Random Thought #1: Best Shrimp Scampi Recipe EVER
When we were planning our Free Week menu Deb suggested that we have Shrimp Scampi one night. I was happy to comply – I love Shrimp Scampi and we rarely have it because 1. Deb is not a big pasta fan (and you HAVE to serve scampi over pasta) and 2. I thought it meant a plate laden with butter and wine, and that just doesn’t fit into our food plan all that often.
I was looking through my cookbooks for a recipe and I found this one in my Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook (1996). No butter… No wine… Why not?
It was soooo good!!! Amazing actually!
Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 min
Makes 6 servings
1-1/2 pounds uncooked fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp thinly sliced green onions (I used finely diced white onion)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (I used 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
2 large cloves garlic, minced
Grated parmesan cheese
Heat oil in large saute pan over medium high heat. Cook shrimp and remaining ingredients (except cheese) for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until shrimp are pink and firm. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cheese.
Calories: 145; Fat: 8 g; Carb: 1 g; Protein: 17 g
Random Thought #2: Quinoa Pasta
As I mentioned above, Deb is not a huge pasta fan. I can’t relate… I’m Italian – I’ve been eating pasta since before I could walk and it’s always been a staple in my diet.
However, since the end of August, we have been eating (nearly) dairy-free and gluten-free, and well, pasta is nothing if not GLUTEN.
So, when I was at the market last week, I did some label sleuthing in the pasta aisle. Who knew how many alternative grain pastas there are? Surely not me! I generally buy whole wheat pasta whenever we do have it. I tried Dreamfield’s back in the low carb days and didn’t like it at all. I’ve heard it is better now, but I haven’t worked up the desire to try it again.
Ingredients: Organic corn flour, organic quinoa flour. (I like that!!)
It was REALLY good!! It did clump together like nobody’s business, but who cares – it was DELICIOUS!!! And BONUS: Deb liked it too!
The package says cooking time is 6-9 minutes. I boiled the noodles for closer to 9 minutes, so perhaps cutting it closer to 6 minutes would result in a less “clumpy” product.
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