Creamy White Wine Shrimp Alfredo

Creamy White Wine Shrimp Alfredo

Today rocks! And it’s not just because I’m sharing this UMM HELLO AMAZING recipe for Creamy White Wine Shrimp Alfredo with you. Today rocks because in addition to this concoction of garlicky shrimp tossed with fettuccine in a velvety white wine cheese sauce, we’re welcoming the 4th class of Blog Partners to The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project (SSBP)! This is our BIGGEST PARTNER CLASS EVER – be sure to click through the links at the end of this post to say hello to them all, and to take a peek at the delicious seafood recipes they’re sharing!

Creamy White Wine Shrimp Alfredo

If you follow Life As A Strawberry, you’ve probably heard me talk a lot about The SSBP. I started it way back in 2013, pulling together a handful of bloggers who agreed we had a responsibility to use our online platform to promote responsible food choices. As food bloggers, we talk about food every day – and it’s important that we also talk about where that food comes from. Today, the SSBP is a certified nonprofit organization, hosting a brand new conference for food bloggers (which, um, you should all come to) this June in New Orleans, and has grown to include nearly 30 active food bloggers and a dozen business and nonprofit partners. I’m so proud of the work we’ve done, and I’m so excited to see what the future holds!

Creamy White Wine Shrimp Alfredo

I often get asked about a single “best” action someone can take to support sustainable seafood, but the truth is there are a lot of grey areas. There are differences between every fishery and we need to take those differences into account in order to make the best choices. Fortunately, we work with some amazing groups that are making that information a lot more accessible. I highly recommend downloading the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch App (FREE, Apple & Android) or the new Audubon Gulf United For Lasting Fisheries (GULF) app (FREE, Apple & Android). Both compile the latest research and third-party certification information to rate different species based on where and how they were harvested. Pull out the app at the fish counter to double check that you’re making a sustainable choice – it just takes a few seconds and can make a big difference. There is also a lot more information on the SSBP website that I highly encourage you to look at.

Creamy White Wine Shrimp Alfredo

But let me tell you about this recipe! It’s easy, it’s total comfort food, and it’s made with Wild American Gulf Shrimp (huzzah!) It comes together in about half an hour, and also there is wine and cheese. It’s the perfect easy weeknight dish, but it’s elegant enough for a date night or dinner party. Dress it up with any veggies you have on hand – I love to add peas, asparagus, broccoli, or even tomatoes – or keep it simple for a classic, creamy shrimp Alfredo.

Don’t forget to click the links below to explore the other amazing seafood recipes being posted today – and welcome this fabulous new class of Blog Partners to The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

I’m a little bit obsessed with this mac and cheese. I mean, what does it NOT have? There’s pasta (!) and roasted butternut squash (!!) and GOAT CHEESE (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and it is SO insanely rich and creamy that you’d never guess it’s made with 1% milk and missing the “traditional” cheddar overload that so often goes into cheese sauces. (Not that cheddar overload is a bad thing. Obvi). But this mac and cheese is incredibly simple and needs only a handful of ingredients to take it over the top.

Roasted Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

I’ve also been really impressed with how well this mac and cheese reheats. Some cheese sauces taste great fresh, but pop ’em in the microwave for meal #2 and suddenly they become a greasy, separated mess. I find with my mac and cheese recipes that adequately thickened milk and a robust enough roux (combined with loaddddds of cheese) generally counteracts that problem just fine. I was a little nervous with this one, though, because – since the butternut squash adds so much thickness and creaminess to the sauce – there really wasn’t all that much milk or cheese in it, and I wasn’t sure how the squash would hold up. Fortunately, even as I polish off the final bites four days later, the sauce retains its richness and creaminess despite all the fridge time and microwave zapping I’ve thrown at it. [Read more…]

Black and Blue Mac and Cheese

I am a firm believer that there are few (if any) things more awesome than mac and cheese.

Black and Blue Mac and Cheese

Except maybe mac and cheese with beer in it. Which, ummmmmm, gotcha covered. [Read more…]

Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ziti

I realized today that the only recipes I’ve shared this year have pretttttty much been pasta, pizza, or things with hollandaise. Have I ruined your New Year’s diet resolution? I’m sorry. But not THAT sorry, because when you eat this roasted red pepper baked ziti you’ll totally forgive me and we’ll all be friends again. (Also, there’s no cream in this recipe! See? HEALTH CONSCIOUS, BAM).

Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ziti

This is a great make-ahead dish: I divided a whole batch into a few individual baking dishes and stored them all in the fridge so I could have baked ziti on demand this week. Grad school classes started again on Wednesday (umm, yuck) and I’ve been in something of an Amazon.com black shopping hole this week picking out new things to help me organize my kitchen and get my cooking life back on track. I can’t wait to show you guys all the fun things I’ve found to help spruce up our teeny tiny apartment kitchen on a broke-grad-student budget! (If you’re interested, you can follow along with #StrawberryKitchenReno on Instagram). Maybe next I’ll “renovate” my closet, since right now my closet is basically a pile of clothes on the floor. BUT BACK TO THE POINT: having ready-made, easy-to-heat up meals has been great this week with all the chaos. [Read more…]

Healthier 30 Minute Chicken Spinach Alfredo

ALFREDOOOOOOO. Is there anything better than pasta that’s drowning in butter and cream and cheese and more cheese? I think not. Is there anything worse for that New Year’s Diet Resolution you’re pretending to keep? Probably also not. But hey, I’ve got you (and our TOTALLY REAL, no-I-have-NOT-been-binge-eating-this-pizza 2015 diet) covered.

Healthy 30 Minute Chicken Spinach Alfredo

I lightened up this creamy, cheese-y sauce by nixing the cream altogether and instead using a roux with skim milk. Chicken and spinach add some protein (and other probably-important nutrients, blah, blah) and some color to the mix, and finally we thin the sauce out a bit by recycling some of our nice, starchy pasta water. Creamy? Check. Something green? Check. Hearty and filling? Check. Ready in less time than it takes to accidentally-on-purpose watch JUST ONE MORE EPISODE of Revenge? YOU BETCHA. Lightened-up, still-creamy, even-has-spinach-so-it’s-basically-health-food, 30 minute pasta Alfredo. [Read more…]