In our current economic times, cost saving meals are becoming very popular. This meal cost under $10 to serve five people, with a small dish for a leftover snack too. It is very simple to make and quite fulfilling. It’s also a healthy choice to boot.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi with Baby Spinach


  • 1 box (16 oz.) linguine
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 bunch diced green onions, divided (white part/green part)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 lb. large shrimp
  • 8 – 10 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese


Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, return to pot and toss with butter.

While the noodles are cooking, using a medium skillet, saute the garlic and the green onion (white part) in the olive oil then let simmer. When the pasta is ready, add the shrimp and lemon juice, spinach, tomatoes and green onion (green part) to the skillet. Cook the shrimp for about 1 minute, or until pink, then turn over. Cook 1 – 2 more minutes until the shrimp are pink through. Do not overcook however, or your shrimp would be rubbery. Toss shrimp mixture with linguine and place on plates. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan.

Makes 6 – 8 servings, about 1 3/4 cups each. And your calories will run you right at 300 for each 6 serving.