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Parsley - the jewel of herbs, both in the pot and on the plate.

-Albert Stockli, Chef and Author

The refrigerator light goes on...

Shrimp Scampi in a pasta salad - great for summer!

Asparagus

Asparagus is actually a member of the lily family and is a perennial, with plants living up to ten years. Most people think that thin stalks are those harvested earlier in the year, but the thickness indicates the age of the plant, with the thicker stems coming from older plants. White asparagus is increasingly available in this country, as is the purple variety.

There is much debate about whether thick or thin stems taste better, but I feel that it is the freshness of asparagus that is much more important to its flavor. Choose firm stalks that are bright green. The tips of the asparagus should be tightly closed. Any signs of dryness or wilting indicates that it is not fresh.

Asparagus doesn't keep well. You can keep them fresher in the refrigerator by cutting the stalks near the bottom and placing them upright in water.

Older, thicker stalks can be woody and peeling the skin at the base will remove the tough layer. Peeled asparagus will poach much faster, however.

4 ounces asparagus = 26 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 3g protein, 5g carbohydrates, 2mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol, 47 mcg Vitamin K


 

Shrimp Scampi Orzo Pasta Salad



Servings = 2 | Serving size =4 ounces shrimp with pasta salad

Cooking Time = 60 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 3.

The pasta salad keeps well tightly covered in the fridge overnight. The scampi butter keeps well tightly covered in the fridge for about 2 days.

2 small cloves garlic (minced)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Italian parsley (minced)
1 Tbsp fresh chives (minced)
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
4 quarts water
8 ounces fresh asparagus spears
4 ounces carrot (peeled and diced)
4 ounces orzo pasta
8 ounces large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
spray olive oil
2 small tomatoes
lettuce leaves for garnish

Combine the minced garlic, butter, salt, minced parsley, minced chives and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set the bowl in the refrigerator.

Place 1 quart water in a shallow pan over medium-high heat. When the water is just ready to boil reduce the heat to medium and add the asparagus spears. Blanch for 7 10 minutes and remove. Place on a cutting board to cool.

While the asparagus is cooling dice the carrots.

Cut the asparagus into 1/2 inch pieces and add them to the scampi butter with the carrots and blend together.

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place a large non-stick skillet in the oven.

Place the water in a large stockpot over high heat. When the water begins boiling add the pasta and cook for about 8 12 minutes until just done. Drain the pasta and shake well to remove the excess water. Add the hot pasta to the bowl with the scampi butter and vegetables. Stir well.

When the pan in the oven is hot spray lightly with oil and add the shrimp. Cook for about 7 8 minutes turning once. Remove add to the pasta. Toss well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. Stir the salad about every 20 minutes to blend the flavors together well.

When ready to serve, place lettuce on a plate and top with one half of the pasta salad per serving. Garnish with sliced tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 4 ounces shrimp with sauce and pasta

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 488 Calories from Fat 123
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 14g 21%
    Saturated Fat 4g 18%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 692mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
    Dietary Fiber 5g 21%
    Sugars 7g  
Protein 36g  
Vitamin A 265% Vitamin C 51%
Calcium 15% Iron 44%
Vitamin K 135 mcg Potassium 1006 mg
Magnesium 160 mg