Apr 29, 2013

Gluten-free Tuna Pasta Salad

 
It's been over a month now since my husband has changed his diet - dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free! I know, sounds like an awful chunk of food group(s) have been removed.... It was overwhelming at first and I didn't think I'd be able to cook anything but with some research and a little creativity - it's not impossible to live this way, actually. In fact, he has lost about 15 pounds because of this new diet and is now proud to be back to his wedding day weight...not that he needed to lose much at all - if you've seen what he looks like (see About section) he looks perfectly fine (and handsome! - it's my husband, am biased of course - and so-in-love, too!). :-)
 
What I love about his diet, is that (apart from the food he needs to avoid) it's not much of a diet at all! I mean, there isn't much restriction in terms of calories or portion control and yet he's been losing weight - 15 pounds in under 6 weeks! I, on the other hand, had gained about 5 --- perhaps his diet is truly better than mine! I have no problem tolerating anything and perhaps that's my problem - I can eat anything and so I cook and eat everything! :-) Oh, well am a blogger so that's what am supposed to do right - eat and cook! :-)
 
We digress...this recipe is gluten-free because we have used Corn Pasta instead of the usual Wheat-based noodle. It is  actually more flavorful than the usual pasta though texturally not as smooth as the regular pasta. We use the Trader Joe's brand and love it.
 
He would usually request for this for lunch and since it's so easy to whip up, I oblige!!! My whole family (yup even my 4 year old toddler) loves this. The only thing you cook is the pasta and the rest is just mixing everything and the result is a truly flavorful and EASY pasta salad! Enjoy! 

 
 

Ingredients

8-10 oz Penne or your favorite pasta (Corn or Brown Rice pasta for a gluten-free option)
1 can Tuna in Olive Oil
A handful of fresh Cilantro, chopped
8-10 Grape Tomatoes (1/3 cup Sun-dried Tomatoes are great, too!)
Salt and Ground Black Pepper (or favorite herb or seasoning blend)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (to taste)


Procedure

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Make sure it's just al dente! Drain.

Transfer the pasta to a big bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly. I drizzle a little EVOO if it seems a little dry and to add more flavor, too. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately! Enjoy!


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    1. Thanks, Sheena! We have this on a weekly basis! :-)

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  2. Hi there, just letting you know that your link to Food on Friday: Salmon was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today. Hope you are having a good week.

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    1. Thanks, Carole! So very kind of you to feature our recipe.

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  3. Looks like something I can add to my GERD diet minus the tomatoes.
    Looks delish.
    BTW, I will be in your area on Mother's Day.
    My husband asked me what I want to do that day and I said I want to go visit my Tulips in Holland. ;)

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    1. Hi Ghie! Thanks! Wonderful that you will be in Holland. I do hope you enjoy your time. I will be out the whole day (it being a Sunday) but I wish we could see each other.

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  4. Hi.. I was wondering if you could share where to buy gluten free products in manila? and where did you find TJs pasta? thank you in advance:)

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    1. Perhaps you can try Rustans but since I am not Manila-based I am really clueless....sorry. You can also use Rice Pasta so that may be available there too. Worth a try. We get ours from TJ in Detroit or Chicago.

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  5. So easy! Cooking this soon!

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    1. Really easy. Hope you enjoy it, Carla.

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  6. Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I, too, am on a very strict diet; gluten-free, sugar-free, meat free except fish. That being said, i get a lot of my protein from tuna. Love your site!!! I accidentally found it after realizing that the site i most often use (culinaryconnection.com) does not have one gluten free recipe. They are the RFF Culinary Arts School, where i am learning to be a chef.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by!

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