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Shrimp Pasta in a [Lighter] Rose Sauce

I don’t even remember the last time I shared a recipe.

I actually threw this together last night. I was inspired by a seafood pasta my dad used to make all the time. With them being in town last week, we were reminiscing about all the delicious things he used to make (we are a family of food nerds) and it got me thinking bout some new recipes.

It was a total win. Even Torrance liked it, and he’s always skeptical of “creamy” things. PS- he hates cream cheese…and yogurt – ignorance is bliss in this house though.

And I even ate it leftover the next day for lunch – and I am weird about leftovers.

(Also, I realize the picture below is possibly a little debatable on wether it looks really appetizing or not, but since the consensus was that it is in fact, delicious; who really gives a shit, right?)

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Shrimp Pasta in a [Lighter] Rose Sauce

Yield: about 4 large servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Pasta of choice (I used angel hair)
  • 1 lb of peeled, cleaned, and dry shrimp (would be great with chicken too, which I would cube)
  • 1/2 stick butter (this is the unhealthy part, but it’s needed!)
  • half a small(ish) lemon
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • fresh or dried herbs (I used dried parsley and basil flakes)
  • sliced raw veggies of choice (I used mushrooms, zucchini, and broccoli)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup light (or reduced fat) cream cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Start cooking pasta (you will need a 1/2 cup of pasta water later too!)
  2. In large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Squeeze the juice from the lemon in there and add the minced garlic.
  3. Season the shrimp (or chicken) with salt & pepper and then add to heated butter mix. Toss around a few times until almost done.
  4. Add veggies to mix and sprinkle it all with herbs. Let it all cook for a few.
  5. Now, add the can of tomatoes – liquid and all. I don’t like a ton of tomato chunks so I only used about half the tomatoes but all of the liquid.
  6. Add the cream cheese in a few globs (mmmm globs is an appetizing word, I know) and also the greek yogurt. Stir around until the cream cheese and yogurt are melted throughout and it is starting to look more even and like a sauce.
  7. Add the 1/2 cup of (hot) pasta water and stir more.
  8. Let this simmer for a bit on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. This will allow the sauce to thicken some; however, this is not meant to be a real thick and hearty sauce, so the end result will still be on the thin side – that’s the point.
  9. Serve over pasta and enjoy!

Things I’ve Been Loving… This Summer

Rather than recapping anything and everything this summer (psh, I can barely remember last week), I figured I’d just share some of the things I’ve been diggin’ lately:

#1 – Actually getting to spend some time in my backyard. The beginning of the summer was very hectic and I didn’t get to spend a lot of time at home, but once things have mellowed out I’ve actually gotten to enjoy it some.

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#2 – Grilling all the things. Seriously, I have cooked 80% of all dinners this summer on the grill. So easy and delicious. I can definitely tell I have been without a grill the last 3 years (since we couldnt have one at our apartment), making up for lost time!

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#3 – Wine. But this is nothing new. (Hey, at least I am recycling, okay?)

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#4 – Packing my lunch for work. I have been doing excellent with this all summer!

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#5 – My parents coming to visit. It was the first time I have seen them in 2 years – and it was a blast! They actually just left yesterday and were here for about a week.

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#6 – This new Thai restaurant down the street. It’s my new fav. – everything is so fresh too!

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#7 – My FoodSaver. Seriously, love this thing. I used to hate freezing food (because I felt like it just didn’t taste the same to me). So much easier and definitely saving me some money (and trips to the store!) PS – vegetarians, look away.

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#7 – Birchbox. Yes, I am not the most exciting in my beauty regimen, so it’s fun to get new stuff to try!

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  • What are some of your favorite things from this summer?

Recent Stitch Fix Favs

So, as I mentioned, I am still feeding my Stitch Fix addiction.

My closet/wardrobe/life thanks me. I dont go out shopping as much (which is a plus for me since I’m not in love with shopping) and my wardrobe is updated monthly with at LEAST 2 items it seems, so that is nice.

And the biggest thing for me, as I have mentioned since the beginning, I am getting variety and stepping out of my comfort zone.

Since I have gotten THREE fixes since I last blogged, I cant really remember what was when/what it all was, what all I got/kept, etc.

The one I got mid-June was my 6th box (time fliiiies) and actually I ended up keeping all 5 items out of that one!

I figured at the very least I would share some of my favorite’s from my last 3 boxes since I wasnt around the blog to share as they came in.

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I apologize because I dont even have my style cards handy to tell you the actual names of each thing, buuuuuut that’s ok, even though Margaret (my stylist) would be ashamed.

Oh, and dont mind the varying backgrounds – it was kind of between moving so I was all over the place (including a work bathroom selfie! #7).

#1 – bracelet. I’m actually NOT much of a bracelet wearer but that one is so perfect and summery!

#2 – the lace shirt. This came in my June box and it is something really unique for me because I dont have anything else lace like that in my closet! So cute. I have worn it once with a pair of dark jean shorts and sandals – adorable!

#3 – bird print shirt. You cant tell in the pic but it has tiny, subtle, purple bird shaped spots all over it. It is a real light satin material – super comfy!

#4 – summery dress. LOVE this one. The material is amazing and light and smooth. I like the funky print and then the neon yellow trim/piping on it is awesome – it almost kind of gives it a sporty look. I wore it to a BBQ a few weeks ago and got a ton of compliments on it.

#5 – sheath dress. Number 5 is my absolute favorite out my last few boxes. I just love it. It is navy and white striped, and I wear it to work frequently with Navy (or, believe it or) purple heels!

#6 – grey shirt AND the blue skinny jeans. Yeah this one is kind of a two-fer because both came in one fix. The grey shirt is UH-mazing. it is a really light sweater material and so light weight and goes with just about everything. The blue skinny jeans are the same Adora skinny jeans I got from them a while back in coral. I may have hinted a few times I would love another pair in blue or black – it paid off!

#7 – striped dress. I’ll have to snap a better pic of this one at some point, but when I first opened this one out of the box I was like, “hmm… no.” It almost looked a little vintagy to me which is not my thing usually. BUT, I know that I always have to try everything on because my mind changes– and once I got this one on I loooooved it. The bottom actually has some thule under it so it poofs out a little but its SO fun. I have worn this one quite a bit already actually!

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Past, more detailed Stitch Fix reviews can be found here, here, and here if you’re lookin’ for more!

  • Would you wear any of the above items I shared?
  • Do you feel like your wardrobe has a good variety? Or do you tend to really stay in your comfort zone?
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