14 oz large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
1/4 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups frozen peas, thawed
3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 tsp lemon zest + juice of 1/2 lemon, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water, drain pasta.
Meanwhile, season shrimp with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet on medium-high, heat oil. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and sauté, stirring frequently, until shrimp just begins to turn pink, about 2 minutes. Add peas and sauté until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.
Add cream cheese, lemon juice and reserved pasta water and cook, stirring, until cream cheese is melted and smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon zest. Toss in the pasta and top with basil.
While it’s not traditional to cook jambalaya in a skillet – it’s typically made in a pot – spreading it out helps it cook more quickly. It also means the top can get sprinkled with panko and finished under the broiler, adding a crunch that complements the hearty mixture.
Zucchini is packed with moisture, so be sure to squeeze the flesh dry to remove the excess water. It takes only a minute and will ensure you get perfectly crispy fritters. Don’t worry about peeling the zucchini before you grate it – the peel is loaded with fiber and antioxidants and adds a nice texture to the fritters. Serve with a dollop of tangy sour cream with chives for an ultra-satisfying weeknight meal.