Shrimp with Garlic Alfredo pasta

As you know, I love my quick meals. This meal is nice an filling and very simple to make. This is a quick homemade alfredo sauce. If you don’t have the ingredients to make it fresh, you can use a jarred sauce. I know that’s completely frowned upon in the foodie community, but life gets in the way sometimes and you need a quick meal that taste delicious. Just do what’s best for you. This recipe is just, cook the pasta, cook the shrimp and make the alfredo and done! Can’t get much easier. I totally forgot to take pictures along the way of every step. I remembered to take a few though! Sorry! 🙂 Take a look!

Shrimp with Garlic Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients:
1lb pasta (I used Rigatoni)
1lb shrimp, cleaned & devined
1 T olive oil
1 t chili powder
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder

Alfredo Sauce:
1 t olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup Parmesan/Romano finely grated cheese
1 stick, butter
1 T flour
2 T fresh parsley, chopped
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Optional toppings:
shaved Parmesan
crushed red pepper flakes
chopped parsley

Directions: Cook pasta according to package. Don’t forget to salt the water! Drain and set aside.

Heat a large saute pan on high heat. Season the shrimp with chili powder, onion & garlic powder. Add oil to the pan and let heat 1-2 minutes. Add in the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. You want a nice golden crust on the shrimp. When cooked the shrimp should be pink and white in color. Remove shrimp, cover and set aside when done.

Lower the heat to medium high. In that same pan add in 1 t olive oil and scrap the pan to get all the flavor up. Add in the garlic and let saute about 1-2 minutes, mix often. Do not overcook the garlic. Next add in the butter and let melt completely, mixing often. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and mix well and let cook 2-3 minutes. Next add in the cream and whisk until smooth. Let the sauce simmer 3-4 minutes, until it thickens. Add in the cheese, salt and pepper to taste and mix until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is smooth. Add in the chopped parsley and mix. (Note: taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed.)

Add the pasta into the pan and stir until the pasta is fully coated with the sauce. Add to serving bowls and top with shaved parm, crushed red pepper and chopped parsley (if desired) Serve with garlic bread. Eat immediately.

Note: For a lighter version you can use half heavy cream and half 2% milk, or you can use all milk. This Alfredo recipe is great on it’s own with pasta. You can also adjust the protein to your preference. I used a rigatoni but you can use any pasta you’d like. You can omit the flour if desired. Once you add the cheese the sauce thickens pretty well on it’s own.


Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Slaw

This recipe for these shrimp tacos couldn’t be any simpler!!  I love using shrimp as my protein because they cook so quick!  The good thing with this dish is you can make the slaw the night before.  Once ready to eat just cook up the shrimp and heat up the tortillas and you are ready to go! This is definitely a healthier taco!! Super delicious and full of flavor.

Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Slaw

Ingredients:
Slaw:
8-10 oz coleslaw mix
3-4 T lite mayonnaise
1 T extra virgin olive oil
2 green onions, chopped
2 Jalapeño peppers, diced (seeds removed, leave some seeds for spicier taste)
2 t salt
2 t pepper

Shrimp:
16-20 medium shrimp, cleaned & deveined
1 t salt
1 t pepper
2 t chili powder
1/2 cayenne pepper, optional
1 T olive oil
4-6 soft tortillas

Directions: In a medium bowl mix together all slaw ingredients.  Add more mayo if needed. I prefer a less creamy slaw (watching my figure lol.) Add more salt and pepper to taste.  Once done, cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

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Fully season the shrimp with salt, pepper, chili powder and cayenne. Heat a medium sauté pan on medium high heat.  Once heated, add in olive oil and let heat for 1 minute.  Add in shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes before flipping.

Shrimp cook very fast and are cooked when they are no longer opaque and are light pink in color. Once the shrimp is cooked, remove from the pan.

Warm up the tortillas before assembling.

To assemble add 3-5 shrimp to tortilla and top with a heaping spoonful of slaw and serve. The amount of shrimp and tortillas will depend no only on size of shrimp but how many shrimp you put in each taco.

Note: Normally ALL my tacos have cheese, however, seafood and cheese don’t really go. You don’t even miss the cheese with this slaw but if you want to add cheese you definitely can.

 

 

Seared Scallops with Cheesy Rice

I love a good scallop.  They are very easy to make and can be cooked to perfection in minutes.  I always feel like no matter what you make with scallops the dish automatically looks fancier.  Maybe that’s just me, lol!

This dish I put together rather quickly.  Don’t judge, this dish was made with minute rice. Yes, minute rice.  I know. I should just make regular rice, but it’s what I had on had and it’s always good to be able to take something you have on hand and make a delicious dish.  Especially with this pandemic going on right now, we need to use what we can find and what we have.

Regardless, this dish is still delicious and probably one of my favorite scallops dishes.  Can’t ask for anything easier.

Seared Scallops with Cheesy Rice

Ingredients:
12 Sea scallops, rinsed
2 cups rice, cooked (under cook by a few minutes)
1/4 cup and 2 T heavy cream
1/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, grated
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t salt (more to taste)
2 t pepper (more to taste)
3 T olive oil

Directions: Add cooked rice to a small soup pot.  Add in the heavy cream, garlic and cheese and seasoning and mix well.  Cook on low heat 5-6 minutes.

Heat a medium sauté pan on high heat.  Completely try the scallops so they can form a nice crust.  Season the scallops with salt and pepper on both sides. Once the pan is hot add in the oil and let heat 2-3 minutes.  You want the pan to be very hot so you can get a nice sear on the scallops.

Add the scallops to the pan and cook 3 minutes and then flip and cook another 2-3 minutes.  Once done, remove from pan and serve immediately.  I served over the cheesy rice.  Yum!
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Cauliflower Rice Shrimp Bowl

I love having a simple go to meal that you can truly make in no time.  After long days working or as of late with this virus, so many parents are at home home schooling kids and working and just trying to keep their sanity.

Having a easy healthy meal is important.  This dish can literally be put together in less than 15 minutes.  This is a perfect meal for a meal prep. Easy to make and full of nutrients and flavor.  Take a look.

Cauliflower Rice Shrimp Bowl

Ingredients:

12-14 shrimp, cleaned and deveined
2-3 cups cauliflower rice (fresh or frozen)
2 T olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 large red pepper, diced
1/2 large yellow pepper, diced
1/2 large onion, diced
2 t chili powder
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 T onion powder
3 t salt
3 t pepper

Directions: Heat a medium saute pan on high heat.  Rinse shrimp and lay out on paper towel and pat dry. (This will help get a nice golden exterior) Season the shrimp with with 2 t chili powder, 1 t onion powder, 1 t of garlic powder, 1 t of salt and 1 t of pepper.  Mix with hands to coat. Set aside.  Heat 1 T of olive oil in pan. Let heat 2-3 minutes.  Add in the shrimp and cook. Cook 2-3 minutes and flip.  (Note: Cook time depends on the temperature of pan and how many shrimp you have in it)

The shrimp are cooked when they are pink and the flesh is slightly opaque. Once cooked, set aside.

Add remaining olive oil to that same pan.  Let heat 2-3 minutes.  Add in garlic, diced peppers and onions and cook 2-3 minutes until slightly tender.  Add in the cauliflower rice and cook another 3-4 minutes. (Cook 7-8 minutes if using fresh vs frozen cauliflower rice) Season with remaining seasoning.

Once rice is finished add to a bowl and top with shrimp. Serve and enjoy!

Note: This can easily be made with any veggies you have on hand.  If you’d rather use 2 pans to make this dish, you would need to make at the same time. I just try to make it simple and have easy clean up.

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Seafood Medley in a Garlic Cream Sauce

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had an amazing week.  In honor of lent I wanted to share with you this seafood medley dish,  Even if you don’t partake in lent this is a wonderful meatless dish. It’s full of deliciousness.  It can be customized to your personal preferences.  If you don’t like one of the seafood in the list of ingredients below feel free to exchange out with something else, omit it all together or just double up on the ones you like.

Don’t let the words “Cream Sauce” deter you. This isn’t an ultra rich sauce. It’s actually very light. There isn’t too much cream in this dish.  If you are following keto, low carb or just trying to be healthier see the Chef Notes for more information.

This dish seems a little time-consuming but part of it can be done head of time. You can cook the shrimp and scallops ahead of time and just have ready to go.

I grew up eating mussels with my Dad.  He loved mussels. Every time he went back east to visit my family he’d get a pizza and an order of mussels from the pizzeria down the block.  Before he passed away he actually taught me how to clean and cook mussels.  I still remember him and I standing over the sink full of water and checking each and every mussel to make sure it wasn’t cracked or damaged in any way and make sure they were tightly closed.  If the mussels were opened most likely they are dead.  You can tap the mussel against the sink and see if the mussels closes. If it doesn’t the mussel is  dead and needs to be discarded.  I love that memory of my Dad and I.  I think about it often.  He was an amazing cook and I carry so many amazing things he taught me with me when I cook.

Ok, now on to the recipe.  It’s a great recipe and perfect for a dinner party.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Seafood Medley in a Garlic Cream Sauce
Servings:

Ingredients:
8 large sea scallops
1/2 lb uncooked shrimp, cleaned and deveined
1/2 lb fresh mussels, cleaned, rinsed and damaged or cracked shells removed
3 cup chicken broth
3 T fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
1 T parsley fresh or dried
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 large onion, diced
1/2 large red pepper, diced
1/4 +2 T heavy whipping cream
5 T butter
2 t xanthan gum or 1 T flour
2 T olive oil
2 T chives, chopped

Directions: Rinse scallops and shrimp under cool water.  Pat completely dry with paper towel.  Season scallops and shrimp with salt and pepper.  Heat a medium sauté  pan over high heat.  Add in 1/2  tablespoon of olive oil and let heat 2 minutes.  Add in scallops to the pan and cook on high heat for 3 minutes and turn over once the scallops have a golden crust.  Flip over and cook another 3 minutes.  Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add in another 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and shrimp to the sauté pan.  Cook the shrimp stirring occasionally.  Cook till the shrimp is pink and opaque.  About 5-6 minutes.  Remove from the pan and set aside.

Next add remainder of oil and heat in pan.  Next add in the onion, garlic and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add in 3 tablespoons of butter. (Note: If you are using xanthan gum skip to the next step now. ) If using flour in with the butter a roux.  Cook for 5 minutes stirring once.  

Next add the chicken broth to the pan and mix.  If using xanthan gum add in now and mix until dissolves.  Add in lemon juice and wine (if using.)  Let mixture cook on high about 6-7 minutes as it thickens.  Add in heavy cream and mix and season with garlic and onion powder and parsley.

Reduce the heat to medium high and add in the scallops, shrimp and lump crab. Mix well. Add in the mussels and cover and cook on medium heat 8-10 until the mussels are cooked and opened.  (Note: Mussels are hard to give a cooking time for. Just make sure to keep and eye on the pan and once you see the mussels open they are cooked.)  Once they are cooked mix everything up one last time and season with salt and pepper to your taste.  Remove from heat and transfer to a large serving bowl.  Sprinkle with chives and serve.

Chef Notes: This can be served with any sides you choose. Pasta, potatoes or rice. Anything you like.  Make sure to serve with a nice chunk of crusty bread for dipping.  If you are keeping it low carb/keto use xanthan gum vs flour, omit the wine and serve along side cauliflower rice or veggies and no bread (Sorry).  Feel free to use half and half vs heavy whipping cream if you want it to be on the healthier side.

 

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Scallops on the Half Shell

Happy Holidays Everyone! Another successful Christmas passed and now looking forward to 2019. Coming from an Italian family we’ve always celebrated the “Feast of Seven Fishes,” on Christmas Eve. We do more shrimp and scallops vs some of the more traditional fishes that may be used. I’ve been doing different scallop recipes over the last few years and this year has been my favorite.

These scallops on the half shell are simple and can be done ahead of time which makes entertaining a breeze. This is my first time using the baking shells. It gives it a cool look and definitely makes serving easy. You should be able to find the baking shells from any online retailer. Make sure that they are shells that are used for baking, not just decorative shells. Click link below after the recipe to see what baking shells I used.

Scallops on Half Shell

Ingredients:
1lb large seas scallops, rinsed and dry
1 ½ cups Italian panko bread crumbs
1 lemon, juiced (extra for drizzle)
2 t lemon zest
3 T dry white wine
3 T quality olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 t parsley
2 t oregano
2 t garlic powder
½ t salt
½ t pepper

Extras:
4-6 baking shells

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. Lay out scallops on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Let sit 15 minutes to remove any excess liquid and then pat dry.

In a sauté pan add a drizzle of olive oil and sauté the garlic and shallot until tender. In a medium bowl mix together the panko bread crumbs, seasoning, garlic and shallot, olive oil, white wine, lemon juice and zest and mix well. The mixture should be wet. If not, you can add a little more oil.

Add 2-3 scallops to each shell depending on size of scallops. I used 3 per shell. You want the scallops tight together. Top the scallops with panko mixture. Bake in oven for 20 minutes until fully cooked. Drizzle with lemon and serve immediately. These are great for a crowd and easy to get ready ahead of time and then just bake when needed. The shells make it very easy for serving. Click link below for the shells I used.

BAKING SHELLS 11-12 CM, Set of 12

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