A spicy dinner and a healthy dessert.

On Sunday night, I cooked my first official meal in our new house.

And it was awesome.


Yes, sparkling wine was enjoyed with dinner.  It was, after all, an event (and a dish!) to celebrate.

Spicy Parmesan Shrimp

(slightly modified from this recipe)

Serves 4


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
  • 2 heaping tsp minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • About 36 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3.5 cups uncooked whole wheat penne


  1. Whisk the first 6 ingredients together in a bowl. 
  2. Put the prepared shrimp in a Ziplock bag, then pour marinade into the bag.  After closing the bag, toss it around to coat the shrimp.  Let the shrimp marinade in the fridge (I let mine marinade for about 3 hours, but you can base it on how much time you have).
  3. When you’re ready for dinner, prepare your pasta according to the box instructions.
  4. About 5-6 minutes before the pasta is done cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Dump the shrimp and the marinade into the skillet.
  5. Let the shrimp cook for just a couple of minutes on each side.  Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and then add it to the shrimp mixture.  Stir to combine.
  6. Spoon mixture into bowls, top with parmesan cheese, and enjoy!



This meal came together so quickly, it required minimal ingredients, and it was delicious.


The brown sugar gave a very subtle sweetness, which paired nicely with the slight heat from the red pepper flakes.  Two thumbs up!

And I have to say, I give ALL credit to Jessica for this recipe.  I just changed the measurements of the ingredients, but the recipe was all her.  She’s also the genius behind M&M cookies and Puffy Peanut Butter cookies.  Needless to say, I kinda love her. Winking smile


And to finish this post on a sweet note, how about some ice cream?


Surprise!  It’s actually not ice cream!  It’s banana soft-serve!

I’ve seen this idea all over the web, so I have no idea who first came up with it.  But it’s pretty awesome.

Here’s all you have to do:

1. Put a frozen banana into your food processor.


2. Add about a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter.


3. Pulse.

(And be patient.  I had to scrape the sides and keep pulsing several times before getting the correct texture.)


The result is something that is cool, creamy, and looks just like ice cream.  But it’s not.  It’s a banana.  Smile with tongue out

If you don’t like bananas, obviously, this isn’t the snack for you.  For the rest of you, just try it.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it is!

Question for ya …

What are you doing this weekend?

Ever tried banana “soft serve?”

What is your favorite electronic gadget in your kitchen?

My food processor ranks pretty high.


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31 Responses to A spicy dinner and a healthy dessert.

  1. kaceyjt

    Congratulations on finally getting to cook in your new house! That’s so exciting:) and the shrimp dish looks delicious!
    We have absolutely no plans this weekend, but will probably try to spend time with our fathers…fathers day snuck up on me this year!
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  2. Alyssa @ fit and fun in third

    Banana soft serve is the best, isn’t it??
    My weekend is going to consist of a baby shower, my sister-in-laws birthday dinner, and lots of relaxation! Have a great weekend!
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  3. Theresa

    mmmmmm yet another recipe I need to try, i’m a sucker for shrimp and pasta! i’ve been meaning to do the banana soft serve thing too!! hoping to finally stick the ripe bananas on my table into the freezer and get to work ;)

    this weekend is a lot of family time with both me and kevin’s families…couldnt ask for more. OH and a long run. so basically, the perfect weekend.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Well enjoy your long run and family time! My in-laws are in town, so we’ll have lots of family time, as well!

  4. B @ Crags and Veggies

    The banana mixture looks awesome! My grandparents love to go to steak n’ shake, but as a vegetarian and healthy eater it’s not my favorite place. When I am there though, I love a half banana and half peanut butter shake! Some stores now don’t make banana so it’s harder to find, but it’s absolutely wonderful! My favorite kitchen gadget is my stand mixer. It’s from the 70s haha, but it’s wonderful and gets the job done!

    This weekend I’m escaping with the boy for a weekend getaway! So excited!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Have fun this weekend!! Getaways are the best!

  5. Megan@ The Running Doc

    I always use my frozen bananas to make smoothies but haven’t seen anyone make soft serve! Looks delicious!
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  6. Yellow Haired Girl

    I’ve been meaning to make banana soft serve for a long time, but never have. My sister makes it all the time and loves it. I really need to get on it :)
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  7. amy @ fearless homemaker

    yay for your first official meal in your new house – it looks just wonderful. and i’m intrigued by the frozen banana yogurt – looks like a great idea!
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  8. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Wahoo congrats on your first meal in the house! Plus it looks like a rather great one to start with and many more to come :) I need to make the banana soft serve more often, it really is a great way to end the day
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  9. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Don’t you love the banana soft serve?? Of course it doesn’t replace regular ice cream, but it’s a nice alternative sometimes :) . And seriously…I want you to cook for me! Hope you have a fabulous weekend with the in-laws!! Love ya!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I agree … it’s not a substitute for ice cream. But it’s still really good!!

  10. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    that pasta looks SO good!! i’m definitely adding that to the “menu” next week. ;) i’ve seen banana soft serve all over too, and i still have to yet to try it. that needs to happen SOON too! have a great weekend girl! love ya!
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  11. Jan Petters

    The “ice cream” looks yummy. Will have to try it. Can you then put into freezer for storing?

    • notsodomesticated

      Good question, mom! How about you try it and let me know haha?! ;)

  12. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    That recipe looks amazing. I’ve been wanting an excuse to actually spend money on shrimp and this looks perfect.
    Paul is doing a TRIATHLON tomorrow! So we are gonna go cheer him on. Then Sunday we will pamper him for fathers day! Good times!
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  13. jennifer

    We have made this banana soft serve “ice cream” and we love it, too!
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  14. Nicole

    Banana soft serve sounds awesome! Love bananas in any way, shape, or form!
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  15. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    That pasta looks awesome! I want to try this recipe out too, especially this time of year when I can go down to the docks and get some freshly caught shrimp. Also, I am absolutely *obsessed* with Jessica’s blog. I love her recipes, writing, and personality so, so, so, so much!!! I wish she were my best friend.For realz. I, too, have been devouring the banana soft serve, in fact, I’m pretty sure I made it every single night this week (per the hubs request), but mine is a wee bit different than yours. I just blend up the banana then I top it with a homemade chocolate almond magic shell. Oh.my.word….I want some now!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I’m with you about Jessica … she’s pretty much the coolest person ever. ;)

  16. Michelle @ Nice Lil Saturday

    That banana soft-serve is ingenious! I would definitely have to say my favorite kitchen gadget is my Kitchen Aid stand-mixer; I think every house needs one!
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    • notsodomesticated

      That’s one of my favorites, as well!

  17. Meg

    It’s so exciting cooking that first meal in the new place isn’t it!? :D

    I definitely couldn’t live without my Magic Bullet, so that would be my favourite :)
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  18. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    Yay for your first meal in your new home!!! Sparkling wine was definitely necessary. :)
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  19. Lauren

    I love soft serve bananas! It’s even better if you put a bit of chocolate syrup in there. I have frozen yogurt at a make your own place the other day and thought about your blog. Saying to my husband “It’s sad I’m not taking a photo of this wonderful yogurt creation”.

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha Lauren, you’re so funny! What flavor frozen yogurt did you get??

      • Lauren

        1/3 Peach, 1/3 Blackberry, 1/3 Coconut Chocolate topped with brownie bites, rainbow sprinkles, mini M&M’s, chocolate syrup and a bit of whipped cream. (Mind you I shared 1/2) lol.

  20. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I wish I liked bananas, because it’d be such a good alternative to ice cream (and I crave ice cream every day, basically). I love Jessica’s recipes too!
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  21. Cait @ Beyond Bananas

    Congrats on that delicious looking meal! Yay for cooking a meal in a new kitchen too!

    I love banana soft serve. My father actually bought me a Yo-Nanas (He is crazy obsessed with infomercials..) .. so it is basically just a way to get people to spend more money to blend a frozen banana.. when you can easily do it with a food processor!
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  22. janae@hungryrunnergirl

    FIRST MEAL IN YOUR NEW HOUSE!!! That is so exciting and it looks delicious!

  23. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    Yayyy for cooking in your new house!!! That dish looks delicious. I love banana soft serve – such a cool refreshing treat.
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