Now that summer is officially here, I am looking for easy and light lunch/ dinner ideas. I’m avoiding the meat sweats at all costs. No one wants a bowl of chili or pot roast when it’s a sweltering 100 degrees outside. Did I mention we live in Houston, Texas? This heat is out of control.
This pesto shrimp dish was born out of desperation. I was sweaty just walking from my car to the grocery store and still hadn’t planned anything for dinner. A great summer substitute for pasta is spiralized zucchini noodles. Good news is, you can find them pre-spiralized at most grocery stores. I actually own THIS spiralizer, but it’s no longer necessary. I love to be in the kitchen but sometimes, dinner NEEDS to take 30 minutes or less.
If you are looking to eat healthier, this is a great dish― still full of flavor but guilt free with the substitution of ‘zoodles’ for pasta. If you need a little more protein or want to bulk up the dish, use chicken breast.
Quick and Easy Pesto Shrimp with Zoodles
Yield 3 servings
A light and delicious dish perfect for hot summer days. Shrimp and Zucchini noodles tossed in a delectable pesto with fresh burrata cheese and oven roasted tomatoes. Everything gets drizzled with a sweet balsamic glaze. Best part: It can be made in 20 minutes.
3 Zucchini, spiralized
1 pound of shrimp, devained
10- 15 grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 C pesto and 2 tbsp pesto, divided
Burrata or fresh mozzarella, sliced
2 tbsp balsamic glaze*
1 tbsp olive oil
salt + pepper
Drizzle the halved tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast at 425 degrees for 15 mins.
Sauté shrimp in 2 tbsp of pesto for 5 mins. Add zucchini noodles and 1/4 C of pesto. You just want to coat the ‘zoodles’ and warm them.
To assemble: Add zoodles and shrimp to bowl. add burrata and roasted tomatoes. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and season with a little more salt (maybe 1/4 tsp).
If you aren’t ready for straight zoodles, add a little cooked spaghetti.
Here is a great recipe for a basil pesto.
You can purchase a balsamic glaze from the store or simmer 2 C of balsamic vinesar and 1/2 C brown sugar on the stove for 20 mins. It should reduce by half.
Is this something you would try? If so, let me know in the comments below!