Jan
22

Gluten-Free Alternative Sweeteners — Menu Plan January 22

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We’re continuing with Healthy Eating at Celiac Family this month.  This week, I’m sharing a list of some alternative sweeteners to replace refined white sugar. We all need a little sweetness sometimes, but we really don’t need all the sugar that is sometimes needlessly added to so many recipes and food products. Over the last 10 years, I have realized how little sugar I really need to feel satisfied. I’ve dramatically cut it back in recipes, or replaced it completely with more natural sweeteners.

There are a lot of alternative sweeteners available these days. At my house, I usually use coconut sugar, coconut nectar, or date syrup in recipes. I also have honey for those who want it in their tea and pure maple syrup for those who want it on pancakes.

I have also used agave syrup with good results in recipes. I tried Monk Fruit and Stevia, but I wasn’t crazy about them. I like the taste and texture of xylitol, but I use it sparingly. What sweeteners do you like to use?

Gluten-Free Sweeteners, Sugar-Free Substitutes:

  • Agave Syrup — You can usually use a smaller amount than called for in recipes.
  • Coconut Sugar (granulated) and Coconut Nectar (like a syrup) — Most brands have little or no coconut flavor at all. I use them in recipes for baked goods and sauces.
  • Dates and Date Syrup — Chop or puree the dates for recipes, or use pure date syrup.
  • Fresh Fruit and Juice — I don’t add any sweeteners to smoothies. The fruit is enough for me! Add fruit to salads and other dishes for a little added sweetness.
  • Honey — Buy locally-sourced honey and reduce amounts when needed for some recipes (marinades, dressings, baked goods, etc.).
  • Maple Syrup — Buy the real stuff, not the “maple-flavored table syrup.” This will add some maple flavoring to your recipes, too.
  • Monk Fruit — Granulated or powdered forms. Some monk fruit sweeteners have added ingredients, so check the labels carefully!
  • Stevia — Comes in different forms: liquid drops, powder, granules. Easy to add to drinks and recipes, needing just a few drops or sprinkled granules. A little goes a long way because it is very sweet. Be sure to read the packaging for how much to add. Stevia also comes in a variety of flavors.
  • Xylitol — Granulated. As with other sugar alcohols, like sorbitol, this can cause abdominal distress for some people if eaten in large amounts.

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Chicken Vindaloo

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Monday – Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower, Asparagus

Tuesday – Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze, Rice, Green Beans

Wednesday – Pork Chops, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Spinach

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Chicken Vindaloo, Rice, Roasted Broccoli

Saturday – Pizza and Smoothies

Sunday – Roasted Turkey Breast, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

 

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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Jan
15

Healthier Gluten-Free Snacks — Menu Plan January 15

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We’re continuing with Healthy Eating at Celiac Family this month.  This week, I’m sharing some recipe links for healthier snacks. All of them are gluten-free (GF) and Dairy-Free (DF), and most are also free of refined sugar (SF). There are also some suggestions for Vegan (V) and Paleo (P) diets.

Don’t be afraid to try them just because they don’t have sugar and dairy. They are just as tasty…really! They simply use more natural sources for sweetners, like fruit, dates, honey, maple syrup, etc.

Are you a snacker? Do you have some great ideas for healthier snacks? Here some yummy recipes I found online.

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Snacks

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Eggs & Hashbrowns Casserole

Easy, Hearty Gumbo

Avocado Salsa

 

Monday – Egg and Hashbrowns Casserole, Fruit Salad

Tuesday – Hamburgers, French Fries, Garlic & Dill Zucchini

Wednesday – Gumbo with Rice

Thursday – Chicken Fajitas, Avocado Salsa

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Spinach Salad

Sunday – Lamb Roast, Sweet Potatoes

 

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.

* Amazon affiliate link.

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Jan
08

Gluten-Free Detox and Green Smoothies — Menu Plan Jan. 8

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  We were happy to celebrate Christmas and New Year with family, but it’s time to move on to the new year. I’m getting a slow start, but I put together a menu plan this week to help get myself back on track. I will be continuing to focus on healthy foods to add to our meals. This week, I’m adding some green and/or detox smoothies to our breakfast and snacks, as well as our meal Friday night.

I found some great smoothie recipes to fill you up with lots of great ingredients that may help detox and reverse any inflammation you may be feeling from the stress and indulgent eating and drinking from the holiday season. Let me know if you have any favorite smoothie recipes or ingredients to share.

Some Gluten-Free Detox Smoothies to try:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Party Dogs

Pigs in a Blanket (Hot Dogs Wrapped in Pizza Dough)

Quick Quinoa Recipe with Broccoli & Mushroom

 

Monday – Pork Tenderloin, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Tuesday – Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes

Wednesday – Fish Tacos with Purple Cabbage Slaw

Thursday – Chili over Baked Potatoes or Roasted Cauliflower

Friday – Pigs in a Blanket and Green Smoothies

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

 

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.

* Amazon affiliate link.

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Dec
25

Healthy Gluten-Free Holiday Drinks — Menu Plan December 25

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Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying the holidays with friends and family. Or, just enjoying a peaceful day with healthy foods to fill you up. This is our last week of the Happy Healthy Holiday theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. If you missed previous weeks, check out Healthier Gluten-Free CookiesHealthier Gluten-Free Sweet Treats, and Healthier Gluten-Free Vegetable Dishes. This week, we’re sharing ideas for Healthy Holiday Drinks to take us into the New Year celebrations, too. 

Don’t forget about the drinks you’re sipping this holiday season! Like many holiday recipes, they can be full of sugar, alcohol, and milk/cream, which can leave you feeling bloated, tired, and unbalanced. Here are some tasty alternatives that won’t make you feel left out of the holiday cheers!

All of these recipes I found are Gluten-Free (GF) and Dairy-Free (DF). Some are also Paleo (P), and/or Vegan (V). Some even have healthy, superfood ingredients, like antibacterial and antiviral herbs and spices, and vitamin-rich juices. Warm or cold, alcohol or not, use these festive recipes as a guide for healthier drink choices, but make any ingredient changes that work best for you.

Healthy, Gluten-Free Non-Alcoholic Drinks for the Holidays:

Gluten-Free, Healthier Alcoholic Cocktail Recipes:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Rainbow Apple Salad

White Chicken Chili

Christmas Day – Beef Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Veggies

Tuesday – leftovers

Wednesday – Eating Out

Thursday – Soup

Friday – Salmon with Balsamic Glaze, Rice, Green Beans

Saturday – Hamburgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Rainbow Apple Slaw

New Year’s Eve – Chicken Chili, Rice

 

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.

* Amazon affiliate link.

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Dec
19

Three Gluten-Free Holiday Gift Ideas — Hello Last-Minute Shoppers!

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Yikes! There’s only a few days left to order any last minute holiday gifts. Here are a few ideas for you.

Gluten-Free Cookies shipped to you (or to friends and family) from Dancing Deer Baking Co.:

Dancing Deer has several options for Gluten-Free items: Molasses Cookies, Brownies, and gift baskets. The Molasses Cookies are also dairy-free, and they sent me a box of the Molasses Cookies to try. The entire family loved them! They are large, soft and chewy cookies with the tasty flavors of molasses, cinnamon, and cloves.

The Molasses Cookie gift box contains 14 perfectly-packed cookies and would be a welcome treat for anyone, but especially for those who don’t eat gluten or dairy. Send them to friends and family, put them out at your holiday party, take to a party to share, or put them out for Santa. I’m sure all will enjoy them.

*Although the cookies are certified Gluten-Free, the package labeling does state they were “produced in a facility that uses milk, soy, wheat, peanuts & tree nuts.”

 

My Cookbook Choices at Amazon this year.

 

Stock the Crock by Phyllis Good
Let me start by saying that not all of the recipes in this book are gluten-free, but that’s partly what I like about it. Most of the recipes have easy fixes for different diets, including Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, and even cooking for picky eaters. That means you could give this cookbook to friends and family who don’t cook or eat gluten-free. And…they would be able to make an easy slow-cooker meal that would work for friends and family who are gluten-free. Or, perhaps they have friends that have multiple diet restrictions. This cookbook is easy to follow, has lots of wonderful pictures, and lots of tempting recipes.

The first part of the cookbook also gives lots of tips on cooking with a slow-cooker. From the size of the slow-cooker, to poaching and baking tips, to hacks for cooking two recipes at the same time, or even using it as a cooler! This book is filled with great information and recipes for using your slow-cooker.

We received a copy of the cookbook, and were able to try the Screamin’ Good Carnitas recipe. Everyone in the family loved it the first night, when we just served the meat straight out of the slow-cooker. Since we had so much leftover, the second night I baked the remaining meat on a sheet pan in the oven, as the recipe suggests. It was even tastier. Another great recipe for a party or large family gathering.

Stock the Crock has 100 recipes within the categories of Soups, Stews, and Chowders; Vegetarian and Pasta Mains; Poultry; Beef and Pork; Fish and Seafood; Sides; and Sweet Treats. Plenty of options for a variety of diets and tastes are sure to please everyone.

 

The Cultured Cook by Michelle Schoffro Cook

This paperback book is full of “Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.” Sound good? If it doesn’t sound good to you now, just wait until after the holidays. You know, after we’ve indulged in all the delicious, but full-of-sugar and other inflammatory foods that we eat during the holidays.

I’m sure in January, when everyone is thinking about exercising and getting back to healthier living, this book will be at the top of the list. All of the recipes in the book are Gluten-Free and Vegan and include recipes for making Dairy-Free Yogurt; Vegan Cheeses; Sauerkraut, Pickles, and Cultured Vegetables; Fruit Cultures and Homemade Vinegars; Cultured Beverages; and snack and dessert Recipes Using Your Cultured Creations.

The Cultured Cook introduces fermented foods and explains how important they are for good health. The health benefits are numerous, from Nutrition Absorption and Prevention of Inflammation to Killing Superbugs and Preventing Disease. The Cultured Cook goes into detail about how fermented foods can also help with weight loss. I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes, and not just the tempting ice cream and cheesecake recipes. 🙂 Salsas, Chutneys, Vinegars, and more!

 

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