New Year’s Eve Randomness

random-thoughts-1This morning I woke up with a bunch of “randomness” in my head – I think it’s time for me to go back to work – so I thought I would share it.


Photo Credit: Elise Bauer, Simply Recipes

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!

Shrimp Scampi
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.

quinoa pastaAnyhow, I saw Quinoa Pasta, and although a bit pricey at $3.49 for an 8 oz box, I decided to give it a try.

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.

2014-homeRandom Though #3:  Shameless Self-Promotion

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Wishing you your best year EVER!!