A Healthy St. Patrick's Day Meal: Skinny Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Last year, bursting at the seams after another St. Paddy's day feast, I turned to my husband and said, "Why did I eat so much?" With the corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and green beer, I'd slipped into a sort of post-dinner calorie-and-carb coma.  St. Patrick's Day shares much in common with Mardi Gras and Thanksgiving: It's often about over-indulging as much as possible.  But if you can celebrate the holiday with a scrumptious meal and still cut calories and carbs, why not?  

Enter my plan for this year: the Skinny Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo recipe.  Made with low calorie, low carb Skinny Noodles Spinach Fettuccine, it certainly qualifies as abundantly green.  And unlike the traditional corned beef meal, this dish has just 247 calories and 9 grams of carbs per serving. So while I enjoy a healthy meal o' green, I also get mean and lean!

Skinny Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo 
Adapted from a recipe by Cooking Light 
Makes 4 servings


2 packages Skinny Noodles Spinach Fettuccine
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
2 green onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 C (2 oz.) grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 C fat-free half-and-half
3 Tbsp (1.5 oz.) fat-free cream cheese
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Drain and rinse Skinny Noodles thoroughly. Parboil Skinny Noodles for 2-3 minutes; drain and set aside. Combine shrimp, onions, and garlic in a small bowl. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil; swirl to coat. Add shrimp mixture, and sauté for 4 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove from pan; keep warm. Reduce heat to medium. Add Parmesan, half-and-half, cream cheese, and pepper to pan. Cook 2 minutes or until cheeses melt. Combine pasta, cheese mixture, and shrimp mixture. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Per serving: 247 calories, 8g fat, 9g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 31g protein
Weight Watchers PPV: 6
Glycemic Load: 4