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Feb
27

Menu Plan February 27 – Pineapple

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1. Smoothie

Pineapple is the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. The roundup is here this week, so be sure to check below for links to other bloggers’ gluten-free menus.
Pineapple. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways….

2. Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

3. Tropical Black Bean Salad

4. Tropical Mimosas

5. Tropical Fruit Salad


Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday -  Hamburgers served with French fries and a Tropical Fruit Salad

Tuesday – Grilled Chicken with Avocado slices served with quinoa

Wednesday - Slow-Cooked Pineapple Pork Tenderloin served with leftover quinoa

Thursday – Pizza made with Bob’s Red Mill Mix, served with a Spinach Salad

Friday - Tilapia with a warm mango salsa, served with Basmati Rice

Saturday - Leftover Buffet

Sunday – Indian Chicken served with Basmati Rice and Broccoli

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Wendy at Celiacs in the House is also enjoying pineapple in her smoothies. I need to try freezing pineapple like she does, not to mention roasting pineapple for a tasty dessert! Also on her menu this week is A PF Chang’s copycat recipe for Spicy Chicken, Elana’s Cod Piccata, and Stephanie’s Pesto Minestrone.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! gets a night off from cooking while she eats at a friend’s house. Maybe that will give her some extra time to satisfy her urge to do some baking. The rest of her menu includes Chicken Italiano, Chili and Cornbread, baked potatoes, and her daughter’s favorite Creamy Chicken Pie.

Rachel at Rachel Cooks is joining us this week with a full menu of warm meals, starting with Cheesy Chicken Chowder. She’s also baking gluten-free cornbread muffins to serve with it. Pizza Casserole, Buffalo Chicken Chili, Baked Ziti, and Herbed Pork Roast also have a place on her menu this week.

Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life is joining us this week with recipe links for Chicken and Rice with Cheese SaucePizza Sloppy Joes, and Fiesta Chicken with Rice. She also has an Italian Shepherd’s Pie on her menu that sounds good.

Thanks to all who contributed to the menu swap this week. Come back next week when we’ll be talking about potatoes.

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 Potatoes at Celiac Family.
  • 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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You certainly don’t need to add dressing to a fruit salad. It’s so sweet and juicy on its own, I usually prefer to eat plain, raw fruit. However, if you like to dress it up a little, this fruit salad tastes great with a little Honey Poppyseed Dressing drizzled over it. It can be a nice change from the usual bowl of fruit, and adds a little flavor to fruit that is not quite as ripe or flavorful as you’d like it to be.

Tropical Fruit Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 fresh pineapple
1 mango
6 kiwi
1 Cup blueberries
1/2 Cup Poppyseed Dressing (recipe below)

Directions:

  1. Rinse, peel, core, and chop all fruit, as neccessary.
  2. Combine all the fruit in a large bowl and toss gently with Poppyseed Dressing.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Additional Notes:

  • If serving at a party, consider reserving some of the dressing and letting guests add it to their salad to their own liking.
  • Have leftovers? I’ve found that pouring a cup of the fruit salad into a blender with 1/4 Cup lemonade and 4 ice cubes makes a very refreshing smoothie.
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Honey Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup honey
1/3 Cup cider vinegar
1-1/2 TBSP poppy seeds
1 tsp ground mustard, dry
1 tsp salt
1 tsp onion juice (or finely mined onion)
1 Cup grape seed oil (or other vegetable oil)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the oil.
  2. When the top ingredients are well blended, slowly add in the oil.  For best results, use a whisk or an electric mixer to continually mix while slowly adding in the oil until it is all emulsified into a dressing.
  3. Makes about 2 Cups dressing. Store any unused dressing in the refrigerator.

Additional Notes:

  • If the dressing starts to settle and separate after sitting for a long period of time, just give it a quick whisk or a shake.
  • This dressing is great on the Tropical Fruit Salad above, but it also tastes great on Rainbow Vegetable Apple Salad.

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Feb
20

Menu Plan February 20 – Cauliflower

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This week’s menu swap is being hosted by Wendy at Celiacs in the House, and the theme is Cauliflower. Great! One more encouragement to fulfill my new year resolution of eating more produce. (The plan for more exercise has recently been neglected. :( )

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve also had roundups for Broccoli, Smoothies, Pomegranate, and Root Veggies. So, if you’re still working on adding more produce to your diet, they are a great place to get some ideas. For this week’s theme, I’m planning on roasting cauliflower this week using Cheryl’s simple method. If that doesn’t get the kids interested in cauliflower, then they are sure to get excited over the battered and fried cauliflower later in the week…I hope.

Since tomorrow is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, etc.), I’m planning to make Red Beans and Rice. I’m not making King Cake this year, but I may give in to the kids’ request for beignets as a treat. If you are planning a Mardi Gras meal this week, I also have a recipe for Gumbo that’s full of shrimp, sausage, chicken, and okra. And, if those recipes don’t tempt you, visit Tasty Eats at Home, where Alta has put together a great roundup of Creole and Cajun recipes that would be great for Mardi Gras.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Avocado Salsa

Red Beans and Rice

Pupusas and Spicy Slaw

Monday - Chicken Tacos, Avocado Salsa

Tuesday - Red Beans and Rice

Wednesday - Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower, Spinach Salad

ThursdayParmesan Tilapia, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

FridayPupusas and Spicy Slaw

Saturday - Shrimp, Broccoli, and Cauliflower deep fried with a gluten-free tempura batter

Sunday - Leftover Buffet

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

  • Visit Celiacs in the House for this week’s roundup of gluten-free menus and ideas for eating cauliflower.
  • Join us here at Celiac Family next week for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. The theme with be Pineapple.
  • 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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It’s Valentine Week! Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week with Valentine Treats as the theme.

Last year, I made a heart-shaped pizza for dinner. This year, the kids have requested Pancakes, so I think I’ll pull out my nifty Pancake Pen and make some fun heart-shaped pancakes for dinner this year. For school treats, I’m making heart-shaped, Rice Krispies gluten-free treats.

I’m also thinking about making some heart-shaped cookies with the Cookie Press I got for Christmas. I’ve been wanting to try it, but I put it away after Christmas and forgot about it until recently. I seem to recall some gluten-free friends who have recipes for it: Lisa at Extraordinary Life makes Butter Cookies, Linda at The Gluten-Free Homemaker makes Spritz Cookies, and Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free makes Sugar-Free Spritz Cookies.

Are you making anything special for the occasion? Here are a few more ideas at Celiac Family:

Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Macadamia Candy

Pizza

Easy, Fun Party Treats

Valentine Candy

Brownie Pop Bouquet

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Gluten-Free Pancakes

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Gluten-Free Egg Rolls

Monday - Chicken Nuggets, boiled Baby Potatoes, and steamed Broccoli

Tuesday Pancakes, bacon, and strawberries.

Wednesday - Hamburgers served with Green Beans and Corn

Thursday – Soup and Sandwiches

Friday – GF Battered Fish Bites served with French Fries and Peas

Saturday - Egg Rolls served with Fried Rice

Sunday - Leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

  • Thanks to Angela at Angela’s Kitchen for hosting this week’s GF Menu Swap with Valentine Treats as the theme.
  • Join is again next week for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. Wendy will be hosting the roundup with a theme of Cauliflower 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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Feb
06

Menu Plan February 6 – Cinnamon

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Cinnamon is the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. I love cinnamon and how it can liven up a recipe with just a teaspoon of it. I finally got my recipe for Cinnamon Rolls posted for you. And if you’re looking for another breakfast treat, I also have a recipe for Banana Coffee Cake.

For dinner this week, I’ll be making an Indian Chicken with Cinnamon, Ginger, and Mango Chutney. Check the roundup below for more gluten-free menus and recipes using Cinnamon.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

White Chicken Chili

Rainbow Apple Salad

Monday - Indian Chicken served over rice

Tuesday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders served with a Broccoli & Mushroom Quinoa

Wednesday – White Chicken Chili served with Monday’s leftover rice

Thursday – Make-Your-Own Sandwiches served with Rainbow Apple Salad

FridayBaked Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze served with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Saturday - Burgers served with Baby Potatoes and Green Beans

Sunday – Leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Wendy at Celiacs in the House is eating Quinoa with Cranberries, Coconut, and Almonds with a dash of cinnamon and maple syrup for breakfast. She’s also planning to make Kim’s Apple Streusel Squares with a Maple Cinnamon Glaze this week. Yum! Wendy’s meal plan this week – Chicken Stir Fry, Beef Stew, Salmon Cakes, Quiche, and Veggie Soup –sounds very warming on this cold frosty morning.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! also has some “warm-you-up dinners” on her menu this week. Check out her plans for Creamy Chicken Pie, Stuffed Peppers, Taco Soup, and Tuna Casserole. She’s also working on an idea for Ranch Chicken with oven fries, which sounds good.

Samantha at So Simply Good says she uses cinnamon almost daily. For breakfast she’s eating Blueberries, Coconut Flakes, Roasted Pecans and a splash of Coconut Milk with Cinnamon. She also uses cinnamon in Mashed Butternut Squash and some Paleo Muffin Tops that I’m anxious to try this week. Samantha has lots of veggies planned for the week, along with Tri-tip Steak, Creamy Chicken and Tomato Soup, Red Curry Glazed Chicken Skewers, Smothered Pork Chops, and more!

Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life is joining us this week with a variety of links to gluten-free meals. She’ll be making Monterey Chicken, Pizza Sloppy Joes, Chicken Enchilada Dip, and Stuffed Pepper Casserole. Check it all out at her weekly meal plan.

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is joining us this week, too. We’ve missed her menus, but she’s been busy with all sorts of great things, including preparing a series of webinars about gluten-free eating for Dietitian Central. Cheryl tells us that Cinnamon is high in antioxidants and helps stabilize blood sugar. On her menu this week is Beef Stew with root veggies, Simply Yum Quinoa, Chicken with roasted garlic, and Roasted Cauliflower.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy & Low Calorie is back with a full menu of gluten-free meals. She has included recipe links for Thai Chicken Pizza, Lentil Baked Beans, Green Goddess Enchiladas, Smashed Pintos, Chicken Nuggets, and GF Peanut Butter Cookies. Go check out all her healthy GF meals.

Thanks for joining us this week. Join us at Angela’s Kitchen next week for more gluten-free menu plans and Valentine Treats.

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 Valentine Treats. 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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