I had a different post planned for tonight (Finn’s recent eats!!!) but dinner was so good and so easy that I had to share it with you ASAP, especially in light of all of the cooking talk going on around here.
I made a shrimp pasta dish that was ready in under 20 minutes and that Finn LOVED!
This creation was inspired by a recipe that I saw in Real Simple while visiting my grandmother. What I loved about it was the combo of shrimp, kale and pistachios but what I didn’t love about it was the cooking method which called for boiling everything together in one pot. In my mind, the kale and shrimp needed to be sautéed along with some garlic and I wanted to add some things like sun-dried tomatoes, basil and red pepper flakes.
It took me about 20 minutes to make this dinner while Finn crawled around on the kitchen floor. It worked so much better for me to cook dinner BEFORE his bedtime and the extra benefit of how much he loved it was motivation to keep doing this!
Y’all…Finn went crazy over this dinner. I gave him pieces of pasta, shrimp and kale and he ate all of it. The cutest thing was that he “slurped” the flavor/seasoning off of all of it before he ate it. Such a fun reinforcement for me to keep introducing him to new flavors. He seemed to love the lemon/garlic theme that was going here. I even held a lemon out to him after he came out of the high chair and he kept leaning in to suck on it! He really liked that sour flavor! And I think shrimp is his favorite protein. He goes crazy over it.
This dish features bowtie pasta that is tossed with tuscan kale, garlic, shrimp and sun-dried tomatoes. It’s finished off with chopped pistachios, basil and parmesan.
Here’s the recipe!