Easy Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Shrimp

Easy Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Shrimp

I’ve been getting back to basics lately, and in a society where we’re so rushed and harried all the time, using just a few basic ingredients can be a welcome time saver when you want to throw something together that is healthy and delicious. Often times, families turn to fast food or delivery when they come home from a long day tired and hungry, but this meal is so easy and delicious, you won’t believe that you can prepare it together in just 15 minutes…less time than it takes to order food or go to the drive through! This is a great meal for a Thursday or Friday, when the farmer’s market is open and you can make a quick stop for some fresh, cooked shrimp; or keep a bag of cooked, frozen shrimp in the freezer in a pinch.

The recipe came together as I looked around my kitchen one evening and discovered the only fresh vegetable I had in the house was some left over spinach and one tomato. As I peered into my fridge, and then scanned the barren countertop, I couldn’t bare the thought of a boring salad. I gazed into the pantry and a jar of sun-dried tomatoes caught my eye; I decided this was going to have to work because we needed to get be at the baseball field in less than an hour. The look on my husband’s face was priceless as I managed to pull this meal together out of seemingly nowhere, and you can too! I always try to keep some basic staples on hand, like rice and pasta, and this time was no exception, but the only pasta I had was egg noodles. As it turns out, those worked out just fine. Leading a healthy lifestyle can be challenging at times, especially when the kids are involved in sports and you find yourself rushing around from one errand to the next. I often write about the importance of planning in advance and being prepared for the week in terms of meal preparation, but left face it, that is not always reality. Reality is coming home to hungry bellies and an empty fridge. Hopefully this recipe gives your family a new and tasty option when you don’t have a lot of time to spare.

1/2 lb shrimp
pasta of choice, prepare according to package directions
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups chopped spinach
1 tomato, deseeded and chopped into large chunks
1 jar of sun-dried tomatoes, with oil
1/2 cup dry white wine such as sauvignon blanc
6-8 leaves of fresh basil, julienned
salt and red pepper to taste

Use cooked shrimp to save time. Saute the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes (with oil) for about 1-2 minutes over medium heat. Add the tomato, wine, spinach and shrimp, and continue to saute just until the shrimp is hot. If using uncooked shrimp, cook them first before adding ingredients. Sprinkle the red pepper and the basil just before serving. Serve over pasta

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