Gluten Free Freezer Meatballs

I found the original recipe in The “What’s for Dinner?” Solution by Kathi Lipp and adapted it applying some gluten-free magic.  Once you have these meatballs in your freezer, this becomes a quick go-to meal for any weekday dinner.

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs (I save crusts and heels from my Udi’s Whole Grain Bread loafs and make fine crumbs with a coffee grinder)
  • 1 TBSP no-salt seasoning (I love the Kirkland Signature brand from Costco)
  • 2 eggs

Mix together all the ingredients. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Take heaping spoonfuls of beef mixture and roll into 1-inch diameter balls. Makes about 36 meatballs. Place on cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Keep in freezer overnight, until frozen. Pack frozen meatballs into two 1-quart size freezer bags and store in freezer. To serve, brown meatballs in oil in a skillet, and cook until they are no longer pink in the middle. Use with your favorite spaghetti sauce and gluten-free spaghetti noodles, or try the recipe below.

 

SALISBURY MEATBALLS

  • 16 or so gluten free freezer meatballs (see recipe above)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 TBSP sweet rice flour (or corn starch)
  • 1 cup gluten free beef stock (check labels, I like Better Than Boullion – just NOT the low sodium kind – it has barley malt!)
  • 2 TBSP red wine

Brown the meatballs in olive oil. Place browned meatballs on foil lined baking sheet, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes (while you prepare the sauce). In the same skillet, saute chopped onions and sliced mushrooms until soft. Remove veggies and melt butter in the skillet. Stir in sweet rice flour, then add beef stock and wine. Simmer until slightly thickened, then add back onions, mushrooms and meatballs. Serve with mashed potatoes or gluten-free pasta, and a green vegetable. Super yummy!

DeBoles Rice Lasagna

Think you need to give up lasagna, now that you’re cooking gluten-free?  Not so!  DeBoles makes these great rice lasagna noodles.  Even better?  You don’t need to boil them first!  Just assemble your favorite lasagna recipe, pop your dish in the oven, and let your family enjoy some comfort food.  I’ve found these available at most grocery stores or “natural foods” markets.  Buon appetito!

Tinkyada Brown Rice Spaghetti

Tinkyada makes our favorite gluten free spaghetti noodles.  They have a wonderful not-mushy texture, great taste, and are made with brown rice and rice bran, so they have extra fiber.  Makes me not miss “regular” spaghetti noodles at all.  If you can’t find this in your local grocery store, you can order it from Amazon.

Chicken and Penne with “Vodka” Sauce

Another wonderful recipe from my mother-in-law.  My kids seriously COULD NOT get enough of this.

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • olive oil
  • crushed garlic
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/3 cup white grape juice concentrate
  • 2 cans (14 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 container (8 oz) Parmesan cheese
  • 1 box gluten free penne (Schar or Bionaturae, etc.)

Bring pot of water to a boil and cook penne according to package directions.  Slice chicken breast into small pieces and saute in oil and garlic until cooked through.  Set aside.  In same skillet, melt butter and add grape juice concentrate.  Cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes to thicken.  Add tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.  Heat and stir constantly until thick and bubbly.  Mix sauce with chicken and pasta, and serve.

UPDATE: You can substitute vodka for the white grape juice concentrate if you prefer :-)

Bionaturae Organic Gluten Free Penne Rigate

The Italians know how to do it.  Here’s another favorite gluten free pasta from Italy.  Bionaturae makes this organic gluten free penne with rice flour, rice starch, potato starch and soy flour.  It cooks like and tastes like “normal” pasta.  Really delicious.

Gluten free pasta options are so much better than in years past, that I rarely bother cooking regular wheat-based pasta anymore.

Schar Multigrain Penne Rigate

Another favorite from Schar: Multigrain Penne Rigate.  Made with corn flour, rice flour and buckwheat flour, this gluten free penne pasta has great flavor, texture and nutritional value.  Very tasty.

My kids love these noodles.  Even plain with some butter and Parmesan cheese, they gobble it up.