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Paleo Shrimp Linguini (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo)

Whether you’re paleo or not, this recipe will easily become a household favourite! 

It’s the perfect recipe to enjoy while you soak up these last few days of summer with delicious seasonal vegetables like cherry tomatoes, zucchini and fresh basil. But don’t fret, come cooler temps, simply swap out the zucchini for winter squash and you’re all set 😛 

As a kid I LOVED traditional shrimp linguini but sadly, it didn’t love me! The combination of protein (shrimp) and a heavy starch like white pasta would have my digestive system out of whack! I would instantly become bloated, gassy and uncomfortable. Not fun. Since then, I’ve tried this dish using whole grain, gluten-free as well as bean/lentil based pastas. And you know what? I felt the exact same way – UGH! Although those pasta options are much healthier, especially compared to white pasta, some individuals (like myself) really struggle with digesting concentrated proteins and starches. 

This is why whenever possible, I choose to eat paleo-friendly and opt for grain-free options like this awesome Shrimp Linguini with zucchini noodles. It’s much easier to digest protein with veggies and I promise, you won’t miss the pasta! Don’t believe me? You may not know this (yet), but I’m a major foodie! Not only is my goal to create healthy food for you that leaves you feeling amazing but it also HAS to be delicious.  

Speaking from personal experience, eating more paleo-friendly meals always leaves me feeling AMAZING digestively. I feel light, satisfied & I don’t experience the same bloating or gassiness that I would otherwise. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy grains and other carbs on occasion but we’re definitely more conscientious about how often we’re relying on them. That alone, has us consuming far less than we ever have before. Not only is eating grain-free beneficial for digestion but it’s also helpful for reducing inflammation and stabilizing blood sugar levels (a key component to hormonal balance). 

But if grain-free isn’t your thing, you can also use a whole grain or gluten-free pasta instead of zucchini noodles OR use half zucchini noodles and half pasta if you’d prefer to add some carbs. If Paleo isn’t your thing, you can omit the shrimp and use organic tofu or tempeh instead 🙂 

Paleo Shrimp Linguini

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes 
  • 10 shrimp, uncooked, deveined & tails removed 
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced 
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 lemon, squeezed 
  • 3 big handfuls of fresh spinach 
  • 2 small yellow zucchinis or 1 large, spiral sliced into noodles
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chiffonade 
  • 1/2 cup raw parmesan, grated (optional)
  • sea salt 
  • fresh black pepper

Directions

1. Add olive oil to a stainless steel or cast iron pan over medium heat and saute garlic and chilli flakes for about 1 minute or until fragrant. Add shrimp, a pinch of sea salt, fresh black pepper and cook until done. Remove shrimp and set aside for now. 

2. In the same pan, over medium heat, add pepper, cherry tomatoes, lemon juice and another pinch of sea salt. 

3. Add to the pan spinach and allow the greens to wilt a little before adding in zucchini noddles. Saute everything for only a few minutes. You want to allow the zucchini noddles to soften slightly but you DON’T want to overcook them. 

4. Return shrimp back to the pan just to warm them through.

5. Portion everything out, top with fresh basil and grated raw parmesan, if you wish. Taste carefully for seasoning and adjust accordingly. 

I’m curious, if you’re someone who struggles with digestive issues, have you tried going paleo?

Share with me in the comments below!  

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Garlic Chili Shrimp with Pesto Zoodles

I love a quick and healthy meal. And by quick, I mean a meal you can whip up in 10 minutes! 

This was my lunch the other day. Busy with client calls and lots of writing, I quickly got into the kitchen, perused through the fridge and my eyes landed on the pesto, the zucchini and the bag of shrimp I was defrosting.

I think it can be easy to over complicate food. 

I remember back in my 9-5 work days I would bring in my own lunch to work and everyone would always be peering over my shoulder talking about my ‘gourmet’ lunch. 

Umm… gourmet? Not really. I would just whip together leftovers, like roasted veggies and grilled chicken and apparently it looked gourmet. 

Well, considering that most people in the office were eating fast food and well… crap; my meals looked pretty fancy. They also looked vibrant! You know, real food, real colours and not beige nutrient-less junk. 

Anyhow, you can image some of the ‘health’ conversations that would get stirred up at the office. 

I mean, I was eating real food people. Ain’t nothing wrong with that!

Anyhow, I digress…

Let’s get to this incredibly tasty 10 minute meal. The smell of fresh parsley mixed with garlic and chili is so good. You’re gonna want to eat the shrimp right outta the pan (I sure did!).

Best part is, this meal is incredible for balancing out your blood sugar levels. Ain’t no insulin spikes happening here! You’ve got a bowl full of veggies (zucchini), protein from shrimp and healthy fats. No starchy carbs, just real, simple whole foods. This meal will keep your mood stable and support your energy levels. 

Also, shrimp (make sure to get wild caught) is loaded with selenium, which is an important mineral for supporting the thyroid. 

Ok, let’s get cooking…

So first, you’re gonna need to start with some spiralized zucchini noodles. This is the spiralizer I have here.  If you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t fret! You can simply use a vegetable grater and grate thin slices of zucchini or use a knife to slice it into thin strips, your call.

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If you are using a store bought pesto, make sure it’s organic or at least contains only natural ingredients. If you prefer to make your own, try my detox pesto recipe here. If you’re making it from scratch, now’s the time to whip it up before you get cooking. 

Once you’re pesto is ready to go, chop up 2 garlic cloves, a small bunch of fresh parsley (roughly 2-3 tbsp) and measure out 1 teaspoon of chili flakes. Prepare your shrimp by peeling them and leaving them aside. I used one whole bag (roughly 30 shrimp).

Heat olive oil or grass fed butter in a cast iron pan and once hot, add in shrimp, garlic, chili flake, parsley and fresh cracked black pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until shrimp turn nice and pink. 

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Once shrimp are cooked, remove from the pan and set aside into a bowl.

To the same pan, add in zucchini noodles and pesto and cook on medium-low heat until cooked through, roughly 6-7 minutes. The time it takes to cook your noodles all depends on your preference. You might like them on the softer side or slightly harder and on the raw-er side with a bit of bite. Your call. Cook them to your desired preference. 

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Once cooked, add zoodles to a bowl, top with shrimp and sprinkle fresh parley on top. 

DONE and DONE!

This meal is finger-lickin’ good, healthy and a huge time saver when you feel strapped to get something quick and nutritious on the table. 

As much as a delicious bowl of pasta can be, I really don’t miss it. The zucchini noodles are really filling and satisfying and you can top them with you favourite sauce. 

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Garlic Chili Shrimp with Pesto Zoodles
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 large zucchini's, spiralized
  2. 1 large bag frozen shrimp, defrosted (I used wild caught)
  3. 3 tbsp pesto
  4. 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  5. 1 tsp chili flake (or more if you like it hot)
  6. 2 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  7. Black pepper
  8. Olive oil, for sautéing
Instructions
  1. Spiralize zucchini's and set aside (I used the 1/4 inch blade for a thicker noodle).
  2. Prepare pesto and set aside (make your own or use store bought).
  3. Defrost shrimp and remove shells.
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil. Once hot, add in shrimp, garlic, chili flake parsley and black pepper.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through and nicely pink. Remove from the skillet and place in a bowl.
  6. To the same skillet, add in zucchini noodles and pesto. Cook for roughly 5-7 minutes until desired texture is reached.
  7. Add noodles to a bowl and top with shrimp and fresh parsley.
  8. Eat and enjoy!
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