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Jan
30

Menu Plan January 30 – Root Veggies

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I’m soaking up the sunshine in Florida, having a great time with my family, so I’ll keep my comments short this week. The GF Menu Swap this week is being hosted by Wendy at Celiacs in the House.  The theme is Root Vegetables.

The most common root vegetables we eat in my house are carrots and potatoes. I know, not too exciting or adventurous, but I have a couple young kids to keep happy. We do have sweet potatoes on occasion. I used to cook carrots with a light, sweet glaze for the kids when they were toddlers. Or, sometimes I would just steam carrots to soften them a little, then put into the refrigerator for snacks later. They were soft enough for their delicate teeth and gums, and seemed to enjoy them. Now, they really only want to eat them cold and raw. They aren’t even interested in them with a sweet glaze anymore. Oh, how times change. :)

Maybe it’s time for us to try some new root vegetables, and give some old ones another try. Head over to Celiacs in the House to see what Wendy and other gluten-free bloggers are cooking up this week.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Grilled Chicken, Steamed Veggies, Sweet Potatoes

TuesdayOut

Wednesday - Chicken Tacos with slow-cooked, shredded chicken

ThursdayPancakes served with a Fruit Salad

FridaySalsa Verde Enchiladas, using leftover chicken from Wednesday, served with Rice

Saturday - Pizza served with a Spinach Salad

Sunday - Leftover Buffet

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

  • Thanks to Wendy at Celiacs in the House for hosting this week’s GF Menu Swap with Root Veggies as the theme.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap will be here at Celiac Family next week with the theme of Cinnamon.
  • Review the Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page for 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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Jan
23

Menu Plan January 23 – Pomegranate

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The winter blues have hit me. My son’s been sick and I’ve been fighting something — cold, sinus infection, dry weather? Whatever it is, I need to get out of the house and get some sunshine! So, I’m heading to Florida at the end of the week. I’m hoping a few days of sunshine perks me up, and the travel doesn’t get me down. OK…that sounds like I’m being spontaneous and just flying off on a whim. Well, that’s not really the case. We’ve been planning to go back to Disney World for a while, and this month just happened to be a good opportunity for doing just that. That being said, I’ve kept our meals quick and easy this week because I’ve got some packing to do.

Pomegranate is the theme for the GF Menu Swap this week. Angela is hosting the roundup of menus at Angela’s Kitchen. I don’t use pomegranate much. Sometimes the crunchy seeds are just too much for me, so I opt for the juice over the fruit.  A while back, I posted a recipe for a Blueberry-Pomegranate Martini that you might find interesting. At the end of that post you’ll find links to a variety of gluten-free recipes using pomegranate juice. This week, I’ll be adding pomegranate juice to my smoothies. If I’m feeling up to it, I may even make a cranberry-pomegranate sauce for the chicken and pork chops this week.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Rotisserie Chicken served with Rice and Green Beans

TuesdayGrilled Pork Chops served with steamed Broccoli and a Fruit Salad

Wednesday - Grilled Sandwiches served with Kale Chips and a Fruit Salad

Thursday – Burgers served with a Spinach Salad and Waffle Fries

Friday – leftovers

Saturday - Out

Sunday - Out

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

  • Thanks to Angela at Angela’s Kitchen for hosting this week’s GF Menu Swap with Pomegranate as the theme.
  • Join is again next week for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. Wendy will be hosting the roundup with a theme of Root Veggies at Celiacs in the House.
  • Review the Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page for 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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Jan
16

Menu Plan January 16 – Smoothies

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We’re halfway through the month. Are you working on any resolutions for the New Year? I’m still working on mine. To further my goal of Eating More Produce, I chose Smoothies as the theme ingredient for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap.

I am making smoothies, but I haven’t quite made it a daily ritual, yet. I got a new Cuisinart blender/chopper for Christmas this year that’s perfect for making smoothies. It’s small enough to keep on the counter and even comes with cups in which to blend the ingredients. So, I’m hoping to get into the habit of making smoothies more often. The kids think of the smoothies as more of a treat — like a milkshake or a slurpie — because they like it sweet with lots of fruit. For myself, I’ve been adding greens like spinach and kale to add a nutrition boost and get that extra produce into my diet.

These days it seems like everyone has a Smoothie recipe in their cookbook or blog. But you don’t really need a recipe. Just combine some of your favorite fruit and vegetables in a blender with water, tea, yogurt, ice, etc. Even though a recipe isn’t necessary, it’s nice to see what others are doing to get some new inspiration. Here are some great ones I found:

Don’t forget to check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below for more gluten-free menus and ideas for smoothies.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Cilantro Rice

Egg & Hash Brown Casserole

Tropical Black Bean Salad

Monday - Chicken Taquitos made with shredded chicken served with Cilantro Lime Rice

TuesdayEggs and Hashbrowns Casserole served with Tropical Black Bean Fruit Salad

Wednesday – Teriyaki Chicken Skewers served with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Thursday – Spaghetti and Meatballs served with a Spinach Salad

FridayFish and Chips served with Green Peas

Saturday - Grilled Chicken Breasts served with steamed Broccoli

Sunday – Leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Renee at Beyond Rice and Tofu has another great vegetarian menu this week. They’ll be having Veggie Burgers with Kale Salad Wraps, Chickpeas Romesco, Makhani Dal, Quinoa Vegetable Soup, and Socca Pizza. Sounds like a healthy week with plenty of produce at her house.

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen has several yummy recipes for smoothies you should review. She likes to keep ripe bananas in the freezer so she has them ready to use for her smoothies. She says they add a creamy texture that they love in their dairy-free smoothies. Angela has a full menu of lunches and dinners planned for her family this week. Some of the tempting meals include Juicy Apple Turkey Burgers, Lemon Spinach Tilapia, Thai Chicken Pizza, Wild Rice Turkey Soup, and Cranberry Chicken.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! manages meals for multiple allergies in her family. This week, she is making gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free macaroni and cheeseSonora Enchiladas, Chicken and Rice, and gf/df/ef pizza.  She is also making what I would call “Un-stuffed Peppers” – a mixture of seasoned ground beef and quinoa or rice that she serves with fresh slices of sweet peppers on the side.

Wendy at Celiacs in the House starts her day with a green smoothie made with banana, pineapple, spinach, almond flour, water and ice. She also noted that Valerie at city|life|eats posted a list of green smoothie recipes on her site this past weekend. This week, Wendy is sharing her monthly plan, as well as her weekly menu plan, which includes Shrimp Lo Mein, Cauliflower Broccoli Soup, Slow Cooker Indian Chicken, and Asian Turkey Burgers. In case you missed it last week, Wendy has started a fun new series on her blog that lets you peek into gluten-free kitchens on Fridays and share kitchen tips on Sundays.

Samantha at So Simply Good shares a link for a kid-(and parent!)pleasing Blueberry Coconut Smoothie that she found at Paleo Parents. Her menu plan this week includes Chipotle Beef Chili, Quick and Easy Crock Pot Brisket, Southwestern Flank Steak, Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Soup, and more.

Alisha at Going G-Free is brand new to the gluten-free life. She and her daughter are just starting up the steep slope of learning all there is to know about living gluten free, so stop by her blog and give her some support! Her meals this week include Carne Asada Tacos, Meatloaf, Chicken Nuggets, Taquitos, Grilled Chicken, and more. She’s also included some ideas for lunches and snacks.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this week’s menu swap. Visit Angela’s Kitchen for next week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap.

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.
  • Next week’s theme will be Pomegranates. Visit Angela’s Kitchen for the roundup next week.
  • 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.

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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Jan
09

Menu Plan January 9 – Broccoli

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Continuing to work on my goal of Eating More Produce, I chose Broccoli as the theme ingredient for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap. Everyone in my family loves broccoli.

Steamed broccoli is one of our usual sides for dinner every week. It’s a pretty fast and easy way to get some fresh green vegetables into our diet. Seems pretty plain and boring, but everybody eats it up without complaints.

It’s nice to have something so easy to add to the meal. But it’s also nice to try something new, so I’m hoping for some new ideas.

Here are a few of my ideas for eating broccoli:

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Rainbow Apple Salad

Quinoa with Broccoli

Don’t forget to check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below for more gluten-free menus and ideas for using broccoli in your menu.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Pancakes

Mexican Chicken Pizza

Monday - Grilled Chicken Breasts served with Quinoa and Broccoli

TuesdayPork Chops with Black Beans served with rice and green beans

Wednesday – Meatloaf served with PeeWee Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli

ThursdayChicken Tacos

FridayPancakes, Bacon, and Fruit Salad

Saturday - Mexican Chicken Pizza

Sunday – Leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Renee at Beyond Rice and Tofu loves broccoli, too. She enjoys it steamed, stir-fried, and roasted. She also likes to take it to work and microwave it with a little water and salt. Renee has a great variety of meals on her menu this week: Buttery Pigeon Pea Dal with roasted broccoli and brown rice, Tempeh and Green Bean Stir Fry, Italian Chickpea Soup, and Spiced Lemon Quinoa.

Wendy at Celiacs in the House is also a fan of broccoli and says her family goes through 2-3 bunches a week. This week it will be in her Coconut Curry Tilapia and Pork and Vegetable Lo Mein meals. Also on her menu this week is Salmon Cakes, Slow-Cooker Soup, Roasted Chicken, and Chicken Tacos. I’m intrigued by a couple more notes on her post this week: a link and review for Olive Cake and an announcement of a new “In My Gluten-Free Kitchen” series she’s starting this week. Looks like fun!

Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life is keeping busy with family and in-laws throughout the week. They are enjoying some gluten-free banana muffins she made last week. Her menu this week includes Cheeseburger Pie, Chicken and Rice, Cheeseburger Rice, and Garlic Cheddar Chicken.

 Thanks to everyone who joined up, visited, and shared your comments. Join us next week for smoothie ideas.

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.
  • Next week’s theme will be smoothies! Share your recipes, or simple combinations of fruit and veggies for your favorite smoothies. Meet back here next week at CeliacFamily for the roundup.
  • 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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Jan
08

Rainbow Apple Salad Recipe

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I’ve had a few questions about the Rainbow Apple Salad I included in my menu last week, so I thought I would share the recipe.

Inspired by Debbi’s recipe for Broccoli Apple Slaw, I threw together a salad after seeing a bag of Rainbow Salad at Wegmans. I have really been enjoying the salad for lunches during the week. The recipe keeps evolving, but this is what I’m enjoying right now.

Rainbow Apple Salad

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 Cups Shredded, or julienned, Vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, purple cabbage and carrots (I purchase a 10 oz. bag of Wegman’s Rainbow Salad and add some matchstick carrots.)
  • 2 large crisp and sweet apples, cored and chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 Cup dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup Poppyseed dressing (Read the ingredients to make sure it’s gluten-free or try my recipe for Honey Poppyseed Dressing.)
  • 1/2 Cup chopped nuts or sunflower seeds (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine the vegetables, apples, and cranberries.
  2. Pour the dressing on the salad, and toss to evenly coat the salad.
  3. If desired, sprinkle nuts or sunflower seeds on top.
Additional Notes:
  • This makes a salad large enough to share — about 8 servings.
  • It’s great as a side salad, too. Serve with Pulled Pork Sandwiches or a simple grilled chicken breast.

Review More Great Recipes

Find more gluten-free recipes at Gluten-Free Wednesdays at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.
Find more healthy recipes at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free.

 

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