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Shrimp and Mint Pesto Zoodles

By April 10, 2018Recipes
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This meal has me thinking spring. The lemony shrimp and the mint pesto taste so clean and fresh together, and using zoodles (or zucchini noodles) keeps it light and satisfying.

Shrimp and Mint Pesto Zoodles

Shrimp and Mint Pesto Zoodles

To make zoodles, I recommend you get a spiralizer. They are inexpensive and completely worth it, because once you start incorporating zoodles into your dishes, you won’t want to stop. I make zoodles a lot, especially in the summer when I have a ton of zucchini in my garden and need creative ways to eat it (there’s only so much zucchini bread a girl can and should eat).

Shrimp and Mint Pesto Zoodles

When you make healthy recipes from fresh, organic ingredients, you can really feel it nourish your body, and that’s exactly what this shrimp and minto pesto zoodles recipe did — gave me energy for the rest of the day. Also, if you have any leftovers, they make a great cold salad. No reheating, just eating. In addition, the pesto will have had time to marinate into the zoodles and add so much flavor.

Shrimp and Mint Pesto Zoodles

If you don’t have a spiralizer, or are short on time, pick up a package of zoodles at the grocery store, this will cut down your prep time by half.  The zoodles can also be eaten raw if you just want a chilled salad for a hot summer night.

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Shrimp and Mint Pesto Zoodles

The lemony shrimp and the mint pesto taste so clean and fresh together, and using zoodles (or zucchini noodles) keeps it light and satisfying.

Category Dinner, Lunch, Paleo, Seafood
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2
Author Shannon Gilson

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb medium-large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • Pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  • 3 large zucchinis spiralized
  • 1 cup green peas fresh or frozen

Pesto:

  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup mint
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • Pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine shrimp, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper, set aside. If using frozen peas, place them out to thaw.

  2. Prepare your pesto: In a food processor or Bullet, combine pesto ingredients. Blend until smooth, about a minute.
  3. Spiralize zucchini and set aside.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot pour in the shrimp with the marinade. Cook until the shrimp are pink, about 2 minutes per side.
  5. Add peas and zucchini to the skillet and continue to cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes.

  6. Remove skillet from heat and stir in your pesto. Divide into bowls and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If you have any leftovers, they make a great cold salad the next day. 

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Shannon Gilson
Shannon is an artist living in Grantham, New Hampshire, with her husband, four pups, and two cats. She graduated with a BFA from Suffolk University and is happily putting her fine art degree to good use.

She enjoys traveling around the world with her husband, exploring as many places and local food dishes as possible. Shannon feels that eating a country’s specialty food not only connects you to the culture, it also ensures you’re eating fresher and more local, too.

You can follow Shannon’s travels and art on Instagram.

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