Healthy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta Meal Prep

Savory lemon garlic shrimp with a light parmesan cheese sauce pasta and broccoli for a high protein meal packed with fiber.

Healthy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta meal prep

Why You’ll Love Healthy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Healthy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta has delicious flavors without using lots of butter and cream that add extra calories. The shrimp and chickpea pasta provide protein to help you reach your daily protein goal. The chickpea pasta and broccoli provide carbs and fiber to give you energy while keeping you feeling full longer. The parmesan and milk sauce adds a light creamy taste while providing fat for sustained energy and more protein.

This is great for meal prep because you will look forward to eating it. It will also help you reach your fitness goals as it is high in protein and fiber. One serving provides 39 g protein and 9 g fiber.

Chickpea Pasta

Chickpea pastas are great to use to enjoy the delights of pasta with additional protein. Banza is my go-to brand. I tried a store brand chickpea pasta recently and it turned to mush after 7 minutes of boiling. I will have to try out other brands to see if they are better. You can also find pastas made from lentils and quinoa.

If you aren’t a fan of alternative pasta, then use regular wheat pasta. Regular pastas often contain about 7 g protein per serving. Banza contains 11 g protein per serving.   

Ingredients

  • Shrimp: great source of protein. Use fresh or frozen.
  • Garlic, lemon, Italian seasoning: adds delicious flavor. Garlic is rich in vitamin C and B6. I love using the Dorot Gardens frozen crushed garlic cubes from Trader Joe’s.
  • Chickpea pasta: provides carbs, fiber, and protein.
  • Parmesan cheese and milk: makes a light creamy sauce with some protein. Dairy milk provides more protein. Almond milk can also be used.
  • Frozen broccoli: quick way to add more fiber. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Can always use fresh broccoli instead.   

How to Make Healthy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

If using frozen shrimp, thaw overnight in a bowl covered in the refrigerator. To remove the remaining ice the following day, place shrimp in colander and rinse with warm water.

Prepare the pasta following package instructions. Drain and keep pasta in the pot covered to keep warm.

To prepare shrimp, add shrimp and Italian seasoning in a medium bowl. Zest about half a lemon over shrimp. Add juice from lemon. Mix to evenly coat shrimp.

In a medium pan over medium heat, add olive oil and garlic. Cook garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add shrimp in a single layer and cook for 3 minutes. Flip each over and cook on the other side for another 3 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Turn off heat.

To prepare the cheese sauce, mix milk and parmesan cheese in a medium bowl. Pour over pasta and stir to evenly coat. If eating right away, make sure the sauce is heated up to melt the parmesan cheese. If meal prepping, evenly divide pasta among containers.

To prepare broccoli, fill pot used for pasta with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add broccoli and boil for about 6 minutes or until done. Add broccoli and shrimp to meal prep containers. Top with extra parmesan cheese if desired.

Tips

  • Frozen shrimp are great to use. Will need to plan ahead to thaw overnight or follow package instructions to cook from frozen.
  • If eating this meal right away, make sure you heat the sauce to melt the parmesan cheese. It will melt when the meal is microwaved for meal prep.

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Healthy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta meal prep

Healthy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Savory lemon garlic shrimp with a light parmesan cheese sauce pasta and broccoli for a high protein meal packed with fiber.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 410 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz chickpea pasta (Banza)
  • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb. frozen broccoli

Instructions
 

  • If using frozen shrimp, thaw overnight in a bowl covered in the refrigerator. To remove the remaining ice the following day, place shrimp in colander and rinse with warm water.
  • Prepare pasta following package instructions. Drain and keep in pot covered to keep warm.
  • In a medium bowl, add shrimp and Italian seasoning. Zest about half a lemon. Add juice from lemon. Mix to evenly coat shrimp
  • In a medium pan over medium heat, add olive oil and garlic. Cook garlic for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add shrimp in a single layer. Cook for 3 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side for another 3 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Turn off heat.
  • In a medium bowl, mix milk and parmesan cheese. Pour over pasta and stir to evenly coat. If eating right away, make sure the sauce is heated up to melt the parmesan cheese. If meal prepping, evenly divide pasta among containers.
  • To cook the frozen broccoli, fill pot used for pasta with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add broccoli and boil for about 6 minutes or until done
  • Add broccoli and shrimp to meal prep containers. Top with extra parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes

  • Frozen shrimp are great to use. Will need to plan ahead to thaw overnight or follow package instructions to cook from frozen.
  • If eating right away, then heat the sauce up to melt the parmesan cheese. 
 
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only. This information comes from online calculators. Figures are only estimates.

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 39gFat: 11gFiber: 9g
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