Looking at how Jaden's GFCF food menu did not have much of a variety for months, I tried out a recipe I found on the GFCF Lady's blog and well, it turned out to be a hit with Jaden. OK, not exactly a hit but the taste was there, neither bland or too salty so I consider it a success.
There are a few recipes on GFCF Lady's website that I know I will definitely try in the near future. In fact, I think I am going to try at least 2 or 3 a week for Jaden. Kesian, he has to eat nearly the same food every day. No harm done to me anyway, it will just help better my cooking skills .. i hope!
I did not follow the recipe exactly but tweaked it to what I have in my kitchen.
I guess its a deed of paying it forward, so I shall paste my recipe and instructions on how to cook this dish. Simple, fuss free to the max.
- 6 Organic Tomatoes
- 1 or 2 Red Onion
- 5 pieces of garlic (skin peeled and mashed a bit)
- Minced garlic (to fry with the minced beef)
- half a pack of the chopped basil leaves
- Minced beef (you can also use bacon)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of xylitol ( sugar )
- a big sprinkle of sea salt (sprinkle to your common sense on how much its needed to make the sauce tasteful)
- 3/4 pack of gluten free pasta (spaghetti / fettuccini)
- Italian herb
- While you are preparing the ingredients, bring the water in the pot to boil to cook the pasta.
- Make sure the water is boiling hot, put in a teaspoon of salt or whatever that is reasonable enough to make the pasta tasteful.
- Add the pasta -cook accordingly to the time instructed.
- Cut the tomatoes and onion into quarter and throw them into the blender together with the mashed garlic and chopped basil leaves.
- Pour olive oil into the blender, not too much and sprinkle a generous amount of sea salt and blend.
- Next, drizzle a little olive oil into the pot and fry the minced garlic till it nearly turns brown.
- Put in the minced beef, sprinkle salt, black pepper and italian herb and fry them till its cooked.
- Next, pour the blended sauce into the pot and bring it to a boil (medium heat)
- Put a teaspoon of xylitol into the sauce and taste to see if its a nice combination of saltyness and sweetness. Not too sweet of course. If not salty enough, add a bit more salt.
- Once the pasta is cooked, pour away the water and pour in the cooked sauce.
- Toss the pasta so that it will be coated in the sauce evenly.
- Let the pot of pasta cook over the fire for a little longer while you toss from time to time.
- Now you are ready to serve.
Sounds simple, no frills right? I appreciate simple recipes like these, for I am really a noob when it comes to cooking so ingredients and recipes require a bit more thinking just doesn't work for me.
Do share with me if you decide to try this recipe out. :)