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Product Review and Giveaway: Carbo-loading Tuttorosso Style

gluten free pasta recipe
I love tomatoes. One of my staples when grocery store shopping is always canned tomatoes. I love them to make salsa, add to black beans, or add to rice with mojo sauce for a Cuban side dish. So when Tuttorosso asked me to try some of their products I obliged. Not only did they send me 3 large cans of tomatoes, they sent me a really cute apron. Call me a nerd, but I love aprons!

With the tomatoes they also sent some recipe cards. I decided to try the Italian Tomato Pasta Bake. It seemed very easy yet sounded delicious and I needed to carbo load for a run I was going to do the next day.  This recipe called for their Crushed Tomatoes with Basil.

Recipe Overview:
Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


3 cups (8 ounces) penne pasta
1 pound lean ground beef (I used ground turkey breast)
1 small green bell pepper, chopped (I had a red pepper instead)
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 (28 ounce) cans Tuttorosso® Crushed Tomatoes In Thick Puree With Basil or 2 (28 ounce) cans Tuttorosso® Crushed Tomatoes With Basil

Salt and black pepper to taste
2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese (I did not include cheese in mine)

gluten free pasta recipe
In addition to the ingredients the recipe called for, I decided to add some of the veggies I had around the house.

gluten free pasta recipe

I just added them to the sauce and let them simmer with the meat and basil seasoning.

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a 13x9x2 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook penne pasta according to package directions. Drain well; cover and keep warm. In a prepared baking dish, brown ground round in microwave oven; drain well.
2. Add green bell pepper, mushrooms, TUTTOROSSO® CRUSHED TOMATOES in thick puree with basil and salt; mix well. Return to microwave and bring mixture to a boil. Remove from microwave and add pasta; mix well.
(Note: our microwave was broken, so I just cooked everything in a pan on the stove.  It caused a delay in cooking time and dirtied an extra dish, but it did not impact flavor).

gluten free pasta recipe

3. Cover and bake in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

gluten free pasta recipeThe finished product was delicious! My only suggestion is that you really should pay attention to the salt to taste.  Mine needed a little more than I originally thought.  This is one dish I will most likely be trying again.

Product Give Away!!!

One lucky Gluten Free Jacksonville reader will win a prize pack that includes: the cute apron I am wearing and an assortment of Tuttorosso’s canned tomatoes.

To enter the drawing comment on this blog post. The winner will be announced next week.


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Product Review and Giveaway: Namaste Barbecue Coating Mix

Recently I was asked to do a product review of Namaste Barbecue Coating Mix.  I usually just mix up a concoction of Italian spices and toasted gluten-free bread crumbs to coat chicken, so I was excited to try something that was already pre-seasoned. This product contains no wheat, gluten, soy, corn, potato, dairy, casein, peanuts or tree nuts. Non-GMO, all natural, no preservatives.

We started with 3 chicken breasts and I used 1 whole egg to moisten the chicken. Prep was a little messy, even though I used the bag to mix. I may use a shallow dish next time and use egg whites instead of a whole egg since with three chicken breasts I barely used one egg.Instructions said 12-18 minutes, however, depending on the thickness of the chicken you may need to cook longer.  My chicken breasts were pretty thick so I had to cook for 30 minutes.  Around  minute 12 I put tin foil loosely on top so that the top wouldn’t burn.

The chicken came out tender and the coating stayed on. Most of the coatings I put on my chicken slide off the second I cut into it.  There was a nice honey taste to the chicken.  I was expecting it to be salty but it had a nice pepper taste. It could almost be made spicy with a chipotle pepper spice or by adding Tobasco.  The box came with two packages of coating I may try to go spicy with the next batch.   I decided to go “healthy southern” to compliment the barbecue and cooked up some corn and mustard greens I got in my veggie bin .

I am not sure how much this costs, but I think I would purchase if I saw it in the stores. I am intrigued to try their other flavors.

And yes, it was a dinner on the couch kinda night with my love!

Product Give Away!!!

One lucky Gluten Free Jacksonville reader will win a prize pack that includes: three Namaste Food Products, Namaste Grocery Tote, copy of Simple Pleasures Cookbook, copy of Living Without Magazine and assorted recipe cards.

To enter the drawing comment on this blog post. The winner will be announced next week.

Well, it is next week ( November 8) The winner of the Namaste Giveaway is Karen Lemoine Musselman!  I will email you with the details!  Congratulations!  Make sure to share photos of your food on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/GlutenFreeJacksonville).


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Vesta Dipping Grill in Denver, CO Drives Home a Hit!

This past weekend I visited a dear friend of mine in Denver Colorado.  She is one of the happiest people I know and she loves being active outdoors.  She is so cute, she ads “lou” at the end of things like Huggy-Lou, Kristy-Lou, Drinky-Lou.  It is her signature language.  Every time I come to visit, she does the best job planning activities.  This time was no different, she planned a fun night of drinks and dinner and even did some research on where I could eat gluten-free.  A few days before my trip Kristy sent me a link to the restaurant she had chosen, Vesta Dipping Grill

I immediately went to their website as well as did a search in google for Vesta Gluten free to see how friendly the web world thought Vesta Was for those of us with Celiac.  I immediately found it on Urban Spoon rated in the top ten restaurants in Denver for gluten-free dining.  I immediately went to their website and told them I was coming to eat there with some girl friends and wanted to see what kind of arrangements I needed to make there to let them know I would need a special menu.  While I never checked my email before dining, after we sat down we were approached by their manager Jeff Bustos who asked if Jennifer was at the table and he referenced my email to him.  He let us know, that I was looking at a Gluten Free menu, when in fact they have an actual Celiac menu.  I have never seen this before and could not have been happier. 

There is a growing trend across the nation for those without Celiac disease to eat gluten-free.  There are many benefits to dining gluten-free regardless of if you have Celiac or not, however extra precautions need to be taken in the food preparation process for those with Celiac.  The difference between the two menus is that the Celiac Menu took into account cross contamination while the Gluten Free menu only took into account ingredients in the meal that contain gluten. 

For example, I asked about the tater tots and was quickly informed that while the ingredients were gluten-free, they were fried in the same batter as gluten containing food items.  So this would be ok for someone trying to eat gluten-free without the sensitivity, but for me who cannot have ANY it is not ok. 

Vesta Dipping Grill also has gluten-free beer on their drink menu.  I have never seen gluten-free beer on a menu at a restaurant before.  It was delicious!  For dinner I ordered the Jalapeno Grilled Pork Tenderloin with coconut rice and mustard greens.  I got it with their recommended sauces which were green chili gastrique, Steuben’s chimichurri and bacon aioli.  It was AWESOME!  I did not like the green chili sauce too much but the other two were amazing.  I have always been a sauce girl.  I love dipping things like chips and salsa, veges and hummus and this night, pork tenderloin and bacon aioli.  It was so fun to dip, however, my meal could easily stand alone, the flavors and seasoning were just right.  My friend barely even dipped because she wanted to savor the flavor of her beef tenderloin.  I enjoyed the flavor of mine, but the variety of sauces was to die for.  The portion sizes were reasonable and the presentation was not pretentious, it was appropriate for the atmosphere.  As a southern girl, it was great to see a restaurant out west do greens right.  All in all a great experience, great ambiance and super service.


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