Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pasta Salad

I love how with each holiday we have certain dishes that are a must to complete the holiday menu. If I deviate from the standard meal there will be a nose out of joint trust me! Fourth of July is no different. Our standard menu is hot dogs, hamburgers, corn, pasta salad and red, white and blue cake.

Now all I need to is convert this meal so it is GFCF.
These we all no brainers.
Hot dogs~ Hebrew Nation.
Hamburger use organic meat or the leanest meat I can find.
Morning Star garden burgers
Corn, local and organic. These we all no brainers.
Heinz ketchup is GFCF
Marshmallows are GFCF ( if you have any doubt, marshmallows can be rinsed to remove the cornstarch/powdered sugar. Must then place them on a drying rack. These will be sticky!

First to convert is my pasta salad. Easy enough, use brown rice pasta. For the dressing I always cracked open a bottle of zesty Italian dressing, add some lemon juice and if it was too dry a little olive oil. Instead I made my dressing rather than buying a bottle of dressing. That was easy. Why had I never done that before?

Oh on a side note: I can tell you that Wishbone dressings are celiac friendly. The company will always list gluten when necessary.

I took my salad to Northshore Special Families cook out and everyone raved. They could not believe it was gluten-free! Remember buy local produce as often as you can. The sky is the limit with what vegetables you include more the tastier

Pasta Salad

Gluten- free pasta
red peppers
green peppers
yellow peppers
orange peppers
yellow squash
green squash

dressing ingrediants
Gluten-free pasta. Cook according to manufactures direction. While the pasta is cooking chop those veggies. Drain pasta. Allow the pasta to completely cool, otherwise it will start to cook the veggies when added. Mix veggies and pasta adding marinade for the artichoke hearts. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and Italian dressing. Season with salt, pepper and parsley.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. This salad is actually better the next day but it never makes it that far.
Enjoy! ~blair

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