Woke up this morning feeling sicker than hell – this is a very bad time to be getting sick. Who has time for that? Unfortunately after being awake for most of the night coughing I didn’t have the energy for the gym. It has been two weeks since I have lifted and I can feel it. I feel all crabby and out of it because I haven’t been working out. I’m hoping that I feel better when I wake up tomorrow so I can get back on track with my work outs.
So because of this stupid cold that caught me – I spent the day being as lazy as possible watching girly movies while prepping meals for the week. I made meals that had long cook times so that I only had to expend minimal effort standing and prepping veggies and got to spend most of the time sitting on the couch!
Today, I cooked with shrimp for the first time! I have been meaning to cook with shrimp for a while but the only other time I tried, I accidentally bought cooked shrimp instead of uncooked. There were very serious warnings on the bag not to try to re-cook the cooked shrimp so there just wasn’t a way for me to make it work for the shrimp scampi w/ zucchini noodles that I wanted to try. It is ok though because had I made it with zucchini noodles, it would have been okay but when I had the idea to make it with spaghetti squash noodles, it turned out even better! I googled spaghetti squash shrimp scampi to see if I could come up with a recipe to follow and sure enough, there it was! Thank you to Paleogrub.com and their recipe (which I followed, mostly) I finally got to make it happen!
I learned a few things today during my first experiment with cooking shrimp.
- Uncooked shrimp is gray. Who knew?
- The shrimp’s legs are connected to the shell… weird? Ok, I have seen shrimp with the tail on before – that is nothing new. But never have I seen shrimp with the shell that goes all the way up past their creepy little legs. I was a little grossed out when peeling the shrimp. Not even going to lie. It isn’t hard to gross me out though…. Have you ever cut open a bell pepper to find another bell pepper growing inside it? Something about the mutated pepper fetus seriously makes me cringe and my luck has it that almost EVERY time I cut open a bell pepper, there is another one inside it. Yuck.
- There are a lot of scary websites out there that tell you not to reheat shrimp. What am I supposed to do with my leftovers? Live dangerously I guess because I am not willing to discard shrimp scampi! According to Livestrong.com and my lovely pal, Dawn Bryant – it is a-okay to reheat shrimp so we will go with that!
So now, back to the task at hand – sharing with you all this amazing recipe that I found for Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi.
Seriously, does that not look delicious?
What you need
For the pasta
1 Medium spaghetti squash
Salt + pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
For the shrimp
1 LB deveined shrimp
3 tbsp butter or ghee
1 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt + pepper
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
What to do
Make your pasta!
- Preheat the oven to 400◦
- Cut the spaghetti squash in ½ and remove the seeds. (If your spaghetti squash is hard to cut, poke it with a fork a few times then microwave it for 3 minutes.)
- Place your spaghetti squash cut side up on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle on your oregano, basil, salt and pepper
- Bake it for 45 – 50 minutes until you can pierce it easily with a fork
- Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and set it aside to cool
- Once cool, take a fork and drag it down the spaghetti squash to pull out your “noodles.”
Make your shrimp!
- Melt butter or ghee in a medium skillet with olive oil over medium heat.
- Add garlic and saute 2-3 minutes, until fragrant.
- Add in your shrimp, salt and pepper.
- Cook for about 5 minutes until shrimp is cooked through (it will turn pink and curl into the shape of a “c”.)
- Remove the shrimp from heat and combine with squash noodles, toss to combine and then top with lemon juice, zest and parsley.
This one takes the cake for my new favorite recipe and the most delicious thing I have ever cooked.