Being gluten free means avoiding foods that contain a protein called gluten. This protein is found in wheat, rye, and barley. In order to be gluten free, you must avoid eating foods that contain these grains as well as some foods that have other ingredients containing gluten. Gluten free diets can be richer in vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients. There are many delicious gluten free foods available like fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy, and unprocessed meats. Without grains, you are also likely to decrease your consumption of unhealthy carbohydrates. Eating a gluten-free diet can provide health benefits throughout your life. It can reduce inflammation, heal the gut and reduce any digestive issues, and it can also improve concentration and mental clarity. For me personally, following a gluten free diet has made me feel more energetic and connected to my body – and I’m sure it can do the same for you!
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
-1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
-1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
-Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
-1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
-1 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
-1 bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
3. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
4. Add the salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, smoked paprika and cayenne, if using, and stir to combine.
5. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
6. Add the zucchini and bell pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
7. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
8. Place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
9. Serve immediately. Enjoy!