Sep
19

Gluten-Free After-School Snacks — Menu Plan Sept. 19

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schoolsnacksIt’s still Back-to-School Month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week, we’re sharing ideas for gluten-free after-school snacks. Lots of good ideas that would be good snacks to send to school, too.

My kids always need a little extra energy at the beginning of the school year. So, I like to have something quick and easy for them to eat when they get home. It gives them a little a break from schoolwork before they get started on their homework or head out the door for activities.

Last week, I shared some great recipe links for smoothies, which are easy, tasty ideas for after-school snacks. But, the easiest snack of all is fresh fruit and veggies. I know the kids would probably prefer to reach for the cookies or the candy bowl, but I think they’ll enjoy these yummy, healthy snacks just as much:

Gluten-Free After-School Snacks Ideas and Recipe Links:

Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

Cashew Cherry Chocolate Snack Bars @ Celiac Family

Cheesy Kale Chips @ Minimalist Baker

Dark Chocolate Reese’s Protein Bites @ Cotter Crunch

Dried Fruit – raisins, craisins, dates, etc.

Frozen Grapes

Fruit Kabobs @ Celiac Family

Goldfish Crackers @ Elana’s Pantry

Hummus with gluten-free Crackers, Tortilla Chips, or Veggie Slices

Make Your Own Snack Mix/Trail Mix @ Celiac Family

No-Bake Cliff Bars @ Gluten Free Always Blog

No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars @ Oh She Glows

Peanut Butter No Bake Energy Bites @ Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Pizza Bites using Pillsbury Pizza Dough @ Celiac Family

Popcorn and Pretzels (gluten-free brands, of course)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins @ Celiac Family

What’s your favorite gluten-free snack? I’m always looking for some new inspiration. Share yours with us in the comments. Thanks!

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Chicken Vindaloo

Chicken Vindaloo

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Monday – Fish Tacos, Pineapple Mango Salsa

Tuesday – Indian Chicken, Rice, Roasted Cauliflower

Wednesday – Beef Stew with Potatoes and Carrots

Thursday – Pizza, Kale Salad

Friday – Flank Steak, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Saturday – Grilled Chicken, Corn and Black Bean Salad

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa shared her recipe for no-bake Cliff bars. For dinners, she is starting the week with Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner, and is making garlic bread made from Udi’s hot dog buns. Funny, I was thinking of doing the same thing with an opened package of Schar hot dog buns. 🙂 She’s also making Hawaiaan Hula Chicken, which sounds interesting, Burgers, Chicken Fried Rice, and Tamale Pie.

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Sep
12

Gluten-Free Smoothies — Menu Plan September 12

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schoolsmoothieIt’s Back-to-School Month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week, I’m exploring new recipes for Smoothies for a quick and filling breakfast or after-school snack.

Smoothies are a great option for a quick breakfast for your tweens and teens that are heading out the door for school. Just make sure the smoothie has a little fat and protein (nut butters, almond milk, avocado, etc.) to go with fruit and veggies, and it will give your kids all the nutrients they need for a great start to their day.

Smoothies also make great after-school snacks, healthy desserts, and even a boost of fiber and nutrition for an evening meal. Here are some yummy healthy smoothies that I’m anxious to try.

Gluten-Free Smoothie Recipes:

Apple Pie Smoothie @ Ricki Heller

Blueberry Coconut Green Smoothie @ Sugar-Free Mom

Breakfast Smoothie @ Creative Home Keeper

Cranberry Ginger Smoothie @ A Happy Healthnut

Minty Matcha Smoothie @ Go Dairy Free

Paleo Rainbow Smoothie @ Paleo Cupboard

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie @ Sarah Bakes Gluten Free

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie @ Veggie Inspired Journey

Tropical Pineapple Smoothie @ Feed Me Phoebe

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie @ Savory Lotus

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad

Rainbow Veggie/Fruit Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Monday – Hamburger, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Yellow Squash

Tuesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Wednesday – Steak Fajitas, Avocado Salsa

Thursday – Tilapia Parmesan, Rainbow Apple Salad

Friday – White Chicken Chili, Corn Fritters

Saturday – Popcorn and Smoothies for Movie Night

Sunday – Tandoori Chicken, Rice, Broccolini

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa’s family is getting back to school this month with some yummy meals. Buffalo Cauliflower, Monte Cristo, Fish Tacos, Pasta Fagiola, and more. Check out her full menu at her site.

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Sep
05

Back to School with a Healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast — Menu Plan September 5

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SchoolBreakfastIt’s Labor Day! I know that many schools begin the school year in August now, but there are still some schools that stick to the traditional start of school after Labor Day.

So, at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month, we’re focusing on gluten-free food ideas to help us during the transition back to school. Starting with breakfast ideas this week, these are my best recommendations, as first written in past posts at Celiac Family:

My tips for quick breakfasts:

1. Plan Ahead. Planning ahead allows me to make the most of my time. One morning I’ll fry a pound of bacon, then quickly reheat the leftover bacon on other mornings. Another morning I’ll chop up fruit for a fruit salad, and use the leftovers later in the week for smoothies.
2. Make large batches and freeze or refrigerate leftovers when you can. I’ll make big batches of muffins, pancakes, French toast, etc. and freeze the leftovers so I can quickly reheat them on another morning.
3. Use dinner leftovers for breakfast. We will often reheat Chicken Apple Sausage for breakfast. You can also use leftover meats and veggies for a quick egg scramble, frittata, or potato hash.

My family’s favorites for breakfast:

  • Bacon — Cook up a pound (or two) at a time, refrigerate, and reheat quickly in the morning.
  • Bagels — We enjoy O’Doughs Gluten-Free Bagel Thins when we can find them. Spread with nut butters for some protein. Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich or an Egg and Bacon sandwich and eat it on the go.
  • Banana Berry Smoothies with Almond milk and/or Almond flour for protein
  • Cereal — Not much faster or easier than cereal. And, there is quite a variety of gluten-free cereals these days. Unfortunately, we like the ones with lots of sugar :), so we try to limit eating them. OK, so Glutino Breakfast Bars are faster and easier…and tasty.
  • Chicken Apple Sausage — For those days when we’re needing more protein.
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins – Mix these mini-muffins together in 15 min, bake in 10 min. Still too much time? Consider baking and freezing them on the weekends, or whenever you have more time.
  • Eggs — Hard-boiled eggs are great to grab for an on-the-go breakfast or lunch. Cook in advance, peel, and store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Scrambled eggs are quick and easy to cook. I like to put them on top of leftover vegetables for a quick and filling breakfast. This week, I’m making an Egg and Hash Brown Casserole for dinner. I’ll be heating up leftovers of it for breakfast the following days.
  • French toast — I like to use Udi’s bread for this. A quick scramble of eggs, almond milk, and cinnamon to dip the bread. Then fried on the stove for a quick, hot breakfast. Top with fruit and drizzle with maple syrup.
  • Fruit! — I like to serve fruit with every breakfast. Fresh berries, bananas, and oranges are the usual at my house. Or make a fruit salad the night before: Berry Fruit SaladRainbow Apple SaladTropical Fruit Salad.
  • Pancakes – Cook up a double (or triple) batch on the weekends, freeze the leftovers, and pop them in the toaster in the morning. Works great for waffles, too! I love Pamela’s Mix, but I can no longer tolerate the powdered milk in it, so I’ve switched to Namaste Pancake Mix.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Eggs & Hashbrowns Casserole

Egg/Hashbrown Casserole

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

Monday – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli

Tuesday – Pork Tenderloin, Rice Pilaf, Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday – Chicken TacosCorn and Black Bean Salad

ThursdayEgg and Hash Brown Casserole, Tropical Fruit Salad

Friday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Jasmine Rice, Green Beans

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Grilled Salmon, Aspargus, and Yellow Squash

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Aug
29

Gluten-Free Tomatoes — Menu Plan Aug. 29

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SummerVeggies1Summer Veggies are on our menus this month for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. The featured vegetable this week is Tomatoes. 

So far, I’ve only harvested two tomatoes from my little garden. They’re just starting to turn red. Fortunately, I only needed one to make Avocado Salsa this weekend. The local market will have to keep me supplied for this week’s menu. I’ve got some more yummy recipes, this time with tomatoes to try.

And some more Gluten-Free Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipes:

GF = gluten-free; DF = dairy-free; P = paleo; V = vegan

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday – Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Tuesday – leftovers

WednesdayBalsamic Salmon, Rice, Zucchini

Thursday – Grilled Burgers, Red Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts

Friday – Fish & Chips, Green Bean, Tomato, Onion, and Basil Summer Salad

Saturday – Mexican Pizza

Sunday – Pork Chops, Zucchini Tomato Casserole with Basil and Garlic

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Aug
22

Gluten-Free Zucchini and Summer Squash — Menu Plan August 22

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SummerVeggies1Summer Veggies are on our menus this month for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. Zucchini and Summer Squash are the featured vegetables this week. 

I thought we’d give gardening a try this summer. Along with a few other veggie plants, we planted a zucchini plant and a summer squash plant a little late in the season. We checked on them every now and then, but didn’t expect much.

We got a few small, yellow summer squash, but didn’t get any zucchini. Or, so I thought. Imagine my surprise when my daughter found in the garden a zucchini bigger than a large eggplant! It must have been hiding all summer. It’s so huge, I’m not even sure how best to cut and cook it. ha!

In case you have some zucchinis that got ignored and grew too big this summer, too… I did some looking online and found some good ideas for cooking those giant zucchinis. 

Alone in the Kitchen with… Zucchini @ Portland Press Herald

Giant Stuffed Zucchini @ epicurious

How to Cook Large Zucchini @ LiveStrong

How to Cook That Massive Zucchini… @ Bon Appétit

And some more Gluten-Free Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipes:

GF = gluten-free; DF = dairy-free; P = paleo; V = vegan

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Seven-Layer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

Seven-Layer Salad

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Monday – Seven-Layer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

Tuesday – Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Rice

WednesdayStuffed Zucchini Boats

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Baked Chicken Nuggets, Brussel Sprouts, Fries

Saturday – Chicken Apple Sausage

Sunday – Eating Out

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at Orgjunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
Categories : Menu Plan
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