I love using frozen vegetables & fruit in for dinner and dessert - one of my most famous recipes is my Mom's Peach Cobbler which uses frozen peaches! Tonight I decided to make some Shrimp Alfredo but wanted veggies to go with it - so I grabbed a bag of Birds Eye Frozen Asparagus (one of the few veggies my husband will eat) and added them to it! Voila! Dinner with vitamins!
Frozen Food Foundation did a study about frozen vs fresh vegetables - studying and measuring the nutrients in them right after harvest, then 24 hours, then 90 days and found that frozen was generally nutritionally equal to fresh! That's great for me - after a long day at work - it's nice to just grab a bag of veggies out of the freezer and add them to whatever I'm making for dinner and know that I'm still getting all the nutrients as if I'd gone to the farmers market and gotten them fresh.
The alfredo dish I made was pretty simple - let's get into that!
Freezing is like nature's pause button - so it's great when you want to use veggies that are out of season. There's no need to double the cost for fresh - frozen has all the flavor and the nutrients!
This Shrimp & Asparagus Alfredo was quick, simple and nutritious - sounds like a great meal to me. And I had enough leftovers for work tomorrow for both of us!
Shrimp & Asparagus Alfredo
3 c. Uncooked Pasta (Use whatever pasta you have on hand)
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1/4 c. Butter
1 package frozen asparagus (steam-fresh is my favorite)
1/4 c. All-Purpose Flour
1 can (14 1/2 oz) Chicken Broth
1 can (5 oz) Evaporated Milk
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 T Greek Seasoning
1 lb Raw Medium Shrimp - Peeled, Deveined & Tails Off
2 T olive oil
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan saute garlic in butter.
- Microwave asparagus according to package directions.
- Stir in flour until blended; gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened.
- While sauce is cooking, heat oil in a skillet. When oil is heated, add shrimp and saute for 2-3 minutes until white.
- Whisk in the Parmesan cheese until smooth. Sprinkle in Greek Seasoning. Then fold in the shrimp.
- Drain pasta. Add pasta to shrimp mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
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