Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Barbe-cutie

 

I’m not the best baker. Not that I’m terrible, but I’m a little too lazy to adhere to the measurements. Show me a list of ingredients with 5 different flours and starches, and I’ll show you a box pre-made mix.

I like spontaneity in the kitchen. Which I think is why I love to cook so much more than bake. Sauté, grill, steam, chop, broil; those are moves I like. And why I love recipes like this one, that end up with a bowl of:

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BBQ Macaroni Salad

What I love most about this recipe, is that you can add whatever veggies you like, as much sauce as you like; you can play around with the flavor: add chili powder, garlic powder, or cayenne.

You can make your own BBQ sauce, or try my sexy friend

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Mr. Stubb’s sauce cause he’s super sweet and makes his BBQ sauce

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gluten free! (and made in the USA! what! what!)

I went to Harris Teeter to try to reinvent a pasta salad for a reader, but I got side tracked in the BBQ aisle. Stubb’s was givin’ me the sexy eye.

And this macaroni salad is DEFINITELY sexy, saucy, and simple!

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I started by chopping up one head of broccoli, 1/2 of a red pepper, and a 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes: drizzled with olive oil and then broiled on high until the tomatoes wilted and the broccoli crisped.

While the veggies broiled, I boiled a pot of water and cooked up one bag of Tinkyada gluten free brown rice macaroni. When the pasta was about 5 minutes away from being finished, I poured half a bag of frozen corn in to the pot. Once the pasta was cooked and the corn was thawed, I drained and returned to the pot.

I added the veggies to the pot, and poured in 1/2 a cup of Stubb’s sauce.

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Voila!

You can add more BBQ sauce, top with cheese, top with bacon…top with cheese and bacon.

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Thank you guys so much for your understanding and sweet comments on yesterday’s post. I don’t know why it seems so embarrassing to own up to my early twenties past, everything in my life has made me who I am today.

A lot of times, in writing this blog, it can seem like my life is perfect. That I wake up each day with positive energy and that eating gluten free is a walk in the park. I hope that I paint a better picture of how hard this lifestyle change can be!