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Mar
26

Menu Plan March 26 – Artichokes

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Even though last week’s weather almost felt more like summer, it is officially spring! I’ve chosen a spring vegetable for the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap – Artichokes. Artichokes can be a nice way to slow down your meal. You know…steam it fresh, peel and eat each leaf one at a time. It’s kind of fun. Of course, most of us don’t have time to do that with our busy schedules. We’re rushing around and grabbing the can of artichoke hearts or maybe the jar of marinated artichoke hearts. And that’s good for me, too. I love to add the hearts to a salad or casserole.

According to Ocean Mist Farms, artichokes are a good source of Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Fiber, and Antioxidants. So don’t forget about this beautiful vegetable when you’re planning your meals this season. For more ideas of including them in your meals, check out the roundup of gluten-free menus below.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Wild Rice Salad

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Greek Pasta Salad

Monday -  Rotisserie Chicken served with Wild Rice Salad (with Artichoke Hearts)

TuesdaySlow-cooked BBQ Pulled Pork served with Spicy Slaw

Wednesday - This busy night is going to be an easy soup and sandwich night.

Thursday – Grilled Steaks served with baked potatoes and steamed broccoli

Friday - Pizza using Bob’s Red Mill Mix, served with a Spinach Salad

Saturday - Leftover Buffet

Sunday – Gluten-Free Pasta Salad with Chicken and Artichoke Hearts served with garlic bread (gluten-free, of course)

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

With the warm weather sending all the neighborhood kids outside to play, Paige at Not Missing a Thing! has had to figure out how to get a few extra servings from her meals for the visiting neighborhood kids. It sounds like summer already at her house. Well, I don’t know if she’s planning for it this week, but her meals of Meatloaf and Taco Soup with Cornbread seem like good choices for stretching the meals to add an extra guest. She’s also celebrating her daughter’s birthday with a Seafood Sampler on her menu this week.

Samantha at So Simply Good is trying some recipes from the new cookbook Eat Like a Dinosaur. I’ve been really intrigued by the book, and was hoping to take the kids to the book signing this weekend, but just couldn’t fit it into our schedule. On Samantha’s menu this week is Chicken Nuggets with Zucchini Latkes, 50/50 Burgers,  Shakey Pork BBQ with Apple Bacon Slaw, Rat on a Stick, and so much more!

Wendy at Celiacs in the House is not a fan of artichokes, so you won’t find any in her menu this week. Like Samantha, Wendy is also cooking from Eat Like a Dinosaur this week. Her family really enjoys the Bacon, Kale and Black Olive Egg Pie. Also on Wendy’s menu this week, is Salmon Cakes, Soup or Chili with Slaw, and Soft Tacos.

Renee at Beyond Rice and Tofu is continuing with the Cookbook Inspiration theme from last week. She shares her list of favorites as well as a couple new ones that she’s using for this week’s menu. She’s making Roasted Tofu with Braised Brussels Sprouts, Chana Dal with Indian Spiced Roasted Cauliflower, Tofu Curry, and Mujadara with Kale Salad.

Rachel at Rachel Cooks has lots of hearty, family favorite meals on her menu this week. Rachel loves casseroles, and is making two chicken casseroles this week: Chicken Cordon Bleu and Buffalo Chicken. Then, it’s Nachos, Pizza and Wings for the kids. And for her husband, it’s Chili, Brats and Mashed Potatoes.

Thanks for joining us this week for the menu swap. Next week Angela will be hosting the GF Menu Swap with Easter as the theme.

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 will be an Easter theme at Angela’s Kitchen.
  • 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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Good Morning, and welcome back to the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week’s roundup is being hosted by Wendy at Celiacs in the House. So, be sure to check out what she and others have on their menus this week. This week’s theme is Cookbook Inspiration. I have many cookbooks, some are dedicated to being gluten free, and some are not. The two latest additions to my library of cookbooks are Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Deliciously G-Free and Denise Jardine’s The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen.

A lot of Hasselbeck’s recipes are similar to the foods I make at home – classic favorites and family-friendly. And there are some recipes that definitely inspire you to create your own versions: The Deliciously Sophisticated Omelet, Egg Muffins and Vegetable Fried Rice. Using simple ingredients, you can easily make these dishes your family’s favorites by mixing in what your family likes best. For the Egg Muffins, Hasselbeck even suggests letting each family member or guest add their favorite ingredients to the muffin cups before baking. Sounds like a great way to get my kids involved in the process.

There are many recipes in Jardine’s cookbook that are new to me – new combinations, new ingredients, new ways to prepare dishes, etc. I found it to be a little intimidating because of that, but it’s also exciting to try something new. What’s really great about this cookbook is that the recipes are dairy-free. (My intolerance for dairy seems to have reached levels that seem to indicate an allergy, so I’ve been removing dairy from our meals and recipes.) This cookbook also has several recipes that would be easy to make your own just by changing out a few ingredients: Crab and Artichoke Frittata, Shepherd’s Pie, Pizza recipes for both a crispy and traditional crust, and Coconut Ice Cream. I’m planning on trying the Frittata, but I think I’ll try it with ham or prosciutto instead of crab. And, I’m really looking forward to trying the Coconut Ice Cream. I have some Andes chocolate mint chips that I think would be a great addition to it.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday -  Chicken Taquitos made with slow-cooked chicken served with Sweet and Tangy Jicama Slaw from The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen

Tuesday – Egg Muffins from Deliciously G-Free served with toasted gluten-free bread and leftover slaw

Wednesday - Burgers and Fries served with Roasted Brussels Sprouts in a Balsamic Reduction from The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen

ThursdayEasy Garlic Shrimp Pasta served with steamed Broccoli

Friday - Vegetable Fried Rice from Deliciously G-Free

Saturday - Eating Out

Sunday – Leftover Buffet

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

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
12

Menu Plan March 12 – Eggs

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Sorry for the delay today. I sat down more than once this past weekend to write this week’s menu plan and each time I didn’t get very far. Each time I wrote, it was a few sentences about something different. There are lots of distractions going on for me and my family right now. Some good, some bad, and some just part of being a wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, aunt, home-owner, volunteer, neighbor, blogger, etc. I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about.

Rather than show you the jumbled mess that I tried to write on several different occasions, let me just say that the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Eggs. I chose Eggs as the theme because I guess I’m already thinking about Easter. And…well, it’s getting to be the season for eggs. Yup, chickens will lay eggs more frequently during the seasons with more sunlight. (Of course, eggs are available year-round at the grocery stores because the chickens are exposed to artificial light to keep them laying.)

Breakfast seems to be the common meal of the day for eggs, but don’t forget about other meals, too. Egg salad, sliced hard-boiled eggs added to salads, quiche, frittatas, etc. are all good options for lunch and dinner, too! We recently ate at Austin’s Grill, where I found their Migas Plate (on their gluten-free menu) to be just what I needed to give me a boost of protein and energy. Does your family eat eggs? For more ideas of including them in your meals, check out the roundup of gluten-free menus below.

Egg Recipes at Celiac Family:

Egg & Hash Brown Casserole

Egg Salad

Creamed Eggs

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday -  Chicken Tacos with corn tortillas and slow-cooked chicken served with Refried Beans

TuesdayGrilled Flank Steak served with twice baked potatoes and Rainbow Apple Salad

Wednesday - Teriyaki chicken served with Basmati Rice and steamed Broccoli

Thursday – Roasted Chicken served with quinoa and Glazed Carrots

Friday - Eating Out

Saturday - Party Dogs (Hot Dogs wrapped in gluten-free pizza dough) served with sweet potato fries

Sunday – Leftover Buffet

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! cooks gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, so no egg dishes in her menu this week. But don’t let that stop you from checking out her menu this week. She’s trying my Quinoa Indian Chicken and Paula Deen’s Swiss Steak in the crockpot. She also has a dairy-free Cream of Potato Soup that looks great. Her family will be celebrating St. Pat’s Day with Corned Beef and Roast Potatoes on Friday and Turkey and Mashed Potatoes on Saturday.

Rachel at Rachel Cooks is trying some new gluten-free meals this week. She’s starting her week with Seafood Alfredo, trying Schwann’s Fire Grilled Italian Cod, and is going to try making homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. She also has Burgers, Tacos and Herbed Pork Roast on the menu. She has a Breakfast night planned, too, and says she might make eggs, but I bet her son will be able to convince her to make Pamela’s pancakes instead. :)

Wendy at Celiacs in the House was fortunate to have her daughter home from college last week cooking and baking up lots of yummy things. This week, however, Wendy is cooking some recipes from some new gluten-free cookbooks. Kale, Bacon, and Black Olive Egg Pie sounds deliciously healthy! She also has on the menu Homemade Chipotle Chicken Rice Bowls, Vegetable Soup with flatbread, and Salmon and Quinoa Cakes. And check out her photo of tempting Turkey Burgers on waffle buns.

My Big Apology. I thought I was distracted this week? Well, I must have been even crazier last week, because I completely missed two menu plans that were linked in last week’s comments. I have since added them to last week’s roundup. But, I wanted to post my apology to Cheryl and Brandy, and urge you to take a look at their menu plans from last week: Cheryl’s at Gluten Free Goodness and Brandy’s at Gluten-Free for Me!

Thanks to everyone who joined us this week. Next week, join us at Celiacs in the House for the 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 Cookbook Inspiration at Celiacs in the House.
  • 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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Mar
05

Menu Plan March 5 – Potatoes

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Happy Monday, everyone! Happy menu planning. Happy, happy, happy! Is that enough “happy’s” to wake you up? I’m thinking positive, but this cold, cloudy morning with snow flurries doesn’t exactly inspire me. Time for some warm comfort food! The theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week is potatoes. Mashed potatoes is probably my favorite comfort food, but I don’t eat it much anymore. My husband is the one who makes mashed potatoes in our family. He makes them with roasted garlic, butter and sour cream. They are delicious and always requested at big family gatherings. But, with my intolerance to dairy, it isn’t really comforting anymore. Wendy’s post last month about twice baked potatoes, got my taste buds yearning for potatoes again. So, I’m going to make some  twice baked potatoes without the dairy this week. Hopefully, that will satisfy my craving for potatoes. If not, I may have to make baked potato soup for lunches this week.

For more ideas of including potatoes in your menu plans, scroll down for this week’s roundup of Gluten-Free Menu Plans. You may also want to check out Wendy’s roundup of Root Veggies from last month.

Potato Recipes at Celiac Family:

Irish Potato Farls

Potato Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday -  Teriyaki chicken served with Basmati Rice and Green Beans

TuesdayEating Out

Wednesday - Hamburgers served with Twice Baked Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli

Thursday – Leftover Buffet

Friday - Pizza served with Rainbow Apple Salad

Saturday - Grilled Pork Chops served with Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Sunday – Spaghetti and Meatballs served with a Spinach Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

I’m sending happy thoughts to Paige at Not Missing a Thing!, who seems to be feeling a bit drab this week, too. She’s trying to change things up a bit this week by revising a Chicken recipe with Broccoli and Cashews and trying a new recipe for Pioneer Woman’s Ranch Style Chicken. Also on her menu this week is Salad Dressing Chicken, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Hamburgers on the grill (hopefully!).

Rachel at Rachel Cooks has a week full of family-friendly meals: Pizza and wings, Lisa’s Parmesan Fried Chicken, Tacos, Brats, and more. And, I certainly didn’t miss the mashed potatoes and gravy that she’s serving with pork chops this week. Yum!

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is joining the menu swap this week with Beef Stew, Simply Yum Quinoa, and Baby Greens with herbs and Salmon on her menu. She also posted a link to newsletter she wrote about Gluten-Free Passover Foods, a great way to find gluten-free foods this time of year. And her Macadamia Maple Butter looks so decadent, you won’t believe how simple it is to make.

Please stop by and welcome Brandy at Gluten-Free For Me!, as she is joining us for the first time. She has a delicious menu planned this week with Bourbon Chicken, Chicken Marina, Chicken Pot Pie, Derby’s Cobb Salad, and Chile-Lime Tacos. She’s also serving Au Gratin Potatoes with a country ham and Stephanie’s slow-cooked Honey Garlic Chicken.

Thanks to all our bloggers for sharing their menus with us today. Be sure to check back next week for more menu plans and ideas for using eggs in our meals.

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 Eggs 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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