Clara Gluten Free

Getting Creative

The other day, I really wanted pasta with tomato sauce and sausage. Not sure why. And I also really wanted to use up the rainbow chard that was sitting in the crisper. I opened the fridge and found the chard a bit more wilted than I had expected, and of course, no sausage (we haven't found a GF brand that didn't make everyone a little sick). But I found lots of hot dogs, and some red bell peppers, and pasta and canned tomatoes in the pantry and just thought, let's see what happens. This is what ensued: 

I didn't think it was all too bad! With GF cooking/eating it's really easy to eat the same thing over and over and over and that's just not sustainable. Better to be trying to switch things up, and have something fail than have rice everyday. Can't say hot dog + pasta was a great paring (kinda plasticy), but the rainbow chard and bell peppers were good, because the chard is bitter and the bell peppers are sweet. Definitely a success there: last time I made rainbow chard, everyone glared at it (rightly so- it looked like it was glaring back), and this time they liked it. 

UPDATE: August 2012- My sister has been doing some research into depression-era food and she has found that potatoes, hot-dogs, and tomato sauce- a.k.a "poor man's meal" was actually quite common. Looks like I made a pasta version. Guess "creative" is only relative to what I knew at the time! 

Rainbow Chard and Bell Pepper Stir Fry

2 bell peppers
approx 12 rainbow chard leaves

1- Rinse the veggies. Slice the peppers into sticks and the chard into smaller pieces (like linguine cut in half)

2- Heat olive oil in a large skillet and toss in. It's ok if it does quite fit- the veggies will significantly reduce in size as they wilt. Stir fry for a bout 10 minutes, stirring periodically, and more toward the end, until everything is slightly brown. Serve warm

Pasta and "Sausage"- serves 6

1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 28-oz can of tomatoes
1 package of 4 hot dogs (or sausages...)
1 medium-sized package of pasta

1- saute onion, garlic and hot dogs/sausage until everything is brown. Add tomatoes and reduce until thick.

2- Prepare the pasta (be sure to stir very frequently- GF pasta clumps tight). Strain the pasta. In a large serving bowl, combine the pasta and the sauce, serve immediately. 

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