I went to New York a couple years ago and found Tinkyada Jumbo Shell pasta. To this day I still cannot find the jumbo shells in Colorado. So long story short, yesterday I had a craving for stuffed shells, with one minor problem, I can’t find the shells. So I decided to get creative. I bought the Tinkyada lasagna pasta and figured I could do something with it.
Here is the recipe for my lasagna rolls, as I have decided to call them.
1 box Tinkyada Lasagna
1 jar Spanellis Pasta Sauce
1 cup of frozen spinach
2 garlic cloves
1 cup of Pacific vegetable broth
Rice cheese ( or any other cheese substitute)
2 Applegate Farms sweet italian sausage.
Pre-heat oven to 350
Boil water, once boiling, add pasta. Cook until mushy. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. ( I have found that rinsing the pasta with cold water is really important with rice pasta)
Cook the sausage and chop up.
Chop the carrot, zucchini and garlic. Put in a microwavable bowl with the frozen spinach and the vegetable broth. Cover and microwave for 5 minutes
Take one piece of pasta, put some of the veggies and sausage in the middle and roll it up. Repeat until all pasta and veggies are used.
Cover with sauce and sprinkle cheese on top.
Bake for 45 minutes and enjoy!
Now I know I could have just made lasagna, but if you are one of the lucky few who have Whole Foods who carry the jumbo shells try this recipe with them, and then mail me some of the shells 🙂
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As the new year begins I have realized that major changes in my life are in store. One of those changes is that I want to become more involved in the gluten free world.
I have already begun that process by starting my own gluten free Meetup.You can check that out here: http://www.meetup.com/The-Denver-Gluten-Free-Gang/ My goal with this group is to create a place for fellow celiacs to share stories, frustrations, recipes and support. I am really excited for this!
I am also going to try to commit more time to my blog. I really want to turn it into a one stop resource for everything and everyone looking for gluten free information. I have added a resource page. This page is going to be full of websites that I find useful.
My other gluten free goal for 2010 is to create my own recipes to post here, so check back for those.
As always, thanks for reading! I appreciate the support
I know I am a little late writing about Thanksgiving, but I think it is worth a little post. I am pleasantly surprised at how well my Thanksgiving turned out.Not only did the food turn out great, but it was a real turning point for me family. As you may know from an earlier post I have had issues with my family understanding my gluten allergy. It has always been a problem, or a big hassle. Last years Thanksgiving was pretty much disastrous. Everyone complained about the food I made the entire time. The fact that it was all gluten free was a joke to them. I was very discouraged and never really wanted to host Thanksgiving again.
This year I was determined to make it different! I invited my entire family came over early in the day so they could help cook. This time everyone felt involved.
My mom got to decorate my house and help cook here and there.
My grandma go to make her candied sweet potatoes and stuffing, and my grandpa got to peel all the mashed potatoes.
My dad even got in some really good reading time.
We also had a new addition to our Thanksgiving this year. Our dinner would not have been successful without her. She figured out how to move the racks in my oven. She was such a great sport. She helped out wherever she was needed. As she said it, she had never heard her name so many times. I’m so glad she was here this year to spend Thanksgiving with my family.
The things I was most grateful for this year were spending the day withe people I love, enjoying an absolutely amazing gluten free dinner and having my family take part in cooking the meal.
You can check out more pictures from Thanksgiving here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/39957977@N02/sets/72157622963133104/
Last year was my first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my whole family. It was ok, but I felt like a lot was missing. It was not like our normal Thanksgiving dinners. So this year I am committed to cooking food that tastes like real food.
So far I am planning on cooking:
Turkey (I am still trying to find a gluten free brand)
My grandmas sweet potatoes (best things Ihave ever tested, Trying to figure out how to do it gluten free)
My moms mashed potatoes (Trying to figure out if rice milk will work to replace the whole milk)
Stuffing (This is the big one. Most gluten free stuffing I have found either has corn or sugar in it, so I am still working on finding stuffing cubes I can use)
Lemon Bars ( I have an amazing lemon bar recipe, I am so excited to make these again)
Pumpkin Pie (I am still looking for an amazing gluten free pumpkin pie recipe)
As I get closer to Thanksgiving I will post recipes to these as I find them. If anyone has any recommendations for any of these recipes that would be awesome.
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I have had a lot of clients recently telling me that there child, sister, cousin, friend, etc. have just found out that they are allergic to gluten. I always try to offer them some sort of information. Here is a great video I came across today. It has some awesome basic information on celiac disease.
Scitimes Video: A Profile of Celiac Disease
I saw a tweet on twitter a few days ago that has inspired this blog post. It was from @glutenfreedude and the tweet was: “GF Discussion Forum: What are your reasons to celebrate being gluten-free? Article Link #gfree #celiac”
Here is why I personally celebrate my gluten free lifestyle:
My health: I feel like I can enjoy so much more now because I don’t feel sick all the time.
My sanity: I don’t feel crazy for feeling so bad all the time, I now know it wasn’t all in my head
Eating on Purpose: I feel blessed to have to think about what I put into my body. I can no longer mindlessly eat fast food and junk food.
The Education: I feel like I have learned so much about health, our bodies, and the true impact the American lifestyle has on our bodies. I love learning about Celiac disease and other peoples experiences with it. I also love being able to pass the things I learn onto other people who may not understand what we go through
Getting Creative with Food: When I first went gluten free EVERYTHING tasted the same. 2 years later I can now cook some great gluten free dishes and I love learning and creating new recipes all the time.
Getting Creative with my Social Life: Because I don’t eat at restaurants anymore I have to put thought into meaningful and fun things I can do with my friends. This may not sound like a good thing, but I feel like I spend more quality time with people now, we don’t default to eating out in order to spend time together.
All and all, even though it hasn’t been all fun I really truly enjoy the gluten free lifestyle. I feel like it is a blessing in my life.
I just wanted to take a minute to talk about something that helped restore my faith a little bit in non-celiacs understanding celiacs.
I had been in a relationship for 4 and a half years, and thankfully when I found out I was celiac we both went gluten free together. I never had to worry about cross contamination or anything. I felt so lucky. So when that relationship ended, and I realized I had to start dating again, I was really scared. I was afraid first of all to tell people, “hey I can’t eat anything” and I was also afraid of how to address things like brushing your teeth before kissing, etc.
So, long story short. I finally met someone who I was interested in. It took me a few weeks and a ridiculous amount of text messages, to finally come out with my entire list of allergies. To my surprise she completely accepted my allergies, and even started doing research about gluten free living.
A few weeks into dating she realized that when I went to her house, unless I brought food, I never ate. So she has found a gluten free cooking class to take, is going to attend a gluten free convention with me, and is in the process of buying separate pots, pans, and basic dishes so I can safely eat.
These gestures mean so much to me because it means that some people really do care.
I would love to hear anyone elses stories about friends or family that really do understand. I feel like a lot of what I hear is horror stories about no one understanding and how lonely the diet can be.
Thanks for reading.