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Easy Shrimp Scampi with Kale

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Serves: 2 | Total Time: 30 Minutes



Shrimp scampi is so spring.

Yes, I know, spring has been procrastinating this year. Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and even though I refuse to wear a winter coat this time of year, the puffer vest is still, sadly, a necessity.

This shrimp scampi recipe is so full of bright flavors and healthy greens and it is so easy to make that even beginners can join in on the fun.

Homemade Shrimp Scampi with Kale

Cold, windy weather? May you become an afterthought!

Healthy meals to cook don’t have to be hard! If you don’t know how to make shrimp scampi, don’t worry. All you need is one pan and 30 minutes. 

Traditional shrimp scampi sauce involves butter, garlic, and white wine.

That’s it.

Plus, it is really easy to make homemade scampi sauce!

Not convinced? Check out this video I made for you to show you just how simple it is!

If you are a novice, the only thing you need to remember is to turn down the heat (off if you have a gas range) when you add the wine. Slowly bring it back up to a simmer to cook off the alcohol without igniting it. If it does catch fire, pull the pan away from the stove and shake it until the flames die out, then act like the pro chef you are because you now just officially mastered the art of flambéing your food.

Woo hoo!

Shrimp Scampi Recipe

You may be wondering what the best wine for shrimp scampi may be. Although white wine is the rule of thumb, I prefer to use an off-dry white. You want it to be dry, but not too dry, because a hint of sweetness will bring out the rich flavor of the shrimp instead of competing with it. Too sweet, and your seafood scampi sauce will flop miserably.

Balance, folks. It is the number one secret to culinary success.

For those of you not into alcohol, the white wine can be substituted with something booze-free. Check out the Non-Alcoholic Substitution Chart to learn what you can use in place of the white wine. Just remember, not too sweet, so if you have to tone down grape juice with a splash of vinegar, please do so.

Scampi Recipe

I added kale to my shrimp scampi to give it some color and flavor. Plus, kale is so very good for you. The trick is to wilt the leaves and brighten their color without losing too much volume. You do this by searing it in the scampi sauce for – literally – 30 seconds to a minute. Have your kitchen tongs ready, because you will need to whisk that kale out of the pan almost as soon as you’ve dropped it in there!

Lemon essential oil adds a mild brightness, but feel free to sub in lemon zest if you don’t have any essential oil. Refer to the handy Essential Oil Conversion Chart for how much zest to use.

Now all you have to do is grab that bottle of white and your tank top…. er, light parka, and get that front porch furniture out. Before you know it, we’ll be having dinner outside again!

A Healthy Meal To Cook At Home

How to make Easy Shrimp Scampi with Kale:

What you’ll need:

  • 12 ounces fettuccini
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2/3 cup good quality white wine
  • 3 ounces fresh baby kale, rinsed and spun
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil diluted in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil (to use lemon zest instead, check the Essential Oil Conversion Chart
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Begin by boiling a pot of salted water for the pasta, then cook it al dente per the package instructions. When done, drain it and set it aside, reserving some of the pasta liquid.
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While the pasta is cooking, heat the butter in a skillet over medium until it is melted, smelling nutty, and beginning to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add the shrimp and toss occasionally for 2 minutes, or until the shrimp just begins to turn pink. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.

How To Make Scampi Sauce, Begin With Browned Butter
How To Cook Shrimp Scampi
How To Make Shrimp Scampi

Add the wine to the skillet, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the shrimp to a bowl and set aside.

Add the kale to the skillet and toss immediately until it wilts but is still bright green, about 30 seconds to a minute at most. Remove kale to a separate plate, set aside.

Shrimp Scampi Recipe With Wine
How To Cook Kale

Pour the essential oil mixture over the shrimp. Cover the bowl with a plate and toss several times to coat the shrimp with the essential oil mixture.

How Do I Make Scampi Sauce?

Turn off the heat over the skillet containing the scampi sauce. Add in the pasta, kale, and shrimp, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. If needed, add some of the pasta liquid to thicken things up a bit. Serve on plates garnished with lemon wedges.

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Easy Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning

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Yield: 2 Tablespoons | Total Time: 10 Minutes

When I was making my 30-Minute Amazing Cod Dinner, I decided at the last minute that I didn’t want to use the store-bought lemon-pepper seasoning that was sitting in the cabinet for the last – I don’t know….

5 years?

No, that wasn’t going to cut it!

My first thought when trying to come up with an easy homemade lemon pepper seasoning recipe was to make something that could be preserved. (You know, so we don’t have to resort to lemon pepper chicken, lemon pepper wings, lemon pepper salmon, lemon pepper shrimp, hot lemon pepper wings – you get the idea – for the next week straight!)

Salt has been used for centuries to keep meats and fish from going bad. This is still the case in many Scandinavian countries, where some of the healthiest people in the world reside today. Since most lemon pepper recipes have salt in them anyway, I thought… why not use it as the preservative along with a little stove-top action? You may be wondering about the stove-top part, well, that is  to dry things out enough so there is no chance for mold or mildew to form on the lemon zest while it waits for you to get into the mood to make your next favorite lemon pepper recipe.

I whipped up this homemade lemon pepper seasoning in – literally – 10 minutes; a great thing when what you really want to focus on is making a healthy lemon pepper chicken dinner for your busy family. 

Heating the lemon zest in a small cast iron skillet dries out any moisture, which also keeps the seasoning from sticking together. Just another reason that this is an important step you don’t want to skip!

You can add as much or as little of the salt and pepper as you like, but I like mine a little salty because I think it really brings out the depth of the lemon flavor. You want this to be bright – but not too bright – because it is a seasoning, after all.

So go ahead and make your favorite lemon pepper recipe with peace of mind. With this easy recipe, you won’t have to resort to grabbing the store-bought stuff for the sake of saving time ever again!


Easy Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Total Time: 10 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. Zest two medium-sized lemons (about 2 tablespoons zest). Be careful not to get the white pith under the yellow skin as it tends to be bitter.

2. Heat a small cast iron skillet over medium-high. Toss the zest into the skillet and heat for about 2 to 3 minutes, shaking the pan frequently to prevent the zest from burning. You’ll know when it’s done when the texture is like that of shredded coconut. There should be little to no moisture.

3. Transfer the zest to a spice mill and pulse several times until it is finely ground into a powder. Add the salt and pepper and pulse a few more times to mix throughout.

4. Store any unused zest in an small, airtight glass jar and refrigerate for up to a month.

Easy Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Easy Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Christy Boston’s Kitchen
Avoid ingredients you can't pronounce – make your own lemon-pepper seasoning at home. It's easy, fast, and requires only lemon zest, salt and pepper.
Total Time 10 mins
Course Condiments
Servings 2 Tablespoons
Calories 5 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Zest two medium-sized lemons (about 2 tablespoons zest). Be careful not to get the white pith under the yellow skin as it tends to be bitter.
  • Heat a small cast iron skillet over medium-high. Toss the zest into the skillet and heat for about 2 to 3 minutes, shaking the pan frequently to prevent the zest from burning. You'll know when it's done when the texture is like that of shredded coconut. There should be little to no moisture.
  • Transfer the zest to a spice mill and pulse several times until it is finely ground into a powder. Add the salt and pepper and pulse a few more times to mix throughout.
  • Store any unused zest in an small, airtight glass jar and refrigerate for up to a month.
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Lamb Meatballs with Mint Pesto and Sweet Yogurt Sauce

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Serves: 4 | Total Time: 30 Minutes


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Lamb meatballs, mint pesto and sweet yogurt sauce. Sounds gourmet, doesn’t it?

Well, it is… and it’s all keto, too!

Initially, I wasn’t aiming to make this recipe a gourmet keto recipe. It just sort of happened, like a lot of things in the kitchen do when I experiment with new recipe ideas. 

Quick Lamb Dinner

The story goes something like this…

I had lamb for the first time at the Outback Steakhouse many years ago. This was way back when they offered a rack of lamb on the menu. It came with ramekins of mint jelly and a rich brown gravy made from the pan juices.

I was in love!

Lamb Meatballs Mint Pesto

As time went by I got pretty used to cooking my own lamb chops at home. Having lamb with mint is one of my favorite culinary flavor combinations, and since I wanted them more than I could afford to go out and get them at restaurants, I needed to learn how to cook lamb at home.

My love affair with lamb got even juicier the first time I had a gyro… 

Ooooooh,… seasoned lamb meat roasted on a spit, slathered with yogurt sauce and all wrapped up in a chewy, pillowy flatbread…. can life possibly get any better? When I introduced Mark to gyros not long after we met, his reaction was pretty much the same.

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These days, the mere mention of ‘lamb’ when he asks me what’s for dinner will produce a happy dance.

This lamb meatballs appetizer is a combination of my two favorite ways to have lamb; chops with mint jelly for dipping and a traditional Greek gyro. The keto part just sort of happened. In fact, the carbs in this recipe are so low that you can double up the serving portions and have these easy lamb meatballs as a keto dinner without even coming close to busting your carb limit.

Lamb Meatballs

Don’t you just love it when things work out like that? Oh, and did I mention that this is a 30 minute lamb recipe, too?

Gourmet.

Healthy.

Fast and easy.

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With that said, feel free to pour your favorite glass of red for sipping while enjoying the free time you just gained back tonight.

Cheers! 


What Wine Goes With Lamb Meatballs

Wine pairings for Lamb Meatballs with Mint Pesto and Sweet yogurt Sauce:

Cabernet sauvignon pairs well with both lamb and mint, and syrah will compliment the delicate flavors without overpowering.

Not a fan of reds? Grab your favorite dry rosé, it works just as well.


*Peppermint Essential Oil is necessary for the yogurt sauce to be smooth and pretty on the plate. If you don’t have the peppermint essential oil and you want to get some, you will want a food grade essential oil. (Adulterants, fillers, and contaminants – be gone!) Peppermint is not too pricey, and if you don’t know where to buy essential oils for cooking, send me a message and I will let you know where I get mine. You can use the remaining oil in other recipes, in cocktails, to relieve headaches, freshen feet, and even to repel mice, ants and spiders. It has a long shelf like and will keep for many months.


Easy 30 minute Lamb Meatballs Recipe Idea
Lamb Meatballs Recipe

Lamb Meatballs with Mint Pesto and Sweet Yogurt Sauce

This is the best lamb meatball recipe to make if you are on the keto diet – or even if you aren't. Gourmet flavor. Easy to make. A culinary win-win!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people
Calories 420 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup flat parsley finely chopped, plus
  • ¼ cup whole flat parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt plus more
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ¼ cup whole mint leaves firmly packed
  • ¼ cup whole milk plain greek yogurt
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  • 3 to 4 drops liquid stevia
  • a few grinds black peppercorns (from a pepper mill), or a pinch of coarsely ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the egg, coconut flour, cumin, turmeric, red pepper flakes, finely chopped parsley leaves, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt. Add the ground lamb and mix everything together well. Use your hands for best results!
  • Roll the lamb mixture into balls that are about one inch in diameter. You should end up with around 20 meatballs. Place the meatballs on a rimmed baking sheet so that they are evenly spaced. Bake on the top rack in the oven for 12-15 minutes. When done, use kitchen tongs to roll the meatballs around on the baking sheet. This will smooth out any uneven edges as well as coat them in their juices for maximum flavor.
  • While the meat is baking; add the mint leaves, whole parsley leaves, the second garlic clove, 1/4 cup olive oil, and a pinch of salt to a food processor. Pulse for about a minute or until leaves are very finely chopped and the pesto is beginning to get smooth. 
  • In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, peppermint essential oil, liquid stevia and fresh ground black pepper. Mix well until the yogurt is smooth and creamy and the flavors are evenly distributed.
  • Smear a spoonful of yogurt sauce onto each plate. Drop a spoonful of mint pesto on top of the yogurt and smear the pesto into the yogurt using light, arcing motions. (Don't overdo it, though! You want to have distinct circles of white yogurt and green pesto covering the plates.). Place 5 meatballs on top of the sauce/pesto swirls, then top the meatballs with a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with a grind or two of fresh ground black pepper and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes.

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