Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Beef Manicotti

I have a recipe for Manicotti that we haven't made in years.  I just haven't been able to find gluten free manicotti anywhere.  As much as I love Manicotti I prefer to make only one meal for the whole family so I tucked this recipes away. Until now.  I saw this done on another blog and wish I could remember where, to give them the credit for the genious idea.  I used gluten free lasagne noodles and rolled the filling up inside of them.  They were a bit too long so I cut them in half and they turned out perfectly.

This recipe is courtesy of Giadia De Laurentiis 


4 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 pound ground beef
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
14 (8-ounce package) manicotti (I used a box of GF lasagne noodles instead)
1 (15-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta
3 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups marinara sauce
2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces


Heat a heavy medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, onion and ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until the meat browns and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and cool.

Brush 1 teaspoon of oil over a large baking sheet. Cook the manicotti in a large pot of boiling salted water until slightly softened, but still very firm to the bite, about 4 to 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the manicotti from the pot to the oiled baking sheet and cool.

Meanwhile, combine the ricotta, 1 1/2 to 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and parsley. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper to taste, and mix. Stir the cooled meat mixture into the cheese mixture.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Brush the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil over a 13 by 9 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Spoon 1 1/2 cups of the marinara sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Fill the manicotti with the cheese-meat mixture. Arrange the stuffed pasta in a single layer in the prepared dish and spoon the remaining sauce over.

Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, then the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan over the stuffed pasta. Dot entire dish with the butter pieces. Bake the manicotti uncovered until heated through and the sauce bubbles on the sides of the dish, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let the manicotti stand 5 minutes and serve.

I also served this dish with cheese rolls from Cheese Bread Mania sprinkled with Salad Supreme before baking.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Wendy's has become by far our most common stop for gluten free fast food.  So many places are jumping on the gluten free train, but this has always felt safe and reasonably healthy.  For a list of gluten free menu items CLICK HERE.

Our favorite gluten free menu choices are:
Baked Potato
Burger w/o bun

Monday, July 25, 2011

Luna Protein Bars

This is great news......
All flavors of Luna Protein bars are gluten free!!

I recently discovered these bars at my Target store and bought them for Brittany to try.  She has loved all of the flavors, especially Mint.  I am always thrilled to find a 'healthy' snack that she can pack in her purse to eat on the go.  They are just under 6 dollars for a box of six.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Gluten Free Rice Krispies

We made our first batch of these yummy treats tonight!
I have found boxes this new cereal at Walmart and Smith's.
Gluten-Free Treats
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® Gluten Free cereal

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES Gluten Free cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.