Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shrimp Scampi over Zoodles (17 Day Diet Friendly)

Shrimp Scampi over Zoodles

One of my favorite recipes is Shrimp Scampi over Linguini. Surprisingly, since I've been on the 17 Day Diet I haven't craved pasta like I thought I would. This is hard to believe since I'm Italian and am used to eating pasta at least twice a week. I'm on Cycle 2 so shrimp is allowed as a protein, woo hoo! I couldn't wait to eat shrimp so my first thought was to make shrimp scampi, without the pasta of! If I can't have my pasta then zoodles or spaghetti squash are my best alternatives. If you are not familiar with "zoodles" they are zucchini spiralized into spaghetti strands. I used my Veggetti to create this zucchini and yellow squash noodles. It's an amazing alternative to pasta. So tonight we had Shrimp Scampi over Zoodles. I crossed my fingers hoping this recipe would taste similar to my original one with linguini. Lucky me it was... Yay!

None of us missed the linguini in our shrimp scampi recipe, including the boys. Seriously it was that good. It was buttery and lemony and oh so yummy. The zoodles, I used zucchini and yellow squash, were soft but slightly firm to be twirled with a fork. The shrimp and zucchini noodles paired really well together. And the combination of the butter, lemon, garlic and dill were the perfect flavors. I topped the scampi with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and extra pepper which made it over the top delicious. 

What I love most about this recipe, unlike my traditional scampi over linguini, is that it's a one pot meal. Everything is cooked in one large skillet and it's ready in under 30 minutes. Perfect weeknight meal. There is nothing not to like about this dish... It's 17 DD Friendly, low carb, gluten free, healthy and nutritious. 

We've all been so busy as a family, being pulled in a million directions, so this was the perfect meal to share together. Great meal + great conversation = great family memories!

Salute to one of my favorite meals Shrimp Scampi but without the pasta and not missing it at all! Now that's a positive food impression.

See other delicious Zoodles recipes:

Shrimp Scampi over Zoodles
Delicious and healthy every bite
Saute garlic in olive oil and butter
Saute Shrimp
Add zucchini and squash noodles
And you have yourself a one skillet meal in under 30 minutes
17 DD Friendly, C2

Shrimp Scampi Over Zoodles (Click to print recipe)

Preparation and cook time: 30 minutes tops!

Serves 4

  • 4 zucchini or yellow squash, figure one per person, spiralized
  • 1 1/2 pound raw shrimp, peeled, deveined and cleaned
  • 2 tb minced garlic
  • 6 tb butter
  • 2 tb olive oil
  • 2 tb fresh dill chopped
  • a couple pinches of red pepper flakes
  • salt n pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • grated parmesan cheese, optional
In a large skillet heat olive oil, butter and garlic over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add shrimp, red pepper, a little salt n pepper and dill and cook for 3 minutes per side. Add spiralized zucchini/squash and mix until it's coated with butter and olive oil. Cook for 5-7 minutes until zucchini is soft but but firm. While the zucchini is cooking it will sweat a lot of water so be careful the noodles don't get mushy. Add some more salt n pepper to taste and lemon juice. Mix well. Plate into 4 bowls and add freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


  1. You have butter in the recipe twice. Was that a typo or are you supposed to add more butter while everything is cooking?

    1. Thank you for pointing out my error! I forgot to delete the 4 tb of butter, it is in fact 6 tb of butter only. I hope you enjoy the recipe:)

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