Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With a gluten-free cooking spray, coat the inside of a 2.5 quart casserole dish.
- 1 bag Tinkyada pasta (elbow macaroni, penne pasta, etc.) cooked according to the instructions on the bag.
- 2 - 13 oz. cans of chicken, drained and broken up with a fork.
- 1 med. onion, chopt
- 1 red bell pepper, chopt
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 2 ribs celery, chopt
- 1 can black olives, sliced
- small can sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese or more
- 1/2 c. parmesean cheese or more
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1 c. plain, no-fat yogurt (I like Dannon)
- 1/4 - 1/2 c. milk
- garlic salt
- Stax (they're gluten-free) potato chips, about 1/3 can, crushed.
- gluten-free cooking spray
In a small skillet, saute onion, peppers, and celery until just tender. Add to the cooked and drained pasta. Stir in the two cans of chicken, the sliced olives, mushrooms, the butter, yogurt, and milk. Add a little garlic salt (1/4 t.). Spoon half the mixture into the casserole dish which you've sprayed with gluten-free cooking spray. Sprinkle half the cheddar cheese on top. Sprinkle half the parmesean cheese on top. Add the second half of the mixture and sprinkle on top the remaining cheddar and parmesean cheeses. Top with crushed Stax chips and spray the top with the gluten-free cooking spray. Place in 350 degree oven and bake for about a half hour. If you prepare this ahead of time and refrigerate, you'll need to take the cold casserole and, after placing it in the preheated oven, bake it 45 minutes to an hour. The cooking spray on top helps the chips become golden, rather than looking bland and pale. This recipe will serve 10-12.
I struggled with gluten-free eating for the longest time, always feeling deprived when others ate cookies and pie and all the other yummy things I liked. Over time, however, I've found it's really not so bad to feel better. For me, feeling better means staying away from wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, sodium benzoate, modified food starch, and MSG. It's not that difficult when I eat 'real' food and make my food at home.
The down side is having to leave alone my favorites - Laffy Taffy and Good 'n' Plenty and Dots. (Some have gluten; some have corn.) The up side is that I feel better, I have less stiffness, and don't feel rotten and tired all the time.