September 10, 2014

Recipe: Shrimp with Garlic, Lemon & Butter Sauce over Spaghetti

For the past few days, this pregnancy has been kicking my tush. Nausea, headaches, vomiting... I'm exhausted and my body isn't giving me a break. I had a Dr appointment this weekend and she's put me on modified bed rest until we get to the bottom of a few things that have been wonky. To say I'm bummed would be an understatement. I might be more scared than bummed... but I know I just need to listen and to do what's best for the baby and for myself. 

Unfortunately, this has meant spending most of my time in bed the past 3 days. Once I got through orders and emails on Monday & Tuesday, I was too weak to do much else anyway. I tried to get a workout in this morning, but it didn't go very well. I lasted 15 minutes on the elliptical and then had to lift weights sitting down. Funny how easy it is to listen to your body when your body doesn't give you a choice.
Seated free weight workout this morning. Better than nothing. 
So as per Drs orders today, I worked from bed after my appointment and then I slept. Knowing what was going on, Robert emailed to ask if I needed anything from the store on his way home. It made me smile because I knew he was concerned and wanted to make sure I didn't go out if I didn't have to.  I sent him a note about a task on our to do list that I was going to take care of so he didn't have to worry about it. His response? I got it covered babe, you're pregnant. You shouldn't be doing that. He came home to find two large boxes blocking one side of the garage (our nursery furniture!). I had left them there because I knew I shouldn't even attempt to drag them. He parked his car and dragged the two boxes up the front porch into our home, refusing my help at all. And then he unpacked them and carried the furniture up to the nursery, piece by piece, again refusing to allow me to carry even the lightest parts. I think he made 20 trips (holy crap why are there so many pieces!).

Why am I writing all of this? Because I feel so freaking lucky to have him in my life taking care of me. I've never been the type to need someone to take care of me but I have to give in and admit I do right now. To not be allowed to lift heavy things or exert too much energy feels ridiculous. I love the fact that he knows this about me and is doing everything in his power to protect me, and this baby, from myself.

So despite feeling like crap and wanting to just crawl back into bed, I wanted to say thank you in a way that I could: making a nice dinner. The guy deserves a husband of the week award but dinner seemed easier to make ;) Luckily, I had ingredients for something quick, easy and delicious which is my favorite type of meal.  Here it is.

Shrimp with Garlic, Lemon & Butter Sauce over Spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Butter, Unsalted (yes, real butter. Yum!)
  • 5 cloves of fresh Garlic, minced (I use my garlic press which makes it so much easier)
  • 1 lb of Shrimp, peeled, cleaned, de-veined (I buy the raw frozen kind at the grocery store and keep bags in my freezer for when I need a quick meal)
  • fresh juice of 2 Lemons
  • enough Pasta for two people
  • fresh Parsley, chopped to garnish
  • fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt & pepper to taste
Cook your pasta according to directions. 
While pasta is cooking, heat up the olive oil and butter over medium heat in a large sauce pan. Once the butter is melted, add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Next add the shrimp, toss coat, and cook until white throughout, about 4 minutes. Add the lemon juice and cook over low heat about another minute or two. Toss in the pasta, coat well and plate. Garnish with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. EAT!
Sorry for the crappy picture. My iphone camera wasn't cooperating.
Whenever I make a new dish for Robert, I ask him for an honest thumbs up or down so I know if I should add to my recipe list for future meals. This one got a very quick thumbs up which made me super happy. During dinner, he could tell I had something on my mind and asked what was going on. I told him I just felt a bit useless around the house since I couldn't do as much as I usually do and he told me he had an idea about how I could help chip in. His response, "I know. You could grow our child in your body and take care of you and the baby. How does that sound?" Yup, I married a good one. They're out there ladies! Makes me think I should've made dessert too ;)


  1. YUM! Quick question: Are the frozen shrimp cooked already and then four-ish minutes in the pan defrosts or are they uncooked and you need to defrost first before throwing in the pan?

    1. Excellent question! I've been told that frozen raw shrimp are better than cooked so I always buy the raw ones. Some stores like Walmart & Target sell them already clean and ready to go! Definitely defrost first. Just throw them in a bowl of cold water and change the water every few minutes until they're thawed. If you do while the water for the pasta is boiling, everything times well and is super easy.

    2. Perfect, thank you! I'm so detail oriented when it comes to cooking. (This is why I don't try new things - I have too many how-to questions!) Making this one soon, though.