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Swiss Chard & Shrimp Pasta

I’ve been more inspired, lately. The farmers’ markets in the area are making sure I buy a huge load of food each week because they are bursting with produce. This is a simple pasta dish I threw together with left over Swiss chard, whole wheat rotini pasta, and shrimp that I bought for another dish but had excess of.

I’m not a good cook by any means, I will admit that. Usually whenever I try to make a meal, instead of a dessert; it ends in disaster. When I first started baking from scratch; the outcome was also pretty horrible – so I’m willing to give this time. I will become a decent cook because it is a necessity! I’m trying to get away from as many processed foods possible in order to help myself lead a balanced lifestyle. I know that actually cooking your own meals is pretty much the only way to do this. I also have been struggling with my weight since I was a teenager and can see the pounds dropping off as I’ve cut out junk food, sodas, and lots of processed foods already. It is really hard to do what I am trying to do if you have been eating food the quick, easy and completely unhealthy way your entire life. I do admit that occasionally I opt for the easy route and eat something not-so-good.  I am still working on forming better life habits in regards to: cooking my own meals, working out, doing yoga, getting my swim on and waking up earlier.

I am starting to take advantage of the time I spend at farmers markets. (Not to mention the deals my farmer friends give me! It pays to be fluent in cupcakes.) I don’t want to go into too much detail here but I am also working on a new project which will involve lots of fresh produce, fruit, and other items from farmers markets.

This dish can be described with one word; simple, and hey guess what? This recipe is certified Yummly! You can check out the post where it was featured along side other great recipes!

Swiss Chard & Shrimp Pasta

ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic (more to taste)
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 lb shrimp (I used pre cooked shrimp with the tails on – deveined & defrosted.)
  • 2-3 cups swiss chard, chopped
  • 8oz whole wheat pasta of your choosing

directions:

  1. Bring pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente – drain pasta.
  2. Peel the garlic cloves and finely chop or use a garlic press.
  3. Sauté the garlic and olive oil in a large skillet.
  4. Place the Swiss chard into the skillet with the defrosted shrimp (tails on or off)
  5. When the chard starts to wilt, add the pasta and lemon juice, toss to combine.
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2 Responses to “Swiss Chard & Shrimp Pasta”

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    Charissa — July 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I really want this! I really should learn and not look at amazing pictures of food when I’m starving! haha…

    But I’m glad to know there is some shrimp in the freezer (just need some chard, but I guess I could use spinach!?)

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