Not bitter sweet…

Mooonday mooorning…blaaah.

But the next time you have a second in the morning for a divine breakfast, I recommend you try yesterday’s breakfast for something new and delicious! You can read all about it and see its glamor shot here.

And here is yet another recipe I can blame John for. 😉 Until several months ago, I’d never cooked with Arborio rice. Now, it’s regularly on the menu and is a huge Mr. Prevention pleaser!

Pan-Seared Shrimp and Arugula Risotto from Cooking Light May 2010

4  cups chicken stock
2  tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1  pound  large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2  teaspoon  salt, divided
1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/2  cup  chopped shallots
6  garlic cloves, minced
1  cup  uncooked Carnaroli or Arborio rice or other medium-grain rice
1/2  cup  dry white wine (Chardonnay)
1/2  cup  (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2  tablespoons  butter
3  cups  baby arugula
1/2  cup  thinly sliced fresh basil


Bring chicken stock to a simmer in a small saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add shrimp to pan; cook 1 minute. Remove pan from heat; set aside.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic to pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 1 minute or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup stock; cook 4 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion of stock is absorbed before adding the next (about 25 minutes total). Stir in shrimp; cook 1 minute or until done. Stir in cheese, butter, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Remove from heat; stir in arugula and basil. Yield: 6 servings; 1 cup each.

Nutrition Information (per cup): 344 calories; 13.4 g. fat (sat 4.8g, mono 5.8g, poly 1.5g); 139 mg. cholesterol; 521 mg. sodium; 30.3 g. carbohydrate; 1.9 g. fiber; 26 g. protein

Result: This was really good…except wilted arugula gets very bitter. I think I would substitute in asparagus or spinach instead.


I received a lot of questions about canola oil and processing after my coconut oil post last week. I am planning to do a post on this topic sometime this week —  I think there’s a lot of myths surrounding canola oil and I want to set the record straight! Keep an eye out!

Also, we haven’t had a Q&A in a few weeks, so please email your questions to me at [email protected]! I have several in queue and I’d love to answer yours, too!

Question: What was the best thing you ate all weekend?

Have a healthy, happy week :-D,

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  1. May 3, 2010 / 6:58 am

    The best thing I ate this weekend was actually a barley risotto. 😉

    Your dish looks great!

    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on canola oil. 🙂

  2. May 3, 2010 / 7:25 am

    I had a weekend full of good eats, especially after attending a cooking class on Friday night. I am going to go with Shrimp Ceviche as my favorite thing I ate this weekend!
    The risotto looks really good Nicole!

  3. May 3, 2010 / 7:28 am

    As always, you do a wonderful job. The shrimp look wonderful and the dish looks very colorful.

    The best thing I ate this weekend was shrimp diavalo, which was wonderful too, but the best part…under 500 calories!!!

    As always,

  4. May 3, 2010 / 7:47 am

    I adore risotto. I could care less for regular rice, but when it comes to risotto, I am obsessed!

  5. May 3, 2010 / 7:48 am

    That shrimp and risotto looks amazing!

    I have only made risotto once before but may need to try that recipe.

  6. May 3, 2010 / 7:52 am

    That looks so good and creamy! The best thing I ate were buffalo wings. I went to a friend’s wedding in Buffalo and couldn’t miss the original buffalo wing!

  7. May 3, 2010 / 8:47 am

    That sounds fab! Can’t wait to try it!

  8. May 3, 2010 / 9:03 am

    Risotto looks delicious, i have never tried with prawns so far but looks very good…last weekend i ate chicken tikka & veg pilaf..

  9. May 3, 2010 / 9:17 am

    Arborio rice is great. I love how it gets so creamy. I don’t use it as often as brown rice because I can’t just leave it on the stove and let it cook for 45 minutes while I do other things. But when I’m feeling a need for a change, I love using it and making it really creamy. Those shrimp look yummy!

  10. May 3, 2010 / 9:43 am

    That looks like a great recipe!!! I think the best thing I ate all weekend was a turkey panini with brie, caramelized onions, and mango chutney. It was delicious, and not just b/c it was my post-10-mile race meal! 🙂

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  11. May 3, 2010 / 9:45 am

    The best thing from the weekend has to have been sweet potato fries + Vegan BBQ baked beans + vegan mozzarella cheese melted on top

  12. May 3, 2010 / 9:49 am

    Oh yum! I can’t wait to read information on canola oil.

  13. May 3, 2010 / 10:12 am

    I love risotto! Especially with asparagus, peas, mint, and lemon. YUM! Perfect for a summer evening 🙂

  14. May 3, 2010 / 11:28 am

    I was just wondering out loud (with my aunt) about the possibility of having outgrown my shrimp allergy since I haven’t had any in so long. Wishful thinking, I’m sure.

    The best thing that I had all weekend was a turkey burger with vegetable casserole on the side.

  15. May 3, 2010 / 12:09 pm

    I’ve never cooked with Arborio. I’ll have to remedy that soon with this recipe!

  16. May 3, 2010 / 12:09 pm

    I am SO glad you are posting about canola oil. I’m all kinds of confused about oils now!

    Best thing I ate this weekend….some of my dad’s birthday cake. White cake, white buttercream icing – Mmmm. 🙂

  17. May 3, 2010 / 2:26 pm

    That recipe looks great! I love risotto but my family isn’t so sure! The best thing we ate all weekend was definitely bar-b-que chicken. It turned out really well.

  18. May 3, 2010 / 2:35 pm

    My husband needs to read your blog, because he would love your recipes. Best thing I ate this weekend: pasta from the cooking class I went to.

  19. May 3, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    I went out to eat this weekend and had an amazing canneloni, sooooo good. YUM.

    The risotto looks great and I think your substitutions sound better.

  20. May 3, 2010 / 3:13 pm

    That looks amazing! The best thing I ate this weekend was a grilled portabello mushroom stuffed with sundried tomatoes and goat cheese!

  21. May 3, 2010 / 3:20 pm

    I made the spring vegetable risotto last night from that same CL issue! Except I reduced the amount of Parmesan cheese to 1 ounce – I had really good Parm so a little went a long way – so creamy good though!

    Oh, and I added green apple to mine – loved the combination of flavors!

  22. May 3, 2010 / 3:32 pm

    Oh! Your shrimp risotto looks so yummie, creamy…the best thing I ate this weekend was the kabob at the local Persian restaurant 🙂

  23. May 3, 2010 / 3:38 pm

    I love shrimp so much!! This dish looks awesome, Nicole!!

    Best thing I ate all weekend was the meal Andrew grilled for us last night. It was awesome!! 🙂

  24. May 3, 2010 / 3:44 pm

    Best meal this weekend was definitely Saturday morning breakfast: egg white spinach omelet filled with cream cheese and avocado, fruit salad and freshly baked whole wheat olive oil bread. It was heavenly 🙂

  25. May 3, 2010 / 5:09 pm

    I’ve been seeing a lot of shrimp lately, and I think it’s a sign that I need to make some! 😉 I’m looking forward to the info on canola oil, since that and olive oil (depending on what I’m making) are my go-to oils.

    By the way, I’m so happy you’re making spaghetti quiche! Let me know how you like it! 🙂

  26. May 3, 2010 / 6:06 pm

    Best thing I ate – pineapple. My grandma brought a fruit platter with chocolate dip to parents house for a snack during the hockey game. It was the best pineapple Ive ever tasted. I may have stolen the leftovers and taken them home! 🙂

    I have never, ever had risotto before can you believe that? Either way that dish looks amazing! Your husband is one lucky man. I NEVER cook for my boyfriend (unless he buys the groceries). He brings his own dinner when he comes to my house because I just dont have it in me to cook for two people. lol Im awful I know!

    • Nicole
      May 3, 2010 / 9:36 pm

      You need to try it!!! So easy and delicious!

  27. May 3, 2010 / 6:19 pm

    That risotto looks amazing!

    Secret to my garden- 1.) mushroom compost soil + chicken manure mix, 2.) LOTS of rain!

  28. May 3, 2010 / 6:56 pm

    I love shrimp with risotto! Its such a great combo.

    The best thing I “ate” this weekend was a margarita. Does that count? 😉

  29. May 3, 2010 / 9:00 pm

    You’d think you’d be thanking me not blaming me for the risotto. I mean a happy husband is good isn’t it ?!

    Best thing…..herring in mustard sauce…seriously.

    • Nicole
      May 3, 2010 / 9:31 pm

      I’m just kidding! Risotto is pretty phenomenal! And I have you to THANK for that!

  30. May 3, 2010 / 11:47 pm

    oh that recipe sounds pretty good!

    best thing i ate… hmm nachos with stirfried veggie and mexican blend cheese on top of them… yum!

  31. May 4, 2010 / 1:38 am

    When my Cooking Light issue arrived a few weeks ago, I bookmarked that risotto recipe too! I’m glad to hear it was as tasty as it looks!

    Best thing I ate this weekend? Fresh banana muffins for breakfast. 🙂

  32. May 6, 2010 / 4:09 am

    Wow, I am just in awe of your site, such delicious recipes and B-E-A UUUUtiful pictures.
    Now I am absolutly love shrimp, so my mouth started watering as soon i saw the picture, but i was just wondering could I make it without the dry white wine, would it still taste awesome

    the best thing i had all week calamari from the Redondo beach pier.

    PS I’m having not one but two giveaways one on my blog
    and the other one is on my youtube channel so feel free to join in both!

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