‘Lighter’ seems to be the #1 word in my vocabulary lately. I’ve been Pinning lighter (i.e. healthier) recipes like crazy and my mouth seems to be watering on a regular basis. Why can’t I just stay home all day and cook and eat? A girl can dream.
I feel like I’ve done really well this week living a healthier lifestyle. I’ve been bringing my own healthy lunches to work, making dinner every night at home and working out more. You may have seen on Instagram earlier this week how my home-gym is coming together! Five days really aren’t that many days in the grand scheme of things but I can already feel myself feeling healthier. I feel a lot less bloated and just feel like I have more energy. But there’s a long way to go!
I made this Lighter Shrimp Scampi earlier this week from Cooking Light and it was nothing short of delicious! I typically make a lot of chicken at home but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up. This meal came together in a flash and was light and delicious. I would encourage you to try it out this weekend, and of course, pair it with a nice glass of white wine!
- 8 ounces uncooked thin spaghetti
- 12 ounces broccoli florets
- Cooking spray
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 10 garlic cloves, minced
- ¾ cup unsalted chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved or grated (about ¼ cup)
- Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add broccoli in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.
- Heat a large skillet over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shrimp; cook 2 minutes on each side. Remove shrimp from pan.
- Heat pan over medium-low heat. Add butter and oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add stock; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Combine 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir cornstarch mixture into stock mixture; cook 1 minute. Stir in shrimp, pasta mixture, parsley, rind, juice, and salt; cook 1 minute, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.