Sunday, January 18, 2009

Greek- Style Shrimp Scampi with Whole Wheat Spaghetti

Today concludes the first week of my newfound healthy lifestyle change. So far so good. I'm exercising like a mad woman, I'm eating well (but not depriving myself), and the best part is that I feel excellent. One of the major changes I've made in our house is to stick with whole wheat flour, whole grain pastas/rice and whole grain breads (and to avoid the white stuff like the plague). It's not too tough, really. I baked with whole wheat flour this week (with great success), my family doesn't seem to notice the difference much when I use whole grain pasta or rice, and we didn't eat a lot of white bread in the first place. Dinner has been fun to experiment with. I've been adding to my 'healthy' cookbook collection, and it's terribly fun to scour the healthy food sites too.

One of my dinner choices this week: Greek-Style Shrimp Scampi over Whole Wheat Spaghetti (adapted from a Cooking Light recipe).

Here's the How-To:

Saute garlic in a little bit of olive oil.

Add canned chopped tomatoes and chopped parsley- let that simmer for a while.

Add shrimp (I used 'jumbo-sized' for this recipe) and let the sauce cook the shrimp.

Spoon the shrimp & sauce over cooked spaghetti into a casserole dish.

Sprinkle a cup of crumbled feta cheese on top.

Throw it in the oven to melt (about 10 minutes). When it comes out of the oven, sprinkle lemon juice, parsley and salt and pepper on top.

I know that some people are hesistant to use the whole grain pasta for fear that it'll be grainy tasting and icky. Let me just tell you that everyone is my family has always loved pasta... and they can't detect a big difference with the whole wheat kind. You'll notice a difference... to me it's not as soft as white flour pasta, but you get used to it and it's really so much better for you. As feta cheese lovers, we enjoyed this shrimp recipe a lot. It doesn't have a big, heavy sauce on it... it's very light but it works. Even the kiddo ate it (after he picked out the little green things).

This recipe can be found HERE.

If you're interested in reading details about my food/exercise choices, as well as notes about my weight loss progress, you can visit this post.

35 comments:

Peter M said...

Looks wonderful Lori,nice big & plump shrimp it is!

I do like multi-grain pasta but I'm still iffy on the taste of wholewheat. Perhaps more shrimp would help?

Nina Timm said...

I can do this....yeah, healthy is not bad at all!!!!

Snooky doodle said...

this looks delicious. i love wholewheat rice and pasta they ve got more of a bite. glad you re keeping up your healthy eating plan. i ll try this dish :)

Lisa said...

This looks great. I eat whole grain pasta all the time and love it.

chefectomy said...

How funny, I just made a version of this last night and it was delicious. As I was eating it I was thinking (this would be good over pasta) - there you go. BTW, we used San Marzano tomatoes for this, it made all the difference.

--Marc

Kerrie aka GFShaolin said...

That looks sooo good! For me, since I'd have to make it gluten-free, I'd use brown rice pasta - probably use Tinkyada or even just rice. And who doesn't like feta?

Manggy said...

If you ask me, the fact that it's not as soft as white pasta makes it better :) I love shrimp scampi-- golden recipe! :)

Karen said...

Looks delicious. I'm going to try some of the whole wheat pasta. I suppose if you wanted it softer maybe it could cook a little longer - ?

That Girl said...

We love whole wheat pasta in this house! Even my anti-diet food husband loves whole wheat spaghetti!

Jai Johnson said...

This looks delicious...I'm going to try it this week!

Bellini Valli said...

Cooking Light is one of my favourite magazines. Healthy doesn't have to be boring:D

Aimée said...

This looks awesome! I actually have all these ingredients on hand,so looks like I have a healthy supper for this week. Many thanks!

ttfn300 said...

ooh, i just did something like this the other night :)

Dawn said...

Yum! Healthy and tasty!

Kimberly @ the How to Cook Blog said...

Oooh...I love love love whole wheat spaghetti! Yum!

This sounds delicious! A must-try!

Kimberly :)

Reeni♥ said...

Healthy is looking pretty delicious!! What a wonderful dish.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Looks so good Lori!!! I love anything that is Greek Style! I love whole wheat pasta. I can get some here that is not enriched and the only difference is that it used whole wheat flour not white! Love that as I try to stay away from too many ingredients in my food!

Katrina said...

Yummy! I've been a "convert" to whole grain pastas for over a year now. It's the only kind I'll buy now.

Sharon said...

This is one of my favorite things to eat! You're doing a great job with your exercising and eating healthy. Mind doing it for me too? :)

Kirsten said...

I subscribed to Cooking Light almost a year ago, and I've been shamefully neglecting it. I've only made a handful of recipes from it so far. But, with the new year (and because of a few extra pounds as a result of holiday eating) I've been dusting off old issues. This looks like a great one. Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

Kara said...

YUM! We love whole wheat pasta - and adding shrimp for an easy but special meal... just perfect.

HoneyB said...

This looks delicious!

rayrena said...

wow, you're healthy eating looks so much more interesting than mine!

Ingrid said...

Yum, if eating healthy includes dishes like this one than I'm all for it! This is definitely a winner! Can't wait to give it a try.
~ingrid

Sylvie said...

That's a great looking dinner. I do prefer normal pasta to wholewheat, but I have found that spelt pasta is pretty good.

Elle said...

I waaaaant! It looks fabulous!

melissa said...

We actually like the whole whet pastas just fine - but I can't do feta 'cause Steve won't eat it. I can sub with something else though.

Your pictures are looking great Lori! I look forward to seeing more of your healthy recipes as you follow this new path. :D

glamah16 said...

I am salivating! It lloks so tasty as well as healthy. You wouldnt even notice the mutli grain pasta taste with the strong, terrific flavors going on here.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

WOW this looks so yummy and healthy what a killer combination!!! Thanks for sharing this winner!!

emily said...

Looks great! Love whole grains, love 'em!

Emily
www.justeatfood.com

Gina said...

Looks great! I'm not a fan of whole wheat pasta but I do like high fiber pasta like Barilla Plus or FiberWise.

Patsyk said...

I love the way this recipe is so healthy and full of ingredients I already enjoy. Makes eating healthy a bit easier!

Nicole said...

Looks great! Congrats on your new years goals and sticking to them. I need a pick-me-up too. I should do it with you.

Jess said...

Well, I made this tonight, but added 1/2 a bunch of fresh spinach that I had in the fridge, chopped, to the sauce. It was delicious! And I felt so good eating something so healthy. We couldn't tell the difference with the WW pasta, and will try to only use it from now on! Thanks!

Kevin said...

That looks so good! Great flavour combos!