This recipe was inspired by my friend Ashley who had told me how a friend of hers was suggesting that she go on a gluten free diet, because all her life she has had eczema issues with her skin. In efforts to clear up her skin once and for all, she really wanted to try out some options to see if she would be able to follow through with a gluten free diet. Last year, my dad had also tried the gluten free route, so I am very familiar with some gluten free products and had pointed her in the right direction as far as alternatives for certain foods, go. We are both Italian, so cutting out pasta altogether is pretty much sacrilegious, and more of a challenge than you even know!We tried out some gluten free dishes that she would enjoy eating, and that are super easy to make as well! Also, my parents came home this day with some vegetables from my grandmother’s garden! They brought home some yellow squash and fresh cucumbers!! I just had to try them out in this dish!!
Note* We did try the gluten free pasta for Ashley, but feel free to substitute in regular pasta if you are able to eat gluten.
1 Pound of Gluten Free Spaghetti (We used Schar Brand)
1 Yellow Squash
Half a Bag of Baby Spinach
1 Clove of Garlic
1 Stick of Earth Balance Vegan Butter
Handful of Shrimp (Fresh or Frozen is up to you)
Salt n Pepper
Half a Lemon
1. So first we’re going to chop up our squash; now this is just a matter of personal preference, Ashley didn’t mind the squash skins on, but I think next time I make it I would peel the skin off first. Even after cooking them and steaming them for 20 minutes, the skins were still really hard and crunchy to the bite. It was a bit too thick for me, but prepare it to your personal preference.
2. Next if you are using frozen shrimp, defrost them in some lukewarm water. Not hot, or they will cook! Let those defrost for a bit while you do the next steps.
3. Chop your garlic. Yes I use LOTS of garlic for my dishes… I’m Italian, what can I say!?!?
At least I keep the vampires away!
4. So oil your pan, turn up the heat and when that gets nice and hot, add your garlic. Before that browns, add about half of your butter. Let the butter melt a bit so the oil and the butter start to make a nice little sauce. Now add your squash to the pan! Put a lid on that and let those steam!
5. While your squash is steaming, start a pot of salted water for your pasta! I would also strain the defrosting shrimp at this point, rid them of any tail shells, and cut them in nice sized chunks. This way, more shrimp is spread evenly throughout your pasta once you mix it together.
6. Once your shrimp are cleaned up and defrosted, check on your squash. Add your spinach to your now tenderly cooked squash along with the other half of the butter, and let that melt over the veggies. Stir that around until the butter is evenly coating all of the veggies. Lower the heat and add the lid, leaving it cracked open.
7. Your pasta water should be boiling by now. Add your pasta and stir with a pasta ladle to prevent it from sticking together. Now just an FYI for anyone cooking Gluten Free pasta for the first time…
As you are cooking it and tasting it to see if it is done, it does have a very cardboardy, fake kind of taste, and it is going to taste a little “off” until it is fully cooked. If you are used to pasta with gluten and eat it often, switching over to gluten free pasta is a bit weird at first, but the taste is pretty manageable, and with the right ingredients it can be delicious!
8. While your pasta is cooking, now add your shrimp to your squash and spinach mixture! We add this last because shrimp cooks very fast, and we don’t want to overcook it! Now salt n pepper it, and add your half a lemon’s juice to it.
9. Make sure you are still stirring your pasta and taste to see if it’s done. It’s a bit tough to eat gluten free pasta al dente, you want to make sure it is cooked all the way through so it doesn’t taste like cardboard. Strain your pasta once that is done! I would not rinse the pasta with water, I’m not sure about gluten free pasta, but with regular pasta, rinsing it rids the pasta of all of it’s starches, and in traditional Italian cooking, we like to keep in all of that flavor! So right after you strain the pasta, put it into your large pasta bowl, and dump in your Squash, Spinach, and Shrimp Mixture! Mix everything together!
HOW DELICIOUS DOES THIS LOOK!?
Ashley LOVED the recipe! I think she will do just fine with her new gluten free diet, Let’s wish her the best of luck!
Are you thinking about going gluten free, or have you already tried such a diet? How did things turn out for you? Did it soothe what ails you? Have you had success?
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Today I wanted to share a simple recipe with all of you…
My mom has been making this since I was little, and it is a nice quick meal you can just throw together if you have these basic ingredients:
1 lb of elbow macaroni
1 can of strained tuna
A few stalks of washed celery
Half an onion
2 or 3 Hardboiled Eggs
Salt & Pepper
Sometimes I also add some sliced black olives, but I didn’t have any so feel free to add those in too, if you’d like! So the steps to making this yummy dish are pretty easy!!
1. First you cook your pound of pasta, and strain it! Also while your pasta is cooking, you can also hard boil your eggs as well! 2 or 3 should do just the trick for a pound of pasta! Once your pasta is done cooking, rinse it with cool water to prevent from sticking, and throw it in a large mixing bowl! Let that cool a bit while we prep our other ingredients…
2. Once your eggs are done, it should make it easier to get the shells off if you shock them in cold water. (I guess that would make them SHELLSHOCKED! AAHAHAH!) and leave them in that for a few minutes while you’re prepping your veggies in the next step!
3. Next wash your celery, and peel your onion! Chop them up, dice them up finely if you’d like, or if you like your veggies chunkier that’s fine too! It’s all what YOU prefer!
4. Once all of your veggies are chopped, go back and take your “shellshocked” eggies out of the water! Give them a peeling and rinse them to get the remaining shell bits off. Now chop your eggs into nice sized chunks, and open your can of tuna!
5. Now you are going to add your Onion, Celery, Eggs, & Tuna to the pasta in your large mixing bowl… Add mayonnaise until you are happy with the consistency. You can also opt to use some Greek yogurt as a healthier option if you’d like. Stir it all together!!
6. Now it’s time to go out to your garden if you have one, and pick some *FRESH PARSLEY* or you can just buy some parsley from the store! Now go to your magickal spice rack and grab your paprika for another little splash of color!! Also add some salt and pepper. Feel free to taste along the way to make sure the flavors are exactly how you want them!
7. Now wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes! This dish is best served cold!
Enjoy a whole bowl of this as your whole lunch OR have as just a side with some BBQ’d meats or grilled veggies!!!
Try it out and add your own ingredients as well!! Did you try this recipe? Let me know how you liked it, in the comments below?
I know, I know, it has been WAY TOO LONG since I have updated about ANYTHING… So I am going to try to do a post after this one, updating the past year or so. 🙁 … I know, I suck, I am a horrible human being LOL… I have led all of my followers to a dead end, not keeping up with posts, so I am going to try to post more often, but a little thing called life keeps sweeping me away with the current, and I get caught up doing other things…. But me oh my! How time flies! Last time I updated was a month or so shy of a year ago… SHAME ON ME!! But I miss you all so much, and I have been feeling a little domestic lately.
Today I tried a recipe that I just had to share with you all…
A friend of mine from LA had actually made us these one night, back in 2009, and I remember them being SOOOO yummy! Today on my way back home from work (I work till noon on most days), I was thinking of what I should have for lunch, and then I realized I had a can of tuna. I am trying to eat less carbs, my pasta gut is starting to grow too attached (it thinks we’re friends)…. But I am currently giving it the silent treatment (well, for today anyway).. maybe if I ignore it enough by not feeding it more carbs everyday, maybe , JUST MAYBE it will go away LOL!
So I tried this low carb recipe for Tuna Burgers! The only carbs involved were the breadcrumbs to hold the mixture together, o well… Well here is a recipe, I kinda just winged it, but they came out SOOOO GOOD! EVEN WITHOUT THE BREAD! (I didn’t eat them with a bun, but if you want to, feel free!)
1 Can of Tuna
Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs
One Celery Stalk
Half of a small onion
Earth Balance Vegan Butter to grease the pan
( I am not a vegan, but I LOVE this butter, and it’s GUILT FREE! You may use regular butter to grease the pan if you please!)
Cast Iron Skillet
1. Drain the canned tuna and place it into medium sized bowl
2. Fine mince your celery and onion
(You can even add minced bell pepper, but I didn’t have any on hand today)
3. Add your one egg, along with the mayo, breadcrumbs, chili powder & onion/celery
(I added the mayo and breadcrumbs until I was happy with the consistency. The mixture should remain clumpy, not runny)
4. Add a few dashes of your Wercestershire sauce
5 Salt & Pepper that baby!
6. Mix everything up and start forming your patties. 1 can of tuna should give you 4 patties!
7. Heat up your cast iron skillet with a little butter in it to grease it so the patties don’t stick
Be extra CAREFUL when placing them into the pan, they are super delicate and you don’t want them to fall apart! (I used 2 spatulas to help with the flippage)
8. Cook on each side until golden brown and crispy.
9. Serve either on a bun, or you can eat it bunless as well. Feel free to add any condiments of your choice, you can top with lettuce, tomato, onion, and ketchup.
If anyone tries this, please do let me know how you liked them!! 🙂
Thanks to my friend Jacob for introducing me to tuna burgers!
Til next time….
I came up with an idea tonight while I was making myself dinner. I finally had the house to myself tonight…sometimes dinner time with 5 other people living here can be a very crazy thing. I was lucky enough to experiment a little tonight. I have been sick the past few days, (no it’s not swine flu, I assure you I am fine)….and I have been trying to eat a lot of raw vegetables in order to boost my immune system!
So as I was cooking I came up with this idea, that every time I come up with a cool recipe , I am going to blog it and tell you how I made it. This way you can try it yourself at home. It doesn’t really take much effort to throw some shit in a pan and fry it up…all you need are some taste buds and a little instinct. So throw away your ramen, craft mac n cheese, cambell’s and chef boyardee… Yes I do get lazy sumtimes, but fresh food is always better for you…..So here we go!
The first recipe I would like to bring to you guys is my Shrimp and Spinach Salad. Shrimp is probably my most favorite food in the world! Now I might’ve gotten my inspiration from Applebee’s, but mine is homemade, and I added my own personal spin… and my dressing is like WAY better :-X
What you’ll need:
Fresh or packaged Baby Spinach (organic is optional)
Fresh or packaged Shrimp ( i used packaged and freeze it, cuz it lasts longer)
Fresh Parsley (it is essential that this is fresh, because that is where a lot of the flavor comes from!)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
White Cooking Wine
One small clove of Garlic
1. First take your shrimp ( a handful is enough for one serving), and peel the skins off if they are still on. If it’s frozen, just run it under warm water…. not hot, cuz you don’t want it to cook in your hand…that’s kinda creepy… After they are thawed and you take the shells off, set them aside in a bowl or something. Dispose of the shells, or put them under your annoying room mate’s pillow, it’s completely up to you….
2. Take your fresh parsley (one sprig is enough for one serving) , and wash it if it is not already. Then grab a cutting board and a sharp knife (watch your phalanges and make sure your cheating boyfriend isn’t around) and chop your parsley almost fine.
3. Get your one clove of garlic out and peel the skins off. Then chop your garlic fine as well.
4. If you are using a lemon, get that out now! Roll it on your cutting board to get the juices going (that’s what she said) …sorry I had to….
Then just cut the lemon in half, set that aside for now…
5. Take out your uncooked baby spinach(a handful or two, is enough for one serving),. You can also used baby spinach mixed with other leafy greens like mediterranean style lettuce. Wash that if you need to. Set it on a small plate, do not add dressing! You will be using the juices from the frying pan as your salad dressing.
Ok now comes the fun ! 🙂
Wolfgang Puck That Shit:
1. Grab a small frying pan, and set the heat to low. Coat the bottom of your pan with your extra virgin olive oil and let that heat up a bit. Once that looks like it’s a -sizzlin’, throw in your chopped gah-lic. Once that starts smellin amazing, you know it’s time to add your main ingredients before the garlic starts to brown ( you DONT want your garlic to brown, that means it’s burnt.)
2. Throw in your shrimp, and add a splash of your white cooking wine (one capful should do). Also add a pinch of seasalt, and black pepper at this point. You can also add your chopped parsley now.
3. By the time you have added the wine, salt, pepper, and parsley, the first side of the shrimp should start turning pink so you want to stir that up a bit now. Cover the pan with a lid, make sure the heat is medium to low, and let that steam a bit.
4. Get your plate of fresh raw baby spinach salad at this point! By the time you get your plate and get back to the stove, your shrimp should be done. Shrimp cooks fast… Make sure no shrimp appears clear or blue still. If all appears pink and cooked, it is time to serve!!
5. Take the small sauce pan, and just dump that good shrimp goodness onto your salad! Make sure all the juices from the pan don’t go to waste, this is your dressing!
Give that a light tossing.
6. Take your lemon half, and just give it a little squirt over your salad for some tang. Also add additional black pepper for more of a zest. And there you have it ! My homemade , last minute, thrown together lovely spinach salad!
I did eat the whole thing…minus the one shrimp that didn’t make it from the pan to the plate and fell on the floor. Fredo was a happy pup :-p
I grew up in an Italian household, so food to me is a very personal experience. Food to me, means family sitting down together to enjoy a nice meal. It is the part of the day that I cherish the most, bonding over stories and flavors. Good food is one of the greatest enjoyments of life.