Italian Recipes (Gluten Free/Dairy Free)
Portobello Pizzas with Pan-fried Eggplant and
These pizzas are built on a marinated Portobello mushroom. They feature an enhanced sauce, a pan-fried eggplant layer, a layer of roasted peppers and topped with a "parmesan cheese" made from almonds. These pizzas are colorful, packed with flavor, elegant and a crowd-pleaser
Fresh Homemade Pesto on Rice Pasta with Glazed, Baked Acorn Squash
This pesto is made with a miso base, fresh basil and pinon (pine) nuts. It is served on purchased rice pasta with glazed baked acorn squash slices. This is a fast, easy every-day meal.
Carbonara Cream Sauce on Rice Pasta with Tempeh Bacon and Braised Brussels Sprouts
Traditionally, carbonara sauce is made with cream, eggs, bacon and peas. We'll show how to make bacon with tempe and a cream sauce with raw cashews. You'll be amazed at the versatility of a cashew, and at how rich and wonderful sauces made from them are! It sounds a little different - but it tastes rich and creamy and is comforting and filling. You'll be proud to serve this elegant dish to company. I shuggest serving it with braised Brussels sprouts.
Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables, Cashew/Ume Topping; Shitake Mushroom/Sundried Tomatos; Tofu "Cheese"
This un-traditional lasagna features several layers - shitake mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, roasted tomatoes with garlic and fresh basil, a "cheese" made of tofu, and a layer of roasted vegetables. It is beautiful to look at and a nice alternative to traditional lasagna. I've served this to company and they said they loved it!
Spaghetti and Meatballs with "Parm" Topping; Tomato Sauce; Garlic Avocado Dressing on Mixed Green Salad
This is another meal most people think they'll never enjoy again when on a dairy-free or gluten free, or low cholesterol diet. Not true! These meatballs are made from a mushroom base. Meat-eating tasters report they thought they were made from meat! The sauce is a homemade cabernet-tomato sauce and the purchased spaghetti is made of rice. The dish is topped with a "parmesan cheese" made from almonds. This topping is a "go to" in my house. I use it to fortify the flavor of lots of things like tuna patties, meatloaf, on top of carbanara, etc. This is a fun meal to make and one your whole family will enjoy.
Minestrone and Homemade Herbed Breadsticks
The soup is hearty, filling and fresh. It features okra - a natural vegetable thickener. The soup has a comforting array of herbs complimented with vegetables, pasta and beans. You'll learn the slow-cooking method as well as how to make a homemade stock. The herbed breadsticks taste great and are packed with Italian flavor. Wheat-eating tasters report they would never have known anything was "different" about these breadsticks.