Healthy Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi Recipe
Scampi, Yes; Skimpy, Never.This is perfect for a date-night dinner. (Or dine solo, and enjoy a no-prep meal the next day!) This recipe has large portions and major flavor… The only thing small here is the calorie count.
Cook: 50 minutes
1 spaghetti squash (at least 4 lbs.)
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
2 tbsp. dry white wine
2 tbsp. lemon juice
8 oz. (about 16) raw large shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light or Brummel & Brown)
1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Optional topping: chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Microwave squash for 6 minutes, or until soft enough to cut. Once cool enough to handle, halve lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds.
Fill a large baking pan with 1/2 inch water. Add squash halves, cut sides down.
Bake until tender, about 40 minutes.
About 10 minutes before squash is done baking, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until mostly softened and browned, about 5 minutes.
To the skillet, add wine, lemon juice, shrimp, salt, pepper, and 1 1/2 tbsp. water. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes, until shrimp are cooked through and liquid has reduced.
Reduce heat to low. Add butter to the skillet, and stir until melted and well mixed, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, and cover to keep warm.
Remove squash from the baking pan. Use a fork to scrape out spaghetti squash strands. Place in a strainer to drain excess moisture.
Thoroughly blot dry, removing as much moisture as possible. Transfer 4 cups squash strands to a large bowl. (Reserve any extra squash for another time.)
Top squash strands with skillet contents, and sprinkle with Parm.
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
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