shrimp scampi and zoodles

I am a HUGE fan of pasta. Pasta dishes are another thing I could eat every day. However I know how many carbs are in noodles. I kept hearing about making noodles out of veggies but was skeptical. I had heard you can taste the difference. Being a firm believer in you cannot tell the difference between ground beef and ground turkey if you are cooking right, I thought I would give this “zoodles” thing a try. It was the best decision ever and it tasted similar to noodles! There was a difference but these were still good.

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To make vegetable noodles you will have to get one of these or something similar. It is one of those as seen on TV gadgets. I found mine at Walgreens in the as seen on TV section. It was $14. You can also find them at Bed Bath and Beyond and on Amazon. I was going to post a link on here but they don’t have a website I could find.

Lets get into this meal. It is very quick to make.

prep time: 10 minutes   cook time: 10 minutes

ingredients:
shrimp (12 pieces shelled and deveined)
zucchini (2)
2 TBSP olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic (4 cloves)
crushed red pepper
1 tsp lemon zest
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Veggetti

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What I did first was get my veggetti out and prepare my zoodles. I set them aside in a bowl for later.
Next, warm up half of the olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat. When the oil becomes hot add the garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the shrimp and lemon zest and half the 1emon juice. Stir the shrimp often until it turns pink.

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Once the shrimp turns pink remove from heat and set aside. Add remaining olive oil to the pan with most of the garlic still in the pan. (When I made this most of the garlic ended up in a bowl with the shrimp) Heat the oil for 30 seconds and add the zucchini. heat the zucchini for 30-45 seconds. When the zoodles are ready place them on a plate or in a bowl, add the shrimp you set aside on top. Garnish with red pepper flakes and parsley flakes. Add addition lemon juice. Serve immediately.
*Zucchini will shrink up a lot because of all the water in them. I just want to warn you. I was very surprised!

Enjoy!

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garlic and herb baked cod

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Since it is Friday and Lent, I thought a fish recipe would be appropriate. This fish is so easy to make. It is the perfect meal to end a long work week. This is my alternative to waiting and waiting at a restaurant for a table on Friday night. When what you really want to do is put your pajamas on and sit down and relax.
I heard about this recipe and was told to use fresh herbs but I didn’t have time nor did I want to go to the grocery store so I used what I had on hand and it was still delicious. If you would like to go out and buy everything fresh be my guest but I am just letting you know everything turned out great with the dried herbs.

Prep: 5 minutes   Cook Time: 12-15 minutes   Total Time: 17-20 minutes
Oven Temp: 450°

ingredients:
Cod Fillets (4)
Greek Yogurt (1/3 cup)
Six Cheese Italian Blend Shredded Cheese (1/3 cup)
Garlic (1 clove)
Parsley Flakes (1 TBSP)
Basil Leaves (1 TBSP)

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*Sorry I forgot the garlic in the picture.

Gather all the ingredients. Place the cod on a cookie sheet over parchment paper and set aside. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl. (You don’t need a bowl as big as mine. I just didn’t want it to go over the edge and all over the counter)

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After they are mixed well spread the mix on top of the cod.

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Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until done. Fish will be soft and flaky. Turn the oven to broil for 2-5 minutes to brown the top of the fish. Serve with your choice of sides. The baked green beans and baked carrots in the picture were a wonderful choice! That recipe is coming soon!

Enjoy!

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