Anti-Inflammatory, Paelo, Low-Carb, Gluten Free, Dairy Free Optional, Vegetarian Version Available
I sometimes watch the Food Network or the Cooking Channel to get inspired and learn new cooking techniques; one of my favorite chefs to watch is Giada. She always makes everything look easy and I'm often drooling at her magnificent creations - but as with a lot of Italian food, her dishes are often filled with loads of gluten and dairy - both things that I don't and can't eat.
I had never made a cioppino before watching Giada makes hers that day and WOW- this classic and easy Italian soup is packed with flavors and will warm your body up from head to toe. When I wrote my recipe, I was sure to capture her traditional flares but added some additional fiber and nutrition like white beans and chopped kale to make this a nice, well rounded dish that can stand by itself. One of the unique flavors in this dish is fennel, if you've never tried fennel, don't be afraid...check out our Health Benefits of Fennel blog to get more comfortable and learn how to chop it up. This recipe was a HUGE hit in my house and I know it will be in yours as well!
Italian Chicken Sausage & Shrimp Cioppino
(PRINT ANTI-INFLAMMATORY RECIPE)
(PRINT CLEAN PLATE RECIPE)
(PRINT VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RECIPE)***
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 fennel bulb, white part only chopped
2 large shallots, diced
1 pound organic bulk, Italian chicken or turkey sausage
1 pound wild caught shrimp, peeled and deveined
4-5 cups organic chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons organic tomato paste*
1 (15-ounce) can white beans (great northern, cannellini)**
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 heaping cups kale, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried
Fresh basil and/or parsley for garnish
*If you are sensitive to nightshades, you can leave out the tomato paste all together and this dish is still amazing!
**If you cannot eat legumes, leave the beans out and add 2 more cups chopped kale.
***For a vegan/vegetarian version, cut the meat and seafood out, add one more can of beans (either cannellini or garbanzo beans, and increase the kale to 4 cups.)
p.s. - Try this with Grain-Free Garlic Breadsticks or crusty bread of choice.
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
I practice functional nutrition, an approach that allows me to look at your entire health history and help you find the "root causes" of your chronic health complaints.
This cuts out the trial and error process and helps you get real symptom relief and resolution!
Food is medicine and knowledge is power -I hope you enjoy my anti-inflammatory recipes which are gluten, dairy, and soy free as well as very low grain and sugar.
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