One of my Christmas presents from Sir Brett was a cooking class at The Wooden Spoon- a kitchenwares shop on Clark street that also offers incredible classes where you cook a three course meal and sip on wines paired with each dish. I will admit when I heard what we were doing I was nervous- a cooking class for someone strictly gluten-free? With people who may have not even heard of the allergy? Brett clearly did his research (shout-out to Amanda!) because this experience was not only delicious, but it was 100% gluten-free friendly- keep reading to find out how!
I really wanted to call this post my “Top 10 meal prep tips for anyone too hungover on Sundays or peeps who ain’t got time for that” but the formatting was all off, so, I went with “working crowd” assuming you know what I meant. But let’s get to the point shall we? Meal prep- everyone talks about it like it’s for people who have nothing else to do on a Sunday, but in actuality- it’s all about your mindset. If you “can’t even” when it comes slicing and dicing some fruit and veggies for the week, but you’re totally down to bake some pumpkin muffins or throw a chili together to smell all day while you watch football, you’re cheating yourself out of all the meal-prep possibilities I’m about to share with you.
That being said- these tips aren’t going to keep you chained to the cutting board for hours, or make you brave Costco on a weekend (unless you’re into that gauntlet atmosphere like me). We all know it’s much more fun to prep with a glass of wine on Sunday night than over a rushed cup of coffee Monday morning, so pause Netflix and try some of these- you’ll thank me around Wednesday.
We’ve all been there- you’re craving something tasty, but nothing too unhealthy to make you feel like you’ve gained 10 pounds. You want something home cooked, but nothing that will take four hours to make or involve serious skill. The answer to your hunger? Zoodles. Zoodles: otherwise known as spiralized zucchini, are taking over the foodie world. Zucchini noodles, get it? Okay moving on… they’re a fresh, veggie alternative to pasta, that when sautéed and prepared accordingly, can be seriously tasty.
Now I know some of you are already reading this post thinking “I don’t have a clue how to spiralize a zucchini, nor do I want to take the time to do so”. Well, friend, you don’t have to, because you can buy zoodles. Whole Foods (and Heinens if you’re in the CLE/CHI area) sells pre-packaged fresh zoodles in their prepared produce section. (Look for green squiggly noodles) I’d bet if you ventured into your local grocery store, chances are you’d find some zoodles. So, without further adieu, let’s get to making some chicken parmesan and spicy zoodles. Gluten free, of course!
Who says homemade recipes have to take forever? Who says gluten-free has to mean taste free? I challenge anyone who makes this recipe to tell me that the missing gluten changes how amazing these are. These homemade cheesy skillet meatballs take less than 30 minutes to make, require one pan, and strongly remind me of my pre GF days at Portillo’s. Whip these up for a Friday night dinner party, or a Sunday afternoon game, they’ll definitely impress!