Archive for the ‘Nutrition’ Category

Boston: Participate in GF Website Research

June 15, 2009

A friend found the following on a LiveJournal site.  If you live in a respectable distance to Kendall Square and want to participate in some gluten free research, send these people an email:

Hello!
I’m looking for individuals in the Boston area with Celiac Disease who are able to come in for an hour to my company’s offices in Kendall Square (right by the T) and test a new Gluten Free service we are releasing very soon.
To participate, you must be able to come into our offices in Kendall Square. In exchange for your time, some compensation will be offered. 😀
If you’re interested in testing our service, please reply to shannon@zeer.com with the following information.
Your Name:
When You Started Living Gluten Free:
Your Occupation:
Your Age:
Your City & State:
What Time of Day Works Best?
Thank you! We’re eager to get fresh eyes and opinions. Looking forward to hearing from you 😀

I’m going in sometime this week.  Compensation is a $25 Amazon gift card.  This company, Zeer, I think is fairly new; I saw them hiring on Craigslist not too long ago when I was newly diagnosed, unemployed and trawling websites for jobs.  I almost applied, but then I got my permanent gig, which I am glad to have.

NYC was great, and I got to try a lot of fun GF food.  In other news, the husband and I are attending a Celiac round table discussion at Beth Israel tonight with renowned celiac dietitian Melinda Dennis and others.  This is the first official thing I’m going to as a celiac since being diagnosed in April, since I couldn’t get an appointment with Melinda until late July!  I’ll post a debriefing after the meeting.

GF Recipe: Blackened Shrimp with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Andouille Cream

May 7, 2009

Along with the results of my biopsy confirming celiac, blood tests showed that my Vitamin A levels were borderline low. Possible pesky malabsorption? To boost my Vitamin A, the doctor suggested I eat orange things like sweet potatoes.  Hence the recipe I’m about to share with you.

As most celiacs probably know, and as I’m finding out, grocery shopping has become a big pain in the ass, something I shall blog about sometime in the near future. Nonetheless, I found this yummy (gluten free!) recipe, which pleased both my need for Vitamin A and my husband, who is a New Orleans native.  Enjoy!

Blackened Shrimp with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Andouille Cream (via Big Oven’s iPhone app):

Mashed Sweet Potatoes:

Andouille Cream:

Shrimp:

Instructions

For the sweet potatoes:

In a one-gallon saucepot, add the potatoes and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender. When cooked, strain potatoes. In a large bowl, while potatoes are still hot, add honey, butter, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Mash together and reserve on stovetop with low heat.

For the andouille cream:

In a large saute pan with the olive oil, sweat the garlic and shallots. Add the celery and saute for one minute. Add the white wine, sausage, and thyme. Reduce for about one minute to half. Add heavy cream and reduce mixture by half again. Stir in Cajun seasoning and butter, saute for one minute. Stir in parsley and season. Be sure to remove thyme sprig before serving. Reserve on stovetop with low heat.

For the shrimp:

Dredge shrimp in blackening spice. Season each side of the shrimp with salt and ground black pepper. In a hot saute pan with olive oil, pan sear shrimp. Be sure not to burn the blackening spice, or it will turn very bitter in taste.

For the presentation:

Spoon the potatoes in the center of a serving plate. Then stand three shrimp on the potatoes, with the tails in on top. Lastly, spoon a portion of the andouille cream on top of the shrimp and potatoes.