Archive for May, 2011

May
30

Menu Plan May 30

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I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. We sure got some hot weather, which means more cold salads on my menus this week. And that seems to work just fine with Wendy’s theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap this week - In-Season Produce. Make sure you check out Celiacs in the House this week for the roundup of all the gluten-free menus.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - More Pupusas and Spicy Slaw. Yum!

Tuesday - Wild Rice Salad and grilled chicken

Wednesday - Berry Fruit Salad, salmon, kale

Thursday - Seven Layer Salad with spinach & kale

Friday - Beef Kabobs with baby potatoes, sweet peppers

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Saturday – Out with family to help celebrate my brother-in-law’s retirement!

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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May
25

Rainbow Cake, gluten-free

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Part of my busy schedule last month included my daughter’s birthday. She didn’t seem intent on any particular theme for her party, so I suggested rainbows. Seems like an easy cake to make, right? Right. I made it a little more interesting by adding some dimension to the rainbow.

For the base of the cake, I used three Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mixes. I mixed them all together using the directions on the boxes. Then, I poured the batter into two Pyrex 9×13 Baking Dishes and baked both at 350° F for about 45 minutes. Each layer of the cake was made of 1.5 cake mixes. I used Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Frosting for the filling between the layers.

For the rainbow on the cake, I baked one 9-Inch Round Cake using Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix. I cut the cake in half, at a horizontal angle and then trimmed out the middle of the rainbow. I added a smaller wedge of the cake to put under the large side of the cake so the rainbow itself ended up being like a two-layer cake. Does that make sense? I know I should take pictures while I’m building and decorating cakes, but I forget. And when I do remember, I’ve got cake and frosting on my fingers.

For the frosting, I made a Buttercream Icing. Rather than using a dye to mix into the frosting, I sprayed the frosted cake with blue Spray Color. I thought the uneven coloring would look more like sky and clouds. Plus, it was faster and left fewer bowls to clean up. I used the same buttercream icing for the trim, clouds, and rainbow on the cake. Then, I sprayed the back of the rainbow cake with red coloring.

For the front of the rainbow I simply used different Colored Sugars that I carefully sprinkled on with my fingers. It’s best to do this right after you’ve frosted it, so that the frosting is still damp and sticky to keep the sugar in place. You can buy the sugars already colored, or make it yourself using granulated sugar mixed with some food coloring. I had some of each.

So there it is. Another cake decorating idea that you can do yourself, but still wow the kids.

Supplies I used:

More Rainbow Cake Ideas I found Online:

  • This six-layer Super Epic Rainbow Cake at Whisk Kid is a rainbow on the inside!
  • These rainbow Colorburst Cupcakes at Our Best Bites are just as colorful.
  • The Super-Duper Rainbow Cakes – in a Jar at off the (meat) hook would make beautiful table decorations, party favors, or gifts to give!
  • A variety of decorating ideas for rainbow-theme cakes can be found at Coolest Birthday Cakes.com.
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May
22

Menu Plan May 23 – Corn

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I’m hosting The Gluten Free Menu Swap again. This week the theme is corn. Our local corn is not ripe enough to eat yet. However, we have been getting US-grown fresh corn-on-the-cob in our grocery stores. And, they are really sweet and juicy!

When it’s that good, I just throw the shucked corn in a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes. (I like it nice and crisp, and bursting with juice and flavor.) For salads and other corn dishes, I will often use frozen corn kernels.

And don’t forget about corn flour and corn meal to make corn bread and corn dogs. I have a bag of Masa in the pantry that I need to get out and use. So, I’ll be making pupusas this week. It’s been so long since I’ve made them, I hope I remember what to do. What are you making with corn this week? Be sure to check below for a roundup of gluten-free menus from other bloggers.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Southwestern Chicken Salad

Tuesday - Tilapia, Quinoa with Broccoli

Wednesday - Burgers, Corn on the Cob, Green Beans

Thursday - Pigs in a Blanket, Kale Chips, Baked Beans

Friday - Pupusas and Spicy Slaw

Saturday - Pulled Pork, Cornbread, leftover slaw

Sunday – Leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl spent her weekend gardening, so she didn’t get to do any meal prep work for the week. This week she plans to put her slow cooker to use, and has some great ideas for quick and tasty meals: Crockpot Posole, Crockpot Black Bean Soup, and Baked Oatmeal.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life has lots of family-friendly meals on her menu this week: a great looking gluten-free pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, fried chicken and more. She also has a recipe for Corn and Black Bean Salad. Check it all out on at Extraordinary Life this week.

Visit In My Box to find some delicious-looking vegetarian meals this week. The pictures of Edamame, Corn, and Tofu Succotash and Fresh Corn Polenta with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes will really get your mouth watering. Also on the menu this week is Socca Pizza, Fresh Corn Johnnycakes, Chickpea Picatta, and more. Did I mention the Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Brownies? Yum.

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is joining us this week, too, even though she’s in the midst of moving and she’s allergic to corn. Well who needs corn when you’ve got Chocolate Raspberry Love Pie on the menu? :) She also has Alta’s Quinoa Pizza with Garlic Scape Pesto, Mahi, Roasted Chicken and Hummus on this week’s menu.

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. For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to me at celiacfamily AT gmail DOT com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.

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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May
15

Menu Plan May 16 – Rice

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The Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup is here this week, and rice is the theme. Rice is one of those foods that a lot of celiacs choose for a filling, gluten-free meal. It helps fill the void from the lack of bread, pasta, and gluten in meals. When my kids were toddlers, I would form the rice into balls or little scoops of rice so that they could pick it up with their fingers and eat it. They gobbled them up. Somewhere along the way, my son decided he didn’t like rice anymore. He still won’t eat it. And, since some celiacs have trouble eating rice, I don’t force it on him. The rest of us in the family still eat rice on a regular basis, and sometimes he gives it another try.

Often, our rice of choice is a white, medium-grain rice that’s a little sticky. It’s quick to fix, and I know my daughter will eat it. But, I also like to fix Jasmine, Basmati, Brown and wild rice, too. It’s nice to mix it up a little. Amy has a great, simple recipe for Oven-Baked Brown Rice that turns out perfect every time. In her new book, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, she also suggests freezing it in two-cup portions. It certainly saves time on those nights when I need a quick meal. And, it’s nice to feel that we’re making a healthier choice by using the brown over the white rice.

So, I’m wondering what everyone else does to make their rice dishes a little more interesting? Any great recipes I need to try? Be sure to check below for a roundup of gluten-free menus from other bloggers.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Wild Rice Salad with Grilled Salmon

Tuesday - Chicken Salad with Gluten-Free Rolls

Wednesday - Cilantro Rice with Mexican Chicken

Thursday - Potato & Green Bean Salad, Beef Brisket

Friday - Easy, Hearty Gumbo served over Rice

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Saturday - Hopefully, we’ll be going out for my birthday. Not sure where. Or maybe my husband will make some yummy BBQ ribs for me. :) And, a chocolate dessert will have to be on the menu, too!

Sunday – Another easy night of leftovers.

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is busy preparing to move into a new house next month. And it sounds like she’s making lots of great meals while clearing out the freezer: Rosemary Beef Stew, Kalamata Hummus, Halibut with Kale Pesto, and more.

Wendy at Celiacs In the House says they prefer jasmine, brown, and fried rice at their house. And this week they are eating it with Asian Shredded Beef and stir-fried vegetables. She also has Buffalo Chicken Burgers, Inside Out Lettuce Turkey Wraps, Steamed Fish, and more tempting dishes on her menu this week.

Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl has some great meal ideas this week for dinners, as well as breakfast and lunch, too. Try Creole Black-Eyed Peas and Chicken Hot Pot, Beer Battered FishBaked Spaghetti, and Whole Grain Rosemary Garlic Pizza Crust just to name a few. You should also check out her post on Brown Rice Bowls that she posted last summer as the first in her series of Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Meals.

This week at Angela’s Kitchen, Angela offers several recipes for rice: Pork Fried Rice, Asian Bean and Rice Rolls, Black Beans and Brown Rice, Gourmet Rice Dressing, and Seasoned Yellow Rice. And those aren’t even on her menu this week. On her menu, she has even more tempting dishes: BBQ Ribs, Santa Fe Quinoa Salad, Stuffed Peppers, Chicken Enchiladas and more.

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. For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to me at celiacfamily AT gmail DOT com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.

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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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May
12

Gluten-Free Food Labeling Summit 2011

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Last week, my husband and I decided last minute to join the crowd in D.C. for the 1 in 133 event. I really didn’t think we would be able to attend, but decided that we could skip out on some after school activities for such an important event. So, I picked up the kids at school and headed to D.C. to pick up my husband and join the event.

We arrived toward the end of the cake building. The top was being placed, and the decorative frosting was being added to the sides. The kids and I even got to decorate a couple smaller cakes that were added at the bottom. We stayed as long as we could and still get the kids home to bed on time. It was a good night to reconnect with fellow Celiacs I hadn’t seen for a long time and meet some new gluten-free friends, too.

I took some photos of the cake, and a few of the kids.  I talked with Linda of The Gluten-Free Homemaker, Jules Shepherd of Jules Gluten Free, John Forberger the Gluten-Free Triathlete, Dr. Alessio Fasano of The University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, and so many more.

It really was a great event with many gluten free experts, researchers, sponsors, food manufacturers, bloggers, celiacs, supporters, etc. Also present was a member of the FDA who was there to hear our plea for federal regulation on gluten-free food labels. There really were so many other people there who were instrumental in bringing the night’s event together, but unfortunately I didn’t get all those names and titles. I guess I didn’t have my reporter hat on that night.

I’ll bet you’re wondering if there was any news from the event. I can tell you that the cake was 11’2″ tall. And, the talk about the gluten-free labeling law sounded encouraging. It was difficult to hear the speakers, especially with two fidgety young kids. So, that’s about all of the information I can offer. For more specific details of the event, read Amy Ratner’s more thorough report at Gluten-Free Living. For additional photos and videos of the event, check out the post at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.

There is still more work to do. Please show your support of the effort any way you can:

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