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Nutrition News: Dietary Decline

Charlyn Fargo on

1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

3 cups cooked orzo pasta, preferably whole wheat

Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking, then add the shrimp and cook, turning over once, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the oil remaining in the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and basil and season the sauce with salt and pepper. Return the shrimp to the pan and cook just until heated through. Serve with orzo. Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup shrimp mixture and 3/4 cup orzo).


Per serving: 380 calories; 35 grams protein; 35 grams carbohydrate; 10 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated); 215 milligrams cholesterol; 4 grams fiber; 490 milligrams sodium.


Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian with SIU Med School in Springfield, Illinois. For comments or questions, contact her at or follow her on Twitter @NutritionRD. To find out more about Charlyn Fargo and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at



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