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Nov
28

Menu Plan November 28 – Pizza

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This week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted at Our Frugal Happy Life. Visit the site to browse all the recipes and ideas for pizza or pizza-inspired meals in your gluten-free menu this week.

What a busy week it was last week! Our family managed to squeeze a lot of activities into what seemed like only a few days. I’m tired, but I am truly thankful that we were able to spend quality time with friends and family. We are fortunate to have friends and family that are understanding of our diet restrictions, and are tolerant of our questions of ingredients or picky eating.

Did everyone else manage to stay gluten-free and healthy during the holiday weekend? If you think you may have eaten some gluten through a hidden ingredient or cross-contamination, then you should read Shirley’s recent post about recovering from gluten exposure at Gluten Free Easily. She and other gluten-free bloggers have shared what they do to feel better when it happens to them. You may find some new ideas to try, or maybe you can think of some other remedies to add in the comments. I think it’s always helpful to hear what works for other people. Because what works for one person, may not work for another.

This week’s theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is a Twist on Pizza. I have a Socca Pizza and a French Bread Pizza on my menu. But, you may also want to review my recipe for a Mexican pizza. You’ll find even more pizza ideas at the roundup hosted by Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life.

Hamburgers

Egg & Hash Brown Casserole

Avocado Salsa

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Socca Pizza Crust topped with leftover Indian Chicken (without the quinoa)

TuesdayHamburgers served with homemade GF buns. Serving with waffle fries and steamed broccoli.

Wednesday – Egg & Hash Browns Casserole served with a fruit salad.

Thursday – French Bread sliced down the length of the loaf, then topped with our favorite pizza ingredients: marinara, pepperoni, mozzarella, black olives, etc.

Friday – Simple Baked Chicken served with homemade cinnamon applesauce.

Saturday - Samantha’s Shredded Beef Tacos served with warm corn tortillas and Avocado Salsa

Sunday - Leftover Buffet

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

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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So how are you doing with Thanksgiving plans this year? Everyone has a different approach to managing a gluten-free diet during this festival of eating. Some people do all the cooking themselves and invite the family to their house. Some people go to another house, but take their own gluten-free meal with them. We usually do something in between and this year is going to be fairly simple for us.

My brother-in-law is hosting Thanksgiving at his house this year. So, for me, that means no extra housecleaning to do and no tables to set before the festive occasion. We will contribute to the feast, however, because we all like to bring something to help with the meal. I’ve confirmed that the turkey will be gluten free, but I know that not all the food will be gluten-free.

I do know that what we’ll be taking will be gluten free. We’ll take a raw vegetable platter with hummus that can double as an appetizer and as a vegetable side dish if necessary. My husband will be making a big pot of his famous garlic mashed potatoes to take. And, I’ll be making desserts to share with everyone. I’m going to make my grandmother’s recipe for pumpkin pie using Annalise Roberts’s recipe for gluten-free crust. I’m also going to make a dairy-free chocolate cream pie. I’ve seen two recipes recently that got my attention: Carol’s recipe at Simply…Gluten-Free and Shirley’s recipe at Gluten Free Easily. I think I’ll also make some mini pumpkin muffins with a cream cheese frosting for the kids.

So that’s how we’ll be managing our Thanksgiving feast with friends and family. Gluten-free turkey, mashed potatoes, raw vegetables, and desserts will be plenty to fill us up. There will probably be other dishes we can eat as well, but as long as I know we have the basics covered, all will be good. We can feel comfortable knowing that we’re eating safely and just be thankful to enjoy the company of good friends and family.

For more ideas of gluten-free dishes for Thanksgiving, you can check some of these past posts at Celiac Family:

Sweet Potato Casserole

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Quinoa, Broccoli, Mushrooms

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And don’t forget to check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below. With Thanksgiving as the theme this week, there are sure to be plenty of more ideas for eating gluten free during the yearly food event.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Indian Chicken with Quinoa

Marinated Flank Steak

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Pulled Pork Sandwiches with French Fries and Corn. I’ve got pulled pork in the freezer, so this will be an easy night.

Tuesday – Eating Out. The kids still haven’t gotten to eat out because they keep taking turns being sick. So, we’ll try again.

Wednesday – Pizza. I’ll use Bob’s Red Mill pizza mix for the crust and top with sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, and black olives.

Thursday - Thanksgiving. We’ll be contributing a raw vegetable platter, garlic mashed potatoes, and a few desserts.

FridayIndian Chicken with Quinoa

Saturday - Flank Steak with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Spinach Salad

Sunday – Leftover Buffet

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life is responsible for the dinner rolls and a pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving at her in-law’s. She’s also making Cheeseburger Rice, Chicken and Veggie Skillet, and Ranch Chicken this week. And, like so many of us this week, leftovers will also be on her menu. :)

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is taking it easy this year for Thanksgiving with a quiet evening at home. She hasn’t finalized plans for a Thanksgiving meal, but it sounds like she may be making applesauce. Also on her menu this week is Curried Chicken and Cauliflower and Beef Stew. In case you missed it earlier this month, Cheryl posted a list of gluten-free turkeys and a roundup to help with your Thanksgiving plans.

Wendy at Celiacs in the House has her Thanksgiving meal all planned, complete with links to recipes for Diane’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Shirley’s Crustless Pumpkin Pie, Carol’s Soft Dinner Rolls, and more. The remainder of her week includes Steak, Shelby’s Spicy Chicken, Cauliflower and Mushroom Soup, and Curried Turkey Soup.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life posted her traditional Thanksgiving Menu earlier this week. She includes links to her recipes for Stuffing, Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Candied Yams, and more. This week, she’s has on her menu Pot Roast, Chili, and burgers. And for the after-Thanksgiving leftovers: Open-faced Hot Turkey Sandwiches and Turkey Noodle Soup.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! shares her tricks (and links to recipes) for preparing a gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving dinner. Her pie crust looks pretty amazing. The rest of her week includes Sonora Enchiladas, Gina Chicken over Rice, and Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen has a busy week of cooking ahead. Fortunately, she has three kids out of school and ready to help! She has a great plan for a delicious gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving menu including Roast Maple Turkey, Gravy, Roasted Garlic-Sage and Sausage Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, and more. The rest of her week looks just as busy, and just as yummy: Thai Thighs, Apple Sausage Quiche, and Turkey Wild Rice Soup to name just a few of the meals she has planned.

Debbi at Debbi Does Dinner Healthy & Low Calorie is joining us this week for the first time. She is starting her week with Sweet and Sour Chicken and ending the week with French Onion Risotto and Alta’s Shepherd’s Pie with Pumpkin Souffle. Debbi also has links to recipes for a Sweet Potato Hummus and a Crockpot Pumpkin Oatmeal that sound wonderful. Click over to Debbi’s site to say hello and check out what more is on her menu this week.

Thanks to everyone for joining the GF Menu Swap this week. Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget next week’s menu swap will be at Our Frugal Happy Life with Twist on Pizza as the theme.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • 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.
  • For next week’s roundup, email the link of your menu plan to Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life.
  • I’ve updated the Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page with 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.

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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Nov
14

Menu Plan November 14 – Meatballs

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This week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted at Gluten Free Detroit Metro. Visit the site to browse all the recipes and ideas for including meatballs in your gluten-free menu this week.

Last week was almost a complete failure of following our menu plan. I had a sick kid who didn’t feel like eating much, and a refrigerator full of leftovers. I decided it made more sense to eat up the leftovers than cook meals that would no doubt create more leftovers. So, I’ve moved some of my meals planned last week to this week instead.

I’m excited to see what other bloggers are planning for the Meatballs theme this week. We don’t make meatballs very often, although my daughter loves the ones my husband makes. This week, I’m trying a traditional recipe for Meatballs with Spaghetti and Marinara Sauce from Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking. I checked out the cookbook at the library this week. I wasn’t looking for cookbooks, just happened to see it. Funny how my eyes can pick out “Gluten-Free” on a book set on a shelf of new books from 8 feet away. It looks like it has a lot of good, basic gluten-free recipes to use on a weekly basis.

Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Hamburgers

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli

TuesdayPork Chops with Black Beans and Salsa served with Green Beans and Cornbread

Wednesday – Hamburgers served with fabulous GF buns from The Grainless Baker. Purchased in the frozen section at Wegmans.

Thursday – Chicken Slow-Cooked with Mushroom Soup

Friday – Spaghetti and Meatballs served with Spinach Salad

Saturday - Eating Out (Kid’s Choice again, since we didn’t get to go out last week.)

Sunday - Leftover Buffet

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Amanda is hosting this week’s GF Menu Swap at Gluten Free Detroit Metro with Meatballs as the theme.

Next week’s roundup is being hosted here at Celiac Family with a Thanksgiving theme. Share your Thanksgiving menu, your favorite Thanksgiving dishes, or your plan for navigating through the feast without getting glutened.

I’ve updated the Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page with 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.

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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This week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted at Angela’s Kitchen. So, click over to her site to browse all the slow-cooker meals and gluten-free menus compiled this week.

I’m starting my week with slow-cooked Shredded Mexican Chicken. After almost three years and 275 posts, that recipe continues to be one of the most popular posts on Celiac Family. It must be the simple ingredients, the quick prep time, and versatile, flavorful chicken that attract so much interest.

I also have a couple more slow-cooked meals on our menu this week. I loved Angela’s Sweet & Sour Chicken recipe I tried a couple weeks ago, so I’m making it again this week. I’m also going to try cooking chicken with a can of Progresso Creamy Mushroom Soup in the slow-cooker. I noticed the words “Gluten Free” on the front label of the soup can last week while shopping. I don’t know why I get so excited by that. But, I do appreciate that “Gluten Free” is getting more attention, so I bought a can. It might be useful for Thanksgiving dishes, too. Here’s the rest of my week:

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Chicken Tacos

Parmesan Tilapia

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Monday - Chicken Tacos with Guacamole

TuesdayParmesan Tilapia with Rice and Green Beans

Wednesday – Chicken Breasts slow-cooked with Creamy Mushroom Soup

Thursday – Leftover Buffet

FridayEating Out (Kid’s Choice)

Saturday - Slow-Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken served over Rice

Sunday - Cilantro Lime Shrimp served over Rice Noodles

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Visit Angela’s Kitchen for this week’s roundup. Please note that Angela has posted a new page on her website dedicated to all the fun artwork she’s created for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. There are some general designs for using any week, as well as some more specific designs created for themed weeks. Feel free to grab one (or more) buttons to use on your blog for the menu swap.

Next week’s GF Menu Swap will be at Gluten Free Detroit Metro with Meatballs as the theme.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

Information about the Gluten-Free Menu Swap can be found at Celiac Family’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page. There you’ll find what you need to know about participating and hosting. We’re still working out some of the details, so if you have questions, send an email Heather at celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

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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