mercoledì 20 luglio 2011


Rice entree - vegetarian - celiacs and lactose intolerants-safe (read notes below)

1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced zucchini
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup diced green onions
1 1/4 cup carnaroli rice
5 cups vegetable stock at least
6-8 zucchini flowers
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tbsp grated parmigiano

Put stock in a covered pot on high heat until it boils, then lower heat to simmer.

Prepare the flowers. Open each flower, remove bottom and pistil; wash and pat dry each flower, then cut them in thin strips.

Meanwhile, in a big non-stick skillet warm the olive oil and sautee all the vegetables for 5 minutes, stirring often.

Stir in rice, add wine and let evaporate. Add stock, a ladle at a time, stirring often to prevent sticking, but not continuously. Cook until al dente, about 18-20 minutes.

When the risotto is ready, add flowers, parmigiano and a couple extra tbsp of olive oil (or butter) stir and serve immediately.

This recipe serves 4.

- You can find zucchini flowers at the farmers' market but the availability is limited and, once you buy them, you have to use them within 2 days, at most.

- Carnaroli is the best variety for risotto: a little less starchy and not as easy to overcook as the others.

- You can also add green beans, artichoke hearts, tomaotes, red onions and other vegetables you like.

- It's celiac-safe and vegetarian.

- To make it lactose intolerants safe, don't use parmigiano or butter.

lunedì 11 luglio 2011


Soup - Lactose intolerants and celiacs safe

1 lb peas, fresh shelled or frozen or jarred
12 prawns
1/2 onion, finely chopped
5 basil leaves, chopped
1 1/2 cup vegetable stock
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + extra for drizzling

In a saucepan with lid over medium heat, warm 1 tbsp of olive oil and sautee onions until trabslucent. Add peas and stock; cover and when it boils, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

In the meantime prepare the prawns: peel and devein them, remove tails and cut them into 1" pieces; in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, warm the remaining olive oil, add prawns and sautee until cooked; season with salt and set aside.

Blend peas with their broth until you obtain a smooth cream; transfer it to a serving bowl and stir in the prawns, cover and refrigerate until it's time to serve.

Serve chilled, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with chopped basil.

This recipe serves 4.

- If you use jarred peas drain and rinse them, in order to remove some salt, prior to add them to the onion.

- You can use ready-to-eat shrimp, adjusting the quantity (you'll need more than 12...)

lunedì 4 luglio 2011


Pasta entree - vegetarian - gluten  and lactose free (read notes below)

1 lb. short cut pasta (orecchiette, elbows, shells...)
4 ripe tomatoes
8 oz fresh mozzarella
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
8 basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper
garlic (optional)

Bring a large pot of water to boil, add salt and pasta.

In the meantime, dice tomatoes and mozzarella and arrange them in a big bowl; add basil and season with salt, peppe and half olive oil.

Drain pasta a little earlier (one minute or two) and chill it with cold water, or spread it on a clean kitchen cloth.

When pasta is at room temperature, add in to the tomatoes-mozzarella mixture, pour the remaining olive oil and toss to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it's time to eat, anyway at least one hour.

Serve sprinkled with some more fresh basil.

This recipe serves 4.

- If you find "mozzarella di bufala" (buffalo mozzarella), this dish will be more flavorful.
- Use a very high quality olive oil, because this is one of the main ingredients of this dish.
- You can add other vegetables (cucumbers, lettuce, peas, carrots...) or other protein sources (boiled eggs, prosciutto, tuna...)
- If you use Italian corn pasta it becomes gluten free
- If you use hard boiled eggs, you still have a vegetarian dish which is ALSO lactose free.


Side dish - Appetizer - Vegetarian

1 lb zucchini, cleaned and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 onion, finely minced
3 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp thyme (or marjoram or basil)
3 eggs
3 tbsp parmigiano, grated
2 tbsp breadcrumbs, real Italian ones: NO seasonings, just plain (plus more for pan)

In a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat, warm the olive oil and sautee garlic onion and parsley for about 2 minutes; add zucchini, salt and thyme and mix well to combine. Add 3 tbsp of warm water , cover with lid, lower heat to medium-low and cook for about 20 minutes. Set aside and let cool down.

Butter a 9-10" baking pan and dust it with breadcrumbs. Preheat oven to 380 degrees.

In a bowl combine eggs with cheese, breadcrumbs and zucchini; mix well and pour the mixture into the baking pan.

Bake on central rack for about 20 minutes.

Serve hot, at room temperature or cold. It can be part of a mixed appetizer, entree or side dish.

This recipe serves 4-6

- Instead of water, you can use broth
- You can add chopped ham or prosciutto (but it will no longer be a vegetarian dish)