A Hungry Heart..

People who love to eat are always the best people.

~Julia Child

After the day in Cleveland, my heart was full, but my belly was hungry.  I needed something quick and easy.  This Simple Shrimp Scampi was just what the doctor ordered.  (Almost literally..)  I referenced The Healthy Mind Cookbook by Rebecca Katz here, and I’m slowly cooking my way through it.  This recipe is a winner.

Simple Shrimp Scampi

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (loaded with “good fats” that have been linked in studies to improved memory and better overall brain functioning)
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic (good for cardiovascular health, and helps boost the body’s iron metabolism)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I wasn’t in the mood for spice that night so I omitted)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (and a tall glass for drinking)
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined  (loaded with vitamin B12 and a good amount of brain boosting omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Sea salt  
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest (a vitamin C powerhouse and loaded with memory-boosting flavonoids)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley (…or not.  I didn’t have any and I didn’t miss it)

Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes (if using) and saute for 30 seconds, until the garlic is fragrant and slightly golden.  Add 1/4 cup of the wine (and take a sip from your glass) and deglaze the pan, scraping up any bits that are stuck to the pan, and cook until the liquid has reduced by half.  Add the shrimp, a pinch of salt, and the remaining wine.  Cook until the shrimp is opaque, about 3 minutes.  Gently stir in the lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and parsley.  Taste.  You may want to add another pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.  Serve immediately.

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I served it with roasted broccoli and a brown rice and quinoa mix:

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This recipe is a keeper.  It was delicious:

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Two busy days, one awesome meal.  I went to bed a happy girl.

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