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Creamy Shrimp & Spinach Pasta

Before (plus a few more ingredients) & After!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil 
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz container of mushrooms (sliced)
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb. Wild Caught Shrimp (My absolute favorite is Trader Joe’s {TJ’s} Wild Caught Argentinian Red Shrimp)
  • Seasonings:
    • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon basil
    • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (if you like spice)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (I make my own)
  • 1/4 cup TJ’s Parmesan, Romano, & Asiago Cheese Blend (substitute just Parmesan, if that’s what you have)
  • 3 Tbsp. light cream cheese (I like TJ’s organic light whipped cream cheese best)
  • 2 cups frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 6 oz can of black olives
  • 6 oz whole wheat Rotini noodles
  • 3 oz black bean noodles (I used TJ’s noodles, which you can find here, or in the store but Amazon is convenient if you don’t have a TJ’s close by)

Directions:

  1. First, take frozen shrimp and soak in cold water bath. Set timer for 20 minutes to ensure shrimp is properly thawed. (Skip this step if you aren’t having shrimp)
  2. Gather all the ingredients and measure exact amounts needed into bowls/containers as pictured. This will help immensely for a more efficient meal!
  3. Cook pasta according to packaging, I always find that boiling for 10 minutes produces optimal results. Once finished, drain and wash with cold water for al dente results. 
  4. In a large skillet with tall sides, heat olive oil over medium heat for 2 minutes. 
  5. Add onions and cook for ~3 minutes until translucent. Once onions are soft, add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  6. Ensure shrimp is thawed then, add to onions & garlic. Cook on both sides until shrimp coloring changes from gray, opaque looking to a solid white meat. 
  7. Slowly, (without splashing) add diced tomatoes with juices, mushrooms, and seasonings to skillet. Stir to combine.
  8. Add tomato paste and vegetable broth to skillet, stir until tomato paste is dissolved in the mixture. 
  9. Throw in frozen spinach and olives to mixture. 
  10. Stir in cream cheese and Parmesan, Romano, & Asiago Cheese Blend. Stir until all cream cheese is melted and the dish has a creamy appearance.
  11. Mix in cooked pasta and serve this delicious dish! Serves 4. 

Recipe adapted from Budget Bytes

Health Benefits

This decadent dish is packed full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals! Here are seven common micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in which individuals do not consume adequate amounts ofiron, iodine, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, calcium, vitamin A, and magnesium. Guess what, this meal contains all of these nutrients + more*nutrients will vary depending on products/foods used but, showing that real foods provide real nutrients*

  • Shrimp:
    • Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine
  • Mushrooms: 
    • Iron, vitamin D, potassium, selenium
  • Tomatoes:
    • Vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, potassium
  • Spinach:
    • Calcium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin K, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, folate
  • Cheese:
    • Vitamin B-12, calcium, sodium, vitamin A

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