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Healthy Garlic Lemon Shrimp Orzo

Delicious and healthy garlic lemon shrimp orzo! Under 300 calories and 20g protein

Hey lovelies! TGIF! Today started off on an active note with a morning hike in the heat and ended with some fantastic food.

ocean walk

Before hitting the hills, Kyle and I got breakfast at Starbucks. I had a regular Americano with a morning bun and banana. The morning bun was delicious! Sweet, but not overly so. I would definitely recommend it! Kyle had a ham and swiss sandwich that exceeded our expectations as well :)


Since we’re really smart, we thought of turning on our runkeeper apps to see the elevation changes and distance hiked AFTER being halfway done, but we’re guessing that we covered a little over 4  miles. It was a sweaty, sweaty, sweaty one! We started off with shirts on, but as soon as it was time to trek back up hill, we were ready to rip em off and get our tan on. We live in a really unique area with a chaparral environment. It almost a savannah-like feel to it but the ocean is just a half mile away or so. The trails can take you all around the area, even down to the beach, so Kyle and I are planning on spending a half day or so exploring within the next couple of weeks.



Let me tell you, there’s nothing better after a long hike than a glass of ice cold water! Next time we’ll remember to bring some with us, hopefully.

Now, let’s talk FOOD!

garlic lemon shrimp orzo for under 300 calories!

I’ve been eating this garlic lemon shrimp orzo for the past two days and am in love with it’s simple yet delicious flavors. The lemon and garlic work together fantastically and the dish comes together quickly- perfect for busy weeknights!  

It’s also man approved by Kyle, who says that he could eat this all day long! I love finding recipes that are simple, healthy, and genuinely tasty!

Healthy and light Garlic Lemon Shrimp Orzo!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Garlic Lemon Shrimp Orzo
One of my favorite weeknight meals! Fast, easy, and delicious! Fresh flavors for under 300 calories a serving and with tons of lean protein!
Serves: 8
  • 1 lb Orzo (in the pasta section)
  • 6 tbsps parsley, chopped
  • 1.5 tbsps butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp
  • 8 big cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 lemon, juiced
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic salt (Lawry's is the best), optional
  1. Cook the orzo in salted water until al dente. Once cooked, move the pasta to a bowl and stir in the parsley, plenty of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
  2. While the orzo is cooking, melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan. Add in the chopped garlic and cook for a minute.
  3. Add the shrimp and lemon juice to the pan, seasoning the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste. Let the mixture cook for a minute so the flavors merge.
  4. Combine the shrimp and orzo, mixing to completely.
  5. For added deliciousness, season with garlic salt! (recommended)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅛th recipe Calories: 295 Fat: 5.5g Saturated fat: 1.7g Carbohydrates: 43g Sugar: 1g Fiber: 2.1g Protein: 20g Cholesterol: 116mg


healthy garlic lemon shrimp orzo dinner for under 300 calories!

The simple flavors really shine and the garlic mellows out after being cooked. If you’re a big garlic lover like me and aren’t planning on kissing anyone soon, go ahead and add some garlic salt to the mix as well!

Let me know if you try it out! xoxo Christine

  • sybaritica June 28, 2013, 3:57 pm

    Nice recipe! I just saw orzo in our local grocery store and I have some nice small shrimp that would do lovely in this :)

    • Christine June 29, 2013, 6:02 pm

      Thanks! Let me know if you end up trying it out :)

  • Beth @ Mangoes and Miles June 28, 2013, 5:25 pm

    Sooo…I’m totally jealous that you live in an area where you can hike. Also, you’re beautiful. And considering it’s Friday night and my brain doesn’t exist…that will have to be my comment for the day. :)

    • Christine June 29, 2013, 6:03 pm

      COME HIKE WITH ME!! Southern California is a beautiful place :). D’awwww Beth, you’re making me blush!

  • sugarcoatedsheridan June 28, 2013, 7:32 pm

    Looks like a wonderful hike! I think that Lemon Pasta sounds amazing :)

    • Christine June 29, 2013, 6:03 pm

      It was such great fun! We’ll be hiking those paths again soon :)

  • cakesandbeans June 28, 2013, 9:33 pm

    That hike looks gorgeous!

  • Alyssa @ Road to RD June 29, 2013, 6:39 am

    What a beautiful hike! If you have trouble remembering to bring/drink water on hikes, I recommend buying a camelback backpack. Since they have a straw, I find myself drinking on the whole hike!

    • Christine June 29, 2013, 6:04 pm

      That’s a great tip! Kyle has done a ton of hiking in the past and I’m sure he has one :). We’ll make sure to bring it with us next time!

  • yogachic1212 June 29, 2013, 7:01 am

    Ooooo I kinda want a morning bun now…Does breakfast for lunch still count?? Haha!

  • Kelly Runs for Food June 29, 2013, 7:11 am

    That hike looked so much fun! I live in a really flat area so no good hiking spots :-(. The shrimp & orzo recipes looks really quick and easy. I may have to try it soon!

    • Christine June 29, 2013, 6:05 pm

      Bummer! At least you must have a great area for running! The hills here are pretty killer so running is no bueno

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs June 29, 2013, 8:06 am

    I love hiking! It’s one of christian and my favorite things to do together! :) how lucky are we to both have guys like that?!

    • Christine June 29, 2013, 6:05 pm

      Hah! They’re the lucky ones to have fabulous girls like us ;). Just kiddin’ we both so are! I love having an active boyfriend!

  • jessiebearwhat June 29, 2013, 11:54 am

    Mmmm the orzo looks so yummy! And you’re making me want to go hiking :D

  • Autumn July 1, 2013, 6:51 am

    Mmmm! I really want to make that recipe, but don’t want to print out the whole post. Is there a printer friendly button that I’m not seeing? thanks!

    • Christine July 1, 2013, 7:33 am

      It’s so delicious, I highly reccomend it for a healthy meal :). I looked into getting the plugin that allows for it, but I have to become self hosted first (I’m planning on doing that soon)! If you give me your email, I can email the recipe to you, which would make it much easier to print out :). Thanks for commenting girlie! I love it when a reader posts! :)

  • Allie October 2, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Could I use brown rice or whole wheat noodles instead of orzo?

    • Christine Skari October 2, 2013, 3:13 pm

      I think both options would work great! I personally am not a fan of whole wheat noodles, but if you like them, they would be a good substitute. If you’re using brown rice, you might want to reduce the lemon juice or the dish might be too strong. I think the rice would not need as much flavoring to achieve the same taste as pasta would!

  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green October 10, 2013, 8:19 am

    I bought orzo for the first time a few weeks ago and I love it! It is quick to make and I literally just throw it into soups, chilis, etc. Such a tasty pasta! This recipe looks great.
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  • Autumn Wieland June 5, 2014, 7:17 am

    yum i LOVE orzo now! Made this for supper last night and substituted the shrimp for chicken (shrimp/meat is sooo pricey here :( ) but mmm is was still delicious! So delicious in fact, that I had seconds and was incredibly stuffed for the rest of the night! :)


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