First, let me state that I am not really a fish fan. Outside of tilapia and shrimp, I do not eat many things that come from the sea. Growing up Catholic I was fortunate to have a mother that shared (or perhaps caused) my distaste for fish. So, Fridays during lent usually pizza and pasta dishes. Now that I am gluten-free, those are not always the most exciting options.
Here are a few things you might want to try as alternative bases:
Polenta – Polenta is ground up corn. You can buy it in what looks like a sausage package. You can either fry slices of it or mix in water or milk and mash it for a softer base.
Risotto – Risotto is Arborio rice, you add in the liquid slower. Risotto often uses chicken stock as the liquid added, but vegetable stock is a great vegetarian alternative.
Lentils – They make a great soup.
Once you have the base get creative with what you add to it. This week I made Risotto using a vegetable broth. I simply started with sautéing some garlic in olive oil in a large pan, then added the Arborio rice and followed the directions on the package. While the rice was cooking, I roasted some red, green and yellow peppers (olive oil, salt and pepper). When the rice was done, I sliced up the peppers, added them to the rice and then added a bit of cream, Parmesan cheese, and parsley.
The best part – these are things that almost every grocery store carries.
Wishing you good food and happy tummies,