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Gluten-Free Stuffed Jumbo Shells The Easy Way

Love stuffed jumbo shells, but don’t want to use the oven? Here is a handy way to make shells in 35 minutes. What you need is a deep-sided large skillet with a lid — a nonstick electric is ideal. Reheat leftover shells to make a deliciously satisfying lunch.

Ingredients
  • 8 oz. box Grand Shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 24 oz. tomato sauce (3 of the 8 oz.cans)
  • 2 cups cooking liquid from shells
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or ½ teaspoon dry basil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 oz. ricotta cheese or soft tofu for dairy-free (add 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar and a rounded teaspoon honey or fructose to flavor the tofu]
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella or Manchego cheese (sheep)
  • ½ cup grated Romano cheese (sheep)

 

Equipment

Large non-stick skillet.

Process

Cook Grand Shells according to package directions.  Before draining, remove and reserve 2 cups of the cooking water to add to sauce. 

Meanwhile, heat large skillet on low medium. Add oil, garlic and onion and cook until golden, about 2 minutes.  Add tomato sauce, pepper and basil. Simmer 10 minutes.  Stir cooking liquid from pasta into tomato sauce, then remove 1 cup to add later. 

In a medium bowl, mix ricotta or tofu with eggs, vinegar, parsley and pepper. If using tofu, add extra vinegar, ½  teaspoon  honey or fructose and ½ teaspoon salt to flavor. Fold in grated cheese or tofu.

To assemble:  Spoon 2 rounded tablespoons of cheese or tofu mixture into each shell.  Arrange stuffed shells in sauce, supporting, them to keep upright.  Sauce should not submerge the shells. Cover with lid and cook over low heat 20 minutes.  Add reserved cup of sauce and sprinkle with grated Romano cheese, cover and cook a few more minutes until cheese melts.  Serves 6. 

Gluten-Free Stuffed Turkey Burgers

While watching The Chew on ABC one day, Mario Batali’s sons gave me a fantastic idea. They had made “Pocket Burgers,” which is a hamburger with the toppings inside of the burger.

WHY HAVEN’T I EVER THOUGHT TO DO THIS BEFORE?

I made a version of their recipe that is somewhat healthier using ground turkey instead of beef, plus this nifty recipe for Tomato Chutney.

Gluten-Free Stuffed Turkey Burgers:

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Gluten-Free Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole. With a name like that, how can you go wrong!?!

While growing up, one household favorite was the tater tot casserole my mom would make. She loved it because, as a busy single-mom,  she could make it ahead of time and then pop it in the oven when the time came. Us kids loved it for the most obvious reason: It had tater tots in it!

We have easily modified this casserole to be gluten-free, and can once again enjoy the comfort it brings on a cold, wintry day. Read More »

Gluten-Free Tender Kidneys with Onion & Lemon

If you have not had the opportunity to taste kidneys, you can experience their delicate texture and rich flavor with this easy recipe. Here are the huge health benefits for 100 grams of lamb kidney having only 137 calories:24 grams protein, 218 ug selenium, 12 mg iron, 4 mg zinc, 290 mg phosphorus, 178 mg potassium, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), 6 mg vitamin B3 (niacin), 81 mg vitamin B12, 455 units vitamin A.

Ingredients
  • 1 lamb or veal kidney for each person
  • 1 tablespoon butter or bacon fat or olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, sliced or chopped
  • lemon wedge

 

Equipment

Skillet.

Process

Remove outer membranes. Slice each kidney in half lengthwise.  Use kitchen scissors to remove white channels and fat.  Rinse thoroughly, soak in a large pot of cold water 10 minutes, then rinse again. Dry on paper towels.

Saute kidney halves in fat 10 to 15 minutes, turning several times.  Sprinkle with lemon.  Serve on gluten-free toast topped with onion, or serve with a pasta, and Romaine Salad with Fresh Pears.

Gluten-Free Thai Chicken Pot Stickers Recipe

gluten free pot stickers recipe

If you have ever enjoyed the experience of eating “pot stickers” before going gluten-free, you know how delicious and fun these savory Asian pan-fried dumplings are. They’re fun to make too!

Traditionally pot sticker wrappers – similar to wonton wrappers, are made with wheat flour. While I’ve thought about attempting to make a gluten-free wonton for some time, it wasn’t until I bought Laura B. Russell’s cookbook, The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen that I actually went for it.

Our gluten-free pot stickers will stick to the pan, just like wheat-made pot stickers, so read the instructions carefully and then have fun making this recipe. Read More »

Gluten-Free Traditional Lasagna With or Without Meat

Lasagna is a dependable, much appreciated composition of gluten-free noodles, cheese and sauce that bakes in the oven for a really memorable meal. Want to add meat? Simply brown ground turkey or beef or Italian sausage removed from casing and cook it in the sauce.

Ingredients
  • Box of gluten-free lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  • 8 oz. fresh sheep cheese (ricotta is traditional but is made from cow milk)
  • 2 cups fresh grated melting cheese like manchego (mozzarella is traditional but is made from cow milk)
  • 1 fresh egg
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Romano (sheep) cheese, grated

 

Meat addition, if desired:

  • 1 pound ground meat of choice: turkey, beef or Italian sausage removed from casings adds selenium, copper and plenty of protein.

 

Equipment

Deep 9×13 inch glass baking dish.

Process

Prepare the GF lasagna noodles.  Cook the noodles as directed on the box, drain. Set aside.

Prepare the filling. While noodles are cooking, combine the soft cheese, melting cheese, egg and parsley in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with black pepper.

Fry the meat until browned then add the tomato sauce.  Stir up the brown bits on bottom of pan and cook 15 minutes.

Assemble. Thin tomato sauce with a half cup water, add vinegar,  then pour enough in a 9×13 inch glass baking dish to cover bottom. Layer noodles on bottom, then top with a third of the cheese mixture. Spoon tomato sauce over cheese and add another layer of noodles. Top with another third of cheese mixture and tomato sauce. Top with noodles and add remainder of cheese mixture and some sauce. Top with noodles and remainder of sauce to cover noodles. Sprinkle with Romano grated cheese.

Cover with lid or aluminum foil to prevent drying.  Bake in oven 40 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until bubbly. Accompany with Avocado Celery Salad. Serves 4.

Gluten-Free Tuna Casserole – Economical and Wildly Popular at My House

Gluten free tuna casserole

Gluten-Free Classic Tuna Casserole Image 2011 © Teri Lee Gruss

Was tuna casserole one of your favorite childhood meals? I just learned that my husband is wild for this classic comfort food. You know the one — made with lots and lots of macaroni, canned tuna, mushroom soup, cheese, onions, peas and whatever else your mom might have had in the fridge that she wanted to get rid of.  The classic tuna casserole was topped with crispy bread or cracker crumbs and no one ever seemed to complain about having to eat it. Yeah, that casserole.

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Gluten-Free Tuscan Chicken with Portobello Mushrooms

Made with portobello mushrooms, chicken and carrots and served over rice or pasta, this hearty dish is made in one skillet for simple clean-up. It’s so good, there won’t be leftovers! Provides complete protein, magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, niacin, vitamin A, calcium and riboflavin.

Ingredients
  • 31/2 pound whole fryer chicken, disjointed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup small portabella or button mushrooms, sliced
  • ¾ cup carrots, chopped or thinly sliced
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (apple cider or wine or rice)
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice or brown rice pasta
Equipment

Large skillet.

Process

Heat a large skillet to medium or 275 degrees F.  Add the oil then the chicken.  Fry both sides until browned.  Push to edges and add the mushrooms to center of pan. Fry till golden about 3 minutes, then add the carrots, celery, and garlic.  Cook 3 minutes more, stirring vegetables. Add the parsley, salt, pepper, basil, vinegar, and tomato. Cook 3 minutes, then add water and cover. 

Cook on low heat 25 minutes.  Remove chicken to heated platter.  Add cooked rice or pasta to pan, stirring into vegetables to heat through.  Serves 4.

Nice with salad or a green side dish like broccoli, peas, or green beans.

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