Recipes for A New Year

I made this recipe last week, which was delicious! I wanted to share it because it is definitely one I will make again. Here is the recipe:

Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

It was super easy and did not take very long to make. I used small frozen shrimp and fresh linguine. The fresh pasta was much better than the regular.

The only thing omitted was fresh parsley on top.

I had started this post last week and then all hell broke out in our country and…everything just kinda stopped. But I have another recipe from this week! Also shrimp. I am working through Chrissy Teigan’s book and I made this recipe:

The recipe was awesome! One critique: a tad on the salty side. But next time I will just dilute the soy sauce marinade a little bit and I think it will be ok.

I cut the recipe in half since it was just the two of us. I made rice in the instant pot and here is the sauce (made in the magic bullet):

The sauce was excellent! SPICY!!! At first I thought it might be too spicy but after that initial bite, it wasn’t too bad. We both liked the sauce a lot.

I very much recommend this recipe (and the book!). Both recipes, in fact, were awesome. If you are looking for a lower calorie but filling dinner, shrimp with pasta or rice is always a quick and easy one.

Sort of Festive

Is anyone else just not feeling it this year? I am trying to get in the mood. I love Christmas Lights. I love that our neighbors have all gone ALL out this year. Yards are full of lights, blow up characters, the whole shebang. It’s very nice and cheery.

Right around Thanksgiving Logan and I did some decorating inside the house, but since it’s just the three of us this year I decided to do minimal decorating. Our mantel is pretty much it.

During our lunch breaks Michael and I went and picked up a tree and then later Logan and I decorated it. We got a little tree this year. I like little trees sometimes and we aren’t entertaining this year like we did last year so it’s nice to just kinda do a little bit.

We put Logan’s angel on top 🙂 –I think he made it at daycare when he was like 2! <3

Kitties were loving the tree. They watched it all afternoon. Hopefully they won’t destroy it while we sleep!

Then I made dinner. I wanted to share this recipe because it’s pretty decent and nice for a cold, rainy night.

Cheddar Ham Soup recipe:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, water, carrot and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook until tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Stir into undrained potato mixture. Add ham and peas; heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 331 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 772mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

Logan is getting older now so we have to wait to put any presents under the tree. Usually we’d just put them under there! But little bug can read now so…..! 😉