Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is 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.


"Grub first, then ethics."
-Bertolt Brecht, German playwright

The refrigerator light goes on...

Simple, simple, simple. If you look at most Spanish recipes like Seviche or Tortilla you will find healthy, fresh recipes. They are not what is usually thought of as the Mediterranean diet, but Spanish dishes fall well into that category and offer a break from thinking in Italian.

Hot Sauce

Hot sauce is a catchall term for whatever you happen to have in your pantry. For most of us this is Tabasco but there are hundreds of sauces on the market. One Web site that I know of offers over a thousand different types. The type that you use is entirely dependent on your ability to stand the heat in the kitchen.

The heat of a sauce is measured in Scoville units, a scale that was invented by Wilbur L. Scoville in 1912. His based this on the number of parts of sugar water that it would take to dilute the extract of chilies to the point that there is a barely detectable burn. While this seems a bit obsessive for my taste, pretty much anything over 5,000 scoville units is hot (let alone the sauces that advertise themselves as being 10, 20 or 100 times that hot).

The recipes here use Tabasco because this is the most widely available sauce. Tabasco sauce is rated at 5,000 S.U.. This is equivalent to the heat of a habanero chili.


Shrimp Gazpacho

Servings = 8 | Serving size =1 1/2 cups

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2.

This recipe keeps well for about 48 72 hours.

Serve with a 2 ounce whole wheat or gluten-free roll.


Serve with Waldorf Salad or Thai Cucumber Salad or Romaine with Heirloom Tomatoes with Orange Vinaigrette and Romano Cheese or Onion Salad Tarnier or Napa Cabbage Salad or Cucumbers & Dill in Sour Cream or Cole Slaw or Healthy Caesar Salad or Cucumbers in Yogurt with Mint or Salad with Sweet Soy Dressing and Goat Cheese or Iceberg Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing or Zucchini Salad

1 42 ounce can tomato juice (no salt added)
2 lbs tomatoes (peeled and chopped)
1 lbs cucumbers (peeled and diced)
1/4 cup green bell peppers (diced)
1/4 cup celery (diced)
1/4 cup red onion (diced)
1 1/2 tsp fresh tarragon
3 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tsp Tabasco sauce
1/4 cups red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 lbs fresh steamed shrimp (peeled and deveined)
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Combine all ingredients. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

Add fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 1 1/2 cups

Servings = 6


Amount Per Serving

Calories 120 Calories from Fat 13
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
    Saturated Fat 0g 1%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
    Sugars 10g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 36% Vitamin C 82%
Calcium 7% Iron 14%
Vitamin K 18 mcg Potassium 827 mg
Magnesium 59 mg