August 2017 - Simply Samantha

Kung Pao Spaghetti - Gluten Free & Vegan

8:00 AM

I know, I know. Another carb filled pasta recipe.... 
But y'all. It's hot. And Pasta recipes are the quickest and less heat creating recipe.
This one is so unique. It has some great flavors and ingredients I don't typically use in my noodle recipes but it packs a great punch. 
As always you can add any protein/extras you want. Some chicken or even chickun' pieces would do nicely in this dish. I added some of our favorite veggies to ours. Broccoli is our go to with pasta dishes.

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Gluten Free + Vegan Kung Pao Spaghetti
A take on a great Asian dish with a gluten free noodle twist
  • 16oz Gluten Free Spaghetti noodles*
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Gluten Free Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Better Than Bouillon Chicken Broth**
  • 1/4 cup (less for less of a kick) Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • thinly sliced Green Onions
  • 2 tbsp (less for less spice) Sirracha
Cook pasta according to the package. Just be careful because gluten free pasta starts to clump if you let it sit for too longWhile the pasta is cooking, add oil to a pan (i used a wok) and cook until garlic and green onions fragrant. Stir in cornstartch until incorporated. Then add soy sauce, "chicken" broth. sweet chili sauce, sriracha, and rice wine vinegar. Whisk then simmer for 1-2 minutes. Cook till the sauce thickens.Add noodles to the pan (or wok) and mix well. Add in any extra proteins or veggies to your liking. *I use Tinkyada White Rice Spaghetti noodles. They are amazing for Asian dishes. **Better than Boullion has a vegetarian "no chicken" chicken broth. I highly recommend it for this recipe.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings

***Forgot to mention that you can use the salt and pepper in the recipe to your taste. 

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dairy free

One Pot Fettuccine Alfredo | Vegan & Gluten Free |

8:05 AM

I just realized this is my second pasta recipe in a row here on the blog. Guess I just really like my gluten free carbs ;)
Nothing makes me happier then hearing my husband say a dish is good with out any prompting. Most of the time I wait for him to take the first bite of a new recipe and stare at him intently waiting for response.
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After I got myself a bowl of this delicious new pasta creation and walked to my spot on the couch in the living room. I hear a very mouthful muffled "This is really good" from my husband. 
I secretly did this on the inside. 
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So if you are looking for a good dairy free pasta recipe that  a dairy eating husband will enjoy this is for you!

I know I've made Alfredo sauce (not once but twice) and pasta in the past but I feel this is BY FAR the easiest to make. 

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One Pot Fettuccine Alfredo | Vegan & Gluten Free |
The best dairy free pasta you will ever make!
  • 3-4 minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Vegan Butter*
  • 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Cups Organic Soy Milk**
  • to taste salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 12oz Gluten Free Fettuccine Pasta***
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 10oz Steamed Broccoli
In a pot (or pan) big enough for your pasta, saute garlic in butter, oil and a sprinkle of salt until the garlic is fragrant and the butter is melted. Next, pour in the veggie broth, soy milk, and the rest of the seasoning (GP,OP,S&P, and Nooch). Cover and bring to a boil.Once at a boil, turn the heat down and add the pasta. Push pasta down so its submerged in the liquid.The pasta will absorb the liquid. Gluten Free past is funny so if you feel you need more pasta, add more. Stir often with tongs so the noddles don't stick together. After about 10-15 minutes, add in frozen peas. If you need more liquid add soy milk.Once peas are soft, you can add in steamed broccoli with some garlic salt for flavor. Serve and enjoy!*I used Earth Balance **Soy milk works the BEST. I wouldn't suggest anything else. I used unsweetened Silk Soy Milk. ***I used about a box and half of Deboles GF pasta. Hence the 12oz. I made the leftovers noodles I didn't use in a separate pot just incase we needed more.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings

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gluten free

Creamy Tomato Pasta

9:17 AM

This is going to be your week night saving grace if you're looking for a quick pasta meal to make during the week.
It can be eaten on it's own or you can add some veggies, protein, even some mozzarella cheese to it if you so please.
You won't realize there isn't a lick of dairy in this creamy, thick, pasta goodness!
There isn't much else to say about this recipe other then you should add it to your meal plan this week!

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Creamy Tomato Pasta
A big one pot full of vegan, gluten free goodness!
  • 16oz Gluten Free Pasta (any kind)*
  • 4 1/4 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 15oz Diced Tomatoes w/liquid
  • 1 chopped Small onion
  • 3-4 cloves minced Garlic
  • 2 TBLS Olive OIl
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • To Taste Basil
  • to taste Salt and Pepper
In a large pot combine all ingredients except basil, salt and pepperStir together (add more water if you feel the noodles aren't covered) and bring to boil.Reduce heat and simmer for up to 20 minutes. Stirring from time to time so the pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of pot.Add salt, pepper and basil to taste.Stir to combine for one minute. Serve and enjoy! *use any type of gluten free pasta. I used fusilli pasta. But penne and elbow would work as well.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings

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carrot dogs

EASY Carrot Dogs | Gluten Free + Vegan |

8:00 AM

I've been craving these Carrot Dogs since I made them on the 4th of July (where they were a hit with vegan/non-beef eaters). So on Monday when I tend to plan for easy to make meals, I whipped out the recipe and made them for myself since the hubs was getting his beef hog dog fix thanks to AppleGate.

This recipe is SO EASY. Like so easy a monkey could do it if you happened to have a monkey. The key is to have that smoked paprika on hand. Thats the power to this carrot dog. It gives it that meaty hot dog taste. 

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Carrot Dog - Gluten Free and Vegan
Easy Carrot dogs that are perfect for those non-meat eaters at your cookout
  • 4 Medium Carrots
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoon Gluten Free Soy Sauce
  • 2tbs+2tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
Peel the carrots and trim them to fit your buns (I used canyon bakehouse GF buns).In a pot with a steamer basket. Steam your carrots till they are fork tender*.While they are steaming make your marinade.Whisk together the broth, vinegar, soy sauce, mustard, garlic powder, and paprika in a dish that can fit your carrots or a plastic bag.Once the carrots are done and cooled. Add them to the marinade. Marinate for at least 3 hours to 1 day. Turning the carrots twice.When you are ready use a grill or grill pan and heat to a high heat.Add the carrots to the pan, turning once or twice till grill marks appear and the carrots are hot. Serve on buns immediately with your favorite toppings!NOTES: *This requires some watching. You want them soft but not too soft. I've had both. Its better to have them on the softer side. *If you don't feel you have enough marinade to cover the carrots. Just add more veggie broth.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

If you need to make more then 4. You can EASILY double this recipe!