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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free pasta in this dish and check to make sure the sausage is gluten-free.

 

"Mardi Gras is bars and restaurants changing out all the CD's in their jukeboxes to Professor Longhair and the Neville Brothers, and it is annual front-porch crawfish boils hours before the parades so your stomach and attitude reach a state of grace, and it is returning to the same street corner, year after year, and standing next to the same people, year after year--people whose names you may or may not even know but you've watched their kids grow up in this public tableau and when they're not there, you wonder: Where are those guys this year?"
-Chris Rose, 1 Dead in Attic

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The choice of sausage is key for this dish. You want to choose one that is really spicy but with not too much salt. There are some good national brands on the market and Wellshire is one of the best.

Cajun Spice Blends

There are as many different recipes for Cajun Spice blends as there are Cajuns. There are so many great blends available that I don’t bother to make my own.  Recipes can include any of the following ingredients:

Paprika
Ground cumin
Salt
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Black pepper
Dried thyme
Dried oregano
Cayenne pepper
Cardamom
Caraway seeds
Dried basil
Filé powder
Dry mustard

The one key is to check the Nutrition Facts to see if the blend has salt in the mix.  I have seen blends with as much as 300 mg sodium in 1/4 teaspoon!  Buy a blend with little or no salt.  


 

Cajun Shrimp Penne



Servings = 2 | Serving size =2 ounces shrimp with pasta

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe makes good leftovers. Reheat gently.

3 quarts water
4 ounces whole wheat or gluten-free penne
2 ounces spicy sausage (cut into 1/4 inch dice)
1 small onion (diced)
2 large ribs celery (diced)
1/2 medium green bell pepper (diced)
1 cup no salt added vegetable stock
1 Tbsp no salt added Cajun seasoning
6 ounces shrimp (peeled, deveined, and sliced in half lengthwise)
2 ounces semi-soft goat cheese

Cajun Shrimp Penne recipe from Dr. Gourmet
Place the water in a large sauce pan over high heat.

When it boils add the penne and cook for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

While the pasta is cooking place the sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat.

Cook for about 5 minutes until lightly browned.

Add the onion and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. Toss frequently.

Add the celery and pepper and cook for about 3 minutes. Toss frequently.

Add the vegetable stock and cajun seasoning and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Add the shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes. Toss well, and when the shrimp is pink, remove from the heat.

Drain the pasta and add it to the shrimp with the goat cheese.

Toss frequently for about 1 minute or until the cheese is melted.

Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 2 ounces shrimp with pasta

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 496 Calories from Fat 121
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 12g 22%
    Saturated Fat 7g 27%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 160mg 52%
Sodium 496mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 19%
    Dietary Fiber 9g 30%
    Sugars 8g  
Protein 37g  
Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 75%
Calcium 21% Iron 32%
Vitamin K 23 mcg Potassium 785 mg
Magnesium 145 mg

 

 

 
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