GLUTEN FREE TURKEY MEATBALLS AND ARRABIATA SAUCE

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON  http://glutenfreejess.com/2015/08/03/cheesy-turkey-meatballs-with-arrabiata-sauce-gluten-free/

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Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
30 mins
Total time
50 mins
Author: Jessica Schlangen {Gluten Free Jess}
Serves: 24-30 meatballs
Ingredients
  • 1 jar of Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties Sauce – Arrabiata (if you don’t like spice try tomato basil or marinara) The tomato basil is available at WalMart; the Arrabiata is sold at Feel Right Health food stores in the Buffalo area*
  • 1.25 pound ground turkey (this is the size I usually find it in)
  • ½ small yellow onion, grated or very finely minced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, grated or very finely minced
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley (of course you can use fresh if you have it on hand)
  • ½ tsp salt**
  • black pepper** to taste
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • grated parmesan cheese and parsely for garnish (optional)
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl add ground turkey, cornmeal, parsley, salt, pepper, and mozzarella cheese.
  2. Lightly beat 2 eggs and add to the mixing bowl.
  3. Grate or finely mince onion and garlic. Add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Mix well to combine. Just use your hands…it works the best!
  5. Form meatballs. You can use a spoon or cookie scoop to measure out even meatballs. You will get about 24-30 based on the size you make.
  6. Heat a couple of tablespoons of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)** on medium in a large skillet.
  7. Brown the meatballs on all sides. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
  8. Turn the meatballs every couple of minutes until they are browned on all sides. Be careful when you turn them so that you don’t break up the meatballs.
  9. When all of the meatballs have been browned, add the arrabiata sauce to the pan.
  10. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  11. Serve meatballs on their own, with pasta, or on a meatball sandwich.
  12. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and parsley. (optional)

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*Other sauces may be used but Uncle Steve’s are good if you are looking for gluten free.  The sauce I like does not say it is gluten free but I’m sure if you’re Gluten Free you are used to reading labels and looking for the handy Gluten Free Symbol***:

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PLEASE COMMENT IF YOU HAVE SOME OTHER GLUTEN FREE SAUCES THAT ARE EASILY FOUND IN THE GROCERY STORE!

**There is no reason to add salt and pepper!  Especially using arriabata sauce which is spicy!

***I do not brown my meatballs in oil of any kind to cut down on fat.  I bake them in a 400 degree F oven (I use a toaster oven especially in summer) for 20 minutes and then add them to the sauce that is simmering on the stove!

****OTHER GLUTEN FREE SYMBOLS TO LOOK FOR ON FOOD LABELS:

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WHAT’S TRENDING IN FOOD AND NUTRITION

As a Registered Dietitian I like to keep abreast of what is trending in the field.  I love to experience new foods and try out new ideas.  My husband often needs some coaxing in trying new things though as is true with much of the public – it’s kind of like a toddler who is going through the stages of “picky eating” and “food jags”.  I use the same principles – offer a new food with other favorite foods, ask for a “no thank you” bite and don’t make an issue of food choices – just offer a variety of healthy foods to choose from!

Ancient grains are “in” again. They’re back and nutritionally superior than many modern-day, refined grains. Some to check out this year include quinoa, kaniwa, wheat berries, and millet

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Kale and chia seeds are the craze. Kale and chia seeds are unarguably two of the hottest superfoods as of late.  Just look at these health benefits of chia seeds!

Belief in the “wheat belly”Regardless of the conflicting evidence to support wheat-free and gluten-free diets for weight loss, Paleo and gluten-free diets will remain the most popular among those looking to control their weight. Gluten-free diets also help those suffering from inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

We’re using MyPlate to fill your plate. Thank goodness the Food Pyramid finally crumbled because quite honestly it was confusing even for us dietitians. This year we’re all about using the USDA’s MyPlate to help teach you how to fill your plate with more nutritious foods.

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Local & sustainable foods are favorable. These were the two most trendy terms among consumers shopping for groceries.

Being more comfortable the weigh you are. The number of consumers who are comfortable with being an “unhealthy” weight seems to be on the rise this year.  Many people remain healthy even while carrying extra body weight – maybe the “big bone” theory has some credence!

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The low-fat trend is finally fading. Consumers are adding more fat back to their diets since recent studies have shown that “low fat” doesn’t necessarily lead to less body fat.

Breastfeeding is on the rise – YES!!  Women are overcoming the mass media of huge formula companies pushing their product and going with the natural and best way to feed their babies.

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Fruits and veggies first. Eating more servings of fruits and veggies was ranked the most important diet tweak to improve overall health this year.

Using low carbohydrate squash in place of pasta.  Spaghetti squash and zucchini make wonderful “noodles”.

Adapted from 14 Food & Nutrition Trends for 2014 at http://blog.myfitnesspal.com

JUMP START YOUR GLUTEN-FREE DIET!

JUMP START YOUR GLUTEN FREE DIET

JUMP START YOUR GLUTEN-FREE DIET! LIVING WITH CELIAC DISEASE & GLUTEN INTOLERANCE WAS A VERY INFORMATIVE BOOK FOR SOMEONE JUST BEING DIAGNOSED WITH THE DISEASE OR SENSITIVITY.  I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY TECHNICAL REGARDING DESCRIBING THE DISEASE.  THE BOOK REALLY DISCUSSES THE TESTS NEEDED FOR DIAGNOSIS – ALSO QUITE TECHNICAL.  THERE ARE SOME RECIPES AT THE END OF THE BOOK.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE WAS THAT I FELT THE TECHNICAL ASPECT MAY TURN SOME PEOPLE OFF (WHO HAVE NOT HAD MUCH EXPOSURE TO THE SCIENCES AND MEDICINE).  THE RECIPES WERE ALSO A LET DOWN.  THERE WERE TOO MANY INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION STEPS FOR ME.  THE RECIPES ALSO JUST HAD GF (GLUTEN-FREE) OR GFCF (GLUTEN-FREE CASEIN-FREE) PASTA, FOR EXAMPLE, RATHER THAN ANY BRAND NAMES OR SUGGESTIONS.

EVERY TIME I PREPARE A RECIPE  I LOOK AT THE LABELS OF ALL THE INGREDIENTS AND AM AMAZED WHERE GLUTEN IS HIDING (CHICK PEAS AND ONION SOUP MIX!).  I DO TRY TO FIND AND USE BRANDS THAT ARE GLUTEN FREE.

THIS BOOK IS A FREE KINDLE BOOK ON AMAZON IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

GOING GLUTEN FREE RESOURCES-PLEASE COMMENT/SHARE

ALWAYS GETTING QUESTIONS ABOUT GOING GLUTEN FREE SO I DECIDED TO PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF SOME OF THE RESOURCES THAT I USE AND OTHERS HAVE RECOMMENDED.

BOOKS AND RECIPES:

Living Gluten Free For Dummies by Danna Korn

LIVING GLUTEN FREE FOR DUMMIES

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Gluten-Free-Dummies-Pocket-Danna-ebook/dp/B004JHZ05A/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410267629&sr=1-8&keywords=gluten+free+cookbooks+best+sellers

Gluten Free: The Beginner’s Guide to Living the Gluten Free Lifestyle Today by Sarah Hampton

GLUTEN FREE THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE

http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Gluten-Free-Sugar-Free-Dairy-Free-ebook/dp/B00KP49J4O/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410268739&sr=1-6&keywords=gluten+free

Gluten Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap by Nicole Hunn

GLUTEN FREE ON A SHOE STRING

http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Shoestring-Recipes-Eating-Cheap-ebook/dp/B004OVEYOY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410281271&sr=1-1&keywords=gluten+free+on+a+shoestring

Jump Start Your Gluten-Free Diet!  Living with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance by Kim Koeller

JUMP START YOUR GLUTEN FREE DIET

http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Living-Coeliac-Disease-Intolerance-ebook/dp/B00BF1NCM6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410268941&sr=1-1&keywords=gluten+free  (A FREE KINDLE BOOK)

BLOGS/WEBSITES:

http://glutenfreegus.com/

http://www.glutenfreeliving.com/

http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/

http://thingsmybellylikes.com/

SOME OF MY RECIPES ARE GLUTEN FREE AND SOME HAVE NUTRITION TIPS:

OATMEAL IN YOUR GLUTEN FREE DIET     http://wp.me/p3CD01-fd

WHAT’S ALL THE HYPE ABOUT GLUTEN FREE    http://wp.me/p3CD01-5H

PORK AND FRESH VEGEGATBLE STIR FRY    http://wp.me/p3CD01-qQ

RATATOILLE – DELICIOUS!    http://wp.me/p3CD01-pv

STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH   http://wp.me/p3CD01-ol

 

PLEASE COMMENT WITH PROS/CONS AND ANY ADDITIONS YOU HAVE THAT WORK FOR YOU!

SUMMER COOK OUT – STEAK AND POTATOES

SPICY STEAK AND BLACK BEAN SALSA ACCOMPANIED BY BBQ POTATO SALAD AND GRILLED CORN

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PRONTO SPICY STEAK AND BLACK BEAN SALSA
2 steaks of your liking (I used New York Strip Steaks)

Salsa
1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp cilantro

Seasoning
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Combine seasoning ingredients in a small container.  Trim fat from beef and press seasoning mixture evenly into surface of steaks reserving about 1 Tbsp of the seasoning mix for the salsa.  Grill steaks to your liking (about 10 minutes each side).  Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine salsa ingredients and add reserved seasoning mixture.  Mix well.

**I USUALLY MAKE THIS MEAL IN THE MORNING AND PLACE THE STEAK IN A ZIP-LOCK BAG WITH THE SEASONING FOR LATER GRILLING.  REFRIGERATE THE SALSA AND THE FLAVORS MINGLE ALL DAY.

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BBQ POTATO SALAD

1/3 cup your favorite ranch dressing (I will be posting a healthy version soon)
1/3 cup BBQ sauce (I used Kraft Mesquite flavor)
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 potatoes, diced and cooked – cooled (I usually microwave about 5-7 minutes and rinse in cold water)*
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup chopped green or red pepper
1/2 cup chopped red onion

Mix first 3 ingredients in a small bowl.  In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients.  Add dressing and mix well. REFRIGERATE  UNTIL DINNERTIME.

*RED POTATOES WOULD ADD MORE COLOR; SWEET POTATOES WOULD ADD COLOR AND VITAMINS; SOMETIMES I ADD OSCAR MEYER REAL BACON CRUMBS TOO BUT THAT WILL INCREASE CALORIES AND FAT!

 GRILLED CORN

SHUCK YOUR CORN, SLATHER A LIGHT COAT OF BUTTER OVER THE KERNELS AND LIGHTLY SALT AND PEPPER.  WRAP IN FOIL AND GRILL WITH THE STEAK FOR THE LAST 10 MINUTES.  SOME PEOPLE PREFER TO SOAK THEIR CORN IN THE HUSK AND GRILL WITH THE HUSK ON – I JUST FIND IT HARDER TO SHUCK WHEN IT IS HOT SO I USE THE FOIL WRAP.

POUR THE SALSA OVER YOUR GRILLED STEAK AND HAVE A BIG FRESH SALAD TO ROUND OUT THE MEAL.

THE SALSA IS ALSO EXCELLENT ON IT’S OWN AS AN APPETIZER SERVED WITH TORTILLA CHIPS.

ENJOY!

SUNFLOWER HUMMUS 

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1 (15oz) can chick peas, drained and rinsed – reserve 2Tbsp liquid
1/2 c sunflower kernels
1/2 chopped onion
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp minced jalapenos or hot pepper sauce
1/4 c miracle whip
1/4 c Parmesan cheese

Add all to a blender and grind/chop for a course hummus or blend/puree for a smoother hummus. I found I needed to add chick peas a little at a time or my blender could not handle the load!

YOU COULD ADD SOME ROASTED RED PEPPERS TOO!!

VEGETARIAN AND GLUTEN FREE** IF SERVED WITH GLUTEN FREE CRACKERS.

CHICK PEAS ARE NATURALLY GLUTEN FREE BUT MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF WHEAT FROM CROSS CONTAMINATION IN PROCESSING.  DRAIN AND RINSE WELL!!

GREAT FOR SUMMER HOR’DORVES WITH COCKTAILS!

STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH

STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH

THIS LOOKED SO GOOD I HAD TO TRY IT RIGHT AWAY!  THE ORIGINAL RECIPE CALLED FOR BAKING THE SPAGHETTI SQUASH IN THE OVEN FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF BUT I COOKED MINE IN THE MICROWAVE IN 9 MINUTES.  AND INSTEAD OF SAUTEING VEGETABLES, GARLIC AND SAUSAGE, I THREW EVERYTHING IN THE CROCK POT.  THIS MADE THE DISH QUICK AND EASY!

Ingredients

  • 2 spaghetti squash
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 3 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage (I USED HOT SAUSAGE LINKS and cut them up before adding spaghetti squash to Crock)
  • 2 C jarred marinara sauce – your favorite or your homemade
  • 16 oz fresh mozzarella (I USED A SHREDDED ITALIAN BLEND)
  • 1/4 C parsley, freshly chopped
  • 3 basil leaves, torn

Instructions

  1. Pierce the spaghetti squash several times with a sharp knife.  Place on microwave safe dish and cover loosely with waxed paper.  Microwave on HIGH 10 minutes – check if done (when skin can be pierced easily they’re done).  Microwave 3-5 minutes longer if needed.  Set aside to cool.
  2. While the squash is microwaving, cut up your vegetables and add to crock pot.  Add sausage, salt and pepper and marinara sauce to the crock pot and place on LOW setting for 4-5 hours.**
  3. When spaghetti squash is cool enough to handle cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds (using a spoon is easiest). Scoop “spaghetti” strands into the Crock Pot in the last hour of cooking. Keep the squash shell intact.  Stir well.
  4. Spoon mixture into squash shells and top with thick slices of mozzarella.
  5. Place in 350 degree oven and bake 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted or place on a microwave safe plate, add toothpicks and lightly cover with waxed paper.  Then microwave on HIGH 2-3 minutes to melt cheese.
  6. Top each squash with parsley and basil.

**I used a 14.4 oz bag of Birds Eye frozen pepper stir fry – thawed – in place of the onion and red pepper and added in the last hour of cooking in the Crock Pot.  This made the recipe even easier!

THIS RECIPE IS GLUTEN FREE AND COULD EASILY BE MADE VEGETARIAN BY ELIMINATING THE SAUSAGE!

 

WHAT TO DO WITH A HAM BONE

NO, I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT MY HUSBAND WHEN THERE ARE NEWS CAMERAS AROUND!

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MAKE HAM AND SPLIT PEA SOUP!
Ham bone with some meat still on it
16 oz bag dry split green peas
2 potatoes, diced
4 celery stalks, diced
20-30 baby carrots, diced
1 small onion, diced
6-8 c chicken broth
Left over ham cut into bite-sized pieces

Put the broth and ham bone in a large soup kettle and set on high heat.  Begin chopping vegetables and ham and add everything to the soup pot.  Cover and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about an hour.  Remove ham bone and let cool slightly.  Remove any usable meat from the bone and add to soup.

Serve with a little fresh ground black pepper!

WHAT ABOUT GLUTEN?

Dry split green peas are naturally gluten free but they are subject to cross contamination in processing and packaging.  A soak and a rinse will help.  Arrowhead Mills is one brand that specifically states it is Gluten Free.

EASY AND DELICIOUS!

POTATOES WITH PEPPERS AND ONIONS

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4 Red Potatoes, Quartered
1/2# Mini Sweet Peppers (yellow, orange and red)
1/2 Red Onion, sliced and quartered
3 Celery Stalks, coarsely chopped
1/4 c Italian, Balsamic or Greek Salad Dressing (use “lite” if desired)
sea salt
fresh ground black pepper

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.  Coat a 13″ X 9″ baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Add potatoes, peppers and onion. Drizzle salad dressing on top and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Bake 40 to 50 minutes until the onion is carmelized. potatoes are soft and veggies are tender crisp with some blackened areas.

SERVE AS A VEGETARIAN MEAL WITH A LITTLE SHREDDED ITALIAN STYLE CHEESE ON TOP OR AS A SIDE DISH WITH BEEF, PORK OR POULTRY.  IT WOULD ALSO BE GREAT WITH SOME HOT TURKEY SAUSAGE!

I SERVED IT WITH A HAM I GOT AS A DEAL TO HAVE WITH COMPANY AND I ALWAYS SERVE A BIG FRESH SALAD WITH MY MEAL.

THIS DISH IS ALSO GLUTEN FREE!  ENJOY!!

SPICED CHICKEN AND BEAN SALAD

SPICED CHICKEN AND BEAN SALAD

2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 # chicken breasts/tenders
1 c frozen green beans
1 c frozen wax beans (if you can find them – what happened to these?)
1 c frozen lima beans
1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, sliced
3 oz crumbled blue cheese
Ranch dressing

Combine oil and spices. Coat Chicken and grill 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine beans in microwave dish. Microwave until heated through. Prepare avocado. Cut up chicken and serve over salad with ranch dressing.

I ADDED BLACK BEANS TO THE SALAD AND GRILLED SOME HOMEMADE SWEET POTATO FRIES (USED THE SAME OIL AND SPICES) WITH THE CHICKEN! JUST DELICIOUS!

QUICK AND EASY FOR A WINTER COOK OUT! LOTS OF COLORS MEANS LOTS OF ANTIOXIDANTS AND CANCER FIGHTING.  YOU CAN USE A LOW FAT RANCH DRESSING BUT I PREFER TO USE LESS OF THE REAL STUFF!