Naptime Nosh: Bucatini with Shrimp & Lemon Dill Aioli

So what is a Nap Time Nosh?

A meal designed to satisfy the inner food lover, passable as a dish from a restaurant, and made in minutes so you can take advantage of nap time as much as possible.

Becoming a mom isn’t easy and one of the hardest things to come to terms with, for me, was the change in our meal routine.  I no longer had endless amounts of time and all the burners on the stove going when cooking.  The kitchen is a playground for me and I love being creative, taking my time, and starting over if something didn’t work out.  Of course I can do that on occasion if my husband and I aren’t starving and can wait until the little peanut is tucked away in her crib but most nights I do miss that creative freedom and tinkering when making a meal.

In an effort to bring back a bit of that creativity, I’ve been experimenting with lunches that I can put together quickly once my daughter has gone down for a nap.  I’m not talking basic sandwiches here.  I’m talking about something worthy of a page in Food & Wine Magazine or a foodie Instagram account.  The requirements?

  1. Satisfy my foodie creative side.
  2. Assemble/cook in minutes so I can use the bulk of nap time as my heart desires (usually the heart desires curling up with a good book but the brain is concentrating on the basket of laundry).
  3. No shame or guilt in store bought ingredients.

Another bonus here is I can enjoy some foods that my husband doesn’t care for without giving them up entirely or feeling guilty that his dinner is being pushed around his plate.

Ladies and gents, I introduce to you the first Nap Time Nosh.  A quick pasta dish with shrimp, lemon, and some aioli that comes together in minutes and tastes oh so good.

Bucatini with Shrimp & Lemon Dill Aioli

Naptime Nosh: Bucatini with Shrimp & Lemon Dill Aioli

Serving Size: 1

Mama Shortcuts

If your shrimp is frozen, add to a bowl with some warm water to thaw while making lunch for the littles

Set a pot of water on to boil (back burner if you've got kids who no longer nap running around!) before you start the last diaper change and cuddles before nap time.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz bucatini pasta
  • 4 oz shrimp
  • 2 tbsp lemon dill aioli (mine is from Aldi but I also love this one from Stonewall Kitchen)
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • Zest and juice from 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Reserve a few tablespoons of pasta water and then drain pasta.
  3. Stir in shrimp, aioli, and dill. Add in a little bit of pasta water at a time to thin out the aioli and form a sauce.
  4. Transfer pasta to a bowl and top with lemon juice and zest.
https://www.thelovelyloulous.com/2018/07/11/naptime-nosh-bucatini-with-shrimp-lemon-dill-aioli/

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