Gluten-Free Shrimp Spinach Fettucini Pasta

July 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Recipes Fast Easy

A fast and easy fancy dinner to make is gluten-free fettucini pasta with shrimp and spinach.

The delicious noodles I often use are gluten-free Tinkyada Fettucini.

Boil the water. Put in the pasta. Stir, so it doesn’t stick together. Shortly after the water turns white and the noodles are limp, drain the noodles from the water.

While the noodles are cooking, put 1 to 3 tablespoons of butter and/or olive oil in a metal pan (don’t use non-stick), on low to medium heat, hot enough to cook, low enough not to smoke or burn food. Put your frozen or fresh peeled shrimp tail-off into the pan. 20 shrimp is a good number to match up with one packet of pasta. Squeeze 1/4 lemon on the shrimp. Dabble salt, pepper, garlic powder (or real garlic diced), basil (dried or fresh), and paprika.

Squeeze 1/2 lemon on the drained noodles.

Add the lemony noodles to the butter/oil and shrimp. Stir. Add rinsed clean spinach leaves. Add some more of same spices to noodles and spinach. Stir. Add about 5 tablespoons of finely grated parmesan. Stir until cheese is melted and evenly distributed. Add 4 tablespoons of milk. Stir continuously on low to medium heat until creamy.

Once you get the hang of this one, it is really fast, easy, and yummy. No more than 20 minutes to prepare. Great date night dinner.

The Beet Dozer Versus Red Bull

July 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Recipes

This is my homemade chilled Red Beet Bulldozer Dirty Chai that I call the Beet Dozer, a gluten-free energy drink.

My homemade Beet Dozer beats Red Bull because you will not have a heart attack or go on a hypoglycemic shooting rampage six hours after drinking it.

Red Bull ingredients are: carbonated water, sucrose, glucose, sodium citrate, taurine, glucuronolactone, caffeine, inositol, niacinamide, calcium-pantothenate, pyridoxine HCl, vitamin B12, artificial flavors, colors. Some brands have aspartame, acesulfame K, sucralose, or coca leaf.

Beet Dozer ingredients are: tap water, organic beets, Trader Joe’s organic whole milk, organic free trade coffee beans from Costco, Raw Agave Nectar, and Celestial Seasonings Chai Tea [Rooibos African Red Tea, Black Tea (decaf available), Cinnamon, Roasted Chicory, Ginger, Coconut, Cloves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Paprika, Black Pepper, and Chinese Star Anise].

Instead of the refined sugars, chemicals, and empty calories of Red Bull, with the Beet Dozer you get energizing cleansing nutrients from red beets, a good caffeine fix from the coffee, some alkaline milk to calm your stomach acid, and delicious natural spices to fulfill your randy taste buds.

Why on Earth Did I Make the Beet Dozer and How?

Like most things I make in the kitchen, it is a combo of scraps that turn into a happy accident of tasty flavors.

As an actor, I had been up since 2:30am for a movie set call time of 4:00am. I was off work and home by 10:30am and was thinking how I needed some sort of pick-me-up to make it through the next 12 hours.

Synthetic substances do not appeal to me.

Cleaning the kitchen, I noticed the great value of what remained scattered on the counters. Before I cleaned the pot from the beets I just boiled, I put two Celestial Seasonings Chai Tea bags in the remaining scalding hot water to steep.

To the 2 cups of the steeped Red Beet Water Chai Tea, I added the last cup of Muddy Coffee from the coffee press that was sitting on the counter from my husband, plus a cup of Organic Whole Milk, and 2 long squirts of Agave Nectar sweetener. In a recycled glass beverage bottle, I shook up the concoction and put it in the refrigerator to chill.

The beets I boiled I used in a salad.

Why Red Beets are Great

  • Flavonoids
  • Anticancerous
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, suppresses Herpes
  • Anti-ulcer
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Good for blood circulation
  • Folic Acid keeps you younger
  • Red poop is exciting

Red Beet Uses

  • Fever
  • Constipation
  • Virus
  • Lethargy
  • Red coloring (make-up, clothes, etc)

You can eat boiled beets, drink beet juice, or use the boiled beet water for tea or coloring.

Don’t drink the Beet Dozer everyday because it could make your stomach too acidic and it might be high in sodium from the beets, but once in a while, for a healthy anxiety-free alternative to mass produced energy drinks, the Beet Dozer Dirty Chai will make you feel alert.