Comfort Foods

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When you are on a gluten-free and dairy free diet you have limitations as far as comfort food goes. No more donuts, cheeseburgers, pizza, or pasta. It is so hard to let go some of your favorite foods when going gluten-free. My favorite meal has always been spaghetti. That’s what I always wanted for my birthday meal as a child. So after many attempts at finding a good GF pasta, I finally found one in Tinkyada’s brand. It is even made from brown rice, making it a healthier choice. I love, love, love making the kids baked spaghetti. Stir some spaghetti sauce and pasta together and top with daiya mozzarella cheese and bake it at 350 until it browns on top. Voila! Baked spaghetti! Another great all time fave is spaghetti and meatballs. We just made this last week and we all loved it!

GF Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti (I use Tinkyada brand)

1 lb. hamburger

1 egg

3/4 c. GF bread crumbs

1/4 c. onions chopped fine

1/2 tsp. Gluten-Free Italian Seasoning

1 tablespoon of finely chopped sweet green pepper (optional)

1/2 tsp. Sea salt

Spaghetti Sauce

Combine egg, bread crumbs, onion, sweet pepper, seasoning and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add ground beef and pat into a rectangle on wax paper as shown in the picture. You can then cut into squares. (Size depends on your taste.) Roll into balls and put into a 350 oven for 15-20 minutes. When done drain (if needed) and simmer in spaghetti sauce. Serve over spaghetti noodles.

Gluten-Free Tempura Batter (Onion Rings)

1 1/3 c. All Purpose Gluten-free Flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)

2 Egg Yolks

1 1/3 c. Ice cold water

1/2 tsp. Xantham Gum

1/2 to 1 tsp. of Sea Salt (As desired)

Mix flour, egg yolks, and half of water in a bowl. Whisk rest of water in until smooth; then stir in salt if desired. Batter will be thin, this is normal. Coat onions before dropping into hot oil. We use a deep fryer. (As you can see in the pictures we fry things outside in true country-style!) Also, canola oil is always better for you then vegetable oil.

I was really craving some all-american food tonight so I went all out and had some big ol hamburgers to go with it. These onion rings are amazing!!!!! The hamburger is on a Gluten-Free hamburger bun by Kinnikinnick topped with all the trimmings. This batter is also good with any vegetables, apples, seafood or chicken.



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