I posted a photo of this lovely pasta dish on social media and as I called it my back to routine gluten free pasta dish I thought I’d write up a blog post with the recipe for you. Just because this one image signals so many changes for me.
It’s September and to me that totally feels like the new year. For so many of us, this is a month of change. A change in weather also signals a change I mood: back into action. Autumn is on the horizon and many children around the world go back to school, which means routines change and the juggling-act of work, parenting, household chores and the rest commences. To me this also rustling up nutritious and quick gamily dishes. These are not meant to take long, I want little washing up and thumbs up from all of us. A tall order sometimes, but this back to routine gluten free pasta dish ticks all the boxes.
Back to routine gluten free pasta dish
Recipe – serves 4 + leftovers
400g brown rice fusilli or penne
1 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
200g fine green beans
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 tbsp tomato puree
3 tbsp olive oil
2 clove of fresh garlic, minced
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper and chilli flakes if you wish to season
optional – a handful of grated parmesan or a handful flaked almonds
Instructions and tips to make your back to routine gluten free pasta dish super quick to make:
- Bring salted water to boil, add a drop of oil before adding your pasta. Boil for 5 minutes, then start tasting the pasta every couple of minutes until it is just right for you. Brown rice pasta can do with a bit of stirring in between otherwise it might clump up.
- Whilst the pasta is cooking place a steamer over the pot with the pasta to steam your veg at the same time.
- Drain pasta and transfer into your serving dish.
- Mix tomato puree, minced fresh garlic (garlic powder works too), lemon juice (to taste) and salt and pepper into your hot pasta and stir well.
- Once you love the taste, fold under your steamed veggies, sprinkle with parmesan or flaked almonds and enjoy.
- Serve this with a side salad or maybe fry off some prawns to add on top?
I often cook this for when I work from home for lunch, which also means dinner is ready when the kids tell me that they are starving! 😉 Oh, and that leftover portion is obviously pack lunch for the next day.
Note: I love cooking with brown rice spaghetti or pasta as it is naturally gluten free. This means the product has not been tinkered with to remove the gluten from it, which often means other stuff is added to make up for it. I am not gluten intolerant, however, I am aware that it is very easy to have a very wheat heavy diet, if not to say overload, so by cooking brown rice pasta it means it’s a natural way to reduce this intake – quite naturally.
With love and I hope you are all having a great start at your ‘new routines’.