Healthy Eating: Tomato Shrimp Penne with Spinach & Strawberry Salad

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Since I started my weight loss and healthy living journey last summer, my husband and I have had to come up with healthier meals that my whole family is willing to eat. This recipe is the result of some improvisation on the part of my husband with ingredients we happened to have on hand.

So when Walmart challenged me to share a healthy recipe for the New Year, I knew this would be a great choice that anyone can replicate.

Tomato Shrimp Penne

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  • Whole wheat penne pasta
  • Shrimp
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp. light Italian dressing
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red, yellow & green peppers
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Cook the whole wheat pasta to package instructions.

While it is boiling, remove the tails from the shrimp. Saute the peppers and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add the shrimp and sprinkle salt, pepper and oregano to taste and saute for 2-3 minutes. Finally, add the tomatoes. Cover the mixture and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

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Drain the pasta, but do not rinse, and put it back in the pot. Add Italian dressing and mix to thoroughly cover pasta. If you’re watching your sodium intake, you can half the amount of Italian dressing or leave it out altogether.

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Add shrimp mixture to pasta and mix thoroughly.

Makes: 6 servings

The key to keeping this healthy is not to stuff yourself on pasta. Eat a small serving and use some greenery to fill up your plate.  Here’s a simple, two ingredient salad you’ll never have to force yourself to eat.

Spinach & Strawberry Salad

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  • 6+ cups raw, organic baby spinach
  • 12 strawberries

Cut strawberries into quarters. Toss the strawberries together with the spinach.

Makes: 6 servings

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The sweetness of the strawberries makes an awesome counterpoint to the slight bitterness of the raw spinach. Great sprinkled with a small amount of light Italian or Balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing a healthy recipe with you. Participation is voluntary and, as usual, all opinions are my own.

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