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Rice Pasta Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Food Allergies/Special Diet)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 12, 2009 @ 1:49 am In Main Dishes,Meal Planning,Recipes,Salads,Side Dishes,URS | 15 Comments


Many moms face the challenge of adapting their kitchen habits to accomodate food allergies or special diets within their families. It’s usually a question of good health, if not life and death that is at stake. So, although it can be a huge bummer, it is an important accomodation to make.

Glutton that I am, it’s been rough to adapt my own diet at different seasons. Whether it was a broken jaw in college or a possible allergy in one of my nursing babies, I’ve initially balked at the idea of altering my food choices. But, once I found something yummy, it didn’t seem so bad. The trick is to find something yummy….

So, today we’re going to help each other out. Share your yummy recipe that fits a special diet. It could be gluten, sugar, dairy, soy, meat, etc that has been ommitted. Just make that clear to us so that those looking for a certain diet, can find it easily.

Today I’m sharing a recipe I created when I abstained from gluten for awhile. It was a “happy accident” kind of recipe. And one I would gladly repeat. Definitely something yummy. The flavors of the rice pasta really come through and give the oregano, cilantro, tomato, and olive a very Mexican food flare. Black beans would make it even more like “rice and beans.” But, I prefer the color that the garbanzos give it.


Mexican (Rice) Pasta Salad – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, & Meatless

1 package gluten-free, spiral rice pasta, cooking according to package directions and drained
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup garbanzo or black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup favorite vinaigrette dressing (or combine 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt)

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl, stirring to combine. Chill until ready to serve.

Got a great recipe that will fit a special diet or accodomate a food allergy? Share it with us!

1. Post your recipe on your blog. Please mention www.LifeasMOM.com in your post. Then, come back here to add your link to Mr. Linky below. (Find instructions for Mr. Linky here [6].) Instead of putting the name of the recipe in (parentheses), tell us what kind of diet this would fit.

For example: FishMama (gluten- & dairy-free, meatless)


2. If you don’t have a blog, simply tell us about your recipe in the comments section.

Coming up next week: Thanksgiving, of course!

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