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Spicy Tomato Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash

Spicy Tomato Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash

Spicy Tomato Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash

I don’t post nearly enough recipes using seafood, which is weird because I love the stuff! If I had my way I’d be eating fish and shrimp at least three nights a week. If my husband had his way we’d be eating steak and macaroni and cheese every night. Well neither of us is getting our way and usually we end up eating chicken. On special occasions or when I just can’t resist any longer, I break out the shrimp and make something special, like this Spicy Tomato Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash.

Usually when I cook shrimp I grill it and stick to simple flavors like lemon or lime juice with some salt and pepper. Nothing fancy like this spicy tomato garlic shrimp! I say fancy, but the dish is actually super easy to make and it can be done using only one pan. Any meal that uses minimal dishes is a win in my book!

Aside from the fanciness, great flavor, and use of only one pan, this spicy tomato garlic shrimp is a super fast meal to make too. It is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or great if you want to impress some seafood loving guests. The obvious way to serve the shrimp is over pasta, but if you are looking for something lighter I suggest going the spaghetti squash route. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta and tastes terrific with the shrimp. I also love that you can serve the whole meal in the spaghetti squash shell, it makes for a fun presentation!

Let’s get back to the shrimp and the uber flavorful sauce that it’s served in. The sauce is essentially a marinara sauce with red pepper flakes added for heat and Greek yogurt added for creaminess. Normally this recipe calls for cream or half and half, but I wanted to keep the meal light and healthy, Greek yogurt was the perfect solution.

The yogurt gave the sauce a silky richness and also helped mellow out some of the spice from the red pepper flakes. One tip I will mention is that when you are adding Greek yogurt to something hot, add it off the heat and make sure it is room temperature and not cold to prevent it from curdling in the sauce. Both non fat or 2% Greek yogurt work in this sauce so it’s up to you to decide how rich you want it to be. If your family loves shrimp then this Spicy Tomato Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash is sure to become a favorite!

Add in the Greek yogurt and stir the sauce until it is incorporated and smooth.

Add the shrimp back into the sauce and stir to coat them.

Serve the shrimp and tomato sauce on top of the prepared spaghetti squash.


It is important to add the Greek yogurt off the heat to ensure that it doesn't curdle in the sauce.

UPDATE To prevent the dish from becoming too soupy I have found that when you scrape out the strands of cooled spaghetti squash squeeze the excess liquid out with your hands or wring out using a clean tea towel or cheesecloth, just as you would squeeze excess liquid out of defrosted frozen spinach.

Hi Jaclyn. Sorry I wasn't clear on what to do with the spaghetti squash. You can either shred it and leave it in the squash shells/skin or you can put it into a serving bowl and top it with the shrimp and sauce.

I thought this was really simple and tasted delicious. I only have one problem, and maybe you can make a recommendation to fix it: it got really watery. I'm assuming it was from the spaghetti squash releasing moisture. The leftovers were even more watery. Is there a good way to keep this from happening and diluting the deliciousness?

Hi Nicci, thanks so much for trying out the recipe and I'm glad to hear you liked it. I'm sorry that the dish got watery and you are correct that it was more than likely from the spaghetti squash. I've found that one way to help minimize the wateriness is when you scrape out the strands of cooled spaghetti squash squeeze the excess liquid out with your hands or wring it out using a clean tea towel or cheesecloth, just as you would squeeze excess liquid out of defrosted frozen spinach. I've found that I can often get 1/2 a cup or more of liquid out this way. Hope this helps! FYI I've updated the notes in the recipe to include this tip, thanks for bringing it to my attention. :-)

This was a super easy and tasty recipe. I'm also dairy free so I used a bit of coconut milk instead of yogurt. I also chopped up some chiles in adobo sauce and added them in after the garlic for some extra spice. This will be going in the regular rotation. Thanks!

Made this tonight. It was my very first time to cook spaghetti squash anc I wanted to try something different than using for a spaghetti replacement. It was so super easy and yummy. But I had to use sour cream due to I was out of yougurt abc didn’t know it. Plus I added spinach to the sauce till wilted. We all liked it. Thank you

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The Best Healthy Fast Food Options

Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.

Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.

In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.

Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.

1. Subway

Sandwich with cheese and vegetables

One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.

Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.

Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.

A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.

Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.

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2. Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.

According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.

One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.

Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.

3. Chipotle

Vegetable burritos

Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.

Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.

Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.

For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.

4. McDonald's

McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.

Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.

5. Burger King

Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.

It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.

BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.

6. Wendy

Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate

Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.

Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.

The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.

Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.

With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes

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