Yin Mom, Yang Mom

Always Delish

Full of love for this food.

Every since I was a young teenager, I struggled with dinner.  I’ve hated it.  Hated cooking it. I even hated eating dinner as a kid, which I’m also seeing from my daughter.  I wonder what this is.  Is dinner bad for me?  Should I have a very different eating schedule than the average American?  Well, since there’s really no time to worry about it, and also since the boys in our family NEED dinner on a deep, primal level, it’s very clear that my daughter and I need to get over it.

Over the years I’ve come up with a few easy dinner recipes that always win, no matter what.  I even like them.  My daughter even likes them!  Here’s one of them:

Mere’s Shrimp and Pasta with Lemon Aglio Olio

1 box pasta of your choice
1 bag of frozen, cooked shrimp
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp. butter
3-4 generous pinches of salt
juice from 2 lemons
dried oregano to taste
dried parsley to taste
a little fresh parmesan

(you can of course use all fresh ingredients if you’d rather)

Put your frozen shrimp in a bowl of water to defrost.  Change out the water a few times as you’re cooking the other parts, this will speed it up.

Boil a big pot of salted water and throw in your pasta.

In a small pot, add 1 cup extra virgin olive oil and 6 cloves of minced garlic.  Cook this on medium heat until the garlic begins to turn slightly brown.  It should look like this:
In the last 5 or so minutes of cooking the pasta, throw the shrimp in that water so it heats up (if it’s pre-cooked, otherwise you’ll want to cook it longer until it’s pink). Throw a tablespoon of butter in the mix.

Once all the pasta is cooked, drain it, but leave a few tablespoons of water in it.  Pour it all into a big bowl.  Pour the olive oil and garlic over it.  Add 3-4 generous pinches of kosher salt, a little oregano, lots of lemon juice and a little more parsley.  Toss it all up until everything looks shiny and delicious. Grate some fresh Parmesan over it.

Watch in delight as your pickiest child shovels it into her mouth hole.

Tip: You might want to make sure your child isn’t doing this while you’re cooking:

4 comments for “Always Delish

  1. December 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    that sounds delish…I’ll make it without the shrimp and let you know how it comes out. :)

    • December 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Cool, I was trying to think of what to put in instead of shrimp. Maybe tofu would be good, or tempeh? Let me know how it works out for you!

  2. BillyBob
    December 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I would not take out the shrimp. I would leave the shrimp in. Don’t mess with perfection!

  3. heidi washburn
    December 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    one could add chicken for non-seafood fans. or broccoli, or whatever’s around.

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