Pasta with Veggies…

There seems to be a reoccurring theme with many of my dinners and that is shrimp with veggies!  I don’t eat meat so they are a really easy substitute and I love them with veggies.  I try to mix up what I put them on and what flavors I use to cook them, even though many of my dishes look similar they do actually taste different!  This one is a really good one if you are in the mood for pasta.  I was really craving it this week, what I do is make a bunch of pasta and then I can tailor it to everyone’s specific tastes.  For example, I will eat it veggies and shrimp, my daughter eats just the veggies, and my husband eats it with just sauce and maybe chicken or a burger on the side.  This is usually how dinner goes every night, three different renditions of whatever is on the menu!  It helps to have one base ingredient that everyone likes and just use different add ins.

I first pulled out the marina sauce my mom made us from the freezer (thanks mom!) and let it defrost the day before.  Then that night I made a bunch of pasta almost a pound of Pasta Plus spaghetti.  Then I sautéed the veggies, I just use whatever I have in the fridge today it was zucchini, red onion, and baby spinach.  Then I cooked the shrimp and assembled everyone’s dish and topped with Parmigiano a necessity and only has about 20 calories per tablespoon but it adds so much flavor!

IMG_3042 IMG_3047 IMG_3048 IMG_3050 IMG_3051 IMG_3054I absolutely love the marina sauce that my mom and mom-mom make it is so delish and actually very easy to make.

Recipe

1 Can Crushed Tomatoes

2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 t crushed garlic

1/4 c diced red onions

Oregano, Basil, Salt, & Pepper to taste

*Cook onions and garlic in oil until translucent and then add the tomatoes and seasonings and heat through on stove top.  You could easily double this recipe and store extra in the freezer for a quick meal later!

xo Meg

When in doubt, grill it out…

So last night after I got back from my run I had no idea what to make for dinner and of course we waited to the last minuet… again!  My husband and I will try to meal plan for the week so that we aren’t starving and end up making something quick and unhealthy but it usually only lasts for a week and then we end up forgetting to plan out the next weeks meals.  It was getting late and we needed to figure out something quick but healthy at the same time.  I looked in the fridge and saw that I had romaine lettuce, I forget where I saw a recipe for Caesar salad with grilled romaine and I have been wanting to try it out.  After running in the 90 degree heat creamy dressing was just not going to fly, so I just used some olive oil, salt, and pepper.  I also had jumbo portobello mushroom caps and my husband was having a cut of meat which I don’t remember what its called… whoops! We usually always have shrimp in the freezer which are great because they defrost really quickly, I just put them in a bowl of warm water and they quick really fast especially on the grill.

I basically just used a little extra virgin olive-oil, salt, and pepper on everything and threw it all on the grill.  Everything cooked really quickly and it seemed random at first, but was actually a delicious dinner that was light but filling at the same time.  After I grilled my veggies and shrimp i put it all together on top of the romaine, you could also substitute chicken if you don’t like seafood, or just add more veggies if you are vegan.  We also added a sweet potato on the side, I microwaved the potatoes for 5 mins and then cooked them in the oven and they didn’t take nearly as long!

Grilling is another reason I love summer because you can really grill anything and it usually always tastes fresh and delicious!  So when in doubt open your fridge and I am sure you can find something to throw on the grill and you will have a healthy and quick meal in no time!

xo Meg

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Shrimp seasoned with olive oil and old bay

 

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Steak for the hub seasoned with salt and pepper

 

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Looks kind-of messy but so delicious!!