Garlicky Shrimp with White Beans

I got the latest issue of Good Housekeeping magazine on my Nook the other day because I saw Dr. Oz on the front cover and I wanted to see what he had to say inside.


While I was nursing a sore back on my heating pad Sunday afternoon, I ran across this recipe in the magazine.  We happened to have all of the ingredients on hand so I decided to make it for dinner.


I was a little unsure while it was cooking – unsure as to whether or not I’d like it since I’m not always a huge fan of seafood.  However, once it was all put together, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a tasty (and filling) dinner for SuperMan and me.  (the girls wimped out on trying it and ate leftover pizzas – win some, lose some, I guess)

Would I make it again? Absolutely.

What would I do differently? More garlic, more salt (a little) and some type of green (julienned spinach?) tossed in there, I think. And probably use spaghetti as the recipe called for. I used twists on Sunday.

Should you try it? Most definitely, if you like shrimp!

Garlicky Shrimp with White Beans

(adapted from Good Housekeeping Magazine)

12 ounces spaghetti (I used whatever pasta I had on hand)
1 pound shelled and deveined large shrimp (I used frozen medium sized shrimp)
3/4 teaspoon(s) smoked paprika
1 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
1 can (15-ounce) no-salt-added white kidney (cannellini) beans, drained
3 Tbsp minced garlic
1 can (15-ounce) petite diced tomatoes
~1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (more if you like it spicy)
1/2 Tbsp dried parsley
Garlic salt to sprinkle on top as you serve (if you like more garlic flavor)

  1. Heat large covered pot of salted water to rolling boil. Cook pasta as label directs. Reserve 3/4 cup pasta cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together shrimp and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika; set aside.
  3. While pasta cooks, in a large skillet, heat oil on medium-high.
  4. Add beans and garlic. Cook 2 minutes or until garlic is golden, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add tomatoes, red pepper, remaining 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  6. Cook 2 minutes or until tomatoes begin to release their juices.
  7. Add shrimp and cook 4 to 6 minutes or until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
  8. Drain pasta and return to pot.
  9. Add shrimp mixture, parsley, and reserved pasta cooking water; toss until combined.

Original Recipe: Garlicky Shrimp and White Beans Recipe – Good Housekeeping

Menu Plan Monday ~ 23 Aug

mealplanmonday_v2 Got lots going on this week.

So glad I have planned out my menus. We have dance classes on Monday/Wednesday and Friday this week, plus curriculum night/PTO on Wednesday night and a knitting session for me on Thursday evening.

Without the plan, I think we would devolve into eating a lot of junk and fast food. This way, I know my family is getting healthy food and I can control fat, protein, and portion sizes.  Not to mention we have great leftovers for lunches.

As you can see we’re back into the chicken routine.  I’ve been finding chicken thighs on sale at the grocery and substituting them for the breasts in menus where I can. They are juicier than breasts and easier for my tummy to digest. The rest of the family doesn't seem to mind, either.

Here’s what I have planned for the week:

I’ve included links to all the recipes since so many of you have asked me for them.  Most are mine, a few other folks’.  All are posted on so it should be easy for you to access and print.

Join us over at Menu Plan Monday on orgjunkie’s blog – you can get some great ideas for your own dinners and share what you’ve got planned as well!  There are some great recipes over there – I was picking up a few ideas myself this morning that may show up in my own menus in the next few weeks.


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