The Best Chili Shrimp Pasta Your Budget Can Enjoy
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When times are tight, meal fillers are very important like pasta, beans, potatoes, and rice. Those four very inexpensive budget staples help make the more expensive items like meat, go even further. We have done a few of these budget-friendly meals already this year like Easy Crustless Taco Pie Recipe, White Bean Quesadillas, and Canned Bean and Sausage Soup. These help stretch your food budget in the most delicious way. That is what our quick Chili Shrimp Pasta does too – uses the pasta to stretch the 2 cups of shrimp, as you feed a group of four people this low-fat treat.
Quick Chili Shrimp Pasta
While beef prices have been jumping, so far chicken, pork, and seafood have been holding steady. This recipe helps you feed four people off of just two cups of shrimp. Besides being low-fat, the added health benefits of the shrimp make a large difference. It is high in several vitamins and minerals and is a rich source of protein. Eating shrimp may also promote heart and brain health due to its content of omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidant astaxanthin. Shrimp is certainly lower in fat and calories than lean beef: Three ounces contains 31 grams of protein, eight grams of total fat, and 3.2 grams of saturated fat. Even skinless chicken breast has a little more fat than shrimp.
Some people warn about eating too much of it. That is mainly due to the fact that so much is imported. There are over 3,000 species of shrimp but only four considered sustainable: pink shrimp from Oregon (a Seafood Watch best choice); spot prawns from the Pacific Northwest; brown, white and pink shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico (except Louisiana); and any shrimp from U.S. and Canadian waters in the northern Atlantic.
What you will need:
- 2 cups of cooked, peeled, and ready to eat shrimp
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon de-seeded and chopped chilis
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Juice of one lemon
- Fresh chopped parsley to garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Whole wheat spaghetti for four
Quick Chili Shrimp Pasta Instructions:
Cook and drain the whole wheat pasta according to the package instructions, and then set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan and add the garlic and chili. Stir over low heat for approximately one minute.
Add the lemon juice and shrimp. Heat through for a minute or so.
Toss the mixture and spaghetti together, adding salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with a little parsley and serve.