Recipe: ‘Pasta’ La Vista Shrimpy

I’ve been doing Weight Watchers since the beginning of January and have lost 20 pounds so far! I’ve had a few weeks of just maintaining and really want to see some progress this week.

But of course by dinner tonight I was low on points and groceries.

I decided to make up a shrimp scampi-ish recipe out of stuff I had in my fridge.

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Specifically, I wanted to try out this Skinny Pasta that is only 1 point for the whole bag. I’ve seen people use it on Instagram and was curious if I could really get the feeling that I’m eating pasta for only 1 point! It’s not sold everywhere, but I was able to find it at Fresh Thyme.

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When I cook, I measure some things, eyeball other ingredients, and just kinda hope for the best.

I decided to make the dish with chicken too for added protein.

First I cooked up the chicken breast and sauteed it with Himalayan pink salt (no idea if it tastes different, I just liked the grinder at Trader Joe’s), black pepper, and a little olive oil.

Once it was cooked I put it aside and in the same skillet heated 3/4 a cup of fat free chicken stock, and a bunch of minced garlic (maybe 3 heaping tablespoons?). I have no idea how to really cook with chicken stock but I figured it would cook down a bit if I let it simmer.

Then I added a few chunks of thawed red bell pepper and the shrimp.

While that was all workin’ together I followed the directions for the skinny pasta. You had to drain it from this water in the bag…rinse it for a minute under warm water…then sautee it for 2-3 minutes.

Well I did all that… and once everything was combined, I added a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

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The results were basically terrible. The flavor was great, the chicken and shrimp were cooked, but the skinny pasta was inedible. It was hard but chewy, and the texture was kind of like a soagy version of those decorative wiggly things that comes with sesame chicken.

I have no idea if I cooked it wrong or missed a step, but it was not successful.

I ate the chicken and shrimp and just threw the rest away.

Not an ideal meal to start off the weekend but at least I tried something new!

I’m counting the whole meal as 3 points since it was basically just chicken stock, garlic, and olive oil.