Happy Saturday!! Oh how my Saturday’s have changed. It’s interesting how your life changes when you don’t drink anymore. By no means did I really drink much before, but our usual Friday or Saturday nights would consist of a restaurant patio, a glass of wine and appies. But with an alcohol-free lifestyle now, in combination with our home renovations starting up again, we are too beat by the end of the night to want to go out. So we’ve traded in the overpriced drink menus and greasy appies for our own patio, a cold beverage and some homemade grub. And I gotta admit, I don’t miss going out one bit. I’m more than excited to take my bike out for a ride tonight followed by some relaxing on our patio. I’m starting a new trend I think…. Girls gone Mild.
So if your staying in for the night as well and want a tasty and easy dinner, this pasta salad is a must! It gives all the satisfaction of a pasta dish without all the heavy and fatty cream sauces. The shrimp adds a great lean protein and with kidney beans and fresh spinach, it’s a far cry from unhealthy. So here is a non-alcoholic cheers to all my mommy-to-be’s and exhausted husbands. Happy Saturday night!
- 3 cups bow tie pasta
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp minced fresh garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 pkg medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
- 1 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- 2 Tbsp chopped capers
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
2. Combine juice, mustard, and garlic in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in salt and pepper.
3. Heat coconut oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp to pan; cook for 2 minutes or until done. Stir in spinach, kidney beans, red onion, capers and toss to combine. Add the pasta and juice mixture to shrimp mixture and toss.
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. ~ Jim Rohn