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May
28

Menu Plan May 28 – Memorial Day

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I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend. We’ve had a nice warm weekend to soak up the sunshine and Vitamin D. The Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Angela at Angela’s Kitchen this week. The theme is Memorial Day. What are you eating for the holiday? We are grilling meats and enjoying snack foods with fresh fruit and veggies.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Avocado Salsa

Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze

Tropical Black Bean Salad

Monday -  Grilled Burgers and Chicken Breasts served  with chips and Avocado Salsa

Tuesday - Baked Teriyaki Chicken Tenders served with Rice and Broccoli

Wednesday -  Pizza made with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix, Spinach Salad

Thursday – Waffles served with bacon and Tropical Black Bean Salad

Friday - Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze served with quinoa and asparagus

Saturday - Eating Out

Sunday – Leftovers

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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May
21

Menu Plan May 21 – Chocolate

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You say it’s your birthday? Well, it’s my birthday, too!  And since I’m hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap on my birthday, it seemed fitting to choose my favorite food for the theme – Chocolate! I prefer the rich taste of dark chocolate over milk chocolate, which works out just fine since I’ve removed dairy from my diet. Here are a few of my favorite ways to eat chocolate, other than plain:

Chocolate Chip Cookies – I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies for several days now, so I think it’s time I made a batch. I prefer to make these from scratch. I’m going to try revising my own recipe this week, but I have had good luck making these tasty recipes, too:

Brownies – I’ve tried lots of recipes, but I usually rely on box mixes for a quick treat of brownies. For some reason, they always seem to turn out better than the recipes I’ve tried. I really like The Gluten-Free Pantry’s Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix and Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix. I recently tried King Arthur’s Brownie Mix. It was good, but not my favorite. And, Wegman’s just came out with a new Brownie mix I’m anxious to try.

Chocolate Cake – If you are looking for a good cake mix, King Arthur’s Chocolate Cake Mix is excellent! It’s truly the favorite in my family. Actually, I have to say that if you are buying a gluten-free cake mix, the chocolate flavors of all brands I’ve tried have all turned out very good. The yellow, white, and vanilla varieties are more likely to have a strange taste or texture. Given the choice, I always go for the chocolate!

And for the week’s menu…Well, I haven’t really used chocolate in my meals this week, other than desserts. But maybe some of the others joining the menu swap this week will, so don’t forget to check the roundup below.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Cilantro Lime Rice

Chicken Tacos

Pork Chops w/ Black Beans

Monday -  Rotisserie Chicken served with broccoli and Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Tuesday – Steak Fajitas with Cilantro Lime Rice

Wednesday - leftovers and maybe Chocolate Fondue with fresh fruit :)

Thursday – Chicken Tacos with shredded chicken, corn tortillas, lettuce, olives, etc.

Friday - Pasta Salad with Chicken, Grape Tomatoes, Peas, and Parmesan Dressing

Saturday - Pork Chops with Black Beans served with green beans

Sunday – Chocolate Chip Pancakes with bacon and a Berry Fruit Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is also celebrating her birthday this week. I hope she’s feeling well enough to enjoy her delicious Chocolate Raspberry Pie. For meals this week, she’s planning Chicken on Baby Greens, Malaysian Sunflower Chicken Curry and Fish with Garlic Scape Pesto. Happy Birthday, Cheryl!

Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl is making a batch of her yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies and maybe Chocolate Chip Scones for breakfast. She’s also adding some cocoa to her quick 20-minute Chili. She has a couple more quick and easy meal ideas on her menu this week: Ground Turkey and Zucchini One Pot Meal and Gluten-Free Pizza. Pan-grilled Steak, BBQ Chicken and Southwestern Salmon Burgers round out her menu plan this week.

Angela of Angela’s Kitchen is posting at Once A Month Mom this week. She shares her Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake recipe as well as recipes for Mocha Chip Muffins and  Babycakes NYC Allergen Free Brownies. All are gluten-free and dairy-free! On her menu this week is Deviled Egg Salad with GF French Bread, BBQ Glazed Chicken with Apple, Bok Choy and Carrot Slaw, Stuffed Burgers with Mediterranean filling, Taco Pizza, and so much more!

Thanks for joining and/or visiting the menu swap this week. Be sure to visit Angela’s Kitchen next week for the roundup of Memorial Day 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.
  • Since next Monday is Memorial Day, Angela will be hosting with that 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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May
14

Menu Plan May 14 – Spinach

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I hope everyone had a tasty week and a fabulous Mother’s Day weekend. I think I overindulged on the fat and sugar, so it’s time to get back to my daily smoothies. I’ve got a big bunch of spinach just staring at me, daring me to put it into my smoothies. I know a lot of you frequently drink green smoothies. I did it for a while, then got lazy and just used fruit, no leafy greens to boost the nutritional value. And, lately my daily fruit smoothie has evolved into my weekly smoothie. So I’m going to get back to it this week.

Have you seen what just a cup of spinach can add to your diet? Whfoods.com sums it up by saying “Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach with its delicate texture and jade green color provide more nutrients than any other food.” Add to that that its qualities of being an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, and I’d call it a superfood. So, I went searching for some new ideas for adding it into our meals. Here are just some of the yummy-looking recipes I found on the web:

So, if you haven’t guessed it yet, the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Spinach. And, the roundup is here, so scroll down to see how everyone else is incorporating spinach into their meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Chicken Spaghetti

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Monday -  Rotisserie Chicken served with broccoli and corn on the cob

Tuesday – Grilled Salmon served with basmati rice and Elise’s Spinach with Sesame and Garlic

Wednesday - Hamburgers served with sweet potato fries and steamed green beans

ThursdayChicken Spaghetti with Spinach and Tomatoes

Friday - Baked Chicken Nuggets served with boiled baby potatoes and broccoli

Saturday - Gluten Free Mommy’s Shrimp Casserole with Spinach and Feta

Sunday – Alton Brown’s Baby Back Ribs with Wendy’s Twice Baked Potatoes

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen says spinach is a staple in her house. They eat spinach in many ways: fresh or cooked in salads, sautéed, in smoothies, and in sandwiches. I’ll bet it’s in her salads and in the Chicken Sandwich Wraps she’s planning this week. She’s also making Roast Chicken, Calico Beans and Corn Bread, and Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! is celebrating her daughter’s birthday this week with Pizza and Clams. I would suggest adding some spinach to the pizza, but that may not be the birthday girl’s favorite. Other than the birthday dinner, Paige is planning on easy family favorites: Fried Potatoes, Ham and Corn; Chili and Cornbread; Gina Chicken with Broccoli and Cashews; and Baked Potatoes topped with leftover chili.

Renee at Beyond Rice and Tofu is joining us this week with Chickpea and Spinach Curry with rice, Spicy Ginger Noodles, and Socca Pizza with Pesto. Looks like she’s also working on some new tempting recipes this week: Quinoa Pizza Bites and a Mediterranean Wild Rice Salad.

Thanks for joining us this week. Don’t miss next week’s roundup when we share some favorite gluten-free ways to eat chocolate. :)

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 here again with Chocolate as the theme. So please come back and share your favorite ideas and recipes for chocolate.
  • 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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May
07

Menu Plan May 7 – Mushrooms

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Mushrooms is the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap. Wendy is writing the roundup for it at Celiacs in the House. Wendy is also participating in 10 Days of Gluten Free. For ten days, she and nine other bloggers are offering tips and advice on living gluten-free. Check out all the great ideas and links Wendy has for menu planning!

For this week’s mushroom theme, I’m going to try a new recipe I found from Silvana Nardone that looks really good: Roasted Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Roll-ups. Can’t wait to give it a try. Also this week, I’m adding mushrooms to a pizza and a quinoa dish, and maybe the egg and hash brown casserole, too.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Avocado Salsa

Pizza

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Monday -  Steak Fajitas with onions and peppers served with Avocado Salsa

Tuesday – Grilled hamburgers, served with sweet potato fries and corn on the cob

Wednesday - Silvana Nardone’s Roasted Mushroom-stuffed Chicken Roll-ups served with Rice and Broccoli

ThursdayPizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, and black olives

Friday - Steamed Shrimp served with Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Saturday - Eating Out

Sunday – Happy Mother’s Day! Egg and Hashbrowns Casserole

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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