What did you do to celebrate birthdays as a kid? We probably went out to eat some years, but I mostly remember mom cooking whatever I chose. She'd make little individual sized cheesecakes to send with me to school, back in the day when you could actually have birthday treats at school celebrations. For dinner she'd make shrimp scampi over rice with tons of garlic and clarified butter. She'd stand over the stove and skim the top of the butter as it clarified. It was always delicious. I mean, anything soaked in butter and garlic is not going to taste bad, right? But hers was definitely a special treat.
Now I love making shrimp on weeknights, it cooks so quickly, it's the ideal protein for nights when you don't really want to cook. I've simplified the process of making this delicious meal, and I've bumped up the nutrition a bit by adding greens and swapping out the rice for caulirice. So now this can be a weeknight meal instead of saving it for special occasions.
One Pot Shrimp Scampi
- Make the cauirice in a large pan, then put it into a large serving dish.
- Using the same pan, set it over medium heat and add 1T of the ghee to the pan to melt.
- Sauté the broccoli or kale in the ghee until it's tender-crisp. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Add the greens to the caulirice and stir to combine.
- Put the pan back over medium heat, and add the remaining 1/4c ghee.
- Once the ghee has melted, lightly sauté the garlic, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
- One the garlic is fragrant, but not yet browned, add the shrimp to the pan. Stir to coat the shrimp with the garlic and ghee. Add the pinch of salt and pepper.
- Cook the shrimp for about 3 minutes, until they’re pink, but still soft. Do not overcook these!
- Pour the shrimp and garlicky ghee over the caulirice. Top it off with some fresh parsley if you've got it.
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