Archive for August, 2012

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Angela at Angela’s Kitchen this week. And with kids going back to school this month and next, she chose Lunch Box Solutions as the theme.

We are going into our third week of school already, and I’m happy to say that we seem to have the lunches and snacks figured out.

It seems best for us if we just keep it simple. One protein, one fruit, one vegetable, one grain/snack, and one drink. Their teacher also lets them have two snacks and water in class, so I also pack extra containers of fruit and snacks for them.

Protein: ham or turkey roll-ups, grilled chicken nuggets, or baked chicken nuggets. I usually just cut up leftover chicken from dinner for the lunches. The kids love to eat the chicken, but like to have ketchup, honey mustard, or BBQ sauce to eat with it. It’s a great way to get rid of those extra packets hiding in the pantry. Just make sure they are gluten-free! We avoid sending peanut butter to school because of all the nut allergies. But I do have some SunButter that I need to have the kids try again. They weren’t too excited about it last year. Hummus is another good option, but my kids definitely don’t like that yet.

Fruit: bananas, clementines, grapes, blueberries, apple slices, pear slices, peach slices, applesauce, etc.

Vegetable: baby carrots, sugar snap peas, baby spinach leaves, celery sticks, etc.

Grains/Snacks (gluten-free, of course): crackers (Schar Snack Crackers), pretzels (Glutino), chips, popcorn, mini muffins, etc.

Dairy: I don’t send dairy products to school. It gives my daughter stomach aches, and my son just doesn’t like it. But if it works for your family, you can easily add yogurt or cheese sticks to lunch boxes.

And for packing it all in? Their lunch bags from last year got worn out. So we bought Pack-It Freezable Lunch Bags this year. They stay in the freezer overnight, so they are nice and cold in the morning. It’s great for keeping the fruit and vegetables cold and fresh.

More ideas from some of my favorite gluten-free sites:

Even more ideas from Celiac Family:

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday -  Grilled Chicken Breasts (Leftovers get cut up for the kids’ lunches this week.), Baby Potatoes and Green Beans
Breakfast: GF Cereal, Blueberries
Lunch: Ham Rolls, Pineapple Chunks, Baby Carrots, Potato Chips
Snacks: Clementines, Pretzels, Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday - Easy Garlic Shrimp served over Quinoa, sautéed Zucchini slices
Breakfast: Pancakes, Cantaloupe
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, Banana, Celery Sticks, Crackers
Snacks: Grapes, Pretzels, Watermelon

Wednesday -  Teriyaki Chicken Tenders served with Rice and steamed Broccoli
Breakfast: Pancakes, Cantaloupe
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, Pear Slices, Baby Carrots, Corn Chips
Snacks: Grapes, Crackers, Watermelon

Thursday - Leftovers
Breakfast: French Toast, Strawberries
Lunch: Ham Rolls, Banana, Celery Sticks, Pretzels
Snacks: Blueberries, Tortilla Chips, Popcorn

Friday - Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries and Green Beans
Breakfast: French Toast, Strawberries
Lunch: Ham Rolls, Cantaloupe, Celery Sticks, Popcorn
Snacks:  Pear Slices, Crackers, Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Saturday - Eating Out

Sunday - Waffles and Berry Fruit Salad

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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Aug
20

Menu Plan August 18 – Wine

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The theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Wine. I believe this is the first time Wine has been the theme of the GF Menu Swap. It was my husband’s suggestion, and his timing seemed just right. Last Wednesday would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday (Aug. 15).  There were lots of food websites and bloggers posting recipes last week for her birthday. True to her preferred style of French cooking, many of the recipes she made on her cooking show included wine. I’ve included on this week’s menu, a recipe for Sautéed Beefsteak with Sauce DeGlace that was posted on her birthday. I may even make Julia’s “Reverse Martini” for my husband, though I’m not really the bartender at my house so he may have to make them. …On second thought, maybe we’ll just finish the bottle of wine we use for the deglazing sauce. :)

I also found a cool website (Food and Wine Pairing) for helping you choose the perfect type of wine to serve with your meal. Or the perfect meal to cook for a particular wine you love. Great resource!

Check out the roundup below to see who else may be sharing gluten-free menus this week. Next week’s theme will be lunch box solutions. Since we’ve already started school, I’m getting a jump start on it this week. I’ve included ideas for breakfast, lunch, and snacks for Monday through Friday. Be sure to check the roundup next week at Angela’s Kitchen for more ideas.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday -  Pulled Pork SandwichesSpicy Slaw, Potato Wedges
Breakfast: Cereal, Blueberries
Lunch: Ham rolls, Apple slices, Baby Carrots, GF Crackers
Snacks: Clementine, GF Pretzel Sticks, Lemonade

Tuesday - Julia Child’s Sautéed Beefsteak with Sauce DeGlace
Breakfast: French Toast, Blueberries
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, Pear slices, Baby Carrots, GF Pretzel Sticks
Snacks: Grapes, Tortilla Chips, Popcorn

Wednesday - Pizza (using Bob’s Red Mill Mix) and Spinach Salad
Breakfast: French Toast, Strawberries
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, Banana, Sugar Snap Peas, Potato Chips
Snacks: Grapes, Popcorn, Lemonade

Thursday - Leftovers
Breakfast: Waffles, Orange Juice
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, Pear Slices, Baby Carrots, GF Pretzel Sticks
Snacks: Grapes, Popcorn, Cookies

Friday - Fish Tacos with Corn tortillas and Avocado Salsa
Breakfast: GF Cereal, Orange Juice
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, Banana, Sugar Snap Peas, Potato Chips
Snacks: Grapes, Popcorn, Cookies

Saturday - Taking Potato Salad for a Crowd and/or Tropical Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing to our neighborhood BBQ

Sunday – Corn Dog Muffins, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen  is also thinking about Julia Child today. I love the quote from Julia Child she included: “I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food I’m cooking.” Angela put up a link for a wine substitution list that you may find helpful. Her menu is full of links to delicious recipes: Baked Eggplant Zucchini Spaghetti, Taco Chili, Spicy Sweet Glazed Chicken, ABC Slaw, Coconut Lime Tilapia, etc.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! is still enjoying the summer. Her family is having fun with backyard campouts complete with Roasted Hot Dogs and S’mores. Also on their menu this week is Tacos, Mini-Meatloves, Summertime Chicken Salad, Chicken Waikiki, and Honey Mustard Chicken Salad.

Join us next week at Angela’s Kitchen for Lunch Box Solutions.

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.
  • I will be hosting the roundup again next week, and the theme will be Wine. Do you use wine in your cooking, sauces, etc.? Or, maybe you are good at pairing specific types of wine with meals? Use the theme however it works for you.
  • 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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Aug
13

Menu Plan August 13 – Peaches

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Ooooh, the peaches at the farmer’s market are so sweet and juicy right now. I bought so many, I had to make it the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. You need absolutely nothing but to rinse them and take a bite. But since I bought so many, I need a plan to eat them up before they start to rot.

For breakfast, I’ll be adding them into smoothies and making a Peach Compote to top French Toast (yum!). For lunch we’ll be eating juicy slices raw. And for dinners, I’ll be putting fresh peach slices in a spinach salad with a little Poppyseed Dressing. I’ll also be adding diced peaches to our Indian Chicken. Are you eating peaches this week? Check out the roundup below to see who else may be sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for including peaches in meals this week.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Indian Chicken with Quinoa

BBQ Pulled Pork

Monday -  Chicken Nuggets, Peach and Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Tuesday - Hamburgers, Corn on the Cob, Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday - Indian Chicken with fresh peaches served over Quinoa, Green Beans

Thursday - Easy Garlic Shrimp & Veggies over Rice Noodles

Friday - Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Spicy Slaw, Potato Wedges

Saturday - Steak Fajitas with Bell Peppers and Onions served with Corn Tortillas

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen  is enjoying all the peaches this summer, too. She puts them in salads, in muffins, in Chicken with Apricot (or peach) Sauce, and Bombay Chicken. On her menu this week is Salmon and Sweet Potato Patties, Corn Tomato and Onion Salad, Jenn’s French Omelette, Spinach Burgers, Sticky Chicken Legs. Angela has lots more links to yummy recipes on her menu, so be sure to check them all out.

That’s it for this week. Join us at Celiac Family next week for a Wine theme, and the following week for Lunchbox Solutions at Angela’s Kitchen.

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.
  • I will be hosting the roundup again next week, and the theme will be Wine. Do you use wine in your cooking, sauces, etc.? Or, maybe you are good at pairing specific types of wine with meals? Use the theme however it works for you.
  • 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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Aug
12

Managing a Gluten-Free Diet in School

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Yikes! My kids go back to school this week! Ever since they started preschool, we’ve been on the traditional schedule of starting school after labor day. So starting in August, feels really early to me. Especially since we spent most of our summer moving! But we’re ready. The kids are anxious to learn about their new school and meet some new friends. And I…well, I am ready to get back on a schedule. I still have a lot of boxes to unpack and organize. And that’s a little easier without the kids at home. :)

As we are getting so close to the start, I’ve been going through some of my older posts about keeping the kids gluten free at school. We’ll have new teachers, administrators, and nurses to connect with and make sure they understand the importance of my kids being gluten free.

Earlier this year, I put together a page (Gluten Free in School) with all the posts I have written about managing my kids’ gluten-free diets at school. Maybe you’re preparing for school, too, and would like some new ideas to review? I’ve got sample letters to teachers, snack and classroom party food ideas, and craft recipes all linked. So, check it out and feel free to add your own ideas in the comments. Simply click on “Gluten Free in School” on the menu bar above. Or here: Gluten Free in School.

Want to discuss the issue further? NFCA (along with the sponsor Mary’s Gone Crackers) is facilitating a Back-to-School webinar about “….Preparing to Educate Administrators on the Importance of Gluten-Free.” To be a part of it, you can register for free at CeliacCentral.org. And don’t worry if you miss it. After the event, they will post the webinar on their website, so you can download it and review later from their archived webinars.

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Aug
06

Menu Plan August 6 – Plums

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The Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness this week. The theme is Plums.

I haven’t bought plums in a while. Seems like I haven’t been very good at choosing ripe ones in the past and have been disappointed. I probably got excited to see them in the stores and bought them too early in the season. So, this week, I’ll stop by the farmer’s produce stand and see if they have any. If not, I’ll pick some up at the grocery store. I used to enjoy them raw as a snack, so I hope to find some good ones.

Either way, I’ll be trying Sea’s recipe for Plum Cobbler. It uses Pamela’s Baking Mix for the crust, which I just happen to have in the pantry. This week, I’m also getting inspiration from other gluten-free blogs, sites, and friends. If you’re looking for some new ideas, check out the recipes on their sites. And, of course, don’t forget to check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap at Gluten-Free Goodness and Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.com.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday -  Gluten-Free Spinner’s Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Tuesday - Hamburgers, French Fries, Green Beans

Wednesday -  Pork Chops with Nancy’s Tropical Black Bean Salad and Jasmine Rice

Thursday - Flank Steak, Potato Wedges, Steamed Broccoli

Friday - Salmon with a Balsamic GlazeAmy’s Oven-Baked Brown Rice, Steamed Asparagus

Saturday - Alton Brown’s Babyback Ribs, Corn on the Cob, and Diane’s Spicy Slaw

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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