Looking for a balanced meal? Try shrimp scampi

By Olivia Montes

Elm Staff Writer

Out of all the important adult skills a college student must learn upon graduation, besides how to write an effective, persuasive paper for multiple classes, is how to treat yourself to an appetizing, bona-fide meal. 

From days of high accomplishments to simple, significant milestones, taking the time to reflect on your self while sitting down to a delicious, self-made dinner is important— especially one that not only possesses a tangy sweetness to it, but also an equal amount of nutrients to its name. 

Take shrimp scampi, for example. While it might not be the healthiest choice, it is considered to be quintessential as a rewarding meal for ourselves, especially when we learn how to make it. Full of both beneficial and spoiling ingredients, from loads of shrimp with a delicate side of spinach, it is the kind of dish that delivers both on edibility and self-reward. 

Shrimp Scampi (4 Servings, 20 Min. Total)


–             ¾ stick of butter

–             4 cloves of garlic, chopped

–             ½ cup of white wine

–             ½ pint of cherry tomatoes, diced in quarters

–             ½  pint of grape tomatoes, diced in quarters

–             1 ¼ lbs of deveined and peeled shrimp

–             ¼ cup of chopped flat-leaf parsley

–             1 lbs of cooked pasta of choice (also works with cooked jasmine or white rice)

–             Pinches of black ground pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt for seasoning


1.           Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium to high heat. Add and cook the chopped garlic for 30 seconds. 

2.           Add the white wine and tomatoes into the garlic mixture. Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. 

3.           Add the shrimp on one side and stir into the mixture for 4 to 5 minutes. After time is up, turn the shrimp over and cook for the same amount of time. 

4.           Stir in the parsley for 1 minute and serve over pasta or rice. 

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