This month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re going to explore different Tastes of the World. This week’s theme starts with Italian Meals. I’m not Italian, so my version of Italian food may be more American than Italian, but here’s what it means to me:
Pasta. That’s the first thing I think about when I think of Italian food. Fortunately there are a lot of options for gluten-free pasta these days. We can find several different shapes of gluten-free pastas at our grocery stores, Target, Walmart, and even Amazon.
You just need to decide which ones work best for your recipes. Some are made from corn, some with quinoa, some with rice, and other grains. I find that the pastas with a mix of flours is the most versatile, but you may have to try a few before you find what works (and tastes) best for your family. Nicole at Gluten-Free on a Shoestring says she knows the right way to boil gluten-free pasta. Follow her directions to cook your pasta perfectly al dente and not sticky, gummy, or crunchy.
If you’ve got the time and desire, you can also make your own gluten-free pasta. Try these recipes by Jamie Oliver, King Arthur Flour, Nurture My Gut (almond flour), Gluten-Free on a Shoestring (using a pasta machine), and Bob’s Red Mill.
Tomato, Basil, Oregano, and Garlic. The second thing I think about when I think of Italian food is the flavor these add to dishes. Whether on pasta, bruschetta, or meat, each ingredient adds great flavor to your meals.
EVOO. Don’t forget the Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Used in cooking everything, isn’t it? Toss your pasta in it. Brush your bread with it. Pan-fry meats with it. Saute your vegetables with it. And use it to make yummy salad dressings!
This week, I’m trying some new Italian recipes, which you’ll find in my menu below. Here are a few additional recipes I have that I would consider to be inspired by Italian cooking and recipes:
- Chicken Spaghetti
- Greek Pasta Salad with Chicken (use Italian Dressing or Parmesan Salad Dressing)
- Baked Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze
- Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for Italian Gluten-Free Meals.
Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Monday – Italian Baked Tilapia (using gluten-free bread crumbs and Italian dressing), spaghetti squash and spinach
Tuesday – leftovers
Wednesday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Fried Potato Balls, Green Beans
Friday – Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Roasted Broccoli
Saturday – Spaghetti Carbonara (also from Gluten-Free Made Easy), Tossed Green Salad
Sunday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken, Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing, toasted garlic bread
Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup
The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori has Italian meals planned for everyday this week! And, I love the variety she’s chosen. Spaghetti and Meatballs start the week for her. Lori says she likes to use Tinkyada’s brown rice pasta, and makes the meatballs without breadcrumbs. Next, she’ll be making Minestrone Soup in the crock pot, Chicken Cacciatore, Egg Plant Rolls, and Mediterranean Salmon Salad. She’ll finish up this Italian week with a gluten-free pizza. Delizioso!
The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth likes to make spaghetti and meatballs at her house. She also enjoys lasagna with cashew ricotta and mushroom caps to make it work for her restricted diet. Other meals at her house this week include Irresistible Grilled Shrimp, Chili with Cornbread, Chef Salad, Avocado Salad, Peachy Keen Smoothie, Veggie Soup, and Pizza.
The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
I don’t see Italian meals on Kimberlee’s menu this week. Instead, I see Tex-Mex meals: Slow Cooker Chipotle Chili, Ranch Chicken Casserole, Chili Cheese Fries, and Oven-baked Tacos. And don’t forget to check out her Crustless Quiche, Cheeseburgers, and Blueberry Pancakes.
Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Italian Meals.
Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
- For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
- Join us again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Gluten-Free Mexican Dinners.
- The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.
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