Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli

Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli

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I am back from Portugal! I have been MIA this past week, which I do apologize for.

Portugal was very much different than I thought it would be. It was a bit rainy and a tad bit chilly for my taste, but we did go at a bad time of year.

Can’t really complain too much since the trip was pretty inexpensive since Patrick had to work over there.

Since Patrick was working, during the days I spent most of my time wandering around the streets of Setubal, drinking tons of “cafΓ©”, which is not coffee it is espresso.

Honestly, it was my favorite part of the trip. The espresso was divine. Now that I am back in the states, I can hardly function.

P1050154It is terrible! haha

In Portugal if you just want a coffee you have to ask for it specifically and since I love espresso anyways? I was in good shape.

We did venture up to Lisbon as well and saw tons and tons of castles, which I will post on Facebook eventually.

Another big thing in Portugal is the pastries (pronounced “pash-taysh”).

I joked about it being like in New England where you can throw a rock and hit a Dunkin’ Donuts. Well in Portugal you can throw a rock and either hit a Catholic Church OR a pastry shop.

They are everywhere and they WANT to feed you.

There was a spot close to the hotel, only about a 5 minute walk, that I went every morning and I couldn’t tell you what the name of it was because I can’t pronounce it but they had SO many great pastries to choose from.

My favorite thing that I had there was called a “Rice Cake” (pic below). It looked like a muffin but was more like a mix between cornbread and a yellow cake.


It wasn’t too sweet, but was just right for me and the size was a little more agreeable for me. Everything was SO large, just not my thing.

The fish is also amazing there, it is hard to go to a restaurant and not get fish.

The cheese and bread, also fantastic. And the wine.

The one thing that was really kind of disappointing was that there were like NO vegetables. If you asked for them you got boiled veggies and I’m sorry but boiled veg is not very good.

I was so happy to come home so that I could get back into my normal diet where I eat veggies to excess!

It was odd, I could like feel a difference in myself when I didn’t get to eat how I normally do so I was glad to come back and have something semi normal to eat.

In the spirit of eating healthy, this recipe today is just that. Super healthy, super fresh.

Just perfect to kind of cleanse the pallet that I have so shamelessly filled with pastries (I did go the entire length of Lent without one sweet thing, so I’m not totally horrible πŸ˜‰ ).


Anyways, I am back my friends and hopefully you all had a wonderful Easter and are ready for spring!

I know I am!

I served this with an arugula salad that was tossed with olive oil, lemon juice and a touch of grated parmesan.


Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli
Recipe Type: Main
Author: RavieNomNoms
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Cook time:
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Serves: 4
A simple and fast way to enjoy the tastes of spring!
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425Β°
  2. Cook broccoli in boiling water 1 minute. Drain and plunge into ice water and drain.
  3. Combine 1-1/2 teaspoons rind, juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to combine.
  4. Arrange broccoli and shrimp in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 8 minutes or until shrimp are done.
  5. Combine oil, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons rind, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and crushed red pepper in a large bowl. Add broccoli; toss to combine.
Serving size: 1 cup broccoli, 9 shrimp Calories: 268 Fat: 10 Saturated fat: 1.5 Carbohydrates: 7 Sodium: 571 Protein: 37.3
Original recipe from Cooking Light can be found [url href=””]here[/url].



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  1. I’m glad you had a good trip! I know what you mean though. It’s nice to get back home to healthy meals, isn’t it?

  2. I am so jealous of your trip. Portugal sounds amazing. Great healthy recipe.

  3. I’m so jealous of your trip! Giving up the espresso must be some kind of rock-bottom fall! LOL!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Haha don’t I know it! It has been a little rough. The regular coffee just isn’t doing it for me anymore. I normally only drink a cup of it, but I had to move to a cup and a half on Monday. EEK!

  4. Welcome home! Sounds like a memorable trip despite the weather. And boy, I would miss veggies, too. Love your roasted shrimp dish πŸ™‚

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Thanks so much Liz! I am glad I am home πŸ™‚

      Yes, the veggies was very hard for me. I think I was a rabbit in another life so not having them was pretty rough!

  5. I am glad that you had a great time in Portugal with good espresso and pastries … rainy though.
    The shrimps look so succulent and delish.

  6. Yay, good to have you back!! Looks like a great trip… sorry the weather did not cooperate. Didn’t they get the memo to be warm and sunny everyday. That’s how vacations should be, right. πŸ™‚ I remember my first trip to CA in college for spring break (we expected 70-80 degree days) and it was 50-60 and windy. But you make the best out of it and looks like you did. At least you bonded with the espresso and pastries. πŸ™‚ I may have to hop over to Portugal when (on my bucket list) I visit Spain and Italy.

    Okay… now onto the food portion of the comment. πŸ™‚ Shrimp.. Broccoli…. Yeah… this is happening for me.:) I could eat the whole pan and not feel guilty. πŸ™‚ Hee! hee!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Hi Ramona! Thanks for the warm welcome. I am glad to be back for sure! The pastries are definitely worth the trip

      I know, the shrimp is very tasty!

  7. Welcome back!!! It sounds like Portugal is a lot like Chile – both the weather and the food! I always needd to break after a vacation too… it’s hard work to eat all that food. πŸ˜‰

  8. Love this shrimp and broccoli – so light yet delicious! And so glad you had a nice time in Portugal! πŸ˜€

  9. Welcome back, Raven! Your shrimp dish and the pastries look fantastic. I hope that you enjoyed your trip! Did little bunny miss you? πŸ˜‰

  10. Such an easy, wholesome weeknight meal! This looks so delish!

  11. Haha. I do remember that! I think I ate vegetables for a week straight when I got back home. They just don’t do them over there! I’m glad you’re back but I’m sorry it was a bit cold πŸ™

  12. I always wanted to visit Portugal…glad that you had a great time.
    The shrimp with broccoli looks awesome, simple and healthy.
    Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚

  13. Such a great, balanced meal, Raven!

  14. Portugal, lucky you! It sounds delightful. Well, except the lack of green things, I’d miss them too.
    The dish sounds delicious, very clean and healthful!

  15. I’m a little late in catching up, but I’ve been waiting for this post!! I’m SO glad you had such a great trip!! Portugal is high on my list of places to visit, and with your reviews of the cafe, I’m sold. I loved the coffee (espressos) in Italy, and I’m guessing Porugal is similar. And yes… the pastries!! I never eat them here at home, but I did every day in Europe. I’ll have to search and see if you posted those castle pics!! (I’ve been a bit unplugged the last few weeks, still catching up!)
    Welcome home and I’m so happy you had such a good trip!!


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