If you get a chance to check out Eating Well Magazine, it’s worth a look. I like their recipes. They are often very simple and creative.
This dish from Eating Well takes advantage of summer green beans and combines them with tender shrimp. This is a healthy dish that doesn’t keep you in the kitchen long during these warm summer days.
The original recipe called for two cans of cannellini beans. I thought that was too much, and I was right. As you can see, one can was plenty.
- 4 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 2” pieces
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 pound raw shrimp, 21-25 per pound - peeled and deveined
- 1 16-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed
- 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
- Ground pepper to taste
- 1. Steam green beans in a steamer basket until tender-crisp - about 4 to 6 minutes.
- 2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and paprika and cook until fragrant but not browned. Add shrimp and cook until pink and opaque, about 2 minutes per side.
- 3. Add cannellini beans, vinegar and salt. Cook about 2 minutes. Add in 1/4 cup parsley.
- 4. Divide the green beans among 6 plates. Top with the shrimp. Sprinkle with pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup parsley.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Green beans are high in vitamins K, A, and C, as well as manganese and fiber. Vitamin K is important for bone health, and a serving of green beans provides your daily requirements for this crucial vitamin. They also provide protection against atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory effects that may reduce the symptoms of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Shrimp is low in fat, and higher in cholesterol. Studies show that it can raise HDL and triglyceride levels – good for heart health. It also contains B12, omega-3 fatty acids for anti-inflammatory effects, and selenium, copper and zinc.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 7.99g
Total Carbs: 24.16g
Dietary Fiber: 6.58g
Weight Watchers Points 5
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.