Gluten-Free Kale, Zucchini & Fusilli Dinner

Kale, Zucchini and Fusilli Dinner for Your Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten-Free Kale, Zucchini & Fusilli Dinner

Gluten-Free Kale, Zucchini & Fusilli Dinner

Recently I was looking for another way to include kale in some of our gluten-free meals.  Kale is a powerhouse of nutrition to use in a healthy gluten-free diet.  We’ve eaten kale in salads, had it steamed and braised, and even baked it into chips.  I decided this time to include kale, zucchini and fusilli in another of our favorite dishes, a gluten-free skillet dinner.

You probably know what a “skillet dinner” is, but my personal definition is that it’s a quick skillet-full of several nutritious gluten-free things that I have on hand, including meat, if you want it.

In my home, an ideal “skillet dinner” satisfies everyone at my table. Plus, it is fairly easy to clean up. (I especially like the “easy-to-clean-up” part!)

With the addition of some leftover chicken, pork, beef or ham, this dinner will be even more popular with the “big eaters” at the table.

To make a version for a gluten-free and low carb diet, I would simply omit the pasta and double the zucchini.


Kale, Zucchini and Fusilli Dinner for Your Gluten-Free Diet

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes 2 – 4 servings


2 Tablespoons Oil, or less

1 Cup Onion, chopped

2 Cups Zucchini, sliced thin

1 Cup Tomato, diced (can be fresh or canned)

2 Cups Kale, cut into small pieces

2 Cloves Garlic, minced

Other Vegetables Can Be Used: Mushrooms, Olives, White Beans, Etc.

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/8 Teaspoon Pepper

4 Cups cooked and drained Gluten-Free Fusilli (like Tinkyada) (for a low-carb diet, omit this and double the zucchini)

Dash Soy Sauce or Tamari, GF (like San-J), optional

Dash Hot Sauce, GF (like Frank’s RedHot), optional


Cook the fusilli or other pasta according to package instructions. Drain.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium-size skillet over medium to medium-high heat.

Add the onions. Stirring often enough to keep from scorching the vegetables, saute for a few minutes.

Add the zucchini and other vegetables; saute until they are almost tender.

Stir in the garlic and cook until the vegetables are done.

Add the pasta to the skillet and stir gently until heated through.

Adjust or add seasonings to taste.



Goes well with a hot bread like focaccia or flatbread.

Besides being gluten-free, this recipe is casein-free, dairy-free, egg-free, lactose-free, nut-free, sugar-free and vegetarian.  For a low carb meal, omit the pasta and double the zucchini.


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  • Miz Helen

    February 24, 2012

    Hi Pat,
    I just love Kale and like you have been looking for different ways to use it, this is a great way. I will be trying this recipe it looks awesome! I think I will be planting more Kale next year. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Pat

      February 24, 2012

      Thank you, Miz Helen. It sure is fun to find different ways to enjoy eating something so good for us.

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