Ready for “Shrimp Sundays” this Lent?

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Are you looking for new recipes for this 40-day Lenten period? Think Shrimp! We are all familiar with Fish Fridays, so why not consider “Shrimp Sundays“? Sounds yummy to me! And Healthy! Shrimp is packed with protein, is easy to prepare, and low in calories.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the “2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”  There has been an update in this year’s guidelines for seafood. The Guidelines encourage everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, to eat seafood at least 2 times a week. This is the first time that the Federal government is encouraging pregnant ladies to eat more seafood!

Here is a little known fact. Did you know that the nutrients found in fish and shellfish, helps your body’s healing after cancer treatments? Did you know that  the nutrients found in fish and shellfish help prevent auto-immune conditions, asthma, allergies, migraines, skin conditions, and Crohn’s disease.

Lent Shrimp Recipes has provided us with 2 excellent recipes using Shrimp that would be perfect for Lent or anytime of year, courtesy of

Lemony Shrimp with Asparagus Recipe

This recipe is perfect for Shrimp Sunday or any day of the week. It is a quick, healthy meal. This is an easy to moderate recipe.

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Lemony Shrimp with Asparagus

Lemony Shrimp with Asparagus Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. dried whole wheat blend thin spaghetti or Angel hair pasta
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 lb.), trimmed and cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 1 lb. medium or large raw shrimp (26-30 ct.), shelled and deveined
  • 1 T lemon zest (zest from one lemon grated on the small holes of a box grater)
  • ¾ C all-natural chicken broth
  • 1 t cornstarch
  • 3 T lemon juice (juice from one lemon)
  • 1 (2/3 oz.) bunch fresh basil, cut into thin strips (about ½ C)
  • ¼ C grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ C toasted pine nuts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Lemony Shrimp with Asparagus Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 T oil in a large nonstick skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until golden, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add asparagus and cook, stirring frequently, until asparagus is crisp-tender (about 3 minutes).
  4. Push asparagus to the side, add the remaining oil, and raise the heat to medium-high. Add shrimp and lemon zest and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Whisk together chicken broth and cornstarch and add to pan with lemon juice and basil. Raise heat to high and simmer, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Divide pasta evenly among four pasta bowls and top with shrimp mixture.
  7. Top with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Information: (per serving) 470 calories, 18g fat (2.5g saturated, 0.6g omega-3), 170mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 32g protein, 20% vitamin A, 25% vitamin C, 20% iron

Source: Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD & Liz Weiss, MS, RD Authors, The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers

No Peel, Just Eat Shrimp Recipe

No Peel, Just Eat Shrimp is a popular way to enjoy Shrimp anytime of year. Enjoy this recipe on Shrimp Sundays, at parties, and during Lenten Period. This is an easy.

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No Peel, Just Eat Shrimp Recipe

No Peel, Just Eat Shrimp Ingredients:

  • ½ C white vinegar
  • ½ C water
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced in half lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 T Old Bay seasoning
  • 6 thin slices lemon
  • 1 lb. large raw shrimp (16-20 count), shelled and deveined

No Peel, Just Eat Shrimp Directions:

  1. Place the vinegar, water, celery, Old Bay seasoning, and lemon in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir in shrimp, reduce heat.  Simmer (covered) until shrimp is cooked through and turning pink (about 5 minutes).
  3. Drain and serve.

Nutrition Information: 90 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated, 0.3g omega-3), 170mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 18g protein, 10% vitamin C, 15% iron

Source: Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD & Liz Weiss, MS, RD Authors, The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers


Make it a habit this Lent and all year long to eat seafood twice weekly. I like the idea of “Shrimp Sundays”!

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