Shrimp Scampi

Dinner time at my house can present a number of challenges…

First, feeding 9 mouths can be pretty expensive, so I’m always looking for something affordable.  Secondly, finding meals that appeal to 9 different people (okay, 8 — the littlest doesn’t count yet) ranging in age from almost 2 to 49 years old can be tricky.  The third test is to make a meal that’s somewhat well-balanced.  Finally, it’s got to be relatively quick to prepare.

As a result, I often find myself in a meal-making rut, where I feel like the same 7 meals are in a rotation, and wish I had something that I could easily add to my repertoire.

So I’m adding a recipe section to my blog.  I’m adding meals that I find have worked for me and that appeal to all (or at least most) of my family members.

I hope somebody finds them useful and/or helpful.  Please let me know if you use them and how they worked out!

Shrimp Scampi

I found this recipe a few years ago in Woman’s Day.  Everyone in my family loves it, and even my super-picky eater eats the shrimp.  I usually omit the scallions and parsley because visible green things in food can often stop my younger kids from eating a meal.  It still tastes great without them.

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz linguine
  • 3 tbsp butter, cut up
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb peeled, deveined, extra-large shrimp, thawed if frozen
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS

  1. Boil linguine according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter and oil in large skillet over medium heat until butter melts.  Add garlic; cook 30 seconds.
  3. Add shrimp, scallions, salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes just until shrimp turn pink.
  4. Remove from heat; stir in lemon zest, juice, and parsley.
  5. Pour over drained pasta and serve.

HELPFUL HINTS/INFO:

  • I usually plan my shopping list based on what’s on sale and for this recipe I almost always use frozen shrimp.  Nobody notices a difference.
  • Last week pasta was on sale for $.88/box, and there was a         buy 1/get 2 free special on shrimp, so I got three pounds of extra large shrimp.  Each pound came out to $6.33, and it was already cooked and deveined.  All I had to do was thaw it (I put it in a bowl of cold water about 30 mins before I needed it) and pull the tails off.
  • I make a double recipe for my family, so I spent about $15 total for the scampi ($1.70 for pasta, $12.66 for the shrimp, and $1.00 for 2 lemons).  I also bought 3 bags packaged lettuce for $5 and used one for salad, so the grand total for the meal was less than $17.   That works out to about $2.12/person.

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