Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

By Stacie Morgan, January 28, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

As January comes to a close, I hope you’re still pursuing your healthy eating habit goals. If you have been looking for a fresh, light, and easy dinner, look no further than this one-skillet meal of sautéed shrimp and power greens.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

It’s colorful AND it tastes great!

The recipe features deliciously seasoned shrimps sautéed with fresh red onion slivers, Cremini mushrooms, bursting cherry tomatoes, and fresh garlic.  The shrimp is accented with a splash of white wine, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and wilted power greens. Even better, it helps you save energy, time, and resources because you can cook it without dirtying another pan or adding more cooking time.

Seafood is always an excellent protein choice for low energy use recipes because it cooks quickly. It is also an excellent protein choice for a low calorie meal because shrimp and white fish like Mahi Mahi and tilapia are low in fat, low in calories, and full of protein!

The important thing is to find ways to prepare things like shrimp that amp flavor levels up without adding a ton of calories. Don’t get me wrong – I love fried butterfly shrimp with a tangy cocktail sauce and homemade tartar sauce, but that meal isn’t something I can eat every week. That’s why I invented this meal!

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

Mmmm…. Fresh greens….

The power green mix I use combines baby kale, spinach, and baby chard. The combination is full of essential vitamins and minerals which the body craves as you exercise and adopt healthy living habits. These greens are seasoned and quickly wilted, as overcooking them reduces the amount of vitamins packed into each bite.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

Such a beautiful plate of food.

Serve this meal with a garnish of diced parsley and a sprinkle of more red chili flakes for an extra punch of heat!

Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

Seasoning Mix Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp. Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. Paprika
  • ½ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Red chili flakes

Ingredients:

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

Mmmm…. Fresh veggies….

  • 1 lb. Fresh raw jumbo shrimp (size 10-13)
  • Seasoning mix from above
  • ¼ c. Red onion slivers
  • ½ c. Cremini mushroom slices
  • ½ tbsp. Pressed garlic (or garlic paste)
  • ½ Pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1-2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • ½ Large lemon’s juice
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh parsley, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp. Dry white wine
  • 4 ½ oz. Mixed power greens (like baby kale, spinach, and chard), or 4 ½ oz. of your favorite greens

Directions:

1) Measure out spices/seasonings and mix together in a small bowl.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

This seasoning mixture really makes the dish come alive.

2) De-vein the fresh shrimp and remove all shell except for the tail (unless you purchased prepared shrimp). Liberally season the shrimp with half of the seasoning mix as shown in photos. Save the second half of the seasoning mixture to sprinkle over the sautéed vegetables and greens.

3) Prep the veggies by slicing red onions into thin slivers, slicing the Cremini mushrooms, cutting the cherry tomatoes in half, and dicing the parsley.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

All this cooking – done right in one dish!

4) Heat a large nonstick skillet or pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil along with the mushroom slices and red onion slivers. Let them sauté for 2 to 3 minutes and then move them to one side of the pan.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

Make sure the shrimp are seared properly and then cooked all the way through.

5) Add shrimp to open side of the pan and sear each side 1-2 minutes.

6) Add in the pressed garlic and mix the shrimp with the onions and mushrooms.

7) Add the cherry tomato halves. Once they begin to wrinkle and release their juices, add the white wine to the dish.

8) Stir everything together and as the wine begins to cook off, move the shrimp and vegetable mixture to one side of the pan again. Sprinkle some of the diced parsley on top of the shrimp.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

Everything is coming together nicely.

9) Add the mixed greens to the open side of the pan. Sprinkle the leftover seasoning on them, and then drizzle the second tablespoon of olive oil over them. Squeeze the lemon juice over everything in the pan.

10) Turn the heat to low and stir/sauté the greens for just 1 minute.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

Whew! Almost time to eat!

11) Turn the heat off and serve.

If you would like to serve some sort of carbohydrate, toss everything together with some al dente angel hair pasta.

I prefer to just serve it as made above with a couple of pieces of crusty French bread from the grocery store and enjoy a complete meal! The pan achieves this garlicky, lemony blush pink liquid at the end of the cooking process from the deep red color of the chard. Spoon a little bit of this flavorful broth onto the plate and use the piece of crusty bread to sop it up. Delicious!

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Sautéed Shrimp and Power Greens

This recipe prepares generous portions for a dinner for two – perfect for a quiet night indoors.

Overall, this dish is full of flavor and color while keeping calories low!

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts recipe ready to help you create delicious, homemade meals while saving energy and keeping effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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