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Chef Gina Makes Shrimp Scampi

Images Courtesy of Gina Veneziano

These are the  dog days of summer. Fall is peaking at us from around the corner as the days begin to feel shorter. And, with only a few weeks left of warm weather, many people are gearing up for the impending chill in the air – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a Paleo and Whole30 friendly Shrimp Scampi. Enjoy!

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Shrimp Scampi

Images Courtesy of Gina Veneziano

Prep 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

Images Courtesy of Gina Veneziano

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
  • 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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