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Pasta Floren-bean

I had one of those crazy-get-home-late-and-don’t-know-what-to-make-for-dinner nights.  So, I looked in the cabinets and settled on just plain gluten free pasta with tomato sauce.  But then I looked a little deeper into the cabinets and decided to jazz it up a bit with some canned white beans, frozen spinach, and onion I had lying around.  It turned out wonderfully delicious!

Pasta Floren-bean

Pieces:

  1. one half box/bag of gluten free pasta (any size, any shape!)
  2. one half bottle tomato sauce
  3. one quarter of an onion, diced
  4. 2 cups frozen spinach
  5. one can drained white beans
  6. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  7. 1 tsp. dried oregano or parsley
  8. salt and pepper to taste

Process:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, sauté the diced onion in the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. When the onion is tender, add the spinach and drained white beans.  Sprinkle with dried oregano or parsley, and salt and pepper.
  4. Continue to sauté until spinach is cooked through.
  5. Add the jarred tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  6. When the pasta is done and drained, add your floren-bean sauce to the pasta and serve hot!

pasta florenbean

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Scallops in Pumpkin Sauce

Yes, you read that right… scallops and pumpkin!  I told you my mom was great at finding unique recipes!  This one you certainly might skip over in a magazine (Men’s Health is where this originally came from) if you read the title quickly, but trust me… it was beyond delicious!  The flavors were great, and perfect for the upcoming fall weather.  Mom served it over pasta (and added a few of her own flavors) to make it a heartier dinner meal.  Again, another fish recipe I will definitely keep.

Seared Scallops in Pumpkin

Pieces:

  1. 1 lb. scallops
  2. 1 can pumpkin puree
  3. 2 tbsp. chopped hazelnuts
  4. 2 tbsp. chopped pecans
  5. 3 tbsp. chopped chives
  6. 3 tbsp. chopped scallions
  7. 1 cup gluten free chicken broth
  8. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  9. 1 tbsp. honey
  10. 1 tbsp. vegan butter
  11. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  12. salt and pepper to taste

Process:

  1. Toast the hazelnuts and pecans in a shallow saute pan over medium heat, just until they are lightly toasted and you can smell them.
  2. Combine pumpkin, honey, butter, broth in saucepan and heat over medium heat, until heated through.  Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Dry the scallops with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a saute pan over medium high heat for a couple minutes.
  5. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and then the scallops to the heated pan.  Cook the scallops about 2-3 minutes each side, until browned and firm.
  6. Pour the pumpkin mixture into a bowl, add the scallops on top.  Garnish with hazelnuts, pecans, chives, and scallions.  (Note: if serving with pasta… plate the pasta, then the pumpkin on top, then the scallops and garnish).
  7. Serve hot.

Or over pasta:

 

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Shrimp, Peppers, and Onions over Arugula Pasta

My family has an inside joke to hide any shrimp at holiday gatherings because I will eat it all.  I do really love shrimp!  Grilled… with cocktail sauce… or over pasta.  Here is a great mom- inspired shrimp over pasta recipe that is easy and full of flavor.  Perfect for summer!

Shrimp, Peppers, and Onions over Arugula Pasta

Pieces:

  1. one half of an onion, chopped
  2. three celery stalks, chopped
  3. 3 peppers, cut into long strips… your favorite colors
  4. one pound of shrimp, peeled
  5. 4 tbsp. olive oil
  6. 2 tsp. chopped garlic
  7. one half cup white wine
  8. 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  9. 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  10. 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  11. 4 cups arugula
  12. one box of gluten free pasta
  13. salt and pepper to taste

Process:

  1. In a large saute pan, add the onion, celery, garlic, and 2 tbsp. olive oil.  Saute just until tender.
  2. Add the pepper strips and 2 tbsp. olive oil.
  3. When the onion, celery, and peppers are soft, add the peeled shrimp, white wine, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes.  Saute until the shrimp are cooked through and pink.
  4. Cook the gluten free pasta according to package directions.
  5. Serve in a layer… pasta in a bowl, a handful of arugula, and then the shrimp mixture on top.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Walnut and Goat Cheese Pasta

 

I recently made a huge diet discovery… my body can tolerate goat cheese!  There is some “guess and check” when it comes to having food allergies and discovering what your body can and cannot tolerate.  Having a dairy allergy means that I avoid dairy, but goat milk is not often considered a traditional “dairy” in our diet.  So, I did some “guess and check” and tried goat cheese on a salad… no reaction.  Just to be sure, I tried it again and still had success!  This has re-opened several foods to me and I am eager to see what I can do with this rediscovered food.

To celebrate, my mom made a pasta side dish with goat cheese on top (among other wonderful flavors).  With this pasta base, there are so many possibilities… pair it with fish (as we did), chicken, pork, or even as a cold pasta salad.  The flavors are bold and delicious!

Walnut and Goat Cheese Pasta

Pieces:

  1. one box of your favorite gluten free pasta, reserving one cup of the pasta water
  2. one onion
  3. one half cup chopped walnuts
  4. one jar roasted red pepper, drained and cut into small pieces (or you can roast your own and chop)
  5. 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  6. one quarter cup chopped parsley
  7. 2 tbsp. lemon zest
  8. one quarter cup goat cheese
  9. rosemary, for garnish
  10. 2 tbsp. sugar
  11. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  12. salt and pepper to taste

Process:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, chop the onion.  Add it to a saute pan with the olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper.  Put over low heat, stirring until it caramelizes.
  3. Toast the chopped walnuts in another saute pan, just for a few minutes over low heat.  Just to bring out some flavor.
  4. When the pasta is done cooking and is drained, add the reserved pasta water, caramelized onion, chopped red pepper, toasted walnuts, and crushed red pepper.  Fold to combine.
  5. Plate the pasta, and add the parsley, lemon zest, and goat cheese on top.
  6. Garnish with rosemary and plate with your favorite protein!

 

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Pumped Up Pasta Primavera

With the spring weather coming (or already here?), you can start to see the increase in vibrantly colored vegetables available.  To someone who’s diet is half fruits and vegetables, this excites me!  So this week I made full use of the vegetable section at the grocery store, and made a healthy, vegetarian, and pumped up pasta primavera.

Pumped Up Pasta Primavera

Pieces:

  1. 2 zucchini, washed and chopped into bite size pieces
  2. 2 yellow squash, washed and chopped into bite size pieces
  3. 1 red pepper, washed and chopped into bite size pieces
  4. 2 handfuls green beans, ends cut off and beans cut in half
  5. 1 package chopped mushrooms
  6. 2 handfuls snap peas, ends cut off
  7. 2 sprigs rosemary
  8. 5 large basil leaves
  9. juice of one half of a lemon, plus a little rind
  10. 3 tbsp. olive oil
  11. 1 tsp. sea salt
  12. 1 tbsp. lemon pepper
  13. half package of gluten free pasta
  14. 3 tbsp. vegan butter
  15. 3 tbsp. chopped parsley
  16. 1 tbsp. chopped chives, for garnish
  17. salt and pepper, to taste

Process:

  1. In a large saute pan over medium heat, saute the chopped zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, and green beans with olive oil, sea salt, lemon pepper, and lemon juice.
  2. Saute until barely tender (about 7 minutes), stirring every few minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms, snap peas, lemon rind, rosemary, and basil.
  4. Saute for another 5 minutes, until vegetables are crisp but tender.  Remove the rosemary and basil when done cooking.
  5. While the vegetables are cooking, cook pasta according to package directions.
  6. When the pasta is done and drained, put it back in the pan with the butter and parsley.  Stir until butter is melted.
  7. Add the vegetables and stir until combined.
  8. Serve hot, with chopped chives and salt and pepper on top.

I love this recipe because there are so many variations and you can really make it your own… choose your favorite vegetables, spices, protein sources.  Hope you enjoy!

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Some local eats

I ate a couple of meals from take out places this week, and needed to share them.  They put two of my forbidden foods back on my gluten free plate.  I had pasta and pizza this week… both gluten free, and both phenomenally delicious.  I was so impressed and had to share.

Earlier this week, I ordered take out dinner from The Chateau in MA.  The Chateau does typical family style Italian.  It also has a great basic gluten free menu that I obviously needed to try!  I ordered gluten free chicken parm with penne.  My chicken parm had no cheese on it per request, but I added some grated rice cheese on top when I got home.  I was so impressed by this meal, that I actually didn’t believe the pasta was gluten free.  I kept waiting to get sick!  Well done, Chateau!

The other gluten free take out I had this week was from Easy Pie in MA.  Easy Pie does sandwiches and pizza.  In honor of a math teacher’s favorite holiday (Pi Day!), my colleagues and I shared some pizza pie.  Mine was gluten and dairy free, and full of filling veggies.  The crust was a perfect pizza crust.  I will definitely be back to Easy Pie!

If you live in MA, you should check out these local eateries!  And keep an eye out for other gluten free menus… they are starting to really stand out.

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Shrimpy Pasta with Asparagus and Lemon

I was looking for a change of my usual meat- and- veggie dinner pace this week, so I bought some shrimp and gluten free pasta.  Gluten free pasta is actually pretty good… I have tried the corn, rice, and potato varieties.  They do have a slightly different texture, but still great for a pasta night.  And shrimp?  It is one of my faves…and bags of frozen shrimp were on sale this week.  So a light, easy, and quick recipe is born…

Shrimpy Pasta with Asparagus and Lemon

Pieces:

  1. one pound gluten free pasta
  2. one pound shelled and deveined shrimp
  3. one bunch of asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
  4. the juice of one lemon
  5. one cup of white wine
  6. 2 tbsp. lemon pepper
  7. 1 tbsp. dill

Process:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large stir fry pan, add the shrimp.  Add a little cooking spray or oil to coat.
  3. On medium heat, stir the shrimp until they start to get pink.
  4. Add the lemon juice, white wine, lemon pepper, and dill.
  5. When the shrimp are just about cooked through, add the asparagus.
  6. Stir for about 3-4 minutes, just until the asparagus gets tender and the shrimp are cooked through.
  7. Serve over the cooked pasta, adding some of the leftover sauce to coat.

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

 

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