Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Simple Shrimp Spaghetti

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I had no plans on sharing this idea when I started cooking it, but once I took a taste I thought, “Let me see if the family likes it. If they do I’ll write it up.”

So I snapped some photos and then served.


Even the kids!!

9-year-old eating shrimp and spaghetti

At first, the-3-Year-Old wasn’t impressed when I put it on the table.

3-year-old with shrimp and spaghetti

He was excited for “noodles” and all those yucky shrimp were in his way. He came around and even ate some of those yucky shrimp after a little coaxing!

The whole dish was just something I made with that I had on hand. I like to keep a bag or two of shrimp in the freezer to mix up dinner. The fresh basil was from my garden and everything else is a basic pantry item for me.

Simple Shrimp Spaghetti Here’s what I did…

  • 8oz uncooked whole wheat thin spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 10g fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • juice of 1 lemon, plus some of the zest
  • Healthy pinch of salt
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, cleaned and unshelled

Cook the pasta according to the package.

(Note: I only cook 4 servings of spaghetti because there are 4 of us, and if I made the whole pound I’d end up eating way more than I should. I have a feeling once the boys get older I won’t have that problem. )

While waiting for the water to boil for the pasta, heat the oils in a medium pot over medium heat. I used a mix of olive oil and coconut oil because I like the sweetness the coconut oil brings. If you don’t have it, just double up on the olive oil.

Add the garlic to the warm oil and just as it turns slightly brown add the basil. They will get a little crisp and help flavor the oil. Only cook for a few seconds before adding the tomatoes.

At this point I added a tablespoon of garlic powder because I only had 3 garlic cloves in the house and I wanted more garlic flavor.

Mix everything together and add a bit of the zest from the lemon before juicing it and adding it to the pot. Mix in the salt and cook everything for a few minutes allowing the flavors to blend.

By this time your water should be boiling so you can add the pasta.

At the same time add the shrimp to the tomato and oil mixture. As soon as the shrimp turn pink, lower the heat to simmer.

Once the pasta is cooked al dente, drain. Combine the shrimp-tomato mixture with the pasta and top with some fresh basil.

Simple Shrimp Spaghetti Finished

We served it with a side salad and a sprinkling of Parmesan.

I’m still shocked that both boys AND The Husband liked this. It was a really super simple dish!

Here’s the nutritional information that I based on the total ingredients, but in all honesty, I don’t think the fat is actually that high. Most of the liquid sinks to the bottom. I always count it all though. I’d rather overestimate than underestimate.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 1/4 of the recipes — sorry I didn’t measure. :(
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
410 15g 6g old: 9 new: 8
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 7g 29g 20g

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    April 11, 2015

    I made a very similar dish today for dinner. I used spinach instead of basil. Delicious!