Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Trim Down Tuesday: Shrimp and Shroom Zoodles

Last month I told you about how I've actually been making a conscious effort to "trim down." 

Because if invited to a pool party, I would suddenly come down with bird flu and respectfully decline. 

So in support of my own efforts, I've decided to start a new series -- Trim Down Tuesday. 
I'm constantly surfing pinterest and blogs for healthy meals and snacks, and on Tuesdays I will be sharing those successful and tasty recipes with you. Plus I know I'll probably go through this trim down process on an annual basis each spring, so it'll be nice to return to the recipes. :)

Hear this. This does not mean I will no longer be sharing baking recipes. We keep it real up in here and if I'm honest my week would probably be full of a Muffin Top Monday, Trim Down Tuesday, Thin Girl Thursday, and Saggy Butt Saturday.
 ...just sayin. 

So last night was Disney week on Dancing with the Stars. If you're new around here, DWTS is the only show Jeff and I watch together. We normally record and watch it on the weekends, but on Disney night - we watch live. 

This concoction came from several combinations of recipes. For our first Trim Down Tuesday, I give you...

Shrimp and Shroom Zoodles (with a Spinach Artichoke pesto)

What are zoodles, you ask? Zucchini noodles! I bought this spiralizer from Sur La Table and have been trying my hand at different veggie noodles. While my tries have been successful, this time I mixed a little whole wheat angel hair in with the zoodles and it was much more filling. After eating just zoodle dishes I was hungry shortly thereafter. A little whole wheat never hurt anyone :) 

Okay - enough talk. Let's get to the ingredients. 

What You'll Need
for the pasta
a spiralizer (or julienne peeler)
zucchini (2-3 depending on size)
whole wheat angel hair pasta

for the pesto
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup artichoke hearts
1 cloves garlic
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice 
salt (as desired)

What You'll Do

To make the pesto, throw all ingredients into a food processor (or blender) and mix thoroughly. Boom. 

Set the whole wheat angel hair to boil. 

Cut up the mushrooms (as many as you want!) and cook in a skillet drizzled with olive oil. Add in shrimp and cook thoroughly. Real life: I use pre-cooked frozen shrimp so all you have to do is thaw and heat over stove top. Boom. 

While the shrooms are cooking, spiralize your zucchini and blot with paper towel to remove excess water. Add into skillet and thoroughly heat (only 3-4 minutes). 

Drain angel hair, add in zoodle/mushroom/shrimp combination and mix. Stir in homemade pesto. 

ENJOY! How simple is that?! You can honestly mix in any meat/veggie, with as little (or no) whole wheat pasta. I don't know if this is paleo approved, 21-day-fix approved, or how many points it is on weight watchers.... but it's real food and a healthy option when craving pasta. 

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Until next time,


  1. This recipe sounds really yummy! Hope you are having a fantastic Tuesday!