Archive for March, 2011

Mar
29

Menu Plan March 28

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This week, Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap. She’s also celebrating her family’s 10-year anniversary of being introduced to the gluten-free life. As such, she’s chosen Celebrations as a theme for this week’s GF Menu Swap. Be sure to stop by her new site this week to check out all the great celebration foods!

There are so many favorite foods that I like to make for celebrations, but my first thought is for sweet foods. So, here are a few that come to mind:

Chocolate Egg Cookies - perfect for Easter celebrations

King Cake - a favorite for Carnival Season

Fruit Pizza - fun to make and even better to eat

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Parmesan Chicken Nuggets, Spinach Salad, Potato Wedges

Tuesday - Flank Steak, Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Broccoli

Wednesday - Greek Pasta Salad with Chicken, Tomatoes, and Kalamata Olives

Thusday - Egg and Hash Brown Casserole, Fruit Salad

Friday - Broiled Tilapia, Rice, Asparagus

Saturday - Pigs in a Blanket, Kale Chips, Fruit Salad

 

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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Mar
20

Menu Plan March 21

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It is officially spring! Spring always seems to bring a surge of activities at our house. And this year is no different. I really wanted to post about the meals and treats we made to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, but just couldn’t find the time to do it. So, instead I offer this picture of the Rainbow Fruit Kabobs I made for my daughter’s class. I think the picture says it all!

With spring activities keeping it busy, I’m trying to keep our meal prep simple, but I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a food rut. So, I’ve been happy to have Amy Green’s new cookbook: Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free to motivate me. I know I’ve mentioned it a couple times already, but I am really enjoying the recipes. I find most of them to be pretty quick and easy to prepare. And best of all, they seem to work for everyone in the family (even the picky kids). I think I’ll try a few more recipes this week, too!

Also on the menu this week is noodles. Wendy at Celiacs in the House is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap this week with noodles as the theme. We don’t eat a lot of noodles, or pasta in general, in my house. My kids have never learned to like pasta. My husband and I still enjoy the Gluten-Free variety on occasion, so I do encourage the kids to try it when I fix it for us.  They still insist they don’t like it, so I don’t fix it too often.  For more noodle recipes, even a homemade gluten-free egg noodle recipe, check out the roundup this week at Celiacs in the House.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Chicken Spaghetti with tomatoes and spinach

Tuesday - Pork Chops with Black Beans and Salsa, Rice

Wednesday - Cheeseburgers, Fries, Broccoli

 

Thursday - I plan to try Amy’s recipe for Roasted Chicken. I’ll serve it with corn and green beans.

Friday - I hope Amy’s recipe for Spicy Stuffed Southwest Chicken is as good as it sounds. I’ll serve it with leftover rice and beans from Tuesday.

Saturday – One more from Amy’s cookbook this week: Socca Pizzas. Wendy at Celiacs in the House says her family loves them, so I’m anxious to give them a try.

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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Mar
14

Menu Plan March 14

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Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week with my favorite theme: Quick and Easy! I do like preparing good, healthy food for my family, but I don’t often have a lot of time for a complicated meal. And since my five- and seven-year-olds are still in the stage of preferring to eat plain foods, simple works best for them. I do have to take a break from the plain food now and again to please the palates of myself and my husband, but even then I often find short cuts to make them quick and easy. I may prepare ingredients in advance of meal time, use a Slow Cooker, or choose quick-cooking foods. But probably my favorite short cut is using up the leftovers.

Here are a few of my favorite quick and easy meals that aren’t on this week’s menu:

Don’t forget to check out what others are making Quick and Easy and Gluten-Free this week at Gluten Free Goodness.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Cilantro Rice, Chicken Taquitos, Guacamole

Tuesday - Pulled Pork, Fries, Spicy Slaw

Wednesday - Balsamic Salmon, Rice, Asparagus

St. Pat's Day - Potato Farls, Corned Beef, Slaw

Friday - Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta, steamed broccoli

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Saturday – Trying another recipe from Amy’s new book: Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice

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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Mar
07

Menu Plan March 7 – Celery

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The Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup is here this week, and the theme is celery. It’s one of those vegetables that I always have in the refrigerator. My son has started to really enjoy eating it raw with his lunch and for snacks. But what about meals? Celery is not often the star ingredient in a meal, but it is a common ingredient in so many meals. We always add it in to tossed green salads and stir-fries. It adds wonderful flavor and texture to dishes. Can you imagine soups and stocks without celery? Just wouldn’t be the same, in my opinion.

This week, you’ll find celery in my Red Beans and Rice, tossed green salad, and Gumbo. If the weather warms up a bit, I may even make some Potato Salad. Check below for the roundup of what other gluten-free bloggers are planning to eat this week.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Red Beans and Rice, GF French Bread

Taco Tuesday with Shredded Southwest Chicken

Wednesday - Flank Steak, Potato Wedges, Green Salad

Thursday - Gumbo served with Rice or leftover GF Bread

Friday - Shredded Chicken Pizza with Avocado

Saturday - Baked Salmon with Dill, Rice, Asparagus

Sunday – I think I may have to try a couple recipes from Amy’s new cookbook: Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free. There are so many tempting recipes to choose from, but I think I’ll start with a couple recipes that my kids will have no trouble trying: Roasted Chicken and Green Beans with [Sweet] Red Peppers.

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness likes to grow celery in her garden, with much success based on the picture she shares. And she likes her celery stewed! Now that’s one I don’t think I’ve tried. She also has other stews on her menu this week: Nightshade Stew and Sniffle Stew. She plans to try some recipes from a couple new cookbooks she got.

Wendy at Celiacs in the House says celery is in her menu plan every week. And this week’s menu is no exception. It will be in her Pesto Minestrone and Chicken Fried Rice. She also shares a link to her Celery Root Soup. Looks like Wendy will be trying recipes from Amy’s new cookbook, too. I think I see a trend here. :)

Soups and stews also seem to be a popular choice this week. Esther at The Lilac Kitchen has Leek and Potato Soup and Beef Stew on her menu this week. She also has spare ribs, pasta and birthday cake on her menu. Yum! And, she’s reminded us that Tuesday is Pancake Day! (You may know it as Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.)

Nicola at G-Free Mom is starting the week with her Homemade Hummus served with celery sticks and chickpea flour bread. And, to continue the soup/stew trend, she has Tuscan Bean Soup and Goulash on her menu this week, too. Risotto and Pizza rounds out her week of delicious meals.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness manages the headquarters of Gluten-Free Menu Swap. There you will find the rules, the current and upcoming schedule, and links to past roundups.

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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