So you can't eat gluten. Yes, that is a problem, especially if you love eating bread by the loaf, pasta by the bucket-fulls, and cake by the platter. But guess what? There is a wonderful, alternative gluten-free world out there, hiding in the shelves at the grocery store. It's almost like the Narnia of food. Magical things truly can happen when you reach back into the dark recesses of the dusty, organic food shelves and discover things like gluten-free pasta. Oh yes, it exists. Just like Mr. Tumnus and talking animals.
You shout at the top of your lungs, "I can eat spaghetti again! My life isn't over!" The grandma picking up tomato paste gives you the stink-eye; the stock boy asks if he can help you (help you find your sanity, that is). As you skip your way to the checkout line, you are on your way to feeling like a normal part of society again, as you get ready for a hearty meal of spaghetti and meatballs.
Gluten-Free Spaghetti and Meatballs
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
-1 package of gluten-free spaghetti (found mine at Von's, which is part of the Safeway chain, or you can get it at any Sprouts, Trader Joe's or Whole Foods)
-1/2 lb ground beef
-1/4 cup minced onion
-2 tbsp water
-1/2 tsp parmesan cheese
-1/2 tsp garlic salt
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/8 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot, cook spaghetti noodles.
While noodles are cooking, get your meatballs ready. Mix all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Once mixed, add in ground beef, breaking it into chunks. With your hands, fold the beef into the wet ingredients so it is mixed well. Mold your meatballs into 1" balls, and place onto a cookie sheet with foil. Place in oven at 350º and bake for 25 minutes.
Once they are nice and brown, smother them in some delicious marinara sauce atop your gluten-free noodles, and garnish with oregano and parmesan. Serve with a green salad and this yummy dressing. Dive in and ignore the somewhat pasty texture of gluten-free noodles. It's a small price to pay to eat spaghetti and meatballs! Buon appetito!