scrumptious shrimp pasta : recipe

Shrimp Pasta 6-1This recipe is one that I chose to make for the first time on Good Friday, in lieu of being able to eat any meat that day. Now, one could argue that shrimp is in fact a type of meat. I often did when I was a vegetarian. However, my parents have always permitted us to eat fish on said religious holiday. Thus, overlooking the debate and rather following my own traditions, my in-laws and I happily devoured this scrumptious meal of shrimp pasta.

Here are the instructions on how to make it:

Shrimp Pasta 1Ingredients:

shrimp
fettuccine pasta
spinach
red pepper
mushrooms
lemon
butter
salt
pepper
garlic powder
sesame seeds
parmesan 

Steps:

1. Place shrimp in a bowl. Add lemon, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well, then set it aside.

2. Shred spinach. In a medium pot, add pasta and spinach to boiling water. Cook through. Remove from heat and drain. Add sesame seeds.

Shrimp Pasta 23. Slice the red peppers and mushrooms. Heat butter in a medium skillet. Add red peppers and mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until brown, approximately 10 minutes.

Shrimp Pasta 34. Combine vegetable mixture to pasta in a large roaster. Add butter and shrimp mix. Place in oven at 200°F and cook for 30 minutes. This is done to simply warm the pasta.

Shrimp Pasta 55. Remove from oven. Garnish with parmesan. Enjoy!

Shrimp Pasta 7I did not add the measurements for this recipe because I believe in adding ingredients to one’s own personal taste. That, and I steadfastly refuse to directly follow any recipe. I simply look at the instructions, and decipher how much of each ingredient I will ultimately add. Cooking should be about having fun, and trial and error. I tried this recipe once, and I know that I will certainly make it again. It was the most delicious pasta that I have made to date.

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Emory

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a healthy breakfast – quick egg sandwich

IMG_1.jpgHappy New Year! I don’t know if you’ve noticed this either, but it seems like almost every blogger or Instagrammer has posted a list of their New Year’s resolutions. Have you also made one? To be honest, I have not made any New Year’s goals in about three years. My reason for this is simply because my lists were so generic (amp up my exercise, eat healthier, clean the house more often), that I could not keep up with them for very long. While they were exciting in the beginning, in the end I would always feel as if I was setting myself up for failure. That was not a good feeling.

When I became a vegetarian three years ago, I chose not to make any other resolutions that year and to only concentrate on my new lifestyle. Months went by, and pretty soon, it became easy not to eat any meat (although my family would have horror stories when it came to accommodating my new diet). I would say that within the first month my whole body felt lighter and cleaner, and by the next month, I knew that becoming a vegetarian was one of the best decisions that I had made in some time. There was no turning back, I was hooked. That is not to say that I did not have days when I would feel completely exhausted. However, that was entirely my fault and over the next week I would make sure to overload on beans, spinach, eggs, etc. to compensate for my laziness. While being a vegetarian is not for everyone, I would highly recommend it for those of you who have food sensitivities, would like to be more health-conscious, have any sort of concern for animal welfare or the environment, or were just always curious about it. There are many different types of vegetarians (some don’t eat white meat or fish, while some do), and you can try whatever works best for you. If it only lasts a day, hey at least you tried! Although, I would say that the first month is probably the hardest, so if you can survive that, you will be golden. :-)))

That being said, I also think that we can all adopt a few minor changes to make eating healthier a life-long goal rather than just a New Year’s goal. This egg sandwich is a wonderful way to start your day. I have been making them for over nine years, and almost daily for the past three. However, what started out as a supermarket egg, cheese, and bagel sandwich, slowly turned into one with farm eggs, organic vegetables, and one slice of brown bread. Do you know what else? It is so much better in every way!

IMG_2-1.jpg10 Minute Egg Sandwich:

1 egg

1-2 slice(s) brown bread

green onion, chopped

tomato, chopped

spinach, shredded

cheese, chopped (optional)

meat, chopped (optional)

1/4 tsp oil

salt + pepper

water

IMG_3.jpgGather your vegetables, meat, and cheese together. Chop into small pieces.

Crack an egg into a microwave-safe bowl. Add the chopped vegetables, meat, cheese, oil, salt, pepper, and a splash of water. Whisk thoroughly. Cook on high for 2-3 minutes.

Meanwhile, put your bread in the toaster. This should finish around the same time as your egg.

IMG_4.jpgRemove egg from microwave. Let cool for 2 minutes. Using a fork, remove it from the bowl and gently place onto your toast. Voila!!

IMG_5 Remember that the key to eating right is all about moderation, and making sure that what you do eat serves a purpose other than to only taste good. Take a look at some of the benefits that these ingredients have:

eggs (a great source of protein and vitamins, including vitamin A, B, and potassium)

brown bread (high in complex carbohydrates, low in saturated fat, a source of protein, and a storehouse of nutrients and fiber)

green onions (good source of vitamins A, C, K, and phytochemicals)

tomatoes (almost too many to mention- vitamins A, B, C, E, K, iron, fiber, potassium, magnesium, protein, and more)

spinach (again, vitamins A, B, C, E, K, iron, fiber, potassium, magnesium, protein, and more)

cheese (vitamins A and B, calcium, phosphorous, protein, and more)

meat (depends on what type, but generally a high source of protein)

olive oil (many health benefits, helps fight viruses and diseases)

IMG_6.jpgSee you all on Monday! Have a wonderful and healthy weekend.

xxoo 

Emory

Christmas Recipes: 3 Cheese Spinach Pizza.

IMG.jpgI always, always look forward to every Friday the 13th. For some reason, these unlucky days usually bring some good luck my way. If only every month could have a Friday the 13th. Can we start a petition for that?

I couldn’t think of a better recipe to share today than this 3 Cheese Spinach Pizza.

You will need:

IMG_1.jpgPizza dough

IMG_2.jpgSpinach

Mushrooms

IMG_3.jpgCheese (Brie, Cheddar, and Mozzarella)

IMG_4.jpgSpanish Onions

IMG_5.jpgOlive Oil

(as well as)

Pepper

1. Lay out pizza dough on a greased pizza pan. Brush dough with oil.

IMG_6.jpg2. Sprinkle pepper, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and 3 cheeses onto dough.

IMG_1.jpg3. Place pizza into preheated oven at 425°F. Cook until pizza begins to brown.

IMG_8.jpg4. Remove pizza from oven, and enjoy!

Oh pizza dough, spinach, mushrooms, onions, and cheese, how I love thee. 

IMG_9.jpgDon’t forget your scary movie tonight. ;-))) Happy Friday the 13th, readers!

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