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The theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Sweet Potatoes. For years, my kids have refused to eat any potatoes unless they were French fries. I tried mashed, grilled, baked, roasted, etc. Since I knew they would eat French fried potatoes, I started buying Ore Ida’s frozen Sweet Potato fries. My family came to really enjoy them. And after eating those for several months, I decided to try serving sweet potatoes again without the deep frier. I’ve been roasting them in the oven with a little olive oil and salt, and the family really seems to enjoy them. My daughter is less excited about them then the rest of us, but I still consider it a success.

I thought I would see if I could expand my selection of sweet potato recipes. I love Sweet Potato Casserole, but I usually save that for holiday celebrations. In addition to the recipes in this week’s menu, I’m also hoping to try the following recipes for breakfast and snacks:

Check out the roundup below to see who else may be sharing gluten-free menus this week.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Avocado Salsa

Marinated Flank Steak

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Monday -  Eating out at Chick-fil-a: Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salads for the adults, Grilled Chicken Nuggets for the kids.

Tuesday – Grilled Pork Chops with a Pineapple Mango Salsa, Amy’s Crispy Sweet Potatoes, and steamed broccoli

Wednesday – Chicken Tacos, Avocado Salsa

Thursday – Flank Steak, Ricki’s Roasted Potato Salad with Avocado Pesto, Green Beans

Friday - Tilapia Parmesan served with Broccoli and Mushroom Quinoa

Saturday - Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs and Marinara, Spinach Salad

Sunday - leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen has lots of recipes and ideas for cooking sweet potatoes this week! Check out her Sweet Potato Chili, Sweet Potato Chicken Casserole, Slow-Cooker Scalloped Sweet Potatoes, and Squash and Kale Pizza. For breakfast this week, she’ll be making Sweet Potato Waffles and Sweet Potato and Pecan Quick Bread. And for dinners, Pork Roast with Apples and Pears and Black Bean Salsa Chicken are also on her menu this week.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life is sharing her recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits this week, and says it is a family favorite. She also found a Paleo recipe for Fudgy Sweet Potato Truffles that look amazing! For her family’s busy week, she’s making Pork Chops, Lettuce Cup Tacos, Chicken Nuggets breaded with Pork Rinds, Paleo Pizza, and Steak.

Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom has a tasty menu of Steak Fajitas and Chicken Enchiladas this week. Breakfast for dinner, Beef Roast, and Spicy Chicken Thighs are also on her menu this week.

Check back later to see who else may be joining this week’s GF 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 GF Menu Swap with be at Celiac Family again with Fish at the theme. So, come back next week to share ideas for serving fish to your 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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Sep
17

Menu Plan September 17 – Apples

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The Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Angela at Angela’s Kitchen this week. Apples is the theme this week.

Last week’s experiment with the Paleo diet was interesting. It was difficult to eliminate all sugar and grains, and I have to admit some still snuck into my meals. But I know I must have cut out most of it because by the end of the week I had lost another pound of weight and was CRAVING sugar, cereal, chips, and anything you’re not supposed to eat on the Paleo diet. I’ll probably try the diet again, but I’ll have to be prepared with some Paleo baked goods next time. I just couldn’t eat enough meat, eggs, nuts, fruits and vegetables to make up for the loss of grains.

Whether I continue to follow a Paleo diet or not, I will definitely make these yummy recipes again:
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken
Cauliflower Rice

Roasted Potato Salad with an Avocado Pesto
Stir-fried Kale with Bacon 

This week, however, I’m back to a basic gluten-free menu. And I’ve got apples in our menu. :)

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday -  Fish Tacos with Apple Mango Salsa

Tuesday – Chili served with Cornbread mini muffins

Wednesday - Grilled Pork Chops with Baked Apples and green beans

Thursday – Hamburgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Rainbow Apple Salad

Friday - Teriyaki Salmon, Baked Brown Rice, and Broccoli

Saturday - Chicken Nuggets, Corn and sautéed Kale

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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Sep
10

Menu Plan September 10 – Paleo Meals

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The Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Lisa at Extraordinary Life this week. And the theme is Paleo. 

Are you familiar with the Paleo diet? Sometimes it is called the Caveman Diet or Primal Eating. I keep seeing more and more about it, and the benefits it can have for so many people. As someone who continues to refine my diet to feel my best, I’ve been curious. It is a gluten-free diet, since all grains are removed. It also eliminates dairy, legumes, beans, and sugar. Sound extreme? Well, maybe for some people it is too restrictive. But I feel like I’m already halfway there.

I cleared gluten from my diet over seven years ago. I’ve cut back on sugar and grains. And last year, I cut dairy out of my diet completely. I’ve always had a problem with lactose, but it seemed like it wasn’t enough to just remove the lactose anymore. Stomach aches, cramps, etc. returned. What I didn’t realize, is that by removing even the small amount of dairy (usually cheese and butter) from my meals, I not only eliminated the pain, I removed inflammation and bloating I didn’t even realize I had. Within a couple weeks, my pants started to feel loose, I no longer felt that afternoon crash, and I had more energy to get things done. I should also note that by removing dairy, I’ve also lost some weight — an unexpected bonus. I lost about 1-2 pounds a month despite adding dairy substitutes and other foods like more avocado to my meals.

Being completely gluten and dairy free for a year, I’ve started to notice problems creeping in again. I’ve considered deleting sugar and legumes from my diet to see if that helps. I’ve been reducing the amount of sugar and grains I eat for a while now. We’ll see if I can actually eliminate them. I’ve been wanting to give the Paleo diet a try, but have needed a little push to commit to it. My husband said he could try it for a week. So, I figured we’d start there and see how it goes. So, our meal plan this week will include Meat, Fish, Eggs, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life has jumped into the diet (with a push from her husband), and is so impressed by the results, she doesn’t want to go back to eating all those foods we love to eat but don’t always love us back. She is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week, so make sure you check out her post this week to hear what she thinks of the Paleo diet. All of the menus shared will be gluten-free, but not necessarily Paleo.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

In addition to some Paleo-friendly sites (Paleo BlogNom Nom PaleoJen’s Gone PaleoRubies and Radishes) I’ll be looking to the cookbooks Make it Paleo and Eat Like a Dinosaur for ideas for keeping the whole family interested and well-fed.

Salmon with Lemon & Dill

Salmon with Lemon & Dill

Avocado Salsa

Pulled Pork, no bun

Monday -  Lemon & Dill Salmon with Sautéed Zucchini

Tuesday – Angela’s Crockpot Fajitas with Avocado Salsa and Cauliflower Rice

Wednesday -  Grilled Chicken with Spaghetti Squash and Green Beans

Thursday – Pulled Pork (from the freezer), Spicy Slaw

Friday - Beef and Broccoli from Eat Like a Dinosaur

Saturday - Bacon-Wrapped Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges and Stir Fried Kale and Bacon

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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The theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Zucchini and Summer Squash. I know all of you who have gardens, have plenty of summer squash. It is certainly abundant at the farmers’ market. My kids have rejected it for years, but have finally given in to it this summer. It still amazes me how they can go from hating a food for years to suddenly loving it with just a couple bites. Well, I guess that’s why we keep making them try the same rejected foods over and over. Some day, they just may love it! :)

With this newly beloved vegetable now making it into our meals more frequently, I wanted to see how others were preparing it. I usually just make a Simple Sautéed dish of it or Hold the Gluten’s Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. But just look below at all the creative gluten-free recipes I found for zucchini.

Check out the roundup below to see who else may be sharing gluten-free menus this week. You may also be interested in the monthly menu plan for September I posted this weekend. For next week’s theme we’re going to take a closer look at the Paleo diet, and choose meals that are appropriate for the Paleo diet (which is also gluten-free!). Lisa at Extraordinary Life will be hosting the roundup.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday -  Herb Garden Chicken (slow-cooked whole chicken) with red potatoes
Breakfast: GF Cinnamon Rolls, Pears
Lunch: Corn dog Muffins, Banana, Baby Carrots
Snacks: Clementine, Popcorn, Watermelon

Tuesday – Hamburgers (Udi’s Buns), Fried Zucchini & Sweet Potato Chips
Breakfast: Pancakes, Blueberries
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, Apple slices, Sugar Snap Peas, GF Pretzel Sticks
Snacks: Grapes, Popcorn, Juice

Wednesday – Chicken Tacos, Corn and Black Bean Salad
Breakfast: Pancakes, Blueberries
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Nuggets, Apple Slices, Baby Carrots, Potato Chips
Snacks: Grapes, GF Pretzel Sticks, Lemonade

Thursday – Baked Salmon and Ratatouille (from Eat Like a Dinosaur)
Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, Cantaloupe
Lunch: Ham Rolls, Pear Slices, Celery Sticks, GF Crackers
Snacks: Blueberries, Popcorn, Banana

Friday – Pizza (Linda’s recipe for Zucchini Crust)
Breakfast: GF Cereal, Cantaloupe
Lunch: Ham Rolls, Apple Slices, Celery Sticks, Potato Chips
Snacks: Blueberries, Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Saturday - Leftovers

Sunday – Need a dessert to take to family meal – maybe Fruit Pizza

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen has an abundance of zucchini in her garden and is using it in muffins and roasted to top pizza. She has a plan for freezing the excess, too. Angela has some breakfast and lunch ideas this week that includes Bacon Spinach Quiche and Ham and Cheese Scones. For dinners, she’s putting her slow-cooker to work to make Pulled Pork and Sweet and Sour Chicken. And to finish out the week, she’ll be making Spinach BurgersTaco Pizza, and plenty of fresh salads.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! is feeling overwhelmed with activities at her house, but has pulled together a meal plan to make it run a little more smoothly this week. She’s got a great idea for serving Creamy Chicken Pie filling over rice instead of baking in a crust. Other chicken meals on her menu are Gina Chicken, Baked Chicken Cacciatore, and Chicken Drumsticks.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life is seeing dramatic results from being on a Paleo diet, and enjoying the meals, too. This week, her family’s meals include Hungarian Pot Roast with Mashed Cauliflower, Pork Chops, Roasted Chicken Breasts, Paleo Pizza, and Lettuce Wrap Beef Tacos. For more Paleo meal ideas, join Lisa and the rest of us at the GF Menu Swap next week.

Check back later to see who else may be joining this week’s GF 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, Lisa at Extraordinary Life is hosting with Paleo Diet as the theme. Join us if you’ve ever wondered what the diet was about or if you have Paleo meal ideas to share.
  • 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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Sep
01

Monthly Menu Plan – September

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The kids are back in school, and I want to make the most of my time. I’m getting a jump start on my menu planning by making a plan for the month. I find that when I plan for the entire month, I avoid getting into a rut of eating the same foods over and over again. I’m sure it will change during the month as our interest and activities change, so I will continue to post our weekly menus with the Gluten-Free Menu Swap.

September Menu Plan

1- Leftovers. What a way to start the month! :)
2- Breakfast for dinner. Waffles, bacon, Berry Fruit Salad

3- Herb Garden Chicken (Stephanie’s Slow-Cooker recipe), red potatoes
4- Hamburgers, Fried Zucchini & Sweet Potato Chips (Karina’s recipe)
5- Chicken Tacos – Slow-Cooked Shredded Chicken
6- Baked Salmon and Ratatouille (from Eat Like a Dinosaur)
7- Pizza (Linda’s Recipe for a Zucchini Crust)
8- Leftovers
9- Eating Out

10- Crock Pot Fajitas (Angela’s Recipe)
11- Grilled Chicken, Quinoa and Broccoli
12- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
13- Pulled Pork (from the freezer), Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans
14- Shrimp Cocktail, Quinoa and Broccoli
15- Tuscan Chicken, Roasted Potato Wedges, Spinach Salad
16- leftovers

17- Chili and Cornbread
18- Fish Tacos, Avocado Salsa
19- Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Garlic Spinach
20- Indian Chicken, Quinoa
21- Teriyaki Salmon, Baked Brown Rice, Broccoli
22- Chicken Nuggets, Corn, Kale Chips
23- leftovers

24- Pork Chops with Black Beans and Salsa
25- Chicken Teriyaki, Rice, Broccoli
26- Pizza, Spinach Salad
27- Grilled Steaks, Twice Baked Potatoes, Spinach Salad
28- Tilapia Parmesan, Rice Noodles and Asparagus
29- Spaghetti and Meatballs, Tossed Green Salad
30- leftovers

Check back every Monday for the Gluten Free Menu Swap when my weekly menu plan is posted and linked with other bloggers who share their gluten-free menu plans.

More Gluten-Free Monthly Menu Plans! I found a couple more menus to help inspire your meal planning this month. Find them at The Gluten-Free Homemaker and Stockpiling Moms.

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