What’s for Dinner Tonight? Lemon Basil Shrimp

Ok I’m going to try something new. I’ll post a few pictures of what we eat for dinner each night, along with the recipe and some commentary about the nutritional benefits of the food. So to kick things off we have Lemon Basil Shrimp served on a bed of spinach:

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Luckily I had some “help” in the kitchen…

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This recipe is so easy and it takes no more than 20 minutes to make. Here’s what you need to make it for two people, though you can easily cut it in half if you’re cooking for one:

  • 2 servings of pasta (I used gluten free; Mal used normal whole wheat)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 20 shrimp (or so)
  • 2 tablespoons of capers (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (about half a lemon’s worth)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil
  • 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Cook pasta and drain
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a pan and sauté shrimp until they are done (about 3-5 mins depending on their size)
  3. Put one handful of spinach on each plate and sprinkle with any leftover lemon juice and some cracked black pepper
  4. Combine the cooked pasta, shrimp, capers, lemon juice and basil in a large bowl and top each serving of spinach with half of the mixture
  5. Top with a pinch of Parmesan cheese

So easy, so delicious and so good for you! You’re getting great, healthy protein from the shrimp, whole grains from the pasta, vitamin c from the lemon and a ton of folate – an important vitamin – from the spinach. What a nutritional powerhouse of a meal!

What’s on your plate tonight?


About Tommy Openchowski
Planning worksite health promotion programs and using my Masters in Health Promotion Management, Certificate in Nutrition Education, and CHES Certification as my knowledge base. I've run four marathons and am constantly trying to find road races - of any distance - to keep myself moving. I love trying new foods and new recipes and figuring out why the foods I eat are good for me and ideal fuel for my running. My goal is to use this blog to share my love for living a healthy life to my readers.

One Response to What’s for Dinner Tonight? Lemon Basil Shrimp

  1. Am & Ch says:

    hi Tommy, this looks positively delicious!! great job with the photos too 🙂

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