Dinner in minutes

Baked shrimp are juicy and flavorful


Side Dish

Love Apple Orzo

1/2 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta)

2 ripe tomatoes cut into cubes (about 2 cups)

1/4 cup fresh basil

2 teaspoons olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Place a medium-size saucepan full of water on to boil. Add orzo and boil 9 to 10 minutes. Drain and add tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss well. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 295 calories (20 percent from fat), 6.5 g fat (1.3 g saturated, 3.7 g monounsaturated), 2 mg cholesterol, 10.1 g protein, 49.8 g carbohydrates, 4.1 g fiber, 50 mg sodium.

Main Dish

Baked Shrimp

3/4 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 cup plain bread crumbs

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 cup dry white wine

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place shrimp in a small baking dish just large enough to hold them in one layer. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to make sure shrimp are coated with bread crumbs. Drizzle olive oil over shrimp. Pour wine into baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and turn on broiler. Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese and place under broiler for 15 seconds to brown the cheese and bread crumbs. Watch them carefully as they will brown quickly. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 300 calories (22 percent from fat), 7.3 g fat (1.9 g saturated, 2.6 g monounsaturated), 262 mg cholesterol, 38.2 g protein, 12.2 g carbohydrates, 0.6 g fiber, 428 mg sodium.


Baked Shrimp and a Love Apple side dish is a 15-minute dinner that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day. The cooking method leaves the shrimp juicy, firm and flavorful.

Love apple, La Pomme D’Amour, is the name given to the tomato by the French in the 16th century. It’s also known as the Valentine Fruit.

This meal contains 594 calories per serving with 21 percent of calories from fat.

Helpful hints

• Any type of small pasta or leftover pasta pieces can be used.

• Grated Parmesan cheese is used in both recipes. If grating your own, prepare amounts for both at one time.


• Heat oven to 350 degrees.

• Place water for pasta on to boil.

• Make shrimp.

• While shrimp bakes, make pasta.

Shopping list

To buy: 3/4 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp, 1 container plain bread crumbs, 1 small bottle dry white wine, 1 box orzo, 2 ripe tomatoes, 1 bunch fresh basil and 1 small piece Parmesan cheese.

Staples: Olive oil, salt and black peppercorns

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of over twenty cookbooks including her newest, Fast and Flavorful-Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table and The Flavors of the Florida Key., Visit Linda on her web page at www.DinnerInMinutes.com or email her at Linda@DinnerInMinutes.com, follow her on twitter @LGassenheimer.

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