If you’re looking for a quick, light lunch for those warm summer days, look no further than your freezer and pantry to deliver something insanely satisfying in just a few minutes time.
Here on the Texas/Oklahoma border, summer has been late arriving. We finally got one of the first really “summery” days about a week ago, and the thought of noshing something heavy in 90°F weather was more than I could bear. The heat of the day called for something on the lighter side, but a quick check of the cupboards wasn’t revealing much in the way of “light”, and we hadn’t been doing too many salads when the wind was blowing and torrential rains were falling.
The answer to my culinary dilemma presented itself in the form of a partial bag of frozen shrimp, a bit of cilantro I had from a previous entrée and a half-lemon I had left over from a vinaigrette I’d made the night before. Just add some noodles and you’ve got yourself a light-refreshing lunch with all the flavor you could ask for. In this case I turned to my old standby of Ramen noodles, but this would work equally as well with linguine or angel hair pasta.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1151Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 43gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 2614mgCarbohydrates: 127gFiber: 7gSugar: 31gProtein: 31g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
While this was exceptionally flavorful, I think if I was going to do it again I would have cooked some garlic with the shrimp, and perhaps added a few crushed red pepper flakes just to give it some zing.
All-in-all though, this was a wonderful lunch, and more than filling enough to carry me through the day until dinner, though it could easily be served as the main course in a dinner meal with the addition of some snow peas and green onions.
Give this one a whirl the next time you’re strapped for lunch ideas, I think you’ll enjoy it!