • 2  tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1  tablespoon  unsalted butter (okay, we just use our regular butter here)
  • 1  cup  finely chopped onion
  • 1  tablespoon  minced garlic
  • 1/2  pound  peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1  teaspoon  chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2  teaspoon  chopped fresh sage
  • 3/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2  teaspoon  crushed red pepper
  • 1  teaspoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2  tablespoons  shaved fresh Parmesan cheese

dReJ Tip: This is another one of those recipes that ask you to do something weird with the peppers. Remember from week one’s post – you can imitate “roasting” just on the stove top. This one says “broil” but you can do the same thing on the stove top. So take your pick and if you want specifics, check out our week one food blog.

dReJ Say: This recipe is pretty simple. We skipped on the fresh sage because we didn’t feel like buying it, and sometimes fresh herbs are expensive. Okay, all the time! We try to pick meals that use the same herbs so it makes sense to buy them fresh. Overall, this recipe was good. I personally felt like it needed a little more “sauce.” RJ thought it was perfect as is…but i tend to be an over-seasoner, so if that’s you – just have something on hand to season it up a little bit. This is totally crazy and weird perhaps, but I was at work and felt the need to sauce it up a bit once i reheated it in the microwave. The only thing i could find in the work fridge was some reduced sodium soy sauce. Strange or not, a little soy did the trick!

Nutritional Information
Calories: 378

This is a pretty light meal at 378 – do bring some snacks, or make more pasta is that will fill you up. We are also a big fan of yummy baguette toasted up with some low fat cheese on top.
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