Sunday, June 12, 2011

Gluten grains VS non-gluten grains.

Gluten grains:
Wheat (including whole wheat)

Some of these grains are much less common, yet might be an additive or ingredient in other products that seem gluten free but are not.
Being aware of what is not consumable is half the battle. But its not the most important half. The starting point is to look at what you can have and leave the rest for others to enjoy, enjoying the fact that you will feel better without them.

Now the fun part is finding new foods that you get to experience and have fun with. Here is something that I created and have been thoroughly enjoying.

Lemon Shrimp Quinoa: makes 2 servings, for me it makes 3 small portions. Perfect for eating less it fills you up and is very healthy.
Ingredients :
Extra virgin olive oil, (2-3 Theo)
Garlic (1-2 cloves)
Red Onions (1/2 cup to 3/4 cup)
Sugar snap peas (2handfulls or  a cup and a half)
Shrimp (5-6 or more if you like)
Quinoa (1/2 cup)

I soak the quinoa for about a half hour. It cooks like rice, so after soaking and rinsing several times, I place a half cup of quinoa to boil in about a cup and a half of water, I always do more water than required.

In a seperste little pot I boil up a hand full (5-6) shrimp, till slightly pink these will cook again so don't cook them all the way.

In a non stick pan I heat some extra virgin olive oil (2-3 tblsp measure enough to coat bottom of pan.), throw in minced garlic( to your preference how much and how small/ bigplanet ). I add in about 3/4 cup of sliced onions (again you can mince/chop more/ less or whatever you like here). I let these cook, let the garlic become slightly brown, let the onions turn clear. I than add in the sugar snap peas (about 2 hand fulls)  and the cooked shrimp. (Both as dry as possible.  Cover and let cook for 15-20 min till water is released and steaming peas. At about 15 min ass in about a half cup of lemon juice.

The quinoa has been cooking away. Make sure there is less than 5% of the water left over, than pour the entire quinoa into the pan with the peas and shrimp. There should be plenty of lemon juice left in the pan, let them all cook together uncovered for another 5-10 min till again most of the liquid is absorbed.

When your ready to turn it off take it out of the pan and place in bowl. You can eat as soon as it cools down a Little I like to add more lemon juice.

I hope this gives you all a great idea how flexible you can be and how you can enjoy different types of grains.  This recipe can also be done with rice.

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