Kid-Friendly Shrimp

Need a quick and easy dinner solution? I know I do!

kid friendly shrimp

After a long, busy day, what I need is a quick and easy dinner that doesn’t require a lot of thought or steps. Prepping, cooking, and cleaning up the kitchen in less than half an hour? That I can do.

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Sometimes the simplest recipes surprise us. No big fancy ingredients—all of the ingredients were already in my freezer and pantry! My husband and I couldn’t stop eating it, but sometimes with picky eaters, they might not want to try something new. They might just see the shrimp and say no. Presentation can be everything for picky eaters, so taking this recipe and making it into a “nest” will bump up the appeal for sure!  You can even have your kids help make the nests, or help spoon the shrimp mixture into the nest. Just calling it a nest worked in my house. ;)

Have some leftovers? Put them in a thermos for lunch the next day!

Shrimp Nests

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  • 4 ounces dried angel hair pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup cooked baby shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Sauté the garlic and bell pepper with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the shrimp, lemon juice, salt, and black papper.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes more, or until heated through.
  5. Drain the pasta and return to the pot.
  6. Toss the pasta with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  7. Use a fork to twirl the pasta into nests on each serving plate, then spoon some of the shrimp mixture into each nest.


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About Michelle

Michelle is married to her college sweetheart David and together they have a beautiful daughter and a cute puppy. She has a love for baking, breakfast foods and presenting her daughter’s lunch in creative ways. In her personal blog, Creative Food, she shares fun and creative bentos and lunches that she makes for her daughter.