Seafood (or not!) Fettuccine Alfredo

Monday Dinner

this is a fairly easy one to make & i was so excited to have a version of alfredo sauce i could eat again ! if you can't do seafood, you can sub chicken or just lots of veggies (for a *vegan* meal) like snow pea pods, broccoli, carrot slivers, etc...

(portions are for 7 ppl, eating a couple servings each)

4 TBLspn sunflower oil
4 TBLspn 'bob's red mills' all purpose baking flour (gluten-free, bean based) (available at health food stores and some grocery stores) OR rice flour
2 - 14 oz cans 'thai kitchen' coconut milk (available at most grocery and health food stores in 'ethnic foods' aisle)
2 TBLspn garlic, minced or pureed
1/2 tsp real salt, (available at health food stores)
1 med bag fresh or frozen broccoli
2 lb bag pre-boiled, frozen shrimp OR
2 lbs boiled, shredded/chopped chicken breast (or *veggies*)
4 boxes 'tinkyada' rice spaghetti noodles (they don't make a fettuccine noodle) OR
4 boxes 'thai kitchen' flat rice ("glass" - these are a transparent, slippery type of noodle like asian food is made with) noodles - these are shaped like fettuccine pasta.
lemon juice to taste - to be added to cut sweetness of coconut milk as desired

set out pre-boiled, frozen shrimp in the morning to thaw gradually throughout the day. when time to make dinner, prep all ingredients and have them ready. don't forget to shake the coconut milk thoroughly before opening!

prepare a roux: heat sunflower oil in bottom of a large saucepan on med heat. when major bubbling subsides, add flour by sprinkling evenly over oil, and whisking until a paste is formed. cook for 1 min, whisking constantly. DO NOT LET IT COLOR. if it's trying to brown, turn the heat down.
at the same time, boil large pan of water for pasta and steam the broccoli until soft.

whisk in the coconut milk, garlic and real salt. bring to a bare simmer and let it cook for a minute or 2 to thicken, adding shrimp or chicken and broccoli.

drain the pasta after boiling approx 12 mins and giving a quick rinse w/ cold water. (rice pasta will get gummy if you don't rinse w/ cold water immediately after boiling.) ladle sauce over noodles and enjoy !
(if you have a child who doesn't like alfredo sauce, this recipe is great with olive oil instead!)


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