April 29, 2012

National Shrimp Scampi Day

“I shall be but a shrimp of an author.” - Thomas Gray

It's National Shrimp Scampi Day!

Sponsored bySophie's Kitchen

Shrimp scampi is a term used in the USA for Italian-American cuisine that involves shrimp (or chicken) served with a garlicky-butter and white wine sauce over a bed of pasta. Outside of the states, "scampi" are actually edible lobsters that are popular in England, Denmark, France, Italy, and around the Adriatic coast.

While I've certainly tried it at restaurants, I have never personally made shrimp scampi. It just never appealed to me. In my pre-veg days I liked my shrimp one of two ways: breaded and deep fried, or raw and smothered in cocktail sauce (either way both the texture and flavor were masked somehow). The idea of shrimp all up in my face swimming in butter and garlic just didn't do it for me.

But, I'm open to trying new things and since today is the national food holiday of this dish . . . well, it's not like I really had much of a choice anyway, did I?

I'm thankful that I didn't have to worry about how I was going to pull off today, either (because I couldn't begin to tell you how to make a vegan/vegetarian seafood option without the answer just being "chuck summa that kelp powdah in it and call it good, bub"). Sophie's Kitchen did all the work for me. Using Elephant Yam Root (or "Konjac"), a health food that's been used in Asia for centuries, as the base of their products they're creating shrimp, calamari, fish fillets, and crab cakes that are edible to folks with allergies and restrictive diets. The sea can breathe a sigh of relief, too: by using plant-based ingredients, Sophie's Kitchen (and you for eating their products) avoid contributing to endangering or threatening marine species, overcrowded farms, use of antibiotics, and the unclean seafood manufacturing conditions that have created both environmental and health issues worldwide.

Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Shrimp contains no soy, gluten, GMO, cholesterol, trans fat, saturated fat, preservatives, MSG, or sugar.

Sounds ta me like itsa win-win there, don't it?

Feel free to check out Sophie's Kitchen on Facebook or Twitter. And while you're becoming a fan, be sure to sit down with a giant bowl of (totes vegan) shrimp scampi and feel good about your small contribution to the planet!

Happy National Shrimp Scampi Day!

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