SOURCE: Shrimp Council

July 25, 2011 05:00 ET

Seafood Twice a Week Will Keep Heart and Health at Their Peak

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Jul 25, 2011) - (Family Features) Tired of your doctor giving you that same old "be healthy, eat healthy" speech? Well, meeting that challenge is as simple as adding seafood to your diet twice a week.

The new and improved Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that all Americans, including pregnant women, eat at least two servings (eight ounces) of seafood every week. The Guidelines are updated every four years by The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department for Health and Human Services (HHS).

Wondering how you'll manage fitting seafood into your diet twice a week? Look no further than the nutrient filled, protein packed, super shellfish -- shrimp.

"To incorporate more seafood into your diet, use familiar recipes and swap out the same old protein for seafood like shrimp," said Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD, National Fisheries Institute.

"For example, shrimp is the perfect addition in pasta dishes, salads and sandwiches. And, to make your family's diet seafood-rich, think beyond lunch and dinner. Add shrimp to an omelet for breakfast or to a panini for an afternoon snack for the kids."

Sure to benefit your heart and health, one three-ounce serving of shrimp contains just 100 calories and less than two grams of fat, while also delivering healthy omega-3s and a whopping 20 grams of protein.

This recipe for Shrimp Fra Diavolo is a simple way to spice up a healthy diet with great flavor that will hit the spot and do wonders for your heart. Learn more about the health benefits of shrimp and find more, easy, delicious recipes at www.eatshrimp.com; and visit the Shrimp Council on Facebook at Eat Shrimp.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Serves: 4

1 1/2 pounds medium/large shrimp, peeled, uncooked
1 jar (26 ounces) prepared marinara sauce
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
Crushed red pepper to taste
1 pound angel hair pasta

Rinse shrimp and drain in colander. In large pot, boil water for pasta. Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and reduce heat to low. Sauté garlic until soft. Add shrimp and cook uncovered for approximately 5 minutes on each side, until shrimp turns pink. Remove from heat and reserve. In separate saucepan, heat marinara sauce and season to taste with crushed red pepper. Add shrimp to marinara sauce and keep warm. Add pasta to boiling water and cook for three minutes. Drain pasta and place in serving dish. Top with shrimp and marinara sauce.

Recipe Courtesy of:
The Shrimp Council and "Bob & Joe's Smart Seafood Guide, A Practical Look at Seafood."

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