Thursday, December 30, 2010

How did we get here? Gluten free Cooking with the Kids?

I cook all the time!  I love it!  
Pasta is one of my families favorites.  
I actually make pasta sauce called Chiarla's (it's sold in small stores and Whole Foods). 
But when the Doctor told me she thought my rash was due to a gluten intolerance, and that I had to stop eating gluten, I was shocked!  
What else is there to eat: pasta, pizza, bread...hmmm

Well if you know me, after about 5 minutes of it sucks to be me, I moved on.  
It won't be too hard and actually most of the time, it really isn't.  
From time to time, I will cheat, but it's rare. 
When I do eat gluten, I get dots all! 
It makes me look ugly, and feel horrible! 

So moving on...

One of my favorite things to do is to cook with my boys, Tripp and Finn!  
As a result my boys love to help in the kitchen! 
They will try anything! 
My little boy Tripp is my official taste tester!  
He critiques my cooking and my sauces.  
He is a really funny kid.  
He's actually really good at too! 
(and I'm not just saying that because I'm his mom!)  

For example, my father-in-law works at a produce market and brought home lemonade.  
My son Tripp tried it and said, "you didn't say there was lime in it, pop-pop."  
My father-in-law responded by saying, "Tripp there is not- it's lemonade!" 
After a few back and fourths, my mother-in-law jumped in by reminded my father-in-law that my son was 5.  
The next day He went to the farmers market and asked the women who had made it if there was any chance that the lemonade had lime in it.  
Come to find out, my little taste tester was right!  
There was lime in the lemonade!

And now for the meat and potatoes... or whatever we doing in the kitchen tonight!

Tonight we are making: 

Tuscan Sausage Soup
Ready in about 45 minutes

8 to 10 Baby Carrots
2    Stalks Celery
1    Small Onion
1    Small Zucchini
1    Potato
1    Bag of 10 Minute Rice
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
24  oz Water
16  oz Tomato Product
1    Package Broccoli Rabe Sausage
2    Tsps Garlic
Parmesan Cheese

For Mom - 
  • Chop the following into bite size pieces: All the baby carrots, the small onion, the celery stalks, the zucchini, and the potato 
  • Peel the skin off broccoli rabe sausage
  • Boil rice- in microwave or stove (I use brown rice in a bag- 10 minute rice)
For Tripp and Finn - 
  1. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil into pan
  2. Pour 24 oz water into pot
  3. Mush up sausage with spoon
  4. Put 2 tspn garlic
  5. Put everything in the pan
Put on medium heat and cover while rice cooks- about 15 minutes

Then add tomato product- Today I added a jar of Chiarla's grandmas Sunday- but you can use canned tomatoes with basil, an unused pasta sauce, crushed tomatoes..whatever you have

Sprinkle with 2 tbsns fresh parsley., add rice and simmer for 15 more minutes

Boys sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top and serve!

One bowl of awesomeness!


Until next time...

Mom+ Tripp and Finn in the kitchen!

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