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Shrimp is a great source of astaxanthin, a red pigment in the carotenoid family. Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that may prevent cell damage and improve immune function.
Asparagus is packed with nutrients, including folate, vitamin K and fiber. Asparagus is also high in antioxidants, which may help to lower inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancers.
Polenta is made from corn, a whole grain. Whole grains provide energy to the body and can help power you through tiring days.
Preheat Oven Preheat oven to 425°F. Cover two baking sheets with a layer each of parchment paper.
Cook Polenta Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized sauce pan. Stir in the polenta and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until the polenta becomes soft and smooth, about 25 minutes.
Prepare Asparagus Meanwhile, prepare the asparagus by placing spears, with woody ends removed, on a parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzling with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Roast Asparagus Roast asparagus for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears.
Prepare Shrimp While asparagus roasts and polenta cooks, prepare the shrimp. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Once melted, add the extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice and fresh herbs.
Marinate Shrimp Add the raw shrimp to the bowl and stir well, coating the shrimp in the herb mixture.
Pour Shrimp On Baking Sheet Pour coated shrimp onto the other parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake Shrimp When asparagus is done, remove from oven and cover to keep warm. Lower oven temperature to 350°F. Bake shrimp for 9-14 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp, or until the shrimp are opaque in color and springy to the touch.
Combine & Serve When polenta is done, stir in the extra virgin olive oil, feta cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice. Plate polenta and top with roasted asparagus and baked shrimp. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired. Serve and enjoy!
Omit shrimp and replace with diced chicken breast, adjust cooking time accordingly.
Omit feta cheese and replace with a dairy-free cheese.
Purchase frozen, peeled, deveined shrimp. Simply thaw in the refrigerator or in a colander under cold running water.
Purchase pre-minced, jarred garlic.
Purchase lemon juice instead of squeezing fresh lemons.
Use 1 tsp each of dried herbs instead of fresh.
Top with an alternative steam-in-bag vegetable option, like broccoli.
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