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Feb
27

Menu Plan February 28

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This week the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted at In My Box with DIY/MYO (Do It Yourself/Make Your Own) ingredients. I wasn’t sure what exactly that meant, and how I was going to work that into my menu. So, I just started putting my menu together. Then, I realized that the bread crumbs for the chicken nuggets are definitely DIY. I use the ends of my GF bread, toast them, give them a whirl in my food processor, and they’re ready to use for bread crumbs. I store leftover bread crumbs in the freezer. You might also like the Parmesan Dressing I make for the Wild Rice Salad, or Kate’s Jalapeño-Popper Dip that I like to use as a spread to spice up sandwiches and burgers.

Don’t forget to check out what others are making for gluten-free dinners this week at In My Box. The Gluten-Free Menu Swap will be here next week with celery as the theme ingredient.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Pork Tenderloin with Wild Rice Salad

Wednesday - Parmesan Chicken Nuggets, Kale Chips

Thursday - Chicken Vindaloo over Rice

Friday - Cheeseburgers, Fries, Green Beans

Saturday - Baked Tilapia, Quinoa with Mushrooms

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Sunday – Leftovers!

( I left Tuesday out of the line-up because we’ll be eating out.)

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
You’ll find the rules, as well as the current and upcoming schedules, at Gluten Free Goodness.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura 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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Feb
21

Menu Plan February 21

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Michelle at Gluten-Free Smiles is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap again. This week her chosen ingredient is Garlic. We love garlic in my house. Just the smell of it cooking, brings everyone to the kitchen to ask what’s for dinner. When I try new recipes that call for garlic, I almost always double the amount listed. But, I don’t often use a whole bulb of garlic in a meal like Michelle does! :)

In my menu this week, I’ll use garlic in the Flank Steak marinade, the White Chicken Chili, and the Broccoli Mushroom Casserole. But you’ll also find garlic in the following recipes as well:

Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze

Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Red Beans and Rice

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Flank Steak, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Tuesday - White Chicken Chili, Corn Tortillas

Wednesday - Pork and Veggie Egg Rolls, Rice

Thurs. - Cilantro Lime Shrimp, Corn and Black Bean Salad

Friday - Broccoli Mushroom Bake, Roasted Chicken, Rice

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Saturday – Eating Out

Sunday – Leftovers!

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Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
You’ll find the rules, as well as the current and upcoming schedules, at Gluten Free Goodness.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura 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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Feb
14

Menu Plan February 14

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone is celebrating all the love in your life today. Or, maybe you did that over the weekend? I’ve been busy preparing for my kids’ Valentine parties at school. Heart-shaped brownies for one class, and heart-shaped sugar cookies for the other. I also decided to make a heart-shaped pizza for dinner last night. Maybe that’s a little much, but I thought it was fun. After last night’s pizza, I decided to make something a little spicy for me and my husband tonight. (My kids will get to eat leftover pizza.)

Are you making anything special for Valentine’s Day? Or, maybe you are braving the busy restaurants tonight and going out to dinner to celebrate. Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap today with “Food as Love” as the theme. So, if you’re still looking for some last-minute ideas, go see what everyone else is doing for a gluten-free Valentine’s Day.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Chicken Vindaloo over Rice

Tuesday - Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta, Broccoli

Wednesday - Cheeseburgers, Fries, Green Beans

Thursday - Chicken Nuggets, French Fries, Green Beans

Friday - Baked Salmon with Dill, Rice, Asparagus

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Saturday – Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Sunday – Leftovers!

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
You’ll find the rules, as well as the current and upcoming schedules, at Gluten Free Goodness.

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Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura 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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Feb
07

Menu Plan February 7

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The Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Michelle at Gluten-Free Smiles this week. Her chosen ingredient is Chia Seeds. Are you familiar with them? Not the Chia Pets that grow crazy hair on some terra cotta animal. Although, those are chia seeds, but they are used specifically to grow sprouts. These are either black or white seeds that are often ground up and added to recipes for its nutritional value.  I’ve read that you can use them similar to flax seed, as a replacement for eggs and as an additional source of protein and fiber.

I was happy to have the menu swap theme this week as motivation to do something with the white chia seeds I have in my pantry. So, this morning I added a couple tablespoons of ground chia seeds to my bread mix. It turned out great – didn’t seem to change the flavor or texture. So, I think I’ll try adding some to the pizza crust and the pancakes I have planned this week, too. I’m not using them as a replacement of eggs, just as a boost of protein and fiber as well as other proteins and minerals.

Next week, Cheryl is hosting the GF Menu Swap with “food as love” as the theme. Sounds like a good theme for Valentine’s Day.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Cheeseburgers, Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Tuesday - Mexican Chicken Pizza, simple green salad

Wednesday - Pamela's Pancakes, Bacon, Fruit salad

Thursday - Pork Chops with Black Beans and Salsa, Rice

Friday - Fish Fry with Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Saturday - Indian Chicken served over Quinoa

Sunday – Leftovers!

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
You’ll find the rules, as well as the current and upcoming schedules, at Gluten Free Goodness.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura 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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Feb
02

Gluten-Free Valentine Candy

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Last update Feb. 2012

I’ve updated the Valentine Candy List. I made some changes to the list, as I did to the Halloween Candy list last October.

How I created my list. First of all, you should know that the category I put the candy in is determined by me, a concerned parent, based on reading the ingredients, allergy statements, and cross-contamination warnings on candy packages I find in the stores in our area. I also review websites for product information and contact companies if necessary. If you see a date after the product, then that is the last date I actually read the label. If there is no date, then I reviewed and/or updated the information last month. If you see any statements in quotation marks, that means I have taken the wording directly from the packaging. If, while I’m shopping, I read allergy statements that refer to other allergens, I may include them in my list for people avoiding them. But, since I am concerned solely with gluten, I don’t always list all of the allergens. It’s always best if you can check the ingredients of the candy yourself because it can vary if they were packaged or manufactured in different facilities or on different dates. But let’s face it, there is a lot of different candy out there. So, I hope this helps some of you.

I’ve reorganized the Valentine Candy List like the Halloween Candy List. The first, green section is candy that I believe to be safe for people avoiding gluten. I didn’t find any questionable ingredients on the labels, nor did I find cross-contamination warnings. Or, I was able to confirm with the company through their website or emails that the candy is safe. The second section I created is for questionable candies. These are candies that appear to have no gluten in the ingredients. However, I feel uncertain about its gluten status, or the candy packaging may include a statement that warns of possible cross-contamination with gluten. Whatever the case, I have listed the reason for being in this section so you can determine what you are comfortable eating. I personally do not eat any candy unless it is in the safe, green section. The last, red section is for the Unsafe Candy. This is the candy that I would tell anyone on a gluten-free diet to avoid. The packaging labels clearly state that the candy has gluten in the ingredients.

Now, my disclosure statement: I’m not a doctor, nor an expert about candy or gluten. I’m simply someone who has been trying to keep gluten out of my family’s diet for 5+ years. I hope that the information I’ve provided helps other families, too. If you find additions or corrections to make to the list, please put them in the comments so that others may benefit from the information. Thanks. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day Candy!

Gluten-Free (Safe) Candy and Treats

  • 3 Musketeers cherry with dark chocolate mini’s (Feb. 2011)
  • Andes creme de menthe Valentine Sweet Heart Assortment (Feb. 2011)
  • Albert’s Luv Pops, Sweet Swirl Suckers, and Heart Blossoms (Feb. 2011)
  • Almond Joy snack size (Feb. 2011)
  • Animal Planet fruit-flavored lollipops (Jan. 2010)
  • Baby Ruth (Feb. 2011)
  • Betty Crocker Valentine Fruit by the Foot – “Gluten Free” (Jan. 2010)
  • Bottle Caps Wonka (Feb. 2011)
  • Butterfinger hearts – contains peanuts. “Made on equipment that also processes nuts.” (Feb. 2011)
  • Cella’s Cherries, milk chocolate covered cherries (Feb. 2011)
  • Charms Blow Pops and Valentine Pops (Feb. 2011)
  • Charms Zip-a-dee mini pops (Feb. 2011)
  • DeMets Turtles – “Contains pecan, milk and soy ingredients. Made on equipment that also processes other nuts and peanuts.” (Feb. 2011)
  • Disney Lollipop Rings -Flix Candy (Jan. 2010)
  • Disney lollipops packaged with Valentine cards (including Tinkerbell, Cars, and Toy Story characters) The ones I found this year did not have any warning of gluten. (Feb. 2011) Last year’s packages had the following statement: “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, milk, wheat and egg products.”
  • Dots – including Valentine Dots (Feb. 2011)
  • Dove Heart Promises, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark chocolate and cherry swirl, and caramel candy (Feb. 2011)
  • Dum-Dums lollipops “Gluten Free” (Feb. 2011)
  • Everlasting Gobstopper Heartbreakers – Wonka (Feb. 2011)
  • Florida’s Natural Au’some Sour String, Nuggets, and Stiks (Feb. 2011)
  • Fun Dips – Wonka (Feb. 2011)
  • Galerie Candy Jewelry Making Kit (Jan. 2010)
  • Galerie Diamond Ring with candy treats (Jan. 2010)
  • Galerie Marshmallow Cupcake lollipops (Feb. 2011)
  • Ghirardelli chocolate squares, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel and dark chocolate with raspberry (Feb. 2011)
  • Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Fruit Chews (Nov. 2013)
  • Hershey Bliss chocolates including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, milk chocolate with meltaway centers, and milk chocolate with raspberry meltaway centers “Manufactured on the same equipment that processes peanuts and tree nuts.” (Feb. 2011)
  • Hershey Kisses (includes milk chocolate, filled with caramel, cherry cordial creme, with almonds, Hugs, Hugs raspberry, and Valentine Card Kits) – These appear to be gluten-free, and my family has never noticed a reaction to eating them. However, I have gotten emails and comments from several people who say they have had reactions from eating them. (Feb. 2011)
  • Hot Tamales – “Gluten Free” (Feb. 2011)
  • Hershey’s Pot of Gold, including Premium Chocolates, Pecan Caramel Clusters, and Truffles (Feb. 2011)
  • Hubba Bubba Max bubble gum, and bubble tape (Jan. 2010)
  • iCarly Valentine Candy Card Kit – cards and lollipops (Feb. 2011)
  • Jelly Belly conversation beans (Feb. 2011)
  • Jolly Rancher candy – including heart-shaped lollipops (Feb. 2011)
  • Juicee Gummee Baby Bears (Feb. 2009)
  • Junior Mints Heart-Shaped (Feb. 2011)
  • Laffy Taffy, small and long sticks – Wonka (Feb. 2011)
  • Life Savers hard candy and lollipops, including Candy and Card Valentine Pack (Feb. 2011)
  • Life Savers gummy candy, including Gummies, Big Ring Gummies, Candy and Card Valentine Pack (Feb. 2011)
  • The Madelaine Chocolate Company milk chocolate hearts (Feb. 2011)
  • Market Pantry’s Valentine Fruit Snacks distributed by Target (Feb. 2011)
  • Marvel lollipops (as found Feb. 2009)
  • M&Ms – fun size and mini’s packages, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanuts and peanut butter. Do not eat the M&M Pretzel variety. (Feb. 2011)
  • Melster Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Hearts – “Manufactured on equipment that produces peanut and milk products.” (Feb. 2012)
  • Mounds snack size (Feb. 2011)
  • Palmer foil-wrapped chocolate hearts (Feb. 2011)
  • Peeps marshmallow shapes, hearts and I?U, including Vanilla Crème, Raspberry, Dark or Milk Chocolate Covered, and Sugar-Free – “Gluten Free” (Feb. 2011)
  • PEZ (Feb. 2011)
  • Pixy Stix – Wonka (Feb. 2011)
  • Pop Rocks popping candy (Jan. 2010)
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups, snack-size treats, miniatures, and peanut butter hearts, but not the individually, foil-wrapped small hearts or the unwrapped mini cups (Feb. 2012)
  • Reese’s Pieces (Feb. 2011)
  • Skittles, including Candy ‘n Stickers Valentine Exchange Packs – “Gluten Free” (Feb. 2011)
  • Smarties Valentine Love Hearts candy rolls “Contains none of the following: gluten (from wheat, barley, oats and rye), milk, egg, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts or soybeans.” (Feb. 2011)
  • Snickers fun-size and mini’s (Feb. 2011)
  • Starburst – Original Gummibursts and Sweet Fiesta Fruit Chews are labeled “Gluten-Free” on their website. Other products and flavors do not list any gluten-conatining ingredients. (Feb. 2012)
  • Sunny Seed Drops candy chocolate covered sunflower seeds – “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts/nuts.” (Feb. 2011)
  • Surf Sweets Gummy candy – “Gluten Free” (Feb. 2011)
  • Sweetheart Conversation Hearts including chocolate flavored hearts, large hearts, Dazzled Tarts, Twilight Saga New Moon Forbidden Fruits heart packages, and heart bracelet packages (Necco) [The large packages I found looked fine. However, I found some small boxes of these that had cross-contamination warnings.] (Feb. 2011)
  • Toblerone (Feb. 2011)
  • Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Pops, including snack bars, and vanilla and cherry fruit rolls (Feb. 2011)
  • Warheads Extreme Sour candy (Feb. 2011)
  • York Peppermint Pattie Hearts (Feb. 2011)
  • Zachary Valentine Corn – nutritional information – “Contains Egg. Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing soy, milk, coconut, and peanut/tree nut ingredients.” (Feb. 2012)

 


Use Caution with the following treats. (May contain traces of gluten.)

  • Air Heads “Manufactured in a facility that processes wheat flour.”
  • All Brach’s candy I found, including conversation hearts, state “Packaged on equipment that also packages products containing traces of milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and/or soy protein.”
  • Bubblicious Bites “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, milk, wheat and eggs.”
  • Choxie chocolate candy “May contain tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and egg.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Disney lollipops packaged with Valentine cards (including Tinkerbell, Cars, and Toy Story characters) The ones I found this year did not have any warning of gluten. Last year’s packages had the following statement: “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, milk, wheat and egg products.”
  • Dove milk chocolate Rose on a stick – no gluten listed in ingredients; however, it does state “Allergy Information: May contain peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat.”
  • Dove dark chocolate raspberry Truffle Hearts – no gluten listed in ingredients; however, it does state “Allergy Information: May contain peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and eggs.”
  • Godiva chocolates including the Gems – All Godiva packaged products I have found, as well as the chocolates displayed in their stores, have a warning: “May contain tree nuts, peanuts and wheat.”
  • Guylian chocolates – “May contain traces of nuts and gluten.”
  • Hershey’s Hearts Assortment, including milk chocolate, special dark, and extra creamy milk chocolate seem to be gluten-free. However, the Reese’s peanut butter hearts that may be in the same package with these, are NOT gluten-free.
  • Hershey Kisses (includes milk chocolate, filled with caramel, cherry cordial creme, with almonds, Hugs, Hugs raspberry, and Valentine Card Kits) – These appear to be gluten-free, and my family has never noticed a reaction to eating them. However, I have gotten emails and comments from several people who say they have had reactions from eating them.
  • Hollow Milk Chocolate Bear (http://www.barry-callebaut.com/) “Contains milk and soy. Made in a facility which also processes wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs.”
  • Jube Jel Cherry Hearts (Brach’s cinnamon jelly hearts) – “Allergen Information: “Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy may be present in the manufacturing or packaging area.”
  • Littlest Pet Shop lollipops “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, milk, wheat (Jan. 2010)
  • Love Duck with conversation heart candy (found at Target) “May contain milk, soy, peanut, tree nuts, wheat and egg.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Nerds, boxes and ropes (Wonka) “Made in a facility that also processes wheat and egg.”
  • Russel Stover chocolates – Every package I found had a cross contamination warning, whether it had gluten or not in the ingredients. “Products have been produced on shared equipment with peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and wheat.”
  • Sassy Hearts treat packs (Brach’s) – “Allergen Information: Milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and fish may be present in the manufacturing or packaging area.”
  • Spongebob Squarepants Heart Shaped Gummy Krabby Patties – “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, wheat and eggs.”
  • Spongebob Squarepants lollipops “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, milk, wheat and egg products.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Sweetheart Conversation Hearts including chocolate flavored hearts, large hearts, Dazzled Tarts, Twilight Saga New Moon Forbidden Fruits heart packages, and heart bracelet packages (Necco) [The large packages I found looked fine. However, I found some small boxes of these that had cross-contamination warnings.]
  • SweeTart Hearts (Wonka) “Made in a facility that also processes egg and wheat.”
  • Treat Street Google Critters – “Processed in a facility which also processes milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy protein, eggs.”
  • Whitman’s Chocolates – “Products have been produced on shared equipment with tree nuts, eggs, and wheat.”
  • Wonka Valentine Mix Ups – Bottle Caps and Laffy Taffy seem to be gluten-free, however the Nerds in these packages have a cross-contamination statement that states “Made in a facility that also processes wheat and egg.”
  • Wild About You Chocolate Decorative Hearts – “Made in a facility which also processes wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and egg.”

 


Unsafe Candy and Treats (Do not eat the following treats if you cannot tolerate gluten in your diet.)

  • Any chocolate candy with crisps is likely to have wheat flour or barley malt, so check carefully.
  • Crunch (Nestle) snack-size and hearts contains “barley malt“; “Made on equipment that also processes peanuts, nuts and wheat.”
  • Disney Princesses Crispy Chocolaty Hearts contains “malt extract“; “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and wheat.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Dora and Diego Crispy Chocolaty Hearts contains “malt extract“; “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and wheat.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Ferrero Rocher contains “wheat flour.”
  • Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Premium Assorted Chocolates in a heart box – contains “barley malt
  • Harry London assorted chocolates – Contains “wheat flour, gluten
  • Hershey’s Miniatures “Contains malt.”
  • Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Crème snack size treats – contains “wheat flour
  • Kit Kat contains “wheat flour
  • Lindt chocolate candy contains “barley malt powder
  • Reese’s peanut butter filled chocolate hearts (this refers only to the small, individually foil-wrapped hearts) Contains “wheat flour.”
  • M&M’s pretzel candies contain “wheat flour, malt
  • Spongebob Squarepants Crispy Chocolaty Hearts contains “malt extract“; “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and wheat.”
  • SweeTart Hearts Gummies contains “wheat
  • Transformer Crispy Chocolaty Hearts contains “malt extract“; “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and wheat.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Twix contains “wheat flour
  • Twizzlers cherry pull ‘n peel candy – contains “wheat flour
  • Whoppers contain “barley malt and wheat flour” and egg products.”

Didn’t find a candy on the list? I can’t possibly be prepared to know the gluten content for every candy my kids might get. When something new comes home with no ingredient label, I go to the Internet and try to look up the manufacturer online. Many will list the ingredients of their products online. But if you can’t find the list of ingredients, be sure to check out their FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) page. I often find that companies will address the gluten-free question there. And, if you’re lucky enough to have a phone number for the company, give them a call. If they can’t answer your question, then don’t eat it. Better safe than sorry, don’t you think?

Try my lists for Halloween Candy or Easter Candy.

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