Often I wait until there is nothing left in the refrigerator to go grocery shopping. With that said, I am also faced with the dilemma of using what is left to create a meal with it. Tonight I had some help from my son and this is all it came down to it.

Son: Mom, what’s for dinner tonight?
Mom: Honey, open the refrigerator
Son: Ok!!! So…. (staring at the refrigerator) what’s for dinner?
Mom: Open the vegetables bin and tell me what we have
Son: Tomatoes, carrots, broccolis, basil, parsley, thyme….
Mom: Well… That, is what’s for dinner tonight.
Son: All vegetables???? But I am hungry.
Mom: No worries, I can add some pasta or rice to that, what do you prefer?
Son: Pasta and not all those veggies
Mom: Sorry!! Veggies it is ( happy smile)
Son: Mom, remind me of this conversation next time I ask what’s for dinner.
Mom: Why?? This is fun
Son: … Yes, mom…. I am happy you are having fun….

Dinner was created as I was going along and that was fun, and yes, he ate it all if you wonder and asked for seconds. Indeed, I am a happy mom.

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Shrimps and Pasta Surprise

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shrimps and pasta surprise
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 0.25 yellow onion 1/4 thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 2 heads broccolis 2 heads, florets separated broccolis
  • 4 carrots 4 peeled and made into ribbons carrots
  • 1 garlic 1 peeled garlic clove
  • 2 tbsps olive oil 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes 1 container, halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 flat-leaf parsley 1 tablsepoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp basil 1 tablespoon julienned basil
  • 1 pound shrimps 1 pound uncooked, deshelled tail off shrimps
  • 1 pound pasta 1 pound bucatini pasta


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a full boil and add the pasta. Cook the pasta according to package instructions for timing. 2 minutes’ prior of the end of cooking add the broccolis florets into the boiling pot. Drain and set aside.
  • Add the carrots and parsley. Stir and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes and the shrimps and mix well until the shrimps are cooked thru.
  • Sprinkle with basil and add the pasta with broccolis.
  • Mix well and serve hot.


Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 734mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 10660IU | Vitamin C: 28.7mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 4.6mg

Giangi's Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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