Monday, January 30, 2012

Scampi Bachelor

Hi friends!  I hope you've had a fabulous Monday.  I've been working away on a presentation that I'm giving tomorrow on nutrition for marathon running.  It's been a little daunting since it's a topic I'm familiar with but not so much so that I'm an expert.  Luckily, the presentation will be very basic and as always I'm using sound resources!

This afternoon, I did an at home workout with the help of my Core Fusion Lean & Toned workout DVD.  I am obsessed with Core Fusion - it's very very similar to Pure Barre - and the at home DVD's are incredible.  I've decided that I want to stretch my PB classes as far as possible, so in the meantime I'm planning on supplementing my live classes with at home Core Fusion and Pilates/Yoga at LA Fitness.  If you love PB, you can test out Core Fusion without spending any pennies, as some of the DVD's are available on Hulu for free.

Since it's Monday, you know what that means... The Bachelor is on!  Tonight is the skinny dipping episode that we've been waiting all season for.  I have to say, that I haven't even watched it yet and I've already lost so much respect for Ben.  He has all these other women that are also there for him - what a stupid thing to do - if I was one of the other women, I would most definitely pack my bags and be out of there.  Seriously, Courtney has spun him in so deep... what are your thoughts on the Courtney/Ben situation hmmm?

Anyway, in honor of The Bachelor, I just had to create a simply fabulous meal to serve.  Now, a few weeks ago, I blogged about how I was going to challenge myself to only eat the food I had in my house.  It worked for a few days - but I started running out of staples like fruits and veggies.  I must say I am much more aware of the prices of items that I put in my cart and I have been watching sales like a hawk.  Yesterday, I decided that today I would open a box of gluten-free linguine that's been hanging out in my cabinet for months...and I would thaw the last of my Langostino tails.

So, you might be wondering, what is Langostino?  In the simplest of terms, it's kind of like a mini lobster.  It's closer in family to a crab, but it tastes like lobster.  I swear to you.  In fact, you've probably had it before as a lot of restaurants sell dishes with Langostino and call them "lobster" dishes.  I always purchase Langostino tails from the frozen section of Trader Joe's - they are usually around $10 for a bag which contains 4 servings.  They come already cooked, so just heat them and you're good to go!  I decided to turn mine into a scampi... because who doesn't love shallots, garlic, olive oil, butter and wine?  Valentine's Day is coming up in a few weeks, so you can always pin this recipe and double it to impress your sweetie :)

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Langostino Scampi


1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1/2 shallot, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic, minced
3/4 cup Langostino tails, thawed
1/4 C sauvignon blanc
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp dried parsley
1/8 cup asiago cheese
1/4-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2-3 oz gluten-free linguine or angel hair pasta

1. Bring pot of water to a rapid boil - add pasta - cook about 7-8 minutes until al dente. Check your brand for cooking instructions, as they can be variable.
2. Melt olive oil and butter together in a small saucepan (if doubling, use medium size) over medium high heat.  Add shallot, cook until translucent - about 2-3 minutes.
3. Add garlic, cook until golden - about 1 minute.
4. Check Langostino tails for any lingering veins (they will be dark), remove with tip of knife. Lightly season Langostino with salt and pepper, add to the pan, cook about 30 seconds.
5. Add sauvingnon blanc & lemon juice, simmer 2-3 minutes until sauce slightly thickens and Langostino are heated through.
6. Serve scampi over linguine. Fold in dried parsley, asiago cheese and red pepper flakes to combine.

Itty bitty bites!

Pure amazingness

See you tomorrow :)  Have a great evening!!!

What are your thoughts on The Bachelor?