P A S T I T S I O
500g mince (traditional is lamb mince, which I find is a bit greasy so I typically use beef or pork)
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cinnamon http://shop.coles.com.au/online/national/coles-cinnamon-ground
1 tablespoon thyme http://shop.coles.com.au/online/national/coles-thyme-leaves
NOTE: be careful with the pre-packaged herbs as some contain traces of allergens!
400g buontempo gluten free penne pasta
4 diced fresh tomatoes (I never use canned tomatoes)
2 tablespoons nuttelex
3 tablespoons orgran plain flour
250 mls rice milk
1. Boil large saucepan of water
2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
3. Once boiled cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. I don’t know what it is about gluten free pasta though but I find it usually takes a bit longer than what the packet states so I generally find taste testing is the only real way to find out if it’s cooked to your liking.
4. Brown onion and garlic in a pan with an allergy safe oil
5. Add mince and cook
6. Turn to simmer, add diced tomatoes, thyme and cinnamon, stir and leave for 5-10 minutes, pushing the tomatoes down to form a puree with a spatula, you can add a bit of water if you see fit. I complete this process at regular intervals for about 30 minutes.
7. Put the pasta through a colander and add to the bottom of a baking dish
8. Add mince on top
9. Make the dairy free béchamel sauce: melt the nuttelex in a saucepan, once melted, add the plain flour and stir together, then add the rice milk and stir continuously with a whisk. This is the crucial time and not really a time you can walk away from the stove as you need to whisk it to ensure that no lumps form. It is something that takes practice and you might want to experiment a bit with the amounts depending on how thick or thin you like your béchamel sauce.
I absolutely LOVE dairy free béchamel sauce though, the rice milk makes it that little bit sweet and it’s amazing. I use this same method to make white sauce for silverside.. mmmm!!
10. Add the béchamel sauce on top of the pasta/cooked mince and pop in the oven for about 20 minutes
Enjoy!! My whole family enjoys this, including my little man who ate 2 servings of it last night. I put his serving through my hand food processor just to make it a bit mushier for him as I still spoon feed him for the majority of his feeds.
B A C O N & M U S H R O O M A L F R E D O
Canola oil or nuttelex
2 cloves fresh garlic
2 cups of finely chopped cauliflower
1 cup almond milk
Squeeze lemon juice
4 rashers of bacon; I have used the primo or the “Homebrand” woolworths bacon, checking labels thoroughly every time
300g spaghetti; I use “Has no” gluten free spaghetti from Aldi OR “Coles” own brand gluten free spaghetti
1. Cook spaghetti as per packet instructions
2. Heater a couple of tablespoons of oil or nuttelex in a saucepan then add minced garlic and lightly cook (1 min)
3. Add chopped cauliflower and almond milk and bring to the boil
4. Simmer the ingredients until the cauliflower is cooked (6 mins approx)
5. Once cooked take off and put through the food processor
6. Next, cook the bacon and mushrooms and once cooked add the bacon, mushrooms and pasta into the dish then serve immediately
C H I C K E N & A V O C A D O R I C E P A P E R R O L L S
Pandaroo rice paper rolls (from Woolworths)
Asian rice noodles (in the asian section of Woolworths and Coles, I just can’t think of the brand I use at the moment but the ingredients are just rice & water)
Raw chicken breast
Coles brand sweet chilli sauce http://shop.coles.com.au/online/national/coles-brand-sauce-sweet-chilli
1. Cook the rice noodles by blanching in boiling water
2. Cook the chicken breast either in the oven just on some baking paper or on the grill. I cut up once its partly cooked to make sure it is cooking well
3. Once the chicken is cooked, put together the rice paper rolls by using one rice paper sheet on a round dinner plate, soaking it in hot water for about 30 seconds and then draining the water off, adding the diced chicken, sliced avocado, rice noodles and a dash of sweet chilli sauce
You can make many combinations of these, adding spinach, carrots, any other vegetable you see fit.
You could also change up the meat for tuna or salmon, again checking the labels to ensure no allergens.
G I N G E R C H I C K E N M E A T B A L L S
500 grams chicken breast
1 egg – using the equivalent with ORGRAN egg replacer
1 cup cooked white rice
1 cup of rice flour (I use MacKenzies brand) http://shop.coles.com.au/online/national/mckenzies-flour-rice-gluten-free
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
Small piece of ginger
1/2 cup Coles sweet chilli sauce http://shop.coles.com.au/online/national/coles-brand-sauce-sweet-chilli
Put all ingredients into the food processor for about 2 minutes then roll up the balls and you may bake in the oven or otherwise cook on the stove top using a shallow fry method.
If you don’t have a food processor, just buy chicken mince and mix together by hand.
Serve with some sweet chilli sauce and a salad or vegetables for dinner or you can take along for a lunch , or use them as an appetiser to cater for a party, they’re really yum and versatile
S T I R F R Y
500g of turkey mince (you could use chicken or pork if you aren’t keen on turkey mince)
250g green beans
6 brussel sprouts
AYAM oyster sauce http://shop.coles.com.au/online/national/ayam-sauce-oyster
Erawan brand Rice noodles http://shop.coles.com.au/online/national/erawan-rice-sticks-pad-thai
1. Blanch the rice noodles in boiling water
2. Cook the onion, mince and mushrooms then add the diced vegetables. Add 1/2 cup of water and cover the fry pan so that the vegetables steam and cook.
3. Once the veggies are cooked to your liking, drain the rice noodles and add to the frying pan then add 1/2 cup of the oyster sauce.
You may also add the coles sweet chilli sauce if that is to your liking or add a bit more oyster sauce depending on your taste.
Disclaimer: I am not making any recommendations, just listing what I have used in the past and you must rely on your own observations and enquiries regarding the ingredients that you use to cook these meals as ingredients in pre-packaged items can change without notice. As a precaution I read every single label every single time I purchase it.