Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lemon shrimp orzo

This was a very refreshing summer dinner!
And I made it in just 15 minutes.
With these simple ingredients (for 2 servings):
-1/2 cup dry orzo (plus water and salt for cooking)
-1/2 lb peeled, de-veined shrimp
-1 bunch of asparagus spears broken at natural break and chopped
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-juice of 1 lemon
-2 tbsp vegetable broth (I sautee in veggie broth instead of oil to save calories)
-2 tbsp fat free feta cheese
-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
-1 tbsp thyme (if you don't have thyme, basil would be delish in its place!)
Start by boiling up water and adding the orzo to it with some salt.
While that's cooking, sautee asparagus (you can use oil instead of broth if you want even richer flavor, but I'm a big fan of the sautee-ing with broth method to reduce fat/calories).
Add the lemon juice..
Followed by the peeled shrimp.. And stir it all around over medium heat for several minutes so the shrimp turn pink.
After 9 minutes of boiling, the orzo should be done. So drain out the excess water, then add the shrimp/asparagus to your orzo pot.
Stir in the red pepper flakes and feta... And you're done!
It's safe to say I'll be putting this recipe on repeat :)

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