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Pasta Salad Two Ways (Gluten Free)

With summer upon us, also comes backyard BBQs and gatherings. Having food allergies, I used to feel awkward, not knowing what to bring. People used to say,”Oh it’s gluten free?” or “Umm, no thanks”. I used to feel uncomfortable when I would bring some of my dishes.

Not anymore! You can bring a great pasta salad and people will beg you for the recipe! You can make it simpler by using a bottled dressing. Personally, I think these recipes taste far better!    Also, using Catelli gluten free pasta, no one will even realize that the pasta is gluten free! Catelli’s gluten free macaroni tastes just like regular pasta.

Ginger Sesame Pasta Salad

Ginger Sesame Pasta Salad

Vinaigrette Pasta Salad

Vinaigrette Pasta Salad

Here is the bonus!!! Thanks to Catelli Pasta, one lucky person will receive a year’s worth of Catelli’s Gluten Free Macaroni! (Giveaway is now over)

You can also get a $1 Off Coupon Here

What’s Your Favourite Way To Eat Pasta!!!

 Pasta Salad Two Ways and Catelli Giveaway (Gluten Free)

2 c. dry Catelli gluten free macaroni

1/2-2/3 c. Vinaigrette Dressing or Ginger Sesame Dressing

1/2 c. chopped red onion

3 c. various chopped vegetables

sea salt and pepper to taste

Add dry macaroni to 6 cups of boiling water. Add 1/2 tsp. sea salt to water.

Cook macaroni for 3 1/2 -4 minutes. Drain (never rinse), then mix 1/3 of the dressing into warm macaroni. Mixing some of the dressing into the warm pasta helps the pasta absorb the flavour.

Let cool and mix vegetables and dressing into salad. Add a little more dressing if desired. Salt and pepper to taste. If using Ginger Sesame Dressing, top with 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds for an added touch.

Catelli Gluten Free Macaroni low res

Contest open to Canadian Resident Addresses Only. Get your $1 Off Coupon !

                  Leave A Comment… What’s Your Favourite Way To Eat Pasta???

And the winner is Amanda T.



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Catelli Gluten Free Pasta Review and Giveaway!

 Did you know that Catelli Pasta was now making a gluten free version? They are!!

With a blend of four flours- white rice, brown rice, corn, and quinoa, the taste is fantastic!!             You can’t even tell that it’s gluten free pasta!

Catelli Gluten Free Pasta Review

I made my Spaghetti and Meatballs and Pasta with Pesto Alfredo Sauce 🙂

The taste and texture is wonderful! I love it! You can’t tell it’s gluten free at all 🙂

You don’t have to worry because Catelli Gluten Free Pasta is made in a dedicated gluten free facility.


Now here is the best part…

One lucky person is going to win a year’s supply of 

Catelli Gluten Free Pasta!


Here is a $1 off coupon

(Sorry this contest is open for Canadian Residents only)

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Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale- One Week Only Oct. 7-14, 2013

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Club House Gluten Free Gravy Review


McCormick Club House has come out with two gluten free gravies! Brown Gravy as well as Turkey Gravy. McCormick has been around for 130 years! That’s right, since 1883!!

The Canadian Thanksgiving is a little over a week away. Don’t you want Club House to help you celebrate!

Club House Gravy Review

I asked friends over that use Club House Gravy on a regular basis, to try it out. (I haven’t had any in 3 1/2 years). They both enjoyed the rich flavour, saying that you could never tell the difference from its gluten counterpart.

The Brown Gravy served on roasted potatoes were a great addition!

Club House Brown Gravy

The Turkey Gravy went along quite well with our turkey dinner! Same rich wonderful flavour!

ClubHouse Review

The Turkey Gravy would also go well in my turkey soup!


With the Canadian Thanksgiving next week, now you know that you can buy a gravy mix from Club House to suit your needs!

*This sponsorship is brought to you by The Gluten Free Agency who we have partnered with for this promotion.

Way Better Snacks Review

When I was contacted by Way Better Snacks to try and review their sprouted chips, I said yes. One of the wonderful perks of writing this is being able to try out new products(for free) and let everyone know how they taste.

So I get this big box at my door with five different kinds of tortilla chips in it.

Way Better Snacks


Let me tell you that I dug right in… Silly me decided to try Sweet Chili Heat first. Well, I don’t do well with spicy foods. Let’s just say that my hubby thought they were fantastic! And according to him, they are not spicy…. Hmm, I beg to differ. 🙂

I loved all of the other tortilla chip flavours!! Check out the benefits of having sprouted chips HERE!

I must say that all the other kinds are definitely Fantastic!! I love the fact that they are made from and sprouted non- GMO grains!

Way Better Snacks have my vote!!


I was contacted by The Sneaky Chef and asked if I would like to do a review of their No-Nut Butter and their Smooth Red Pasta Sauce. I was excited to be offered this opportunity. Last week the box of goodies was at my door when I arrived home from work 🙂


Immediately ripping it open and trying my new found foods I was quite happy! Dipping into each jar with spoons!!Mmmm


The No-Nut Butter is made of  golden peas and is peanut, tree nut, and soy free… It is creamy and tastes great! Everyone in my family loves it! It’s a great alternative to a nut butter!


The Smooth Red Pasta Sauce is full of eight “hidden” veggies; sweet potato, zucchini, carrot, onion, red pepper, celery, squash, and cauliflower, as well as tomatoes. The flavour is a nice blend of spices. It doesn’t need any extra spices or flavours added to it, unlike other commercially made pasta sauces. This one is great straight out of the bottle!

Sneaky Chef Pasta Sauce

Guidelines for the giveaway:

Sign up your email address to follow Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes to be put in the bin to win

The Sneaky Chef’s No-Nut Butter and Smooth Red Pasta Sauce

If you are already signed up then send me an email to enter!

Sorry due to the company being in the US, this contest is for US residents only residing in the US.

The giveaway begins June 10th, 2013 ends June 17th, 2013 at 11:59 pm.

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