Most days, I find coming home and prepping a hearty dinner for myself to be relaxing and comforting.
Some days, I arrive home hungry and tired, inclined to tear apart my kitchen like a werewolf with rabies, ripping into bags of chips with my teeth and scooping onion dip out of the container with my paws.
Last night was one of those nights. I was not only hungry, but had fought off the urge to shove multiple freshly baked cookies, which were delivered to our office yesterday, down my gullet for hooouuurs. It was a long afternoon.
A quick dinner that would put something in my stomach before total pantry domination occurred was in order. Luckily, I still have some frozen, cleaned, pre-cooked shrimp in my freezer. After rinsing them under water and letting them hang out in a colander for 5-10 minutes, they are good to go.
And of course, I still have some arugula in my fridge. I’m obviously going through a phase with this stuff. It’s good. I recommend it. Makes for a good supplement to your meal.
Quick and Healthy Buffalo Shrimp
3 oz cooked and cleaned shrimp
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup shelled edamame
1 T dry white wine
1 T Frank’s Red Hot (or buffalo sauce of choice)
1 cup arugula
1/2 t white wine vinegar
1/2 t olive oil
1. Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant and beginning to turn slightly golden brown, 2-3 minutes.
2. Add edamame and shrimp, season with a pinch of salt and pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes.
3. Add buffalo sauce to coat shrimp and edamame. Immediately add white wine to deglaze pan. Allow to cook out for a minute or two and remove from heat.
4. Meanwhile, toss arugula with vinegar and oil, season with salt and pepper and place in a bowl.
5. Top arugula with shrimp mixture and serve.
For a more complete meal, I’d recommend adding some quinoa, couscous or brown rice (or white rice if you’re feeling craaazy) because this is definitely on the light side. It will get healthy food into your stomach in about 10 minutes, though.
And really, when do I not need that?