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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Your dish looks great!

    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on canola oil. ๐Ÿ™‚

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 http://www.chefshauniece.com
    and the other one is on my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsqlmAnQSl8 so feel free to join in both!

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