We’ve been a gluten free family for several years due to some health issues that reversed themselves when we stopped eating gluten. For me, my anxiety always gets worse when I eat gluten even though I’m technically not intolerant to it. I’ve seen it happen very clearly. Ronin has experienced similar issues so we just decided it was best to avoid it. There are some amazing options out there, particularly a lot of naturally gluten free foods, but one that we miss being Italian is pasta. My poor dad thinks wheat free pasta isn’t real pasta but I tricked him one time a few years ago and he didn’t even notice. haha.
We use quinoa pasta for the taste and it seems to stand up better than rice pasta, which is what you can typically find in gluten free sections. So I definitely recommend looking for a pasta that has some quinoa in it. I’ve included a link below to the brand we always use.
With the summer in full swing there are tons of BBQs and parties happening. How often do we need to bring a tray of food with us for a fun event this time of year?! Snapware has some awesome new party bowls in bright colors that I just love and other party trays that are so ingenious. More info on that below and a giveaway! In the meantime, here is an absolutely delicious gluten free recipe that is the perfect take-along for events.
Gluten Free BLTG Pasta Salad
12oz package center cut bacon, crumbled
10 oz package cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce
2 – 8 oz packages gluten free pasta
Balsamic vinaigrette dressing 12 oz
4 oz herb goat cheese
Basil to garnish
Large bowl serves 8-10
Boil gluten free pasta according to package instructions, and be sure not to overcook. Gluten free pasta can crumble is cooked too long. Cook bacon until very crispy, then crumble. Drain pasta and then add romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled bacon and goat cheese. Top with balsamic vinaigrette dressing and stir. The goat cheese kind of melts and gives the pasta salad a lovely creamy cheese sauce. Serve and enjoy!
This pasta is SO delicious and perfect for summer parties, especially in this colorful turquoise 5 Quart Entertain-a-Bowl from Snapware. Pair with delicious homemade spinach dip and veggies in the new Snapware Fruit & Veggie-tainer, which comes with it’s own lid for the interior dip compartment and for the whole bowl too. So great!
These Snapware party bowls are pretty awesome. They are perfect for summer BBQs, picnics and parties because not only do they look stylish they also have snapping lids and carry handles. I cannot wait to use them for the kids birthday parties, where I am always dragging around bowls of food and snacks. The bright colors are fun and will fit party themes too, and huge bonus, they are nest for easy storage. How cool is that?!
Snapware Party Bowls Giveaway!
I’m giving away all three of the Entertain-a-Bowls shown Turquoise 5 Quart Entertain-a-Bowl and 4-Piece Small Value Pack, Yellow & Pink Entertain-a-Bowls and the Fruit & Veggie-tainer too. (Retail Value: $57.97) Enter in the Rafflecopter form below from today through August 1, 2016.
Where will you take food this summer? Let me know if you try my gluten free BLTG pasta salad!
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