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.

Chicken a la King

Is Chicken a la King a popular thing? I have no idea. It’s something I’ve honestly never heard of until recently and then it felt like every TV show I watched mentioned it somehow. The most recent TV show was the show “Barry”. Which, if you have seen you need to watch immediately, is hilarious and dark and really well written. But Henry Winkler is in it and he’s an aged movie star (kind of a washed up has been) and he goes to the same Hollywood-old school era restaurant with dark lighting and red curtains and every time he orders Chicken a la King.

So I googled it. I’d heard it so many times now I was like, what is this dish?! Basically it seems like it’s a chicken pot pie without the pot pie part?

I had most of the ingredients on hand. I had to buy some pasta because we don’t really have that in abundance (keto and all that). I used some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which were nice. I am not a mushroom fan at all but I did not hate them in this dish!

I used this recipe. It was a pretty good recipe, no weird ingredients, straight forward and easy to follow. Here it is:

INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp. butter

8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

2 c. milk

1 c. low-sodium chicken broth

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Pinch cayenne pepper

1 (4-oz.) jar pimentos, drained and chopped

1/2 c. frozen peas

2 c. cooked and cubed chicken

Cooked pasta, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add mushrooms and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add flour and stir to coat mushrooms, then add milk and broth slowly and whisk until no lumps remain. Simmer until sauce is thickened, 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne.
  2. Add pimentos, peas, and chicken and cook until warmed through, 5 minutes.
  3. Serve over cooked pasta.

I topped the pasta dish with a little parmesan cheese. Overall it was very good. We both liked it all. Next time I would add more garlic than just the 2 cloves. Always double it. 😀

Having not had pasta much in a long time (years), this was very good. According to the recipe you can have it with rice or pasta. I bet you can easily make it keto/low carb and use cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash and it would be delicious too.

P.S. We had the leftovers the next day over cauliflower rice and it was excellent!