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Gluten Free Sausage Spinach Noodles

This is a great gluten free throw together dish on a weeknight It is a little spicy and satisfying!! Nom nom.


2 packages of rice noodles
3 8 oz packages of Farmer John sausage links (we are a meat heavy family)
1 10oz package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 tsp salt
1 tbls dehydrated onion
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp minced garlic


Prepare the noodles (soak them in boiling water, then rinse them in cold water and drain). Crumble and fry spinach. Do not drain!!! Throw in onion and garlic. Then toss in noodles and stir. Coat the noodles in the sausage and oil from the sausage. Then add the salt and paprika. Stir again. Then add the spinach. Toss and continue to cook until it is all heated through. Then serve.

So easy! So good!

Super Easy Gnocchi Dish

Yummy looking, right? It was super easy too! The longest thing was boiling the water!

All I did was cook 3 packages of gnocchi (hey, they are small packages and there are 6 of us;). Then I heated up 2 cups of cooked, sliced steak (I had in the freezer) and 1 package of chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed out). I melted 1 stick of butter and then sauteed 2 teaspoons of prechopped garlic. I added 1 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp of paprika. Mix it together and eat up!

An added note: I often put in chopped chicken instead of steak. It really is that simple!

(This has been linked up to Works For Me Wednesday, Delicious Dishes, and Tasty Tuesday)

Orzo and Asparagus

Here is an easy side dish. You can manipulate it to serve your tastes. Orzo pasta is the rice shaped pasta. If you don’t like lemon just leave it out. It serves to brighten the flavor of the asparagus.

1/2 stick butter (not margarine)
2 tsp garlic
1 tbl fresh parley or 2 tsp dried
1 lb asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 lb orzo pasta
1 tsp lemon juice

Boil the pasta 5 minutes, then add the asparagus and boil together for 3 minutes. During this time, put the butter and garlic into a skillet. Saute the garlic and brown the butter (don’t burn). Then drain the pasta and asparagus and add to the butter mixture. Stir then add lemon juice and parsley. Stir and serve.

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Pasta Carbonara Florentine

Here is my easy Carbonara Florentine. It is modified from a Cooking Light recipe.

1/2 tsp salt
1 package of frozen spinach
1 package of bacon, chopped, thawed, well drained
1/4 cup onion, chopped or reconstituted
2 tsp chopped garlic
4 tbl white wine
16 oz pasta (spaghetti is traditional)
1 cup (4 oz) Parmesan, shredded
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
5 tbl chopped parsley

1. Fry bacon and then remove from the skillet. Drain of all but about 3 tsps of bacon grease. Then add onions and garlic and saute until tender. Then add the wine and then reduce by half.
2. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Add spinach, bacon and pasta into skillet with the onions, garlic and wine. Stir well and place over low heat.
3. Mix remaining ingredients, excluding parsley, with a whisk. Add to pasta mixture, toss well to coat. Cook for 1 minute. Then remove from the heat and sprinkle with parsley.

Makes about 8 servings, which means in our family dinner and lunch leftovers!