RECIPE: Pea Pesto Shrimp Linguine

pea pesto shrimpOne of my clients told me about a fabulous pea pesto recipe. I somehow miss placed the link, but in my usual fashion, I threw a few things together to create my own version, and holy moly this dish was good! (And my presentation gets an A+ too don’t you think? It’s amazing what a little fresh basil and parmesan shavings will do as a garnish.  Accessorize!)

This recipe really goes heavy on the frozen convenience side, for better or for worse, and it goes a little something like this:

15-20 of frozen already cooked shrimp, thawed (get ’em fresh if you can though!)

1 box of spelt or whole wheat linguine (have also made this with soba noodles, which I prefer, but don’t wanna scare off anyone)

1   16 oz bag of frozen peas, thawed

1 large garlic clove, chopped

1 cup of fresh basil, and then some as garnish

1/2-3/4 cup of shaved parmesan (the kind in the tub), and then some more as garnish (see photo)

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 tsp of salt (and them some)

BLEND ALL OF ABOVE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER in a food processor or blender EXCEPT LINGUINE (Boil that, silly!) and SHRIMP (Saute those in olive oil)

add blended contents to hot, strained noodles and mix

place shrimp and garnish atop and serve! But only to people you really want to impress.


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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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