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Gluten Free Pasta Bake

February 26, 2019

Gluten Free Pasta Bake1

I wanted to experiment with gluten free pasta. I actually went shopping for lasagna noodles but couldn’t find the gluten free variety. The store had run out of them, due to their popularity. I instead bought some penne and planned on layering my dish like a lasagna using penne instead lasagna noodles. It turned out delicious!!

  • ½ pound gluten free penne (lasagna sheets will be great as well)

Cook 2 minutes short of package instructions. Drain and keep aside making sure
pasta doesn’t stick together.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • Salt

Heat a wide saucepan with the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the squash, zucchini and pepper. Saute on medium heat until the vegetables are golden brown (careful not to overcook them). Add the tomato sauce and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Check for seasonings and keep aside.

Ricotta Filling

  • 1 cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup basil
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

Place the garlic, basil and parsley in a food processor and process till chopped well. Place the ricotta in a medium bowl. Transfer the chopped herbs, salt and egg to the ricotta cheese. Mix well.

Layer like a lasagna starting with the vegetable mixture (divide into 3 parts). Top with half the pasta. Place half of the ricotta filling. Repeat the layering. Top with cheese and bake for 30 minutes.

Pasta Primavera with Rice Pasta

February 25, 2019

Pasta Primavera with Rice Pasta

Another gluten free, vegetarian recipe!!

  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 10 oz Cremini mushrooms, chopped into ¼ inch pieces
  • 2 medium shallots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 2 cups homemade or store bought marinara sauce
  • ½ pound rice pasta, cooked
  • Salt
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese

Heat a large frying pan with olive oil. Add the mushrooms and sauté on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic, rosemary and shallots. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the marinara sauce and mix well. Add the cooked pasta and mix well. Check for seasonings and top with Parmesan cheese.

Grainless Granola

February 24, 2019

If you are gluten free or just want to cut back on grains, etc, this is a delicious granola to have on hand all the time. I was buying a really delicious one from Whole Foods but it was expensive and so I thought why not make it at home!! I am not gluten free but I like to cut back on grains, etc where ever I can… so my usual lunch of yogurt and fruit is delicious with a handful of crunchy, yummy granola!

  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 2 cups raw walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup raw pistachios, chopped
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and keep aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add all the ingredients to a glass measuring cup and microwave for a minute. Mix well and add to the nuts. Transfer the ingredients to a large lined cookie sheet. Spread and bake for 20 minutes.

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds

Take the granola out and add the pumpkin seeds, mix well and return to the oven and bake for another 5 to 6 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

Healthy Irish Oatmeal

February 12, 2019

Irish Oatmeal2

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup Irish Oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup agave
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Add 4 cups water into a medium saucepan. Add the cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil. Add the oats and simmer on medium low heat for about 30 minutes or till the oats are soft but still have a bit of chew to them. Turn the heat off and add the agave and vanilla extract.
Top with flaxseed, walnuts and banana.

Spinach Quinoa Risotto

February 10, 2019

Spinach Quinoa Risotto

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 to 4 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Salt

Heat a saucepan with the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic, sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add quinoa and stir for a minute. Add the white wine and stir. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 to 12 minutes until the grain is tender. Stir the spinach, half and half and cheese. Check for seasoning and add salt. Serve with fish.

Gochujang Tofu Stir Fry

February 4, 2019

We love, love Korean cuisine- this one is a play on the Korean flavors…

4 tablespoons Gochujang

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons Mirin

1 teaspoon salt

 

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and keep aside.

 

1 18 ounces firm tofu package, cut into 1 inch cubes

3 tablespoons corn starch

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup peanut oil

 

Transfer the tofu into a medium bowl, add the corn starch and salt. Mix  well till all cubes are coated properly. Heat a frying pan with the peanut oil and brown the tofu on medium heat till all sides are golden brown. Drain on some paper towel and keep aside.  Save the peanut oil for stir frying the veggies.

 

1 medium onion, sliced

2 cups Cremini or any mushroom of choice, slices

1 large red bell pepper, sliced

4 cups Chinese broccoli, or bok choy or spinach

3 green onions, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 teaspoons black sesame seeds

 

Heat a wok like pan with 2 tablespoons of the saved peanut oil. Add the onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté on high for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the red pepper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat. Add the greens and let them wilt and add the browned tofu and the gochujang sauce. Mix well and bring to a boil. Check for seasonings. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with jasmine rice.

 

 

 

Banana Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins

February 3, 2019

I make these for my daughter for breakfast. The recipe makes a big batch, I freeze half and keep the other half in the fridge- great, healthy breakfast.

3 small or 2 large bananas, mashed

2 eggs

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup honey

½ cup turbinado sugar

2 ½ cups white whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup dark chocolate, chopped

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 standard size muffin tins.

 

In an electric mixer, add the butter, honey and sugar. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes and add the eggs one at a time, beating in between. Add the mashed bananas, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract. Beat for a minute. On the side, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin spice and cinnamon to a medium bowl. Whisk well and gradually add to the egg mixture while beating slowly. Beat for a minute or two. Add the dark chocolate and mix with a spatula and transfer to the muffin tins using a ¼ cup scoop. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Let cool and serve.