Healthy Dinner #1: Jennifer Garner’s Shrimp and Orzo
As we usher in 2015, I imagine a lot of us have similar resolutions or promises that involve bettering our health and upping our energy level: saying goodbye to assorted muffin tops, jelly rolls, love handles and cankles, and hello to slimmer, trimmer, healthier bods. To that end, I’ll be introducing several recipes this week that are relatively low in fat and calories, yet high in flavor. And they’re all quick and easy to boot!
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The first is a recipe from none other than fan favorite, Jennifer Garner. Truly, I never picture her anywhere near a stove, but she must be a wonderful cook because this recipe of hers is delectable while still being healthy. The tang of the capers and wine combined with the salty feta, tomatoes, and shrimp make it taste ultra indulgent and really filling. I’ve made this many times, but each time it receives glowing reviews. Those don’t come around too often with the kids, so I know this one’s a keeper!
Recipe courtesy of: Epicurious.com
No time to make a healthy dinner? “I love to cook for myself,” says Jennifer Garner, the costar of Fox’s Time of Your Life television series. “It’s my stay-healthy secret. Making a simple dinner actually calms me down after a harried day. Often I’ll spend Sunday nights cooking and then use the leftovers for lunch that week. Right now, I’m really into cooking with orzo. It’s a light, rice-shaped pasta that fills me up. I especially love this recipe because the orzo goes well with the shrimp and veggies and it’s quick and easy to make.”
1 cup dry orzo
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 cup white wine
1 can (28 oz)whole, peeled tomatoes (I used crushed tomatoes)
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp capers
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1 lb medium shelled and deveined shrimp
1/2 cup feta
Cook orzo in boiling water according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add wine and cook 1 minute.
Toss in drained tomatoes (reserve 1/2 cup juice). Break tomatoes into chunks. Add reserved juice, parsley, capers, oregano, basil, black pepper, and red pepper. Simmer 5 minutes.
Add shrimp and cook 2 minutes or until shrimp become opaque.
And, the shrimp are done! Make sure not to overcook them because then they get tough.
Add cooked orzo to skillet. Mix well. When pasta is thoroughly heated, stir in feta. Serve immediately.
HEALTHY, fast, simple, and simply delicious!
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Nutritional analysis per serving: 385 calories, 10 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 45 g carbohydrates, 27 g protein, 3.5 g protein