Thursday, April 11, 2013

Taste of Spring

April showers bring May flowers, and give the farmer's land a much needed drink. The rainy days that bring in the Spring can be made a bit more welcoming with a bright flavorful meal!

Tonight I am making one of my favorite spring inspired dishes, Roasted Asparagus and Shrimp with Lemon Herb Spaghetti. The recipe is simple, the meal memorable, and the taste inspired by Spring.

Roasted Asparagus and Shrimp with Lemon Herb Spaghetti:

1 pound of gluten free pasta, I use Tinkyada.

1 pound of asparagus

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, diced

8 cloves of garlic, diced

8 ounces of organic grape tomatoes, rinsed 

2 packed cups of organic baby kale

1 pound of shrimp, shelled and cleaned with tails left on (I am using 51/60 count shrimp)

1 organic lemon, juice and zest

Ground Himalayan or Sea Salt and ground pepper to taste 


1 tablespoon fresh thyme

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil. Wash and dry asparagus. Cut 2-3 inches off the ends of the asparagus. Place asparagus on the tinfoil lined baking sheet and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, freshly ground Himalayan salt (or sea salt) and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until the asparagus are tender and the outsides are slightly crispy. Once cooled, cut the roasted asparagus into bite size pieces and set aside.

In a large skillet on medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the large diced onion. Season with sea salt and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the onions are tender and the edges are a light golden brown. Add the grape tomatoes and the garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then gently fold in the baby kale. Add in the raw shrimp, roasted asparagus, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the shrimp is thoroughly cooked. If you need more liquid, add 1/4-1/2 cup of water.

Meanwhile, in a large pot cook the gluten free spaghetti according to the directions on the package.

Drain the pasta and toss the spaghetti, shrimp sauté, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley together. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!!

Warmest Regards & Happy Cooking,


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