Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gluten-Free Spaghetti and HEALTHY FRIES!

After a pretty horrific experience with rice pasta a few months ago, I thought maybe my pasta days were over since I'm been eating more gluten-free. I took a chance and bought a new corn/rice blend the other day:

I was so suspicious when I cooked it. The previous rice pasta I made just FELL apart as it was cooking. No bueno. This one was perfect!

Topped with some chicken breast cooked in tomato sauce and rosemary, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top. Yum!

In other food news, I've been seriously overusing my oven lately. It's just so nice to have one after so long! EVERYTHING is being roasted, so I've made some pretty exciting healthy fries. A potato cut up and lightly sprayed with oil, salt and pepper makes yummy "fries", but it's probably one you already know about:

So here's one you probably haven't tried: okra fries!

I got this amazing bag of garden veggies from my friend this past weekend:

But I was a little stumped about what to do with the fries. I love roasted anything, so I was going to slice and roast them. But then I decided to cut them like fries, toss them in olive oil and salt, and roast them a bit longer. I even dipped them in ketchup, they were so crunchy and delicious!

Finally had a run today, it felt so great after 3 non-running days in a row! 6 miles at 9:10 average pace. 

What is your favorite roasted veggie?
Broccoli! I love it so much, I could eat a whole pan of the stuff.

Crunchy or soft fries?
Crunchy and crispy all the way. The soft ones are gross!


  1. DEFINITELY love crunchy fries...and I have not had fries in SO long...I should try some healthy ones :) I like pretty much any roasted veggie but definitely broccoli and white onions! yum! that pasta looks so delish!! And I am so glad to hear that you had an awesome run after some time off. I am hoping that is my experience as well...but I am still feeling some soreness so I think it will be a few more days. I tried the yoga video last night and it was TOUGH but I LOVE it! Thanks so much for the suggestion!

  2. I have been debating on trying rice pasta and you convinced me. I think my grocery store sells this brand too. When it comes to roasted veggies, I am definitely not an okra person. But I do love roasted veggoes and my favorite dish is when I roast together bell peppers, red onions, and portobella mushrooms. Then add a few drops of balsamic vinegar...Yum! And I actually had that today :D I can eat the whole roasting pan.


  3. Crunchy for ME TOO!! I am so glad that you found good pasta and I use my oven daily!!

  4. Sweet potatoes are by far my favorite roasted veggie... I could eat them all day, every day!

  5. Potatos are my favorite!! I like them with a slight crunch on the outside but soft on the inside and of course smothered in ketchup!!

  6. Love fries crispy on the outside and then nice and soft on the inside. And then, brace yourself, I dip them in a mixture of ranch and ketchup.

  7. I love crispy fries and my favorite thing to grill is green beans, they turn out crispy just like fries...we sometimes also fry them with olive oil, garlic, and almonds.

  8. Fries have gotta be crispy. Yummy! I have never had okra...I wonder if I can even buy it around here? hmmmm.

    I love roasted absolute favorite veggie!

  9. The quinoa pasta is actually really good too. I hate rice pasta, not just because it's gross, but because it also gives me heart burn like crazy.
    And ditto on the broccoli AND the crispy fries. I'm an addict to both.

  10. That pasta dish looks great!

    I want to try kombu noodles whenever I can get my hands on them. They are gluten free (I think) and are made from seaweed.

    I love roasted red peppers. Those = crack.

    Crunchy fries all the way!

  11. Quinoa pasta is awesome

    I LOVE roasted potatoes

    aaand my fries have to be nice and soft! Mmm. Preferably steak fries

    I tagged/awarded you on my blog :)

  12. Love all roasted veggies but sweet potatoes and regular potatoes are the best! I will dip them in anything - ketchup, BBQ sauce, hummus...

    I will eat fries crunchy or soft! I'm not picky when it comes to deep fried carbs! HA

  13. I roast anything vegetable: onions, tomatoes, asparagus, cabbage, fennel, sweet potatoes, etc.

    I love me some crunchy fries! The only soft ones I like are from Red Robin. They put something into their frying oil to make those so addictive.

  14. Thanks for the mini review on this gluten free pasta. I've been curious to try.

    I'm all about any type of fry. I don't discriminate! hehe when I go to In-n-Out, hubby orders his extra I steal some while I enjoy my soft ones!:)

  15. Crunchy fries all the way...the okra is a great idea.
    I love roasted beets, sweet potato and parsnip. And now I want fries.

  16. Definitely crunchy fries...the best are seasoned or sweet potato fries. YUM!

  17. Hey lady! I just found your blog from Christina's and an psyched I did! Your weight loss story is very inspiring and I thank you sharing it.
    I love roasted egg plants and sweet potatoes!
    Crispy/crunch fries all the way :)
    Check out my blog if you would like to sometime!

  18. I LOVE roasted broccoli, I could eat it every day. Brussel sprouts are awesome too....I love every veggie roasted actually. I might need to try okra, I don't think I've ever bought it fresh! I don't really like french fries though, I might steal one of my husbands if they are special, like old bay fries, but that's about it. Sweet potato fries are another story, however.

  19. glad to see u loving the return to the land of ovens! :) fries for me...THE BEST are the really thick cut, soft, juicy ones. homemade are the bestest, nice and warm...yum baby! :)

  20. How cool - I never would have thought of fixing okra like fries! I actually like both crunchy and soft fries.

  21. That pasta looks yummy!

    I like my fries crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside!