Embracing chaos. Some might say it’s insanity. Others call it their daily routine. I’ve found it to be similar to riding my favorite roller coaster. ALL DAY. It is exhilarating and slightly nauseating. Lately life has been chaotic. I’ve found myself wishing for simple while simultaneously causing complicated. I’m okay with some areas of my life staying chaotic, but dinners aren’t one of them. Sitting around the table and enjoying a meal together is so important to me. I also love eating real food. If you’ve been here for any length of time you know I have a small fetish for turning classic dishes into healthy ensembles. That’s why today, I proudly bring you gluten free ravioli. Possibly the best thing I did last week. My kids and husband are still raving about it. They want it added to the regular menu, and I completely agree.
Ravioli That’s Healthy
Gluten free ravioli is healthy on the inside and out. I made the dough out of brown rice flour and tapioca starch. Both are good for you and hold together well for rolling out and cutting into squares. On the inside you’ll find a creamy filling of fresh parmesan, cream cheese and parsley. My little secret? A hint of lemon juice really amplifies the flavors and pulls them in nicely.
For the sauce I used my time saving pasta sauce because it’s budget friendly and made of real ingredients. The goal of this dish was to create a classic with a healthy spin. The more nutrient dense, the better. Sometimes I’ll add in a few more veggies to the pasta sauce like carrots, zucchini or onion. The kids don’t mind and it increases our daily vegetable intake.
Ravioli Welcomes Quick & Easy
Want to hear to coolest part about this recipe? It freezes! You can make the ravioli, freeze it and pull it out just minutes before you want to eat. Just like store-bought ravioli, you can put the frozen pasta directly into boiling water. Cook for 7-8 minutes, or until they are soft. Then strain them and plate them with sauce! How easy is that?
These homemade squares are budget friendly too. I went to my local Winco grocery store and purchased everything I needed for dinner. The brown rice flour and tapioca starch are in the bulk section, and a total steal compared to every other store near me. I used the WInco brand for cream cheese, tomato sauce and seasonings.
Ravioli Brings Out Conversation
Hearing the kids laugh and joke around the table gets my heart all pitter patter. We share about our day, tell silly stories and excitedly plan the next vacation. I’m a vacation addict and not even a little sorry about it. I’m constantly planning one vacation, making packing lists, and then dreaming of the next one.
We actually purchased a store-bought ravioli to have at the table with mine alongside it. I wanted everyone to taste both and tell me what they thought.
Gluten free ravioli won by a landslide! There weren’t even any left overs. The store-bought one didn’t get finished. Comments about the big flavors in the filling and the way the pasta held together nicely were said of the gluten free ravioli. The store-bought ones tasted mushy and bland after trying mine.
The proof is definitely in the ravioli. Enjoy this recipe and enjoy your family!