Like millions of other families here in the United States, our household is observing Lent, which began back on February 10. If you are unaware, for those of us who observe the Lenten season, we abstain from eating meats on Fridays. This is exactly why I’ve been on the search for delicious family friendly meals that include protein, such as seafood, which actually is a healthier and leaner protein alternative. Thanks to SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co., I’ve been able to achieve just that!
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that people eat at least two servings of seafood each week? SeaPak offers a variety of seafood selections, such as Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp, Popcorn Shrimp, or Shrimp Scampi to create Lenten appropriate dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Now our family lives up in New England so we spend plenty of time there. They live right on the ocean coast where seafood is plenty and always fresh. I love that SeaPak provides a way to take me back to those days in my very own kitchen. What easier way to create #MoreCoastal meals than by heading to the frozen food aisle for SeaPak, where you’ll save both time and money, all while enjoying the taste of the coast!
SeaPak Shrimp Scampi
1 lb of orzo pasta
1/3 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of diced tomatoes
5 handfuls of fresh spinach
First you’ll want to get a jump on cooking your orzo. Directions should be on the box, however I cooked mine for 10 minutes or more on the stove top in boiling water, until tender. Once it finishes cooking, set aside.
While the orzo is cooking, add the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, black pepper, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir well so that the ingredients blend together to create a sauce.
Go ahead and set the sauce aside for now. Next let’s get the shrimp out! Prepare the shrimp according to package instructions. I cooked the frozen shrimp on a skillet over medium-high heat for at least 7-8 minutes. I prefer my shrimp cooked all the way, so I let them simmer on the stove top while I finished up with other ingredients of the dish.
Now when the shrimp are close to being done, I usually start my vegetables. Place the tomatoes and spinach in a skillet and cook over low-medium heat. Slowly add and stir in the lemon sauce you previously made. Mix it will with the ingredients.Once your lemon vegetable mixture is done, combine it will the shrimp scampi into a large skillet! Once you have it at your desire consistency and temperature, poor the mixture over your orzo in a large dish for family style serving.Alternatively, you can place the orzo in individual bowls, and scoop portions of the mixture on top of the pasta.The taste of the shrimp scampi mixed with the lemony but savory tomato and spinach, will deliver a #MoreCoastal meal that the whole family will enjoy!
I just how simple it is to create meals like this one in my own kitchen. Even better, these are meals that the whole family enjoys, even the youngest and pickiest members!
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How would your family enjoy SeaPak Shrimp Scampi?
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