Garlic Shrimp Risotto

INGREDIENTS

1lb raw shrimp, large – shelled/tailed/deveined
5c chicken broth, low salt
3/4c white cooking wine
1t thyme (optional)
1/2c carrots, large chunks (optional)
1 stalk of celery, large chunks (optional)
7T unsalted butter
2T garlic, minced
1/2t crushed red pepper
1c onion, finely diced
1lb asparagus, chopped (optional)
1-1/2c Arborio rice – also sold as Risotto or Italian rice
1T dry parsley
1/4-1/2c parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

PREP

1. In a medium sauce pan bring broth, 1/4c wine, thyme, carrots, and celery to a simmer. Reduce heat, cover and keep hot. I like to simmer for 30-40 minutes for flavor.
Optional: Add some shells to this for more flavor!
2. In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2T of butter. Add 1T of garlic and the crushed red pepper. After the garlic and red pepper cook for 1-2 minutes, add shrimp. Saute until shrimp begin to turn pink…about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2c wine. Simmer until the shrimp are cooked through….about 2 more minutes. Remove shrimp only, placing them in a bowl. Drain liquid into another small bowl. Set both aside.
3. In same large skillet melt the remaining 5T of butter over medium heat. Add diced onion and remaining 1T of garlic. Saute until onion is golden, about 5-6 minutes. Add asparagus and rice. Stir to coat, about 2-4 minutes.
4. Drain EVERYTHING from your broth mixture. Add 2c of broth mixture to rice. Simmer until broth is absorbed, stirring almost continuously. Continue adding broth 1c (or ladle) at a time, stirring often and simmering till the broth is absorbed before adding more, about 20-30 minutes.
5. Add reserved shrimp cooking broth. Cook till rice is tender and creamy…about 4-5 more minutes.
6. Add parsley, parmesan, and shrimp. Give it a good stir and remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.

I know, labor intensive…but so worth it. This can be a side or a main course!

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Korean Beef & Broccoli

INGREDIENTS

1lb lean ground beef, ground turkey, or chicken
1 medium to large onion, cut in 1/2 & chopped
1/2c brown sugar
1/3c soy sauce (I use GF)
1T sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4t ground ginger
1/2-1t crushed red peppers (how spicy you want it?)
12-14oz frozen broccoli

White Rice – prepare per package directions

PREP

1. Heat in large skillet over medium heat and brown meat with garlic in the sesame oil.
2. Heat in medium skillet over medium heat and cook down the onion with a little EVOO. (optional: start cooking onions first, add a little salt, and allow them to caramelize)
3. Drain all of the fat and add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, red peppers, to the meat. Simmer a couple minutes and then add onions and broccoli.
4. Serve over steamed rice.

optional: if you choose to have your sauce thickened, add 1T of corn starch to 1/8c water and add to the meat before adding onions and broccoli.

face-N-body | moisturizer | gluten-free

GF Body/Face Moisturizer

INGREDIENTS

1c Unrefined/RAW Shea Butter
1 to 1-1/2c Almond Oil, Grape Seed Oil, or Coconut Oil
1/3c 100% Aloe Gel
10-15 capsules VitaminE (optional)
20-30 drops Argan Oil (optional)
15-20 drops Lavender, Citronella, and/or Tea Tree Oil (optional)

PREP

1. In double boiler, on low, melt/liquify your shea butter. Once melted, add coconut oil (any other oil can be added later). Mix till everything is liquified. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat.
2. Place bowl containing the melted shea butter in the refrigerator for 1 hour. It needs to set-up.
3. Add aloe, vitamin E, and any oils. Mix with hand mixer for appox 5-10 minutes. It will become light and fluffy. Store in your favorite/accessible container.

– I have yet to find a pump that will work so I go for a jar that is the same size, or larger, at it’s opening than at the bottom.

More info about:
Shea Butter
Coconut Oil
100% Aloe Gel
VitaminE
Argan Oil
Lavender Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Citronella Oil – Added during mosquito months.

DISCLAIMER: I started making my own cream when I could not find a local available gluten and fragrance-free cream that worked for my dry/eczema covered skin. Winter I will use 1c shea butter to 1c almond oil. Summer I’ll use 1-1/2c almond to 1c shea ratio due to seasonal dryness. I am not medically trained in any way. Started researching ideas and went to basics. It’s been over a year now and my skin is much healthier than it’s ever been. Other than the Shea Butter (Amazon – link in ingredients), all ingredients are purchased at my local health food store.

Flourless Oatmeal Muffin Goodness

Oatmeal Goodness1. These started as cookies.
2. I don’t own cookie sheets, only baking stones.
3. My dislike for baking = fail
4. Try again = WIN

INGREDIENTS

1/2c unsalted butter, softened OR sub in coconut oil
1c PB2
1/2c water
1/2c sugar
1/2c brown sugar
1 ripe banana
2 eggs
1t vanilla
3c old fashioned oats, gluten-free
1-1/2t baking soda
1/2c almond meal
1/2c unsweetened coconut
1/2c cacao nips (super food)
1/2c chocolate chips
– OR just use 1c chocolate chips
ADD-INS
1/2c dried cranberries (optional)
1/2c chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2c shredded carrot (optional…then you’d need to add allspice, nutmeg, coriander…YUM)

PREP

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix butter, PB2, water, sugar, brown sugar, and banana till smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix.
3. Add your oats, baking soda, almond meal, and coconut flakes. Mix till everything is moist. Do not over mix.
4. Hand mix in your chocolate/berries/etc.
5. If using cookie tins, rock on. Otherwise, grab your muffin tin (mini or small) and coat with coconut oil. Add a small spoonful of batter for each muffin.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min depending on the size of your muffin. If doing cookies, 10-15 min will do!

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Refried Beans

INGREDIENTS

3c dry pinto beans, rinse to clean
water, veggie broth, chicken broth (you choose!)
1/2 medium onion, don’t chop…just peal outside layer/skin
2T minced garlic or 4 garlic cloves. If using garlic cloves, remove skin and add whole.

OPTIONAL

cilantro, dry or fresh
black beans instead of or in addition to pinto
salt
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PREP

1. Add beans to slow cooker. Add enough water/broth to fill the slow cooker 3/4 of the way full. Add onion and garlic (as well as any other additional items).
2. Cook on low until beans are soft, about 8-10 hours OR about 6hrs on high…stir occasionally during cooking process. You may have to add more water/broth as beans absorb liquid, so check on them periodically.
3. Strain beans or pour off juice; saving the juice in a separate bowl.
4. Use a hand blender/pureer to mash the beans. Add additional juice as needed for the consistency you want. You’ll want to leave them slightly runny because they will thicken as they cool off.

Black Bean and Quinoa Burger

Black Bean & Quinoa BurgerINGREDIENTS

1c quinoa (any color. pictured is red)
2c liquid (water or broth…if broth, add an extra 1/4c)
1t roasted garlic powder
– new fun item in my kitchen.
1t dried cilantro
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1T+ EVOO
1/2c peppers (any color)
1/2c yellow onion
1t garlic powder
2 eggs
1/2 to 1c gf bread crumbs
Salt
Pepper

PREP

1. In a medium sauce pan add quinoa, liquid, garlic powder, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil, then simmer for 15-20min…till liquid is gone. Set aside and allow to cool.
2. In a saute pan add EVOO, peppers, and onion. Saute till onions are translucent, about 10 min.
3. Mash black beans till there is just partial chunks. Not smooth, but not whole beans. You need something to hold it all together. Add sauteed mix, garlic powder, eggs, and 3 cups of the cooked quinoa. Add 1/2c bread crumbs. Mix. This should easily be made into a patty with out being overly sticky. If you need more bread crumbs, add and remix.
4. On a skillet, add a bit more EVOO. Place patties on medium pre-heated surface and grill for 5-7 min on each side, or until crispy.

Bun, bagel, toasted bread, or naked…top with your favorite toppings.

Optional items: carrots, corn, fresh garlic, different type of bean, different spices (basil & oregano or a Thai blend?)

Pizza Dough | Gluten-Free

INGREDIENTS

3c gluten-free flour mix
4-1/2t baking powder
1t kosher salt
1/2t garlic powder or roasted garlic powder
2T EVOO
1T honey
10-11oz luke warm water (you’ll need to eye this one)

PREP

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix all dry ingredients with a stand mixer and paddle attachment. Once mixed, make a well. Add all wet ingredients. Mix on low till well mixed.
3. Using additional EVOO, coat your pan. Press dough firmly into place.
4. Bake dough only for 15 minutes. It will crack and look dry.
5. Add your sauce and all your favorite ingredients.
6. Bake just until your cheese is melted. Wait 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!