Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

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.


"Aromatic plants bestow no spicy fragrance while they grow; but crush'd or trodden to the ground, diffuse their balmy sweets around."
-Oliver Goldsmith, Novelist

The refrigerator light goes on...

I love these flavors. The aromatics of the cumin, cinnamon and paprika go so well with the veggies and shrimp. This is the perfect dish for a chilly Fall evening.


This spice is the dried inner bark of evergreen trees that are in the laurel family (such as bay laurel). There are three types. Cinnamon harvested from the Cinnamomum zeylanicum tree that is native to Sri Lanka is a softer and sweeter spice with a paler color. Because Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon, this is usually referred to as Ceylon cinnamon.

Cinnamon from the Cinnamomum cassia tree found in the Far East, as well as the Indonesian Cinnamomum loureirii tree, is bolder and more pungent.

The most common spice used in Europe and the Americas is the cassia cinnamon. It is darker than Ceylon cinnamon. Often cassia will be labeled from its country of origin as Chinese, Vietnamese, Sumatra, or South America.

In stick form, you can tell the difference between Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. The former curls inward from both edges, forming a sort of double stick, while cassia curls only from one edge.

As with any spice, buying the whole product and grinding it yourself is the surest way to get a fresh flavor, but that's not always practical. I have both stick and ground cinnamon in my cupboard. I generally use the whole product when I am going to grind other whole spices for marinades or rubs. 


Moroccan Shrimp

Servings = 4 | Serving size =4 ounces shrimp with sauce

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.

This recipe makes good leftovers.

Serve with Easy Couscous or Brown Rice

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion (diced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 large red bell pepper (diced)
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1 lb shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1/4 cup parsley (coarsely chopped)

Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes until the onions begin to soften.

Add the pepper and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, salt and pepper.

Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the shrimp and cook for about five minutes.

Add the parsley, stir and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 4 ounces shrimp with sauce

Servings = 4


Amount Per Serving

Calories 214 Calories from Fat 53
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 9%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 336mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
    Sugars 7g  
Protein 25g  
Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 90%
Calcium 14% Iron 30%
Vitamin K 71 mcg Potassium 703 mg
Magnesium 74 mg