Root Down Denver Restaurant Review

My recent trip to Denver concluded with the best meal we had while visiting.

A friend who is local and a foodie (and aware of our food allergy needs) had recommended a few restaurants and we were able to get into Root Down.

I was so impressed with the knowledge of the staff. When my daughter listed her allergies (Dairy (ANA), Soy Protein, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, and Celiac) the waitress said that’s not too bad! My daughter was relieved as the waitress pointed out the entrees on the menu my daughter could enjoy.  Then when I listed my allergies (Dairy, Celiac, and Nightshades) I asked about a certain dish and she said “that usually has Goji Berries on it but we are using something else right now instead.  I was amazed she knew that Goji Berries were a nightshade.

I ordered the beet salad minus the cheese and the risotto.  Both were wonderful! My daughter order the crab taco’s and although she wasn’t too sure if she liked them, she was able to try something new.

Crab Taco's

The best part of Root Down was that we were able to order dessert! We ordered both the tiramisu rice pudding and the truffles.  Dessert!  We never get to order dessert! Now I need to learn how to make truffles because that’s all my daughter can talk about.  The desserts tasted heavenly.

I definitely would put Root Down on your itinerary when traveling to Denver with food allergies.  They made us feel both special and normal!  Thank you for making our trip safe and delicious.




Gluten-free pasta in the pressure cooker.

Life seems to get busier with every season.  Everyone says “enjoy it the kids will be out of the house before you know it.” Part of enjoying the time is not stressing over dinner.  Easier said than done with so much going on and so many foods to avoid,  I had read that pasta in a pressure cooker was easy.  I was skeptical but it turned out really well.


I browned the ground beef on the stove instead of using the sauté mode of the pressure cooker.  I just find it easier.  You could definitely do this the day before or earlier in the day.

I still feel new to the world of pressure cookers.  I haven’t been wow’d by everything I’ve made and there are a few recipes that I am hoping to improve upon.

Enjoy this fast dinner.



Pasta in the Pressure Cooker

  • Servings: 8 large servings
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
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  • 1 pound cooked ground beef (Italian Sausage)
  • 1 package gluten-free pasta
  • 1 jar pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water


  1. Place ground beef as a bottom layer in the pressure cooker
  2. Add the jar of pasta sauce
  3. Add pasta (if using spaghetti break in half)
  4. Fill pasta jar with water (approximately 2 cups) and pour on top of the pasta
  5. Put on the lid set to seal
  6. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes
  7. When done quick release, stir and enjoy!