When you have a deficiency in iron, it can lead to lowered immunity, feelings of fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, dry skin, and fuzzy thinking. Luckily, there are many healthy food sources of iron, and many delightful recipes, making it easy to boost your intake of iron. This delicious iron-rich recipe of garlic pasta with shrimp and vegetables is sure to fill your tummy and help with your daily iron intake.
An Iron-Rich Recipe: Garlic Pasta with Shrimp and Vegetables Recipe
• 6 ounces of spaghetti
• 12 ounces of deveined and peeled raw, sustainably-caught shrimp, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 carrot, thinly sliced
• Half a head of red leaf lettuce, chopped
• 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
• 1 bunch of trimmed and thinly sliced asparagus
• 3 cloves of chopped garlic
• ¼ cup of chopped parsley
• 1½ cups of plain yogurt
• 1 ¼ tsp of Himalayan pink salt
• ½ tsp of freshly ground pepper
• 3 Tbsps. of lemon juice
• 1 Tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil
1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat.
2. Turn down the temperature and add in the spaghetti and cook for 2 minutes less than what’s designated on the package directions. You need to take 2 minutes off the total cooking time for the shrimp.
3. 2 minutes before the spaghetti is finished, add in the shrimp, bell pepper, and asparagus and cook until the pasta is tender and the shrimp is fully cooked. This should take 2 to 4 minutes.
4. Remove from burner, and drain well.
5. In a large bowl, mash the salt and garlic together until a paste forms. Then whisk in the yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and parsley.
6. Toss pasta mixture to coat the pasta, and mix in the chopped lettuce. Serve sprinkled with the desired topping, if any (i.e., goat cheese, pine nuts, etc.).