Shrimp Piccata Pasta

Did you see my rant yesterday about having to go to the doctor for my annual? Well get this. I get there and the nurse asked when my last exam was. Which was last year. Then she looked at me like I was a total dumbass and said, “Well you only have to have your exam every 3-5 years now.” So once I got in the doctors office and she looked up my nose and down my throat and listened to my breathing, I asked if I even needed the exam. I didn’t!! Sweeeeeeet. So all my lady bits were kept to myself yesterday! And then I just got my blood taken to check out what my lipid panel looks like. Cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL, and LDL all look great! Boomsauce.

Ew, I hate myself for saying boom sauce.

My new doctor also asked me how many times I work out per week. When I told her 5-6 times per week, she said, “Of course, you’re getting ready for your wedding, you gotta fit in that dress.” Ummmm no ma’am, I’m getting ready for being better at life. That’s why I’ve been working out this often for the past 6+ years. Not for a wedding dress, no no. I’m doing this to live longer, look better, and feel stronger. Not to look better in a dress, but to look better naked. Long term. Plain and simple, ma’am. That may sound vain, which it is, but if that vanity gets me in the gym every day and gets me eating healthier every day which gets me a good looking lipid panel, I’ll take it.

You guys, I am so damn excited for my bachelorette party on Saturday!!!! So far, it looks like it’s going to be 72 degrees here!!! Which means I need a fake tan so I can bust out a crop top and a skirt! It’s been so weirdly warm here in Colorado. It feels like spring but none of the trees are blooming. Like a creepy spring. But you know what spring means? That we need a privacy fence, like yesterday. This chain link, bazillion branch bush look just isn’t really working. I wish you guys could see it. It looks like our entire back yard is surrounded by Groot. Man, I love that movie. But not my backyard looking like it. I wish our property was bigger, but at the same time, holy shaaaaart fences are so unreal expensive! We keep getting quotes then putting it off, mostly because our wedding is so close. But also because we don’t want to write the check. I still haven’t even truly decorated our house and then we are going to give over all of our money just so our neighbors can’t creep on us. It’s not even that, honestly, it’s so Jackson doesn’t fight with the weiner dogs from the house behind us. Small dogs trying to act like they are tough are so annoying, Jackson included in that. Time for a privacy fence means time for peace and quiet.

How did me being excited about my bachelorette party turn into talking about a privacy fence? Ew, being a grown up is the worst.

But hey, you should really make this recipe. It’s super is and crazy tasty. Make it, DO IT NOW!

PaleOMG Shrimp Piccata Pasta


Shrimp Piccata Pasta

  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 zucchinis, peeled and spiralized
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 23 tablespoons capers
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to garnish
  • fresh parsley, chopped (to garnish)


  1. Peel and spiralize zucchini into noodles. Then place on a couple layers of paper towels and place another paper towel on top then let sit while you prep the shrimp. You’ll want it to sit for 5+ minutes to help remove the excess water.
  2. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Once hot, season shrimp with salt and garlic powder then place in the pan to cook for 1-2 minutes per side, until they become pink and the tails begin to curl. Remove from pan and set aside. Add garlic and shallot to the hot pan and sauté for about 3 minutes, until fragrant and the shallot begins to become translucent. Add the butter then once melted, add lemon juice, chicken stock and zest to the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a low boil. Add lemon slices and capers and reduce heat to low. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until lemon slices have softened.
  3. Add shrimp and zucchini noodles to the pan, toss to coat and let cook for another 2-3 minutes, until shrimp is warmed through and noodles have softened a bit.
  4. Serve with freshly cracked black pepper and fresh parsley on top!

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17 thoughts on “Shrimp Piccata Pasta”

  1. This looks delicious and perfect for warmer weather. My husband is allergic to shrimp. Would scallops work instead?

  2. Juli! Your rants are the best, Ha! Just made my morning. I am visiting my family in Colorado this week and totally agree that it does feel like a creepy spring. I am waiting for the green and blooming trees before I get too excited. Enjoy your weekend!!

  3. Ummmm I haven’t heard that. I mean I know pap smears aren’t yearly now, but I was told you still need to be checked out annually. Idk! I need to get some blood work done… avoiding it because I hate needles, but it’d be nice to have a good baseline.

    Our fence was super expensive, but so worth it. We didn’t have a fence at all at our house, so getting one made putting the dogs out WAY easier.

  4. I usually do not respond to blog posts…. but this one DEFINITELY get’s a HECK YES. Everyone always automatically assumes because you work out or go to the gym it’s because your trying to lose weight or be on a diet. How about I am just trying to be healthy? And I like looking good, and feeling good, and being able to LIVE and walk down the block or up a hill for fun without being out of breath? What is wrong with wanted to look good and feel good just BECAUSE? It is not vain, it’s about being confident. I am getting married in October and everyone in my bridal party is on a diet because they want to look good in a dress. It feels good to feel good NOW and not have to worry about looking good/ preparing to loose weight for the future. How about living in the “NOW” moment and not the future…Sorry for the rant. That felt good : )

  5. Same as Amber, I’ve been told the pap is every 3 years if your paps have been clear and you don’t have HPV, but that you still need to get the lady bits looked at every year. Thanks for sharing about your appointment, I just went through this recently, and it’s somehow comforting to know we all do this, and your take is always amusing! I hear ya on the fence expense, ours always seems to blow over when we have a big storm, which happens a lot here in TX, and I get tired of the expense of maintaining a wooden fence. Would rather spend the money on something pretty.

  6. The SAME thing happened to me last year! I went in expecting to be violated only to be told it wasn’t necessary every year anymore! Win!

  7. Just FYI: the insurance companies do not want to pay for the exams every year! They really still should be done annually….you can thank your politician for that. Even though we do not like to have it done, our heath should not be skimped on.

  8. YAY! I JUST got a zoodler (as I call it) yesterday. Cannot wait to try! I love all your recipes! This is the perfect Denver faux-spring dish 🙂

  9. YESSSSSSS! To being healthy and looking good on the reg not just for special occasions. Also, since I started following you on Snapchat my man friend finally understands why I have been following your blog for so long. Happy Friday!

  10. Juli, you’re rad. I love reading your blog and gaining fashion advice. Please do not ever stop just being you, being real, no matter what these tards say. I went to your book signing in San Diego and you come across EXACTLY as you do via the internet (well that doesn’t sound creepy!). But what I’m trying to say is you seem to have a great sense of self and sense of humor, and it is awesome to see the upswing your positive energy in the last year, in particular. You really make an impact for the better in people’s lives– don’t ever think you don’t! So… Thank you!

    The nurse failed to distinguish between the Pap test and a physical. A Pap specifically tests for cancerous cells on your cervix. It’s been determined the test only needs to be done 3-5 years if all previous returned “normal.” However, that decision was politically motivated vice being health conscious. Bottom line: insurance companies do not want to pay for the yearly exam, even though it should be conducted every year in conjunction with your physical. A lot can happen in a year!

    Those lipid panel tests are pretty much bullpoop– they’ve been created so the millions and millions of dollars a year statin industry can prescribe more meds. Those tests of HDL and LDL typically are not specific enough to give an accurate depiction of your true cholesterol levels.

    I think your neighbors could be on the hook to all pay a fair share of the fence cost since they’ll benefit from it as well, right??

  11. I will definitely be cooking this recipe this week! And I’ve got an extra special box of Cappello’s fettuccini in my freezer that has been waiting for a recipe such as this 😉 One question though — I have a bunch of meyer lemons left over from another kitchen adventure. Can I use those in place of the regular lemons? Will it significantly alter the flavor of the dish? Thanks!

  12. I totally know what you are talking about with your doctor. I’ve had them give me that look before. I think it was more along the lines of “I have to see enough vaginas in my line of work, don’t make me look at yours when I don’t have to.” Also, perfect response about wanting to be healthy all the time and not just for the wedding. This post really spoke to me.

  13. I do not want to be the “bubble-burster” here, but fences ARE expensive so I feel the need to warn you that a fence will not make those dogs stop barking at each other. We have a privacy fence and our dogs and the wiener dog still bark like crazy at each other. They stare at each other through the tiny slits between pieces the slats , it is funny but hilarious. Maybe try a privacy fence, a concrete barrier wall, and some recording studio sound-proofing ????.

    Thank you for another amazing Paleo recipe. We have two of your cookbooks and use them all the time.

    1. it hasn’t fixed the issue but it’s DEFINITELY better. they used to try to bite each other through the wire fence, not anymore luckily!

  14. I made this yesterday for lunch. For some reason I thought the zoodles would get soggy quickly & I took the dish off the stove too soon. But so flippin’ what if they were al dente? Serves 4 my ass! The Hubbs & I snarfed the whole lot, save a few shrimp & liquid heaven.

    My lady bits get violated every year. Clearly I am not getting the same memo ’bout that, but am getting the mammo. Then again, I’m 47; you’re not.

    I saw a friend recently at another friends’ son’s college graduation party. She said she thought I was one of her son’s friends because I “Just looked like some skinny blonde” from a distance. After a hug she said, “You’re too skinny. I guess this paleo thing is working out for you. You must work out a lot, too.” Mmmm. No. Actually, I don’t. I didn’t go into detail about how my abs are ripped & my delts & biceps are to die for, & my BMI is 19… After the “You’re too skinny” comment, she followed up with a diatribe about how she needed to do something for herself bla bla bla, what she couldn’t stand about her body erm erm erm…

    I’ve learned to zip it about what I’ve done to better my physical self (which helps all the other “selfs”) & politely nod during these moments. At the end of the day, each person walks through that door alone. It’s an individual, personal journey.

    Thanks for sharing yours, your delish recipes (I wish I could post a pic of the shrimp piccata! – takes up too much bandwidth, I get it), & the hilarity with which you do so.

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