Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Shrimp Fra Diavlo (plus a Banana Tree!!)

This was good but not great, it might just be because it was HOT today and this didn’t seem to be what my body was craving. Andy said he enjoyed it though, smart guy :P

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  • 3/4 pound whole wheat pasta of choice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves (3 ounces), coarsely chopped

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente and according to the package directions.

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While the pasta is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for an additional minute. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato paste, the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the shrimp and spinach and cook, stirring, until the shrimp is just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the drained cooked pasta to the sauce and toss well until combined.

Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

The pups however didn't mind the heat a bit, they thoroughly enjoyed sunbathing this afternoon.

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Look what I found, a BANANA TREE!! Snikroc Farm, where I picked blueberries a few weeks back, announced that they had banana trees available for $15, plus you get a free banana split at their softserv stand. Though our yard is small, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to own one. These were grown in their greenhouse this summer and I expected them to be 2-3 feet tall. Imagine my surprise when I saw that they were taller than me!!

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How fun is that!?! I’ll be reading all about banana trees now and was told that they should produce fruit next summer! It seems like the most important things are to keep them in the sun and well-watered in the summer and mulch them with a thick layer to keep them warm in the winter.

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