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

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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 accommodate a food allergy? Share it with us!

About Jessica Fisher

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  1. Lauren says:

    This is such a great idea! I just found your blog recently – it all looks wonderful!

    In terms of the swap, everything on my blog is gluten free, and occasionally free of more =D.

  2. That looks GREAT!

  3. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free says:

    I love this idea of sharing allergy friendly recipes. I agree that they're more prevalent and, honestly, I appreciate you bringing awareness to it in a kind way. Too often those of us with food allergies are belittled – "Oh, just eat a little…it won't hurt you. And, it will make the hostess happy." If I had a dollar for every time I've heard that I'd be stinkin' rich!

  4. Just Me says:

    so nummy!!! Thanks!

  5. Hoosier Homemade says:

    Sorry I don't have a recipe today, I thankfully don't have any restrictions that I cook for, yet.

  6. Thanks so much for this topic! My son has multiple allergies, and as prevalent as that is these days, it's hard to find good recipes. I'm looking forward to browsing through all the links here!

  7. This is a wonderful topic, and I almost forgot you were doing it this week. I'm looking forward to checking out these links.

  8. Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    Oops, I entered the wrong recipe, and I don't know how to delete the link. Sorry.

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  10. JessieLeigh says:

    Blessedly, we have no food allergies or restrictions in our family… but your recipe looks wonderfully yummy all the same! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  11. Like Lauren, everything on my site is made gluten-free. I don't specify "gluten-free flour" in my recipes, though, since I've had several friends who can have "normal" flour and have made my recipes with great results.

  12. I just found your blog — thanks for the recipe swap. It's the only way we can all help each other with these special diets! I like that now I can look at other's blogs and get even more ideas. Thank you!

  13. Out Of The Box Living says:

    Peanut clusters made with "Enjoy Life" brand chocolate chips. The chocolate chips are free of wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, casein, potato, sesame and sulfites – and they taste like regular chocolate! I found these at a couple regular grocery stores.

    There's not really a recipe for this, but last year, when I had to go dairy-, soy- and tree nut-free for my little nursling, I made lots of these for treats since there weren't many options at holiday time!

    Instructions: melt chocolate according to package directions. Mix in peanuts (or other nuts if you can't have peanuts). Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper, allow to cool and harden, and then try not to eat all of them in one sitting!

  14. I’m lactose intolerant and have always dreaded the holidays, as all the food seems to be loaded with dairy. After a recommendation of one of my friends, I found this nutrition coach named Rose Cole who has a holiday cookbook and has tons of dairy free recipes. Her site is http://www.RoseCole.com/HolidayCookbook

Thanks so much for participating in this conversation about "a mom's life."

This is a place where moms can be themselves. Remember that each mother's path looks a little different. Please keep your comments respectful and kind. Reasonable minds will disagree in a nice way.

So let's talk about it, using "our big girl words."

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