Shrimp is the New Saturday Night Special

Going out or ordering take out on Saturday has been a long time favorite of our family and many others. Dean and I have come to love this dish. While it is amazing, it is quick to make and very affordable. I did some comparisons of prices at the end of the recipe. Check it out. 

Saturday Night Special

1 pound medium shrimp (I use frozen)

salt to taste

3-4 garlic cloves or 1 Tablespoon garlic

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

2 cup spinach

Heat a pan to medium heat. Add the olive oil and sauté the garlic until you see the edges begin to brown. As soon as the garlic starts to brown, add the shrimp, tomatoes, and spinach to the pan. Spread the shrimp out evenly to cook. Cook until shrimp turns pink and the spinach is very wilted.

Total cost for this meal,

$5 for the shrimp, remember I used the frozen

$.25 garlic, probably even less.

$1.50 for the cherry tomatoes. The package cost $2.98 but I didn’t use it all.

$ .75 for the spinach. I’m just guessing here. The package was huge and I only used 2 cups. After this meal I’ll still have the tomatoes and spinach to make a salad at another time. I used olive oil and lemon juice that I had in my cupboard and fridge already.


$7.00 Total cost for this meal for two. It takes under 10 minutes to make too!

1 serving contains, 1 serving of protein, and 2 servings of vegetables.

Compare to a sub sandwich picked up at a convenient location

1 Large meatball sub $5

1 small bag of chips $1.19

That is $6.19 without tax for just one person. (potato chips are not a veggie)

About the author

Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

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