Health Mag’s April 2010 Letter from the Editor was all about How to Live the “Natural” Life. What great timing?! In fact, it was the Natural issue. I guess April is a good month to get back to nature with Earth Day and Springtime weather all around. Marissa Lippert, RD gave some easy tips on how to decipher product labels and truly know what’s natural and, more often, what’s not.
1. it has three or more ingredients you can’t pronounce or have never heard of
2. any of the ingredients on the label end in -ol or -ose; that means it’s probably an artificial sweetener
3. it claims to be sugar-free, fat-free, low-carb, light, or double fiber
4. it contains one of these ingredients: high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil.
So, my dinner tonight did contain Worchestershire sauce which does happen to contain high fructose corn syrup, but since it was less than a mere T per serving AND only used as a marinade, I figure it doesn’t negate my Eat Clean/Back to Nature Challenge. Right?
I continued this morning’s French influence into dinner with a cajun inspired shrimp dish. We had New Orleans Style Shrimp and “AIEEE!” they were good! Really, we both loved it and I think it may be one of my favorite recipes.
New Orleans Style Shrimp
3T worcestershire sauce
2T fresh lemon juice
1T butter, melted
2t chopped fresh rosemary
2t chopped garlic
1/2t dried thyme
1/2t hot red pepper sauce (such as tobasco)
1/4t freshly ground black pepper
1/4t ground red pepper
2lbs unpeeled large shrimp
2 lemons, sliced into 1/4 in slices
4t butter, divided
Combine the first 11 ingredients in a large bowl and toss well. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425. Fold 4 (16×12 in) sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil in half crosswise. Open foil. Place about 2 1/4c shrimp mixture on half of each foil sheet, reserving marinade. Drizzle remaining marinade evenly over shrimp. Top each serving with 1t butter. Fold foil over shrimp and tightly seal edges. Put packets on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Peel shrimp at the table and eat.
Nutritional Info: Cal: 323 Fat: 10.7g Protein: 46.4 Carbs: 8.9g
Fiber: 0.8g Sodium: 513mg
We are now settled in to watch last night’s LIFE from the discovery channel. It’s like the new Planet Eath Series. Really interesting.
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