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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