So yesterday I came home to see a package at my front door. I don’t know about you, but I love seeing brown paper packages tied up with string at my front door step.
Sorry, Fraulein Maria moment.
Inside the package was a cookbook I ordered a few days ago. The cookbook is called Power Foods and it features the 38 most healthful foods with insano health-boosting recipes. I’m talking Hulk Hogan style, Popeye arm-inducing, super hero belt-wearing recipes. I’ve always loved these foods and knew they were good for me, but now I get to find out why. LEARNING!
Tonight’s meal features 2 power foods: peas and parsley. Ok so parsley isn’t really listed in this book as a power food. BUT, we know herbs are medicinal and filled with healing qualities. Parsley actually contains the phytochemical polyacetylene (toootally had to double check that spelling), which helps reduce the risk of cancer. GOOD TO KNOW. And aside from peas being darn cute, they also contain protein and a fat dose of vitamin C.
So far the message in all of this is: eat the stuff.
Shrimp Orzo with Peas and Parsley Pesto:
What it took for 2:
* 1 cup whole wheat orzo
* 14 large frozen shrimp, thawed, deveined and pat dry
* 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
* 1/3rd cup parsley pesto (if you’re not sure how to make pesto, hit me up and I’ll let ya know)
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium. On a plate, season the shrimp with salt and pepper. We’re going to keep this simple, as the pesto will be the star of the flavor. Lay the shrimp in a single layer in the pan, letting them sear for 2 minutes. Flip and sear 30 more seconds. Remove from the pan.
In the meantime, cook the orzo until al dente. Drain and return to the pan. Add the peas so that they warm up with the hot pasta. Stir in the pesto and smell. Fall over. Stand up and regain composure. Taste to make sure everything is in order. If it’s not, toss in a little more salt.
To serve, top with shrimp and sprinkle on a little bit more parsley! You know, the herb that contains phytomentalcerebral polyurethaneabletoeatit.