Cook: Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini and Onions

picture of shrimp scampi with zucchini and onions

The Second Floor Walkup team is on a New Year's Resolution diet (dog included).  We used FiberGourmet low-cal pasta (130 cals/ serving rather than the usual 200 cals).  With the low-cal pasta, the meal is about 375 calories per serving. This recipe is simple, delicious, nutritious, and affordable!  Recipe after the jump...

Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini and Onions
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

8 oz extra large shrimp
2 servings pasta (4oz)
1.5 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp garlic
1 medium sweet onion, sliced into thin rings
1 zucchini, sliced into thin pieces
0.25 oz shaved parmigiano-reggiano
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 lemon wedges
salt and pepper

(1)  Peel and de-vein shrimp (or buy pre-cleaned); pat dry
picture of peeling the shrimp

(2)  Melt half of the butter in a saute pan
picture of melting butter in saute pan
(3)  Add garlic and onions; cook until turning golden brown; remove and set aside
picture of onions and garlic sauteing in pan

4.  Add zucchini to saute pan; sprinkle with salt and pepper; saute on high stirring frequently; remove after 5 minutes
picture of sauteing zucchini
(5) Cook pasta in salted water until slightly firmer than al dente
(6) Reduce heat to medium; add half of remaining butter to saute pan
(7) Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper; add to pan
picture of shrimp sprinkled with salt and pepper

(8)  Saute shrimp until pink; turning each piece once
picture of shrimp sauteing in pan
(9)  Return all ingredients to pan, including pasta; stir in remaining butter, half of the parmigiano, and half of the parsley
picture of all ingredients returned to pan

(10)  Divide into two servings and top each plate with remaining parmigiano and parsley; serve with a lemon wedge
picture of final dish of shrimp scampi with onions and zucchini

Notes:  For this dish, we remove the shrimp tails for ease of eating.  The tails can be left on, if preferred.  To make the low calorie version taste scrumptious, using high-quality imported parmigiano-reggiano is really important.  We used a mandoline slicer for the zucchini and onions.


Anonymous said...

It looks good if I liked Shrimp.

MJX said...

Chicken can be substituted for the shrimp; be sure to pat dry then sprinkle well with salt and pepper; add lemon juice while the chicken is sauteing (or use grilled chicken for an even healthier recipe)

Anonymous said...

I think I would like it with Chicken. Thanks for the idea.

MJX said...

Grill the zucchini and shrimp to cut out more calories

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