Easy Parmesan Roasted Shrimp

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This is one of those easy dinner ideas that will be perfect for any night of the week. Having recipes like this one on hand is a great way to make sure you're eating healthy food every day. It's so easy to just go for the most convenient items when we're hungry after a long day at work, but these convenient items are not always the healthiest options. Boxed and processed food is often filled with sodium and preservatives that aren't good for us in the long run. Having these types of foods is okay once in a while, but not to eat on a daily basis. Finding easy dinner ideas like this one is a great way to incorporate more healthy food into your diet. Eating lots of vegetables and fruit with some lean protein is a great, whole food approach to living well. One of the best sources of lean protein is found in seafood and fish like shrimp. You can eat fish at least three times a week or more to maintain a healthy diet.

Shrimp is a healthy food that is always great to have on hand in your freezer because they don't take long to cook up, plus they're great for so many different recipes. These little guys are awesome with pasta, rice, as tacos or burritos, and as appetisers too. Shrimp are also a great source of lean protein, they also pack in a lot of vitamin D, and help our bodies to absorb calcium and phosphorus, which is great for healthy bones and teeth. So they are not only tasty but very healthy for us as you can see. They hardly have any fat either which is great. You can find shrimp in the freezer section at your grocery store, or at a fish market if you have one in your area. Try to get organic, wild harvested shrimp instead of the farmed shrimp. You can check the packaging for a little label that says that the shrimp have been sustainably raised or caught out in the wild. It may cost a bit more for these types of shrimp, but it's worth it to know that the animals were treated ethically.

Once you have your favourite type of shrimp, you'll be ready to make your recipe. If you have purchased frozen shrimp, you'll need to let them defrost completely before you use them. The best way to do this is to put them in the fridge the day before you're going to use them so that they can defrost slowly. Otherwise, you can always put them in a bath of cool to luke warm water in your sink while still in the packaging to get them to thaw out quicker. Once they're thawed, rinse them off and then just toss the shrimp with the seasonings including basil, oregano, garlic, oil, Parmesan, and lemon juice, then place it in the oven for 8-10 minutes. That's absolutely all you have to do, and then you have some delicious, savoury shrimp to add to any meal. You could pair the shrimp with a vegetable stir fry made with some zucchini, peppers, and spaghetti squash. Or even some brown rice or pasta noodles. It would even be great over a nice, big salad with some olive oil and lemon juice as a dressing. The other great thing about his recipe is that your kids will most likely love it which is always a plus. So enjoy making this recipe for the first time and keep it on hand to make once a week when you need a healthy, quick recipe for dinner.***

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