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Gluten-Free Cheeseburger Casserole!!…

Posted Mar 27 2013 6:48am

Hi there!  Happy Wednesday to you!  This week is flying by super quick!  I don’t know if it feels that way to anyone else but it sure does to me.  I’m glad about that.  I don’t really have much of anything planned for the rest of the week or the weekend.  It’s been so incredibly nice in our home for the past week and a half though.  The people above us haven’t been home!  It’s been such a blessing!  We can actually live our life in peace and sleep and do everything that we want.  It’s a miracle.  Now, if it could only be like that all the time.  Eventually they will be coming home but I am taking in every single second of them being away.  It’s been amazing.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a recipe on Skinny Taste ‘s blog that I knew I had to try!  I thought last night would be the perfect night to make it.  I decided to make this recipe Gluten-Free since I have been experimenting with eating certain gluten-free foods.  I also cut this recipe in half so that we would have leftovers for one extra night because the original recipe is for 9 servings and that is just way too much for Mike and I.  I also changed a few things around due to my stomach problems.  I will post my modified version of her recipe but for the actual recipe, you can check her website which I will link the recipe to.

Gluten-Free Cheeseburger Casserole (modified from Skinny Taste’s recipe )

Serves: two people with leftovers or four people for the entire casserole

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Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked gluten-free pasta of choice (I used corn pasta)

Cooking spray

1 1/2 cups onions, finely chopped

1 tsp jarred garlic

1 lb of ground turkey

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 tbsp tomato paste

14 oz can of diced tomatoes

2 tbsp Dijon Mustard

1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese

1/4 cup chopped dill pickles

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to the package directions for al dente and drain well.

In a large skillet, spray cooking spray over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the ground turkey and cook until browned; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste, then add the tomatoes and mustard. Let the mixture bubble gently until it is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

Toss the meat mixture with the pasta and spread it into the prepared dish. Top with the cheddar and bake until the cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle the chopped pickles over the top and serve.

Corn Pasta I used from Trader Joe's

Corn Pasta I used from Trader Joe’s

I found that Trader Joe’s sells the cheapest gluten-free pasta that I could find.  This bag of pasta was about $1.60 which was a huge bargain compared to how much the pasta is at Whole Foods or the regular supermarket.  I know that I will be going back to Trader Joe’s to get this pasta again, if I decide to follow through with the gluten-free thing.  It works for now.

A look at the casserole minus the pickles

A look at the casserole minus the pickles

My dinner plate with roasted veggies

My dinner plate with roasted veggies

Mike and I both thought this casserole was absolutely delicious!  It really did taste like a cheeseburger with pasta.  Mike said it reminded him a bit of the taco mac and cheese that we used to make minus the taco seasoning.  I think it would be interesting to maybe turn this Mexican.  If you use taco seasoning and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, it would make for taco mac and cheese.  I think I might need to try that next time.

The gluten-free pasta tasted great in this casserole.  You couldn’t even tell that it wasn’t regular pasta.  Mike said he liked it and had no problem eating it.  I was happy about that.  I’m trying to experiment with some gluten-free items such as pasta, bread and cereal to see if it makes a difference.  So far, I think it’s too early to tell but I will share my results with all of you once I figure it out.  I am having fun experimenting with different types of food.  Have you ever tried gluten-free products?  Which are you favorites?  Would you ever try it?

Speaking of trying new foods, my work is having an Indian culture event today featuring Indian foods.  I have never tried Indian food before but it’s definitely something I’ve always wanted to try.   I think I would feel more comfortable trying it at a restaurant and closer to home in case of stomach problems.  I think I might try it though despite everything since it is free.  I will just be careful with what items I choose.  I think it’s interesting to try foods from different cultures.  I love that.  Have you ever had Indian food?

Alright, well that is all I have for today.  Enjoy your Wednesday!


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