Gluten Free Fusilli with seasoned beef and alfredo sauce

Tonight I wanted to keep it simple and pasta seemed an easy bet. I was at the Grocery Outlet awhile back and they were selling Gluten Free pasta that I decided to try.

They had Explore Asian’s Organic Thai Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli. I couldn’t resist and grabbed a bag to eventually try. Tonight was the night! It is simply made from Organic Thai Brown Rice, Organic Tapioca Flour and water.

It was very tasty to say the least and went well with the seasoned beef and alfredo sauce!

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Udi’s Gluten Free Ziti & Meatballs – Review


I was very delighted tonight to finally try Udi’s Gluten Free Ziti & Meatballs Frozen entree tonight.  I even got two thumbs up from my husband who is very finicky!!

1943Nevertheless, I bought 3 bags since an 18oz  bag only contains two servings. I tossed all 3 bags into a large glass bowl and placed it into the microwave for 10 minutes. When the buzzer went off I stirred gently as to not to break the ziti and then placed it back into the microwave for another 10 minutes.

The aroma in the kitchen smelled like I had been making sauce all day long! My husband at first was leery and had an “OMG what is for dinner look on his face?”

One bite in he said he LOVED this meal, ate 3 helpings and told me I needed to stock up on more bags!!!So I would say he like it, LOL!!

And of course, I love easy meals like this when I have a busy day due to the kids being in Scouting. And having it ready in 20 minutes is perfect. The price was roughly $8.00 at Walmart the last time I saw it, but I bought these bags at the Grocery Outlet today for $2.49/bag which is a fantastic price especially when you are buying 3 bags to feed a family of 5. AND there was at least one helping leftover for lunch tomorrow!

All in all, Udi’s Gluten Free Ziti & Meatballs  was great tasting, easy to prepare and no one squawked over not wanting to eat. Everyone left happy and satisfied.

I will be going back to the Grocery Outlet tomorrow to see if they have any more on the shelf so I can stock up!!



Gluten Free Homemade Macaroni Salad

So I use to like L&L’s Hawaiian Barbecue. Ever since I found out I was allergic to chicken and gluten, I haven’t eaten there in years. This Macaroni Salad recipe is a copycat version of their mac salad. It is so tasty that my husband LOVED it and kept raving to people how great it was. Now that made me a happy cook that is for sure!

Anyhow, here is my take on L&L’s Hawaiian Barbecue’s Mac Salad.

Gluten free homemade macaroni salad

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One-pot Gluten Free Turkey Alfredo

I have not been feeling well the last week. I have head congestion that just won’t seem to go away. But no matter how I feel, I am still at it in the kitchen making dinner for everyone, EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT.

Last night I decided that I was going to use up the last of the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers and thought a pasta dinner would be the way to go.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE turkey leftovers… but after a week of eating Turkey for dinner — I am kinda done and would like something else regardless of how creative I can get.

Making a dinner that only requires one-pot makes for easy clean up! And not to mention a simple dinner prep.

One-Pot Turkey Alfredo


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Gluten Free Beef Stroganoff

Gluten Free Beef Stroganoff | Small Town Living in Nevada

Even though my husband isn’t a huge fan of Beef Stroganoff, I still make it for dinner once or twice a year.

The kids definitely like my Gluten Free Beef Stroganoff, and totally wish I could make it more often.

Nevertheless, Beef Stroganoff is a comfort food that you should try… so give it a try you won’t be disappointed.

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What’s for dinner?

Gluten Free Rice & Potato Gnocchi

What’s for dinner:

Gluten Free Gnocchi with Alfredo sauce accompanied by a GF Caesar Salad is what I made for my family in about 15-20 minutes if that.

I came across Corabella’s rice and potato gnocchi’s that were gluten-free at the grocery outlet yesterday. I bought 3 boxes at $1.99/box. And have to say they were very good and paired well with a gluten free Caesar Salad for dinner!

The down side to the Grocery Outlet is their products don’t stay around for long, so I might have to go back and buy a few more packages to stock up on.

Gluten Free Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole | Small Town Living in Nevada

I really need to go grocery shopping. I am out of everything. The only thing that was in the cupboard was tuna and I wasn’t even certain the kids would eat that. However, I needed to make something for dinner and the only thing that came to mind was Tuna Noodle Casserole.

There is absolutely nothing fancy about this dinner but everyone said they loved it and my husband and daughter both had seconds! I say that was a win / win for this Mama!

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Gluten Free Seafood Pasta with a Garlic Cream Sauce

I wanted to do something different for Valentine’s Day instead of the usual Steak Dinner. So on Saturday I made a Seafood Pasta that consisted of shrimp and swai white fish.

I decorated the table for the family… because Valentine’s Day is a family affair at my house. And I love place mats and love to break out holiday mats for the occasion! And since my birthday is right before Valentine’s Day I already had the stunning flower arrangement that my parents had delivered to me.

Valentine Place setting

Then i started making dinner. My family loves pasta — and white sauces are my favorite! This recipe is mild so you don’t have a huge fishy flavor which makes it perfect for kids and adults alike. Add a salad with dinner makes it foolproof!

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Gluten Free Seafood Pasta with a Garlic Cream Sauce


1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons garlic, minced
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
2 cups extra dry vermouth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup butter
1 pound shrimp
2 fillets white fish, cut into 3 strips.
1 pound cooked gluten free pasta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan


In a large saute pan, heat 1/4 cup oil and cook garlic and onions until translucent, about 2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the vermouth and add parsley, basil and thyme and let the liquid reduce by half. Using a fine strainer, strain the reduction into a clean saucepan and add the cream, milk and butter. Over low heat, let the sauce reduce to medium thickness. To the now empty saute pan saute the white fish, cook until opaque and remove to a platter in a warm place. Then use the same pan to saute shrimp just until pink, and remove to the platter. Add cream sauce to saute pan to toss the drained pasta with the cream sauce and seafood. Transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle with extra cheese and parsley, as garnish. Arrange shrimp and white fish on top.

Adapted from Food Network

I love you sugar cookie

And then later for dessert we enjoyed some Heart Shaped Gluten Free Sugar Cookies topped with Hersey’s Chocolate Syrup. All in all our meal was perfect! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day just as we did!