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Quite sure this is the best pasta I’ve ever made…or eaten for that matter

Published May 5, 2012 by jenmatteson

I can’t remember a time when I saw a recipe and decided that I needed to try that for dinner TONIGHT.  Well, yesterday was a first.  Another great recipe posted by Jessy at Gourmet: Day to Day.  I follow her blog, but I’m quite sure she must think I’m stalking her as I’ve made several of her creations!  We must just have similar tastes in food.  Very nice!

So back to the food.  This pasta is incredibly delicious, I want to make it again for dinner tonight, and the next night, and the next night.  Nate and I loved it so much, we each had a second helping!  It probably didn’t help that I had a horrible day at work, so this was super comforting as well.  But, the good news is that it’s not all that bad for you.  Jessy’s recipe has 400 calories per serving, but I altered mine just a bit, so we didn’t have a ton of extras.  I more or less cut it in half, with a little less shrimp and pasta.  Not only is this pasta way super good, but it’s really quick and easy to make.  You need to have this for dinner tonight.  Do not delay.  If you don’t have shrimp in your fridge, use chicken, or don’t use any protein at all, or get to the store.  Seriously, make it right now!

Shrimp Fajita Pasta

Source: Gourmet: Day to Day
Servings: 4


6 oz. whole wheat linguine
olive oil
2 bell peppers, thinly sliced (I used a green and a red)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 1/2 tbsp fajita seasoning (see Jessy’s recipe below)
1/2 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
5 oz. enchilada sauce (I used a 10 oz can of hot enchilada sauce, and froze 1/2 for future use)
2 oz. reduced fat cream cheese


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet.  Add peppers, onions, and fajita seasoning, and cook until they become soft, about 8-10 minutes.  Add shrimp and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, until shrimp is no longer opaque.  Note: Carefull not to over cook your shrimp – it can happen really fast.   I actually started step 3 just before the shrimp were cooked through so they didn’t over cook while the cream cheese melted.

3. Add enchilada sauce and cream cheese to pan.  Stir until cream cheese is melted and incorporated.  Add drained pasta to skillet and toss to coat.  ENJOY!

Fajita Sesoning Mix

2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp cumin

Chili Lime Shrimp Salad

Published March 17, 2012 by jenmatteson

This is a fabulous salad that I concocted for a night with one of my best girl friend.  I wanted to make something light, but with a lot of flavor, so I decided on a shrimp salad with a kick.  Nate grilled the shrimp, and did a fantastic job.  Honestly, I don’t think I’ve had shrimp cooked this well in a long time; it always seems to be overcooked with that rubbery consistency.  But I have to hand it to him, he did wonderful work!  The salad is simple and quick and has so much flavor.  I would have used twice the chili powder for a little more kick, or even added cayenne pepper, but since I was cooking for my girlfriend, I didn’t want it to be too spicy.  This recipe would serve four people with a little left over.  Perfect for a summer day!

Chili Lime Shrimp Salad


For marinade:
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tsp lime zest
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb fresh peeled and deveined shrimp

For salad:
4 cups chopped lettuce
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup corn
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 tomato, diced
1/2 avocado

1. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, zest, olive oil, chili powder, paprika, pepper, salt, and garlic.  Pour 2/3 of the marinade over the shrimp, use tongs to toss and coat each shrimp.  Place in fridge to marinate for 20-30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, prepare your cilantro lime dressing.
3. Remove shrimp from fridge and add the remaining marinade.  For grilling, it’s easiest to place the shrimp on skewers.  If you are using wood skewers, its important to soak your skewers in water for at least 1 hour so they do not burn on the grill.  Alternatively, you could toss them in a pan and give them a quick cook.
4. While shrimp cook, prepare the base of your salad.  Add lettuce, black beans, corn, green peppers, red onion, tomato, and avocado.  Top with cooked shrimp and cilantro lime dressing and serve.

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