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Oct
29

Menu Plan October 29 – Chili

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What a crazy weekend…and a crazy week ahead! Lots of fall and Halloween activities are keeping us busy. I posted an update to my Halloween Candy List last week, so if you’re looking for gluten information on candy this week, check it out. Also last week, I was featured in a Blogger Spotlight on GanzWorld’s Parent Club.

This week, the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup is here, and the theme is Chili. I chose chili because it is a Halloween tradition at our house. It’s so quick and easy to put together in advance and keep warm on the stove or in a slow-cooker. That leaves extra time for last-minute touches to costumes and makeup. Chili is also quick to eat, full of protein, and a filling warm meal for cool evenings of trick-or-treating.

We love our White Chicken Chili recipe, but we’re fixing traditional chili this week instead. I’ll start by cooking ground beef with onion and garlic. Then we’ll add some tomato paste, spices, and a variety of ingredients that seems to change every time we make it. It might include kidney beans, black beans, corn, diced green chiles, diced tomatoes, Ro-tel tomatoes and chiles, shredded cheese, rice, etc. Despite my best efforts, it usually ends up too spicy for the kids, so I’ll be making corndog mini-muffins, too.

For the corndog muffins, I stir up a cornbread recipe and pour it into a greased mini-muffin pan (each cup filled with batter about 2/3 full). Then I cut up hot dogs into 5 or 6 pieces and place one piece in the middle of each batter-filled cup. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes (or until golden brown) at 350° F. The kids love them!

A few more warm chili and soup recipes to consider for Halloween night:

White Chicken Chili

Easy, Hearty Gumbo

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Halloween is the perfect occasion for chili, soup, and stews. Want more ideas for meals this week? Check out the roundup below to see who else is sharing their gluten-free menus. Starting next week, and continuing through the holidays, the themes for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap will be about preparing for a gluten-free holiday. We’re starting with the good stuff — Thanksgiving Desserts — next week.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Cilantro Lime Rice

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Pizza

Monday -  Taquitos served with Cilantro Lime Rice and Guacamole

Tuesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Squash and Zucchini

Wednesday – Chili with Corndog Mini Muffins, and Halloween Candy :)

Thursday – Easy Garlic Shrimp over Stir-fried Rice Noodles served with Broccoli

Friday - Pizza and Spinach Salad

Saturday - Butter Chicken (dairy-free) served with rice and green beans

Sunday - leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is sharing several recipes for chili this week: Beef and Bacon Chili, Sweet Potato Chili, Taco Chili, Sweet Spicy and Hot Turkey Three Bean Chili. She also has White Bean Chicken Chili and Pumpkin and Pork Chili on her menu this week. Whew, that’s a lot of chili! Rounding out her week of meals is Spinach Burgers, Black Bean and Veggie Pizza, and Thai Chicken Thighs. And for those of you who some fun Halloween meal ideas, she has a very fun recipe for Mummy Hot Dogs you should check out!

Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom has posted her Simple Gluten-Free Menu this week, complete with breakfast and lunch ideas. She has a Chicken and Black Bean Chili with corn chips on her menu, as well as BBQ Burgers, Grilled Cheese, and Chicken Quesadillas.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life is not eating chili this week, but she is sharing her recipes for Old Fashioned Chili made from Scratch and White Chicken Chili. Looks like Lisa is making Mummy Dogs at her house this week, along with Pizza,  Steak with baked Sweet Potatoes, and Almond and Romano Cheese encrusted Pork Chops with Mashed Cauliflower.

Sam at Awkward Girl Gets Fit is sharing her Paleo (also GF) Menu with us this week. She is making Chipotle Chili and will post the recipe tomorrow, so check back with her later this week. Also on her menu is Fajitas, Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice, Jerk Chicken and Pineapple Bowl, and Coconut Flour Apple Pancakes.

Check back later to see who else will be linking up to 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 here at Celiac Family again. We’ll be sharing our favorite Thanksgiving Desserts. Please join us next week to share your own favorite desserts!
  • 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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Oct
22

Menu Plan October 22 – Nuts

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It is officially fall, and time for another gluten-free menu swap roundup. This week’s theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Nuts. We may have a variety of food intolerances in my house, but, thankfully, nuts is not one of them. Because of our issues with dairy, I use almond milk for cereals, baking, cooking, etc. I like to use nuts and nut butters to add protein and good fat to our diets. I like to think that it helps balance out the sugar and sweets in our diet. A small handful of almonds or pistachios also helps me get through the afternoon without feeling drowsy.

I keep a basket of snacks in our pantry to grab on our way out the door. Right now, it’s filled with a variety of KIND nut bars, small packages of Pistachios I found at Sam’s Club, and nut butter packets. I will throw them in my purse to have for a quick snack while running errands, and my husband will grab some to snack on at work. I keep them out of my kids’ lunches because of all the nut allergies at school. But, my kids will snack on them when they get home from school.

I’m not one to add nuts to quick breads, muffins, or brownies. Instead, I’d rather make Chocolate-Covered Macadamia Nuts. I like to add Pine Nuts and Almond slivers to green beans or salads like my Chicken Salad and Wild Rice Salad. Last week I made fish sticks using a seasoned mix of almond meal and corn meal. This week I’m making Cashew Crusted Salmon. Does your family eat nuts? For more ideas, check out the roundup below to see who else is sharing their gluten-free menus this week.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pulled Pork

Tropical Fruit Salad

Rice Bowl with Avocado Salsa

Monday -  Pulled Pork, Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Almonds and Honey Poppyseed Dressing, Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Cauliflower Rice, Green Beans

Wednesday – Hamburgers, French Fries, Tropical Fruit Salad

Thursday – Shredded Mexican Chicken Rice Bowl with Avocado Salsa

Friday - Cashew Crusted Salmon, Asparagus, Roasted Potatoes

Saturday - Cheryl’s Minty Chicken, Cauliflower Rice with Broccoli

Sunday - leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Cheryl at Gluten-Free Goodness is joining us this week with a party menu plan. She and her husband host a pumpkin carving party every year, and always have lots of yummy gluten-free food to share. This year, she’s serving Moroccan Chicken from Carrie’s new Slow-Cooker Cookbook, Hot Cider, Salsa-mole, Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Apple Crisp, and more!

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is serving Banana Nut Muffins for breakfast and nut butter (or sunbutter) sandwiches for lunch this week. For dinner this week, her family will be eating BBQ Turkey Slopping Joes, Gingered Beef and Broccoli Salad, Black Bean and Veggie Pizza, Country Style Ribs, and Citrus-Kissed Chicken Fingers.

As always, Paige at Not Missing a Thing! has a great gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free menu up this week. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Waikiki Chicken and Rice, Sausage with peppers, onion, and mushrooms, Fried Potatoes and Ham, and Crockpot Chili are all on her menu this week. She’s also making a double-batch of Skillet Fiesta to share with a friend who just had a baby.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life says almond flour is the best for making pastries because it “tastes moist and sweet without sweetener.” She also praises the Paleo Banana Walnut Granola she found at the Urban Poser. On her dinner menu this week is Baked Chicken, Pot Roast, Sausage Pepper and Onions, Chicken Pot Pie, and Pizza with Salad.

Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom is making Banana Pecan Muffins for breakfast this week. I see a Banana Berry Smoothie on her lunch menu this week. (Does anyone add almond flour or almond milk to their smoothies for added protein?) For dinners this week, she’s having Country Style Ribs, Greek Pasta Salad, Taco Bowls, Crockpot Chili, and more.

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 here at Celiac Family again with the theme of Chili. Please join us next week to share your menu plan and/or your favorite recipes for chili, soup, or stew.
  • 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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Oct
15

Menu Plan October 15 – Eggs

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

Eggs is her chosen theme. We use eggs quite a bit in our meals, though it varies from week to week. For breakfast this week, I’ll be making French toast as well as scrambled eggs. I’ll also have some hard-boiled eggs for my husband to take to work.

For dinner this week, I’ll be adding slices of hard-cooked eggs to our Spinach Salad. I’ll also be making a casserole with eggs and hash browns this week.

Some other ideas for using eggs:

My Favorite Egg Salad

Creamed Eggs

Chicken Salad

 

UPDATE: I almost forgot my meringue cookies made with egg whites! Quick, easy, and super fun to make!

Ghost Meringue Cookies

Christmas Tree Meringue

Meringue Duckies

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Egg & Hash Brown Casserole

Marinated Flank Steak

Monday -  Using leftover chicken to make Paige’s Creamy Chicken served over roasted red potatoes, and steamed green beans

Tuesday – Pizza using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mix served with Spinach Salad

Wednesday - Chicken Nuggets, French fries, steamed broccoli

Thursday – Eggs and Hash Browns Casserole, Tropical Fruit Salad

Friday - Fish Sticks, French fries, and peas

Saturday - Flank Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus

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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Oct
08

Menu Plan October 8 – Pumpkin

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It’s Pumpkin Week at The Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week’s roundup is being hosted by Lisa at Extraordinary LifeYou may recall that Lisa’s family is following a Paleo diet. (That means it’s gluten-free, too!) This weekend she posted a recipe for Pumpkin Pie with a crust made of nuts. I’m anxious to give it a try.

I was also baking with pumpkin this weekend. I used my recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana mini muffins to make Pumpkin mini muffins. I simply substituted pumpkin for the bananas and added a few spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice). They were a nice comfort food to have during our first really cold fall weekend. I’ll also be making the often-requested Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins (made with a gluten-free chocolate cake mix) soon.

Last week’s busy week with two sick kids and visiting family precipitated some changes from my monthly menu plan for this week:

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Cilantro Lime Rice

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Monday -  Dad’s Ribs, Roasted Potatoes, Beans

Tuesday – Chicken Taquitos, Guacamole, Cilantro Lime Rice

Wednesday -  Leftovers

Thursday – Parmesan Chicken Nuggets, Sweet Potato Fries, Green Beans

Friday - Easy Garlic Shrimp, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Saturday - Angela’s Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole

Sunday - I think we’ll have enough for another night of 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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Oct
01

October Menu Plan – Fish Theme

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It’s the first of October. For the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week, I’m including my meal plan for the month. It’s a general plan for what we’ll be eating this month. It will change a little during the month, but it gives me a good place to start each week. It also helps me meet some goals of having a balanced diet, trying some new recipes, and keeping the menu from looking the same week after week.

In addition to the monthly plan, I also have a more detailed weekly menu. The theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is fish. Another one of my goals is to keep fish on our menu every week. My kids are not big on fish (and truth be told, neither am I). But that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy eating fish. It just isn’t one of our favorite menu items. At least until now. I have to keep reminding myself that my kids still like their foods fairly bland. Nothing too spicy. So, when I tried fixing fish tacos for them a couple months ago, I didn’t add a lot of spices to theirs. I chose a mild fish, tilapia, and seasoned the fish simply with salt and cooked it on a Cast-Iron Grill on the stove. I let them put it into taco shells and corn tortillas with a little spinach and sliced black olives. They loved it, decided it was their new favorite, and told me we should have it on the menu every week! Well, it didn’t make it onto our menu every week, but twice a month seemed reasonable. My husband and I like our fish tacos seasoned with a little cumin and chipotle pepper. We also like to add a salsa, like pico de gallo, avocado salsa, or pineapple-mango salsa, to our tacos.

Other easy fish recipes we like:

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

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pulled Pork

Broccoli-Mushroom Quinoa

Red Potato-Green Bean Salad

Monday -  Pulled Pork and Spicy Slaw

Tuesday – Fish Tacos and Pineapple Mango Salsa

Wednesday – Grilled Pork Chops with Broccoli and Mushroom Quinoa

Thursday – Chicken and Wild Rice Soup with Sweet Potato Biscuits

Friday - Lisa’s Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Saturday - Teriyaki Salmon, Rice, and steamed broccoli

Sunday - Bacon-wrapped Chicken, Spinach Salad

October meals continue….

8- Angela’s Pork Roast with Apples and Pears
9- Fish Tacos
10- Chicken Nuggets
11- Easy Garlic Shrimp
12- Hamburgers
13- Pumpkin Enchiladas
14- leftovers

15- Diane’s Pupusas and Spicy Slaw
16- Paige’s Creamy Chicken Pie
17- Pizza
18- Soup and Sandwiches
19- Flank Steak
20- Egg and Potato Casserole
21- leftovers

22- Rotisserie Chicken
23- Fish Sticks
24- Hamburgers
25- Chicken Tacos
26- Cashew crusted Salmon
27- Cheryl’s Minty Chicken
28- leftovers

29- Chicken Taquitos
30- Pizza
31 – Traditional Chili and Party Dogs for Halloween

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Wow, so many great ideas and links to recipes this week! There were too many to list all of them, so be sure to visit each menu plan to check them all out.

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen has links for several great fish recipes this week, including Roasted FishSalmon Sweet Potato Cakes, and a good-looking recipe for fish tacos complete with red cabbage slaw. On her menu this week, is Roasted Garlic Chicken, Coconut Lime Tilapia, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Taco Chili, and Roasted Chicken Pot Pie.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! isn’t making fish this week. Instead, she’s preparing casseroles and other dishes for cooler weather. This week she’s planning for Tacos, Sausage and Peppers, Mrs. Jolly’s Chicken Casserole, Oven Baked Drumsticks with Roasted Potatoes, Ham Steak and Fried Potatoes, and more.

Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl is sharing tips for cooking fish this week, as well as an easy and tasty fish recipe. In addition to Baked Whiting Fish this week, she’s fixing breakfast for dinner, Turkey Barbecue, Pan-Grilled Steaks, and Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life isn’t big on cooking fish, but she did find a great-loking recipe for Almond Crusted Fish Sticks. Her family continues on the Paleo diet this week with Beef Stroganoff, Pork and Vegetable Lo Mein, Pulled Pork, and Lettuce Leaf Tacos.

Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom is sharing breakfast, lunch, and dinner plans this week. No fish, but still great gluten-free meals: Chicken Pasta Salad, Chicken and Black Bean Chili, Chuck Roast, Taco Bowls, and Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry.

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 Extraordinary Life with Pumpkin as the theme. Please join us next week to share your menu plan and/or your pumpkin recipes.
  • 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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