No Fish Fry Fridays for Me

by | Feb 29, 2012 | Recipes

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.

RisottoRisotto 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,


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