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Chef Gina Makes Paleo and Whole30 friendly Shrimp Scampi

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I love pasta; possibly more than most people. It’s my comfort food and usually what I am craving any given day. Before attempting whole30 or paleo (or a combination of both), I ate pasta at least once a week. Now, determined to keep up my healthy living (not sure I’d call it a diet – but just cutting back), I decided to attempt to satisfy my craving with a lighter version of a perennial favorite: shrimp scampi over spaghetti (squash). This recipe is Paleo and Whole30 friendly, gluten and dairy-free (should you choose to make it that way). Enjoy!

Shrimp Scampi

Total Time: 50 min

Makes: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 MEDIUM SPAGHETTI SQUASH
  • 2 TBS OLIVE OIL
  • SALT & PEPPER, TO TASTE
  • 3 TBS GARLIC, MINCED
  • ¼ TSP RED PEPPER FLAKES
  • 10-12 MEDIUM SHRIMP, PEELED & DEVEINED 
  • 1 TBS LEMON JUICE
  • 1 TBS PARSLEY, CHOPPED

Directions

Notes

  • If you don’t have time to bake the squash in the oven, it can be cooked in the microwave. Cut down the center, scoop out seeds. Place, cut side down in a pan of water. Microwave for about 8-10 minutes, checking halfway through. Drain water, let cool before handling. Personally, I prefer the oven method, if I have the time as I find the squash is easier to scrape away from the shell when baked in the oven but the microwave works fine – just requires a bit more “elbow grease” when removing
  • Personally, I will never go dairy-free, as it’s just not realistic for me, so topped with grated Parmesan. Thanks to the flavor of the garlic and red pepper it’s not entirely necessary as cheese is not permitted on a Whole30 diet – but, if you do add the parmesan, this recipe is still keto and gluten-free so not all is lost. 
  • If you are curious about a Whole30 and Paleo, Parmesan substitute: blend 1 cup of raw cashews, 4 tsp of nutritional yeast, and 1 tsp garlic powder in a high-power blender. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month and sprinkle on anything you would have put Parmesan cheese on.  
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