I stopped by Von's after having a few glasses of wine with some coworkers for our department potluck. I think it was around 5 when John asked me about dinner. I do remember telling him I'm planning on leaving in 1-1.5 hours, so we could still have dinner together. Checked back and realized it was 9 with hangry text messages. Eeeeppss! I really messed up this time.
Back to Von's, I was trying to find something really good. Not just for him to be happy, but I was pretty hungry myself. After a few strolls, I came across a selection of SeaPak products. I've never paid attention to much frozen foods until recently. I do have a not-so-secret obsession for frozen TV dinners. My dad would always brought home frozen Banquet and Maries Calendar dinners, so frozen meals always had a place in my heart. After cooking one pack with thin spaghetti, I realized how much I underestimated the product.
- 1 12 oz frozen SeaPac shrimp scampi
- 1 1lb of linguine pasta
- 1 lemon
- 2 packed cups of baby arugula
- salt for seasoning pasta water
Pretty simple. Start a pot of heavily salted boiling water to cook the pasta till al dente. On the side, start cooking the shrimp scampi about 4 minutes before the linguine is ready. Drain the linguine and return it back in the pot, throw in the arugula, and then pour in the shrimp scampi. Mix everything all together and serve with the lemon and Tabasco hot sauce.
I layered the pasta with arugula to add some color and more texture. Plus, It's a good way to incorporate veggies in your food. I can honestly say, this shrimp scampi is better than a lot of scampi I've had, even at a fine dining restaurant. The shrimp is smaller, but the butter, garlic and herbs were on point. The flavors were really refined and not something I would expect to find frozen. I went back today, and bought 3 more boxes.
John was extremely happy, and I am not in the dog house anymore.
Everyone wins! Go get a pack and let me know what you think. It was on sale today, 2 boxes for $10! What a steal.