Who doesn’t love spaghetti and meat sauce? I know I am a huge fan but I am also a huge fan of switching things up now and again.
While I love the traditional Italian version, once in a while I take a departure with this Asian inspired take on spaghetti and meat sauce – Asian Ragu.
This is a quick meal to get on the table
Life is all about choices and compromises. There are things we want to do and things we ought to do and often, they are not the same. So we must choose which direction to go or figure out how to bring the two closer together and come up with a compromise we can live with.
I want to eat gluten free cupcakes. I love cupcakes. Cupcakes make me happy. I ought to be eating less refined sugar. Unfortunately cupcakes are usually packed with refined sugar. But I want a cupcake!!! In fact I don’t just want a cupcake; I want an ooey gooey, salted caramel cupcake. Sadly, salted caramel cupcakes just may the ultimate sugar-packed cupcake. So what’s a gal to do?
Rather than make a decision one way or the other, I came up with
Every once in a while I do gluten free cooking or baking classes and last week I had two scheduled back to back. They were based on a basic quick baking mix recipe in my latest cookbook Simply Gluten Free Quick Meals.
The idea is that you whip up a basic mix and from there you can make pancakes, muffins, quick breads, biscuits, dumplings, etc. The beauty of this basic recipe is that you can customize the end product any way you like – if you are dairy-free, you can use a non-dairy liquid, sugar-free, use the sweetener of your choice, that sort of thing.
As I was preparing samples to take to the class I decided at the last minute to use basic mix to whip up some coconut doughnuts – maybe it is not the smartest thing to bake something you have never made before for a hundred strangers but I tell people all the time they need to
I walked into the produce section of my grocery store the other day to see stacks and stacks of mangos on sale for $1.00 each. Having once been a high paid, cracker jack, corporate, financial controlled, it didn’t take me long to figure out that was a great deal. It also didn’t take me long to figure out what gluten free recipe I was going to make with the mangos – chutney!
Having been raised by a mother who was raised in India, chutney was a condiment as ubiquitous in our fridge as ketchup or mayo. Yes, we used chutney on curry, it was need to quell the fiery spices in curry so hot it would send tears rolling down our faces and clear our sinuses for a week. But we also used on sandwiches, mixed into cream cheese for a quick party dip and often, I would