Gluten Free Rigatoni with Organic Pink Turkey Sauce

This is one of my daughters favorite dinners. I make it once every few weeks to keep her happy. Recently I found this fresh gluten free pasta at the market and its become a staple in our house. My daughter does not like red sauce so I make a pink sauce instead and put lots of veggies in it. Like most of my recipes, I just make it in my head, its rare I follow any recipe unless I’m baking. For this recipe you can take out most of anything you don’t like or add whatever you want in that sounds good to you. It’s very simple.

Gluten Free Rigatoni with a Pink Turkey Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 box of fresh gluten free pasta
  • 1 package of organic dark ground turkey meat
  • 5-10 button mushrooms
  • 1 handful of spinach (chopped)
  • 1 handful of fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 sweet onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

 

Directions:

  • In a large pot add olive oil, onions and garlic. Cook until translucent.
  • Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink
  • Add mushrooms, basil and tomatoes
  • Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes
  • Add spinach and continue to cook for another 5 minutes
  • Add ricotta cheese, cream and parmesan cheese
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve over fresh pasta
  • Sprinkle grated parmesan on top

 

Thai Green Curry with Fish and Vegetables

I love the taste of curry especially on cold days. Nothing beats the warm heat of a spicy curry making your mouth numb. This is not a completely traditional Thai recipe but its close. I wanted the curry to be more the sauce for the fish rather than a soupy curry. I used less curry paste so that it was less spicy so my kid could enjoy it too.

This week at the Thai market they had Thai baby eggplant and because it is so rare I couldn’t pass up buying it. Thai baby eggplant look like peas but they are bitter and compliment the sweet basil green curry flavor.

I used a vegetable stock instead of any chicken stock so this is a vegetarian friendly recipe (those who eat fish).

Thai Green Curry with Fish and Vegetables

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of green curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut oil
  • 1 handful of Thai baby eggplant
  • Thai basil (chopped)
  • 1 zucchini (chopped)
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (torn in half)
  • 1 handful of green beans (chopped)
  • 1 can of bamboo shoots
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 8 oz of vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of fish sauce (to taste)
  • 2 – 3 large pieces of white fish (I used wild caught cod)

Directions:

  • In a large pot heat the curry paste and oil together
  • Add 1 can of coconut milk and vegetable stock bring to a boil
  • Add a large handful of chopped Thai basil, i used extra to bring more flavor
  • Add 2 kaffir lime leaves torn in half
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes
  • Add vegetables
  • Let cook on medium heat for 10 minutes
  • Add Fish to the top of the curry and flip over after 5-10 minutes
  • Cook fish thoroughly until no longer translucent
  • Server over rice if you want

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Nathalie’s Peanut Sauce Noodle Salad

This is a recipe I’ve created and have been making for many years. It’s not a traditional Thai recipe but I do sometimes serve it at parties because I can make it ahead of time by cutting all the vegetables and making the noodles and placing in the refrigerator when ready. This also makes a great bento box lunch!

Nathalie's Peanut Sauce Noodle Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of fresh bean sprouts
  • 3 carrots (julienned)
  • 1 medium diakon (julienned)
  • 3 Persian (or english) cucumbers (julienned)
  • 2 stalks of finely chopped green onions (optional)
  • 1 handful of finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 package of Chinese vermicelli noodles (prepared per package instructions)
  • 1 package of organic chicken tenders (boiled and cut) or you can substitute with a rotisserie chicken cut up
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Sauce – (recipe here) https://nathalieskitchen.com/2015/11/07/nathalies-thai-peanut-sauce/

Directions:

  • Assemble all ingredients in a bowl and serve with peanut sauce
  • If the noodles get to sticky you can rinse with cold water and squeeze the water out before assembling

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Pork and Pumpkin Stew

I’ve always wanted to cook with pumpkins in a savory dish rather than just pumpkin pie, so last Sunday I attended a technique cooking class at Williams-Sonoma. Wow is this recipe delicious! It is perfect for cold weather day, or in my case cold air conditioning day.

I made my own chicken broth and chicken demi-glace. I also used pork tenderloin instead of pork shoulder. I only cooked in the oven for 1.5 hours instead of 2.

Pork and Pumpkin Stew

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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(recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma)

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/pork-and-pumpkin-stew.html)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. chicken demi-glace
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. applesauce
  • 9 oz. canned diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 lb. peeled and diced (3/4-inch dice) pumpkin or winter squash, such as kabocha
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh sage
  • 4 tsp. chicken stock concentrate mixed with 2 cups water, or 2 cups chicken stock

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 325°F.

Season the pork with salt and black pepper. In a 3 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Working in batches, brown the pork on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.

Reduce the heat to medium and warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, demi-glace, tomato paste, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, cloves and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the vinegar, applesauce, tomatoes with their juices, pumpkin, sage, stock and pork. Bring to a boil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pot to the oven and cook until the pork is fork-tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Serve the stew over mashed potatoes, see my recipe under “vegetables”.

Easy Dinners – Baked Halibut and Pasta Salad

My daughter loves Hawaiian pasta salad. The creaminess of the mayo and milk and tartness of the white wine vinegar give the pasta a great flavor.

I don’t always cook everything from scratch every night, I don’t have the time. So, i get help from some frozen foods or cooked items from the grocery store and add in a homemade dish.

I still have some fresh corn, chives and tomatoes i picked up from the farmers market on Sunday. I decided to use those in my pasta salad tonight to pair with the Trader Joe’s Halibut. You can really use any veggies you wish. Traditional Hawaiian pasta salad just has carrots and onion.

I like to pair these together, you don’t need any tarter sauce for the fish.

Creamy Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 box of pasta (I like to use elbows or macaroni)
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup of fresh corn (cooked and taken off the husk)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup of white onion (optional)
  • 1 cup of Mayo (you can use less if you wish)
  • 2 tablespoons of half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon (or 2 depending on taste) of white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

Mix the mayo, cream, vinegar, salt and pepper together.

Add all veggies

Add Pasta

Stir together well

Enjoy

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preparing corn

Pasta Salad ingrediants
Pasta Salad ingredients

Pasta salad dressing
Pasta salad dressing

Trader Joes Halibut is awesome!
Trader Joes Halibut is awesome!

Halibut and Pasta Salad
Halibut and Pasta Salad