Kids’ Kitchen: Lemon and Butter Shrimp Pasta

Get the whole family involved in preparing this crowd-pleasing Lemon and Butter Shrimp Pasta recipe.

Maizy’s tips for young chefs

Ask an adult for help adding the shrimp to the pan with the melted butter and olive oil and again when adding the pasta water and broth to the other components. When adding water to a pan with heated fat, the oil won’t mix with the water, causing the hot oil to splatter out of the pan and burn you if you get too close.

If you need to devein and shell your shrimp, have an adult help. This requires a lot of intricate work with a paring knife, which is very small and sharp.

When you are done cooking the pasta, don’t drain it yourself if it’s too heavy. It’s really easy to burn yourself on the pot or the water if it spills over—plus, it’s really easy to drop.

Happy cooking!

Lemon and Butter Shrimp Pasta


  • 1  pound shrimp
  • ½ cup chopped asparagus
  • 1  box gluten-free spaghetti
  • 2  tablespoons olive oil
  • 1  tablespoon butter
  • 1  tablespoon gluten-free seafood seasoning
  • 5  tablespoons gluten-free chicken broth
  • 3  tablespoons lemon zest
  • 4  tablespoons lemon juice


First things first, if you didn’t buy deveined and shelled shrimp, devein them and remove the shells. Next, prepare the asparagus. Snap the sticks so the dead white part at the bottom is removed. The stalk will snap where the dead part naturally meets the healthy part. Once you have done this with all of your stalks, slice them into rounds, either diagonally or straight on penny-rounds—it won’t affect the taste, only the look.

Boil a pot of water, following the directions on the box of spaghetti. While the water is boiling, add the olive oil and butter to a large frying pan on medium heat. Toss the cleaned shrimp with the seafood seasoning and then into the frying pan with the butter and oil on medium heat. Once the shrimp are in the pan, wait around 3 minutes before flipping them over to the other side and cooking for a few more minutes. The shrimp should be pink and slightly browned. After the shrimp are done (you can check by taking one out of the pan and cutting it in half—there should be no translucency, only opaque white), remove from the pan to a clean bowl.

Next, add the asparagus to the pan and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until it is cooked to your liking. You can tell if the asparagus is cooked by the color. An undercooked or raw piece will have its natural young green color, but a properly cooked one will have a bit of a deeper green. Once the asparagus is done, add the shrimp back to the pan.

Now, the pasta should be done (cooked to your liking, but I recommend al dente for this purpose) so add it to the pan with the shrimp. Also add the pasta water and broth, along with the lemon zest and juice. Toss together and serve!




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Product Roundup: Hot Picks for Gluten-Free Kids

These products geared toward kids—but yum for all!—include breakfast and snack options that will come in handy this week with many kids out of school for April vacation. While your youngsters will savor the delicious flavor, you can rest assured that they have safe food options while they’re home.

Perfect pancakes

When Follow Your Heart set the goal of creating the tastiest yet healthiest pourable, ready-to-heat pancake batter, Rocket Cakes was born. And, best of all, the fluffy pancakes and decadent waffles produced by this easy heat-and-eat batter are gluten free. Just add your child’s favorite toppings and you’ll be the hit of breakfast—or breakfast for dinner!





This spud’s for you

The New York Kosher Dill kettle chips from One Potato Two Potato are the perfect pick for your child’s lunchtime snack. This delightful snack combines the flavors of two classic sandwich side staples, potato chips and pickles (without the messy juice!). Not only is the bag full of crispy deliciousness, but it’s adorable too—a sure hit in any cafeteria.




Put a ring on it

Getting your kids to eat their vegetables can pose a challenge—or an impossible hurdle, depending on your child. But these Farmwise Cauliflower, White Bean & Onion Veggie Rings present the perfect delivery vehicle for nutritious ingredients. Your young one will lustily chow down on these crispy rings of goodness without realizing that every five rings they eat delivers one serving of veggies.




Get bowled over

With 3 grams of fiber and zero added sugar, these Super Morning Oatmeal Bowls for toddlers are an easy, nutritious breakfast option on busy mornings. Available in two kid-pleasing flavors, Organic Bananas & Strawberries and Organic Apples & Blueberries, these bowls contain a blend of quinoa, gluten-free oats and super chia seeds and can be warmed to your child’s liking, which is especially nice on chilly winter mornings.




And for those times when you’re able to spend more time preparing meals and snacks together, check out these kid-friendly recipes:

Gluten-Free Frozen Yogurt Pops

Triple-Decker Quesadillas

Mason Jar Breakfasts




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Our Top Five Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Recipes

April vacation offers an ideal time to get your kids more interested and involved in the kitchen. These five gluten-free recipes can help introduce young chefs to the ins and outs of food preparation. Best of all, they will beam with pride upon presenting you with a delicious dish of their making.

1. Ombre Frozen Yogurt Pops

Looking for something fun and healthy to do with your kids this week? Make and enjoy these beautiful and yummy gluten-free frozen yogurt pops together. You can use any soft fruit, but those with a deep color give the best visual effect. Try kiwi, strawberry or mango for other flavor ideas. Let’s get poppin’>>

2. Kid-Friendly Frittata

This frittata for kids is not only a joy for the taste buds, but also a fun way to spend time with your little ones and get them involved in the kitchen. Use the Tiny Tips for getting your small sous chefs involved in the preparation, which will help establish the routine of cooking together and learning about food. Feeling like frittatas>>

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cupcakes

Chocolate and peanut butter are basically made for each other. Add ice cream to the mix and you have an unbeatable combination. After trying these decadent treats, you’ll never be able to look at plain ol’ cupcakes the same way again! Indulge in these cupcakes>>

4. Triple-Decker Quesadillas

This recipe is super kid-friendly and 100 percent customizable except for the melted cheese that holds everything together. Kids can put whatever they want inside, including spicy shrimp, shredded pork and ground taco meat. Triple the cheese, please>> 

5. Mason Jar Breakfast

Your little ones will have a blast with this recipe, but don’t be surprised if you adults end up making yourselves a breakfast jar of your own. They are a fantastic, healthy start to anyone’s day. Get creative with your jars. Try peaches and pecans or pineapple and macadamia nuts for a tropical twist. Jar up some fun>>

Need some ideas or a little inspiration in the kitchen? Look through our constantly growing collection of delicious gluten-free recipes.

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5 Foodie Lines for Gluten-Free Cruising

You can cruise safely and reliably on these five top cruise lines that feature deliciously robust, gluten-free dining programs as part their quest to expertly accommodate guests with special diets. If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, it’s time to look into these impressive options for gluten-free cruising.

1. MSC Cruises

With its Mediterranean focus and concordant heavy emphasis on pasta, pizza and other Italian specialties, MSC Cruises faces what is possibly the most challenging task of any cruise line in this grouping—and knows it. This family-owned, European-based cruise line with a limited but fast-growing presence in North America aims to deliver a superior culinary experience to its international clientele. Faced with this tricky task, MSC partnered with the Italian Celiac Association (AIC) to jointly develop gluten-free menus for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The AIC supervises and regulates the program by making unannounced, periodic inspections of MSC’s ships.

Diligent and careful preparation are the watchwords in the separate gluten-free galley aboard the MSC Divina, MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside. The Mediterranean theme aboard MSC’s modern ships—aside from stunning Italian design in the public rooms—manifests itself heavily in Italian cuisine, so it’s no surprise that the ships are provisioned with up to 23 different types of pasta (many made fresh on board), including several gluten-free varieties. Guests in the main dining room are presented with up to 17 completely different gluten-free menus throughout their cruise—and the choices therein are myriad and delicious. Even the packaged, gluten-free baked goods offered in all dining venues—produced in Italy, by the way—are far superior in taste and consistency to those tried elsewhere. And the effort carries over to lunchboxes provided for shore excursions and onboard beer and cocktails. Typifying the quality of the cuisine was one night’s special dessert in the excellent, alternative Eataly restaurant: a gluten-free torta della nonna, which ranked among the best desserts I’ve ever had at sea.

MSC Cruises is a market leader in European cruising, has a commanding presence in South America and will have two ships in Miami this winter—including the brand-new and groundbreaking MS Seaside—sailing in the warm Caribbean waters.

2. Holland America Line

Steeped in history and rich with tradition, Holland America Line (HAL) has been satisfying guests for more than 140 years aboard its classic ships, and providing quality cuisine has always been an integral part of that legacy. In recent years, HAL Master Chef Rudi Sodamin has elevated the line’s culinary program, introducing innovative and modern dishes that complement the already-impressive classic fare. And the accommodations for gluten-free guests aren’t an afterthought. In a carefully thought-out and planned exercise that reveals itself in scrumptious offerings in all dining venues aboard, HAL’s gluten-free program excels.

What makes the line’s culinary program exceptional, however, goes beyond the legendary warm hospitality exuded by its staff and crew; it’s the fact that food-and-beverage staff and crew are cognizant of—and, more importantly, informed about—special diets and their relation to the dishes offered onboard. According to Bitta Kuruvilla, ms Zuiderdam’s executive chef, 90 percent of the dishes on the main dining room menus are either already gluten free or can be made so with 24 hours’ notice.

And the accommodation extends to the Lido Market casual dining area, where the Italian station features several made-to-order gluten-free pasta choices; the pancake and waffle station provides safe options; and the Distant Lands pan-Asian station chefs will carefully customize dishes using tamari soy sauce.

Guests traveling on HAL’s ships also now enjoy the cruise industry’s best nighttime lounge entertainment in the line’s Music Walk trio of venues, including B.B. King’s Blues Club, where talented Memphis pros deliver stunning renditions of blues, soul and R&B hits. Onboard enrichment opportunities also abound on HAL through the line’s new partnership with PBS’ America’s Test Kitchen, Exploration Central’s destination hub and programming inspired by O, the Oprah Magazine.

Holland America’s ships span the globe, with a commanding presence in Alaska and Europe during the summer and the Caribbean in winter. The line’s ships also sail to Mexico, Asia, Cuba, the Panama Canal, South America and Antarctica. ⇒

3. Oceania Cruises

Known by avid cruisers as the “foodie cruise line,” Oceania has an ethos firmly rooted in culinary supremacy. Led by legendary chef Jacques Pepin, the line touts its gourmet bona fides heavily—and ultimately delivers—so it’s no surprise that gluten-free guests are in for a treat.

Seeing a different dinner menu each night, guests in Oceania’s grand dining room are spoiled with a choice of 10 appetizers, soups and salads, and 12 entrees. And it’s a gourmand’s daydream, as caviar, lobster, duck and prime rib make frequent menu appearances. Special diets are accommodated easily, since every dish is prepared a la minute. Dining staff are also well versed in gluten-free options for passengers.

Even at Waves Grill, the casual poolside eatery, guests are tempted with gourmet items like lobster tails and lamb chops—all prepared to order, of course.

Dining in the specialty restaurants onboard is certainly no less extraordinary. At Red Ginger, the Asian bistro featured on Marina, Riviera and Sirena, the Spicy Duck and Watermelon Salad gets the salivary glands working, as does the succulent Miso-Glazed Seabass.

Oceania’s ships occupy a unique niche in the cruise industry, a category referred to as “upper-premium.” The line’s six intimate ships only carry between 700 and 1,200 passengers—a capacity that virtually ensures personalized attention and service—which enables visits to smaller ports. In the Mediterranean, guests may visit Monte Carlo, Monaco; Split, Croatia; Menorca, Spain and Portofino, Italy. When sailing through the Caribbean, port calls may include Belize City, Belize; Cienfuegos, Cuba; Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe and St. John’s, Antigua. And, in a nod to the line’s destination focus, there are more overnight visits to ports than ever before, giving guests more time to experience the true flavor of a city, including its nightlife.

4. Crystal Cruises  

As a perennial leader in the luxury cruise niche, Crystal Cruises is constantly looking for ways to raise the bar even higher to cater to discerning clientele on its two mid-sized, ocean-going ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. And Crystal’s guests expect culinary excellence at each meal, regardless of their dietary needs. On a recent voyage, I was impressed by Crystal’s culinary program and the company’s caring accommodation of guests with specialty diets.

Dinner menus in Crystal’s main dining room are comprised of two sections: Crystal Classics and Modern Cuisine. The latter is typified by dishes like Mediterranean Sea Bass with Beet Risotto and Poached King Crab, and Snapper Sashimi with Caramelized Banana, while the former offers comfort classics like Lobster Cobb Salad and Whole Roasted Duck with Orange Sauce. Diners are free to mix and match from both sides of the menu. Working my way through dinner each night was a two-hour gustatory labor of love.  And with included top-shelf cocktails and wines, it was also a guilty pleasure.

Specialty dining is also taken up a notch on Crystal, notwithstanding the dining room’s already-high standard. Silk Road and the Sushi Bar feature authentic tastes of famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s iconic dishes, and the onboard Nobu-trained chefs are skilled at creating menu items that capably satisfy special diets. Meanwhile, diners at Prego feast on Italian specialties honed at Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino Restaurant in Santa Monica, California, such as Carpaccio of Black Angus Beef and succulent Veal Scaloppine al Limone with gluten-free capellini pasta.

And my favorite luxury touch onboard Crystal? The nightly chocolate fountain in The Bistro café, featuring a myriad of fruit, marshmallows and other delights that guests are free to dip and enjoy to their hearts’ content.

5. Celebrity Cruises 

Celebrity Cruises’ “modern luxury” tagline applies to the eight-ship line’s spacious and stylish public rooms as well as to the progressive culinary program. The dining room fare hews toward classics like rack of lamb and tournedos of beef, while specialty eatery Qsine features shared Mediterranean plates and playful appetizers like sushi lollipops—all ordered via an iPad.

Guests with special diets are well-accommodated, especially due to the line’s recent participation in the Dine Aware program. All food and beverage staff and crew are now required to complete Dine Aware training, which educates them on topics related to food allergies and intolerance. In addition, gluten-free dishes in the dining room are clearly indicated on the menu. Guests with a gluten allergy or intolerance may also have their choices prepared in the Special Order Line area of the galley, where great care is taken to avoid cross-contamination. Even the Oceanview Café, Celebrity’s casual dining area, features a dedicated station for gluten-free items and pastries.

But the Celebrity experience is more than just contemporary cuisine; the onboard ambience projects a modern, stylish European hotel where current-day sensibilities mesh with classic service. On the line’s Solstice-class ships, arriving passengers step into a spacious, light-filled atrium while entertainers perform gentle, Cirque-like acrobatics accompanied by ethereal music. It’s a fitting welcome to an upscale cruising experience meant to appeal to a sophisticated demographic.

The line’s four Millennium-class ships have all been recently renovated to include features and functionality such as restaurants, spas, lounges and coffee bars found on its newer-generation Solstice-class ships in order to provide guests with a uniform experience across the fleet.

Celebrity’s ships sail the Caribbean in winter and the Mediterranean in summer, enabling guests to enjoy warm-weather cruising year-round.

Want more information, tips and destinations for gluten-free travel? Check out our Travel section!


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SPONSORED: Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Cream Cheese Bagel Recipe

Spring has arrived and that means in seasons fresh fruit. Paired with Canyon Bakehouse’s delicious Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin bagel, this avocado and fresh fruit recipe will have your taste buds dancing.


  • 2 Canyon Bakehouse Cinnamon Raisin Gluten-free Bagels, toasted
  • 4 oz. Whipped Cream Cheese
  • ½ Avocado, sliced
  • 2-3 Strawberries, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Blueberries


  • Spread each toasted bagel half with cream cheese.
  • Top the cream cheese with avocado and fresh fruit.

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