Happiness Hit Her Like a Train on a Track..Favorite Shrimp and Song

What a week, and its only Tuesday!  Two big things to share today, a lovely and simple shrimp pasta dish I made last night and my new favorite songs.  Oh, and the end of Oprah!  Well, she’s not dying, but it is the end of an era.  I will miss your makeover shows and the chance to win all your favorite things..

So, pasta first.

I had some frozen shrimpies and peas I wanted to use up, as well as some grape tomatoes in the fridge that looked like they were on their way out..thus Vegetable Shrimp Linguine was born!  I’ll tell you what I did, but nothing is very exact, and I imagine mushrooms and asparagus tips going in the next batch I make.

whole grain pasta (throw pasta into boiling water when you add wine, and in 7 minutes, your meal is done!)
olive oil
grape tomatoes
white wine
fresh shrimp, peeled and clean
fresh spinach
Parmesan cheese

I used a couple tablespoons olive oil in a pan with a lid and thew in the grape tomatoes and let them sizzle and roast for about 5-7 minutes on medium high heat, stirring occasionally.  I added a couple dashes of red pepper flakes here, and will consider adding more next time.  Once the tomatoes looked soft and a little brown, I added a minced clove of garlic and stirred until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Next, I took off the lid and turned down the heat to medium and added two big splashes of white wine (about half cup?), any type should do fine.  This, by the way, smells amazing!  Let the wine bubble for another 3 minutes, then added half a pound of fresh shrimp.
After 2-3 minutes or so, when shrimp look half done, add about a cup frozen peas and three large hand fulls of spinach, stirring so all the spinach is wilted.  Stir in a quarter cup of grated Parmesan cheese and grind or two of black pepper.  By now, the shrimp should be pink and curled.  Add your cooked pasta to your pot of goodness, stir and plate!  Top with some more cheese if ya want.  Sauce is somewhat thin, will get thicker as it stands, or if you add more cheese!!

Now on to the new tunes..

This is my new motivational-bang the steering wheel-roll down the windows-run a little harder-mantra

Dog Days Are Over-Florance + The Machines
Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues-Eels
Heavy Metal Drummer-Wilco
Sing-My Chemical Romance

Hope you’re rocking out!


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