Pasta with Mixed Vegetables February 8, 2016
Over the weekend, I was craving one of my favorite meals. Sometimes, I crave this meal because of its simplicity. This is a quick and easy recipe for a wonderful lunch or dinner. My mom used to make it for me when I was little; I love to eat it today.
The recipe is for Pasta with cheese and mixed vegetables. This is our own recipe. All you need is your favorite kind of pasta (spaghetti, penne, etc. You can use gluten free, regular or wheat noodles). Pick your favorite cheeses to top your pasta, along with your favorite mixed vegetables, and sauce if you want. I prefer my pasta without any sauce.
Over the weekend, I had gluten free penne topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. I did not have any vegetables; I did not take a picture either.
Give it a try!
Pasta and Mixed Vegetables –Gluten Free!
Quantities are up to you.
Pick your favorite pasta noodle (gluten free, regular or wheat)
Mixed vegetables, any kind.
Cheeses for topping pasta
Pasta sauce, optional
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Cook mixed vegetables according to package directions.
- Assemble cheeses for topping pasta
- Heat up Pasta sauce, if using
- Put pasta on a plate and top with mixed vegetables. Top pasta and mixed vegetables with your favorite cheeses; add sauce if desired. Serve hot.
Kay’s Lasagna – Gluten Free November 2, 2015
This month’s recipe is a family favorite! It comes from our family friend Kay; it is really simple to make. I thought this meal would be perfect for this time of year; fall is here and cold nights are coming.
This recipe will work with any kind of lasagna noodle you prefer: regular, wheat or gluten free. We have found gluten free lasagna noodles, but our grocery store only seems to carry them on rare occasions, so we have found a better alternative. Our favorite way to eat this dish is to cook an entire box of Gluten Free Penne and layer it as the lasagna noodles. It is easier to eat and the penne is always at our grocery store. We also like to add extra cheese.
My parents and I love gluten free pastas because we cannot taste the difference between gluten free vs. regular pasta. Our neighbor Heidi asked for the recipe after we took it to her; Heidi’s husband (who does not eat gluten free) loved this dish.
I hope you fall in love with this delicious meal. We love to serve big helpings of lasagna with salads topped with fruit or mixed vegetables. (Before I was gluten free we used to have garlic bread or sliced French bread topped with butter).
1 pound ground beef
1 small jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 pint cottage cheese
10 long lasagna noodles cooked (1 box of gluten free penne)
Brown ground beef in skillet. Add spaghetti sauce.
In a casserole dish layer the ingredients:
½ Meat and sauce mixture
5 cooked noodles (half of the penne)
Sprinkle cheddar and mozzarella cheese
5 cooked noodles (the remaining penne)
The rest of the meat sauce
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese
Bake covered at 350 for 30 minutes. (This recipe is great as leftovers! It is even better made the night before and left in the fridge.)
My sister hosted my niece’s one year birthday party this month. The theme for the party was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (we love Disney in our family). Besides family and friends bringing presents for my niece and visiting while we ate, the food was a hit. The menu included: cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, fruit salad, vanilla and chocolate cupcakes frosted with vanilla icing with Oreos for Mickey Mouse ears on top, and the focus of this blog post gluten free pasta salad (which was amazing) and pigs in a blanket.
My sister had me over the morning of the party to prepare food. The pasta salad had been prepared the night before so I helped make the cupcake batters and the special banana cake with strawberry whipped cream frosting for my niece. I also helped make the pigs in a blanket.
The following recipes are super simple which will cut down on stress for any party you throw. Feel fre to add any veggies you want to the pasta salad to make it your own. In elementary school, I ate Pigs In A Blanket; I thought about that as I made the ones pictured below.
I must tell my sister: “You know how to put on a cute party, everyone loved it and the food was wonderful! Thanks for having me over, we always have a great time together.”
Love you sister, thanks for the recipes!
Party Pasta salad-Gluten Free
4 boxes Gluten Free pasta (for a large party of 20 or more), cooked.
1 large green pepper, chopped
3 meedium size cans pitted black olives, halved anyway you prefer.
1 and 2/3 bottles Italian dressing, (or your favorite salad dressing)
Any other veggies you like.
Mix the ingredients above and let them hang out in the fridge about six hours or overnight.
Just before serving, halve small tomatoes (however many you want) and toss everything together.
Serve and enjoy!!
Pigs in a Blanket-Regular or Gluten Free
Gluten free: eat hotdogs without the bread coating. Do not forget your favorite condiments for dipping.
2 packages hot dogs cut into bite sized chunks
2 cans crescent rolled dough unfolded and cut into little triangles
Place cut roll triangles on wax paper and roll hot dogs in rolls, beginning with the small point.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet
Bake 375 degrees for about 14 minutes or until done.
Serve with ketchup, mustard or your favorite hotdog toppings.
Enjoy and happy party hosting!