Healthy Dinner #1: Jennifer Garner’s Shrimp and Orzo

Healthy Dinner #1: Jennifer Garner’s Shrimp and Orzo

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!

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Serves 4

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.

Simmering onions and tomatoes

Add shrimp and cook 2 minutes or until shrimp become opaque.

Add the shrimp

And, the shrimp are done!  Make sure not to overcook them because then they get tough.

The shrimp are ready!

Add cooked orzo to skillet. Mix well. When pasta is thoroughly heated, stir in feta. Serve immediately.

And, it's time to eat!

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


Written by Becky


  • Bonnie says:

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was unanimous–it’s a keeper! I’m planning on attempting the Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup this week too. Thanks so much for the yummy, healthy recipes. Keep ’em coming!

    • Becky says:

      Bonnie! So glad to see you pop in here! Yeah, apparently that Jennifer knows a thing or two about composing a tasty dish, doesn’t she? Good luck with the Chinese Chicken Noodle soup. There’s nothing difficult about it, just a lot of chopping. Stay warm today!

  • Linda says:

    Can you leave out the capers?

  • Kristie says:

    This looks delicious and right up my alley. I definitely will be trying this. Thanks Becky!!!

    • Becky says:

      You’re welcome, Kristie! Let me know how you like it once you make it. Every time I make it, I wonder why I don’t make it more often because it’s just that good. Then it gets shuffled to the back of my recipe file, and the same thing happens again the next time I make it.

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