I do a lot of one-dish meals in my house. What makes one-dish meals so attractive to busy moms like me? First off, whatever protein you choose to use in your dish will stretch further. Take the recipe below for example. Shrimp is a favorite at my house, however, a pound of shrimp at my house would barely be considered an appetizer - costly. Better to bulk up a dish with filling vegetables and whole grains. If I serve chicken breasts or pork on its own, I need to plan on over a pound of meat. If I serve the same meat in a one-dish meal - it's more like three quarters of a pound; even less if I throw in a vegetarian protein like black beans. More great things about one-dish meals: they're generally quick, they use fewer dishes, and by adding flavors you can make vegetables more appetizing to picky eaters. Try this one-dish recipe for a complete, nutritious meal and be sure to check out the notes after the recipe.
SHRIMP ASPARAGUS PASTA
½ lb fresh asparagus
8 oz whole wheat spaghetti, cooked
2 tsp minced garlic
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 T lemon juice
1 lb raw medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 oz fresh baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
black or red pepper to taste
1. Chop the asparagus into bite-size pieces. Put asparagus into a small saucepan with enough water to cover it. Steam until tender. Set aside.
2. In a large saucepan, sauté the garlic in the olive oil over medium-low heat until the garlic is golden brown.
3. Add the lemon juice, shrimp, and mushrooms to the garlic. Cook until the shrimp turns pink and the mushrooms are tender. Add the asparagus to warm through.
4. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp and vegetable mixture with the cooked pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Pepper to taste.
NUTRITION PER SERVING (4 servings)
calories = 363
saturated fat = 3.4 grams
sodium = 391 mg
fiber = 4.6 grams
protein = 33.3
$ 2.60 per serving
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