Holiday Hop – Valentine’s Dinner – Lemon Shrimp and Greek Orzo

The Legal Shrimp


It sounds cliche but it’s always been my motto that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach… And it’s Valentine’s Day! A time of year to show someone how much you really care. What better way to do that then with a delicious and low fat meal.  It won’t make you sleepy and too full for cuddle time after! Many of my recipes are designed for two people, and this is no different.  It is a perfect date night meal that will leave every man feeling satisfied and it won’t make us ladies regret it the next day on the scale.  It also looks really pretty on the plate, so instead of braving the cold and going to some crowded restaurant for Valentine’s Day, why not stay inside and snuggle up to a big dish of this delicious shrimp meal.  It will all be ready in under 30 minutes as well!! You will not be disappointed that you did!
- 20 medium to large raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined
- Juice of one half a lemon
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp chopped garlic
- Salt and pepper
- 4 skewers
- 1/2 cup dried orzo pasta (try and find whole wheat if you can)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 onion chopped finely
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1 cup low sodium chicken stock
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp parsley
- Juice of one half a lemon
- 15 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
- 1/4 cup low fat feta crumbles
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 bag Organic baby spinach
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 can Cannellini beans
- 1 tsp garlic
- salt and pepper
Shrimp: skewer the shrimp onto the 4 skewers (5 per skewer).  Combine the remaining ingredients into a bowl.  Brush this mixture onto the shrimp.  Set aside for a minute.
Orzo: Add the olive oil, onions, garlic and orzo into a pan and toast on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.  Next add your stock and stir in the remaining ingredients except the feta and tomatoes.  Lower the flame to low and cover your pan and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.
Shrimp: while the orzo is cooking, heat another pan to medium high temperate.  Add the skewers into the pan and cook the shrimp for 3-5 minutes on each side.  Flip when one side is pink and opaque.
Spinach:  heat one last skillet (have your sweetheart do the dishes after this meal – it sure dirties a lot of pots and pans!) and add the olive oil and garlic and salt and pepper and allow to sautee for a minute or two.  Then add in your spinach and beans and allow the spinach to wilt down completely.
Orzo: pull the orzo off the flame once the liquid is fully absorbed.  Add to a bowl and toss in the tomatoes and cheese.  The heat from the orzo will allow everything to cream together nicely.  Top with the skewers of shrimp and serve along side the spinach.  Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts for the Whole Meal: makes two servings
Calories 260 Fat: 5g Protein: 16.1g



The Legal Shrimp

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  1. Lisa says:


    Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” This looks SO good! I am featuring you this week! :-) Be sure to stop by and grab an “I’ve been featured” button from my sidebar for your blog. I hope you will be able to join us again this week. The post will go live Tuesday afternoon.

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