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Low Carb Zoodle Shrimp Scampi

Quick and easy shrimp scampi, sautéed in a light and delicate, garlic butter sauce. It’s so good! Plus, have you jumped on the bandwagon with zoodles? They are noodles made from zucchini instead of using pasta. They work wonderfully with this recipe. Each serving has only 170 calories, 7 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Enjoy!

Low Carb Zoodle Shrimp Scampi

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes


Ingredients

2 large zucchini, cut into noodles (3 cups of zoodles) see prep tip below

2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

2 teaspoons garlic, minced fine

⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

12 large shrimp, shelled and deveined (about ½ pound)

2½ tablespoons white wine or chicken broth

1½ tablespoons freshly lemon juice

2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese, grated


Instructions

1. Prepare the zoodles, see prep tip below. Place zoodles in a microwave-safe bowl and cook in microwave for about 2 minutes, until softened.

2. In the meantime, in a large nonstick pan, heat butter over medium-low heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

3. Add shrimp to pan and cook, stirring often, until they are cooked throughout and pink on allsides, about 2 minutes. Season shrimp with a little salt and pepper. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a bowl, leaving any liquid in the pan.

4. Increase heat to medium. To the same pan, add white wine and lemon juice. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, cooking the wine and lemon juice for 2 minutes. Add the softened zucchini noodles and cooked shrimp. Toss to combine and heat about 30 seconds.

5. Divide the zoodles among 2 plates and spread out over plate. Top each with 6 shrimp. Sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese.
Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings. Each serving 6 shrimp and ½ the zoodles.


Food Fact

Thanks to a noodle-making invention called the spiralizer, you can substitute traditional pasta noodles with fruits and veggies. One of the more popular choices for substituting noodles are “zoodles!” (zucchini noodles).

Prep Tip
To make zucchini noodles: Use a  julienne peeler, mandolin or vegetable spiral, see shopping tips below.


Shopping Tips
You’ll find many brands of spiral slicers to create zucchini noodles on both on Target.com, Amazon.com or at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Here are two I like. Both are really easy to use and inexpensive.

Target.com sells the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer.

Amazon.com sells both the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer and

Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer


Weight Watchers (old points) 3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving, 6 shrimp and ½ of the zoodles.
170 calories, 7g fat, 85mg chol, 11g prot, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 265mg sod, 5g sugar

FAT FACTS: for 1 full fat serving of Shrimp Scampi over pasta
921 calories, 48g fat, 30g protein, 72g carbs, 2g fiber, 1843mg sodium, 3g sugar

Find more skinny and delicious recipes on Nancy Fox’s website, Skinny Kitchen

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called <a href="http://www.skinnykitchen.com">Skinny Kitchen</a>. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Tuesday 1st of September 2015

Thanks Ladies for sharing my recipe today. It perfect to make while there is still a bounty of zucchini in the supermarkets and farmer's markets. Enjoy! My best, Nancy

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