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I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving Leftovers is the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week and the roundup is here. Do you still have leftovers from Thanksgiving? Or, did you eat it all? We’ve eaten most of the turkey, but still have plenty of ham and mashed potatoes left. Fortunately, I’ve found some creative ways to use up those leftovers. Perhaps you have some more great ideas to share, too? Feel free to join the fun by sending me your menu link, or simply put your ideas in the comments.

Turkey Leftovers - You can usually substitute turkey in recipes for chicken casseroles.

Ham Leftovers – You can easily substitute ham for bacon in recipes.

Potato and other Vegetable Leftovers 

  • Make Potato Farls or Potato Pancakes with leftover mashed potatoes.
  • Dice baked or roasted potatoes. Add to diced onions and sweet peppers in a skillet and make hash browns to serve with breakfast.
  • Make Egg Casserole by using diced potatoes instead of frozen hash browns. You can even add some leftover vegetables to it before you bake it.
  • Fried Rice is a good way to use up leftover vegetables, meat, and rice.

Want more ideas for meals this week? Check out the roundup below to see who else is sharing their gluten-free menus. As we continue with holiday themes for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, the theme next week will be Holiday Cookies.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

White Bean Chili with leftover turkey

Egg & Hash Brown Casserole with leftover ham

Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta with leftover veggies

Monday -  White Chicken Chili (with leftover turkey instead of chicken) served with rice.

Tuesday – Hamburgers, roasted potatoes, green beans

Wednesday – Egg Casserole using leftover roasted potatoes and ham

Thursday – Flank Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, sautéed kale

Friday - Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta with leftover veggies

Saturday -  Chicken Teriyaki Tenders with Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli

Sunday - leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! doesn’t have any leftovers this week, but she does have a tasty menu planned. She’s starting the week with Stephanie’s Java Roast Crockpot Recipe and her own recipe for Oven-Baked Chicken Cacciatore and ending with take-out from Pei Wei Asian Diner and Salad Dressing Chicken and Rice. Paige is also making gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free Drop Biscuits this week.

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is making Turkey Stock with her leftover turkey bones. She’s also making Wild Rice Soup with Turkey, Pumpkin Enchiladas, and Nachos using turkey seasoned with fajita spices! You could also use leftover ham to make her Ham and Cheese Scones. This week, she’ll also be making Orange Apricot Pork Chops for the slow-cooker, Beef and Almond Stir-Fry, and Spiced Chicken.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life made Turkey Pot Pie and Chicken and Rice Soup with leftovers over the weekend. This week, she’ll also be making Turkey Croquettes, Turkey and Dumplings, Turkey Burgers, Grilled Steaks, Pizza with Turkey bits, and Almond and Romano Cheese Encrusted Pork Chops.

Sam at Awkward Girl Gets Fit says she doesn’t have leftovers on the menu, but I’m thinking she could make those lettuce wraps for lunch with leftover turkey or ham. On her menu this week, she has dairy-free Butter Chicken (yum!), Grilled Tri-Tip (yum!), Rosemary Pot Roast (yum!), and Coconut Flour Apple Pancakes (yum, yum, yum!). Too many yums? Well, you can check out her menu for yourself.

Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life has Cheeseburger Soup and Cheeseburger Rice on her menu. She’s also making Italian Cream Cheese Chicken Casserole and Easy Shepherd’s Pie. Both, of which, are great ways to use up leftovers. You can make them however works for your taste and diet.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for this week’s GF Menu Swap. Join us next week at Extraordinary Life for Holiday Cookies.

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 will be hosted by Lisa at Extraordinary Life. We’ll be sharing our favorite Holiday Cookies!
  • 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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Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Here are some fun ideas for gifts to give to those who cook and live gluten-free. Great for someone new to the gluten-free diet, but also good for the seasoned gluten-free cook because I’ve included cookbooks and products that are new this year!

Calendar with Gluten-Free Recipes

Diane at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang created this fabulous monthly calendar with gluten-free recipes for 2013. There is a wonderful recipe printed on each calendar card with beautiful full-color photos. On the back of each card is easy-to-follow directions for making the gluten-free and dairy-free recipe, along with suggestions for making it vegetarian, vegan, and paleo.

I love the small size of it (a CD case). Perfect for stockings or easy shipping! You can order it directly from Diane’s website, where you’ll also find a list of the recipes and more details about it.

Cookbooks for a Busy Gluten-Free Family


The The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook by Carrie Forbes was just recently released. I haven’t seen the book myself, but I’ve tried many of Carrie’s recipes from GingerLemonGirl.com, and I’ve always had good results with them.  What busy family couldn’t use a good slow-cooker recipe to help them manage a week filled with a myriad of activities? You can order the cookbook directly from GingerLemonGirl, or on Amazon.


Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, Quick and Easy: 100 Recipes for the Food You Love–Fast! is another cookbook designed to help busy families manage a gluten-free diet. The author, Nicole Hunn, includes tips for advance meal prep, kitchen shortcuts, and make-your-own mixes to get meals on the table fast. And like her first cookbook, this one also provides inexpensive solutions for a complete gluten-free meal. But what really gets my attention is those gluten-free glazed chocolate doughnuts on the cover! Must try soon.

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Cookbooks

The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen written by Denise Jardine provides recipes that are dairy-free, as well as gluten-free. It has a nice variety of recipes for cheese and sauces including a Creamy Macadamia and Pine Nut Cheese, a Mustard Cream Sauce, and a Spicy Peanut Sauce. A few more recipes that got my attention, but I haven’t tried yet, are Crispy Pizza Crust, Chocolate Orange Pudding and Pumpkin Cheesecake.

The Spunky Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cookbook: Soy-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan Written by Kelly Brozyna, also author of the blog The Spunky Coconut. These recipes are made with coconut milk, cashew nut milk, and/or hemp milk using a blender or an ice cream maker. What a variety of flavors: Blueberry Lavender, Roasted Banana, Spiced Apple Tea, as well as the classics Chocolate and Vanilla. Order this and other cookbooks at The Spunky Coconut Bake Shop or on Amazon.

Paleo Cookbooks

This year, I’ve been trying to include more Paleo-friendly meals into my diet. The paleo diet is free of all grains, so it is also gluten free. My husband and I both felt great after being on the diet for just a week. We aren’t ready to commit to it full-time, but I am making some small changes to our meals to make more of them paleo-friendly. You, too, may be interested in some of these cookbooks.

I purchased Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids this year. It was written and created for families with young kids. My daughter loves the story in the front of the cookbook that tells about how the author’s family transformed their health and lives by learning to “eat like a dinosaur.” It embraces the paleo diet and has lots of fun recipes to get the kids engaged in the diet, too.


Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle This author also has a blog at Balanced Bites. She is a certified nutrition consultant who writes in this book about how good food can improve your health. This is not just a cookbook. It is a guide to the paleo diet that explains it in detail, including foods to eat and foods to avoid. It gives instructions for grocery shopping, gives tips for eating out, explains how to regulate your blood sugar with food, and provides lots of great recipes.


Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook: Real Food for Real Life This is a follow-up to her first cookbook Everyday Paleo and her children’s book Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship. Like so many paleo books, this book focuses on how to improve your health by making good food choices and staying active with your family. There are lots of full-color photos of the recipes. And, I love that she’s included recipes great for families with kids — slow-cooker recipes and “fruity creations and treats.”

Magazines

You didn’t know there were magazines specific to the gluten-free diet? Yep, in fact, there are several now! When buying a subscription for a friend, why not order one for yourself, too?


Simply Gluten Free Magazine is the newest of the gluten-free magazines, just being released this fall, in time for the holidays. It’s a bi-monthly publication created by the multi-talented Carol at Simply…Gluten-Free, this magazine is sure to include her delicious recipes and beautiful photographs that are always tempting. Must get a subscription to this one! You may also be interested in her cookbooks: Simply . . . Gluten-free Desserts and Simply . . . Gluten-free Quick Meals.


Delight Gluten Free Magazine does a great job of keeping its readers up to date on the latest news and trends for the gluten-free lifestyle. It publishes six times a year and provides gluten-free recipes, articles and tips for living gluten free. With editors and writers that continue to be engaged in the gluten-free community, it is sure to have information relevant to anyone eating gluten free.


Living Without Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine, addresses a variety of food allergies and sensitivities, including gluten-free and dairy-free. It provides delicious new recipes in every issue, as well as articles and tips about living with food allergies. You’ll read about new studies and topics to address with your doctor.

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It’s Thanksgiving Week! Happy and safe travels to anyone who may be traveling to spend time with family and friends this week.

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Angela at Angela’s Kitchen this week. The theme is Breakfast and Brunch. If you have family or friends staying at your home this week, or maybe for the holidays next month, you may be wondering what to serve for a gluten-free breakfast or brunch. Here are some ideas of what we like to serve: (And, don’t forget the bacon!)

Eggs — scrambled, fried, poached, etc.
Creamed Eggs made with hard-boiled eggs
Eggs and Hash Browns Casserole

Banana Coffee Cake
Beignets (fried bread dough dusted with sugar)
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (easily made with pureed Pumpkin or Sweet Potatoes instead of Bananas)
Cinnamon Rolls
Pancakes or Waffles

Tropical Fruit Salad with a Poppyseed Dressing
Berry Fruit Salad with a Balsamic Glaze

Egg & Hash Brown Casserole

Cinnamon Rolls

Tropical Fruit Salad

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Simple Parmesan Asparagus

Berry Fruit Salad

Monday -  Pork Chops with Black Beans, Roasted Potato Wedges, Green Beans

Tuesday – Grilled Chicken with Wild Rice Salad

Wednesday - Grilled Steaks, Home Fries, Asparagus

Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll be with family and having quite a feast:  Turkey, Ham, Sweet Potato Casserole, Broccoli Casserole, Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing (gluten-free like this one at Andrea’s Recipes), Mashed Potatoes, Berry Fruit Salad, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and maybe a birthday cake for my niece, too!

Friday - Leftovers

Saturday - Pizza with Spinach Salad

Sunday - Eating Out

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For the roundup of menu plans this week, visit Angela’s Kitchen.
  • The theme for next week’s GF Menu Swap is Thanksgiving Leftovers at Celiac Family. Join us for ideas of how to use leftovers to create new and tasty meals.
  • 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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Thanksgiving is next week, and the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is continuing with holiday themes. Cheryl is hosting the roundup this week with the theme of Thanksgiving Vegetables and Sides at Gluten Free Goodness

My all-time favorites for Thanksgiving have to be Cheesy Broccoli Mushroom Casserole and Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan and Marshmallow topping.  OK, I like Mashed Potatoes, too. For something a little less traditional, you might like my easy recipe for Quick Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms.

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Quinoa, Broccoli, Mushrooms

Lately, I’ve been creating Pinterest boards based on our weekly menu themes. If you enjoy Pinterest, or just want to check it out, you’ll find this week’s theme board @http://pinterest.com/celiacfamily/gf-sides-and-vegetables/. I’ll keep adding recipes to the boards as I find them.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Red Potato and Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Avocado Salsa with Tomatoes, Green Chiles, and Black Olives

Rainbow Apple Salad with broccoli, cabbage, carrots, etc.

Monday -  Ham served with Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Tuesday – Jerk Chicken with Spaghetti Squash

Wednesday - Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Thursday – Tilapia Parmesan with Quick Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Friday - Pizza and Rainbow Apple Salad

Saturday - Chicken Enchilada Soup made with leftover Chicken from Wednesday

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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With Halloween behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays (if you haven’t already!). Until the end of the year, we will have themes to help prepare for the holidays. This week, the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Thanksgiving Desserts. So, if you have a favorite fall dessert, please share it with us.

My favorite dessert for Thanksgiving is pie. If you are new to a gluten-free diet, you might think that pies are difficult to make gluten free. But don’t fret, there are many options for a gluten-free pie! Most fillings are gluten-free, or can easily be made gluten-free by using cornstarch or arrowroot for thickening, if needed. There are lots of options for gluten-free pie crusts, too!

Gluten-Free Pie Crust – You can make a gluten-free crust using alternative flours or nuts.

Crustless Pie – You can also make pies without a crust at all!

Whipped Topping is typically gluten-free. But if you’re buying it at the store, be sure to check the labels. There are dairy-free options, too!

Want more ideas for meals this week? Check out the roundup below to see who else is sharing their gluten-free menus. As we continue with holiday themes for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, the theme next week will be about Vegetable and Side Dishes for Thanksgiving.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

There are no pies on my menu this week. However, the crusts listed above would be great for Paige’s Creamy Chicken Pie, or Linda’s Hamburger Spinach Quiche.

Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

Wild Rice Salad

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Monday -  Progresso Gluten-Free Soup and Sandwiches for a busy night

Tuesday (Election Day – Go vote!) – Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders served with with Broccoli and Roasted Potatoes

Wednesday – Fish Tacos and Pineapple Mango Salsa

Thursday – The Peaceful Mom’s Rosemary Chicken served with Roasted Potatoes

Friday - Pork Tenderloin with Wild Rice Salad

Saturday - Hamburgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Sunday - leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is looking forward to the Impossible Pumpkin Pie that her daughter makes every year. It is a crustless pie that uses a gluten-free baking mix and coconut milk. Angela also has recipes for a traditional (GF/DF) Pumpkin Pie and a Freezer Apple Pie to share. And, she’s already starting her holiday cookie baking this week! (I’m so impressed!) For meals this week, she’s planning on Silver Dollar Pear PancakesGround Turkey and Veggie Tortilla Casserole, Apple Cranberry Squash, Orange Marmalade Chicken, and Ultimate Beef Stroganoff.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life says that for her first gluten-free Thanksgiving, she had great results with buying gluten-free pie crusts at Whole Foods Market. She bought six pie shells because apparently she likes to accommodate everyone’s favorites :) : Coconut Cream Pie, Paleo Pumpkin Pie, and Cranberry Walnut Pie. She also likes to make Pumpkin Cheesecake using gluten-free cookie crumbs for the crust. And don’t miss her recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes! On her menu this week is Almond and Romano Cheese encrusted Pork Chops, Lettuce Wrap Tacos, Roasted Chicken Legs, Crockpot Roast Beef, and more.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! doesn’t have any Thanksgiving desserts to share this week. Instead, she’s sharing a revised family recipe for Chicken Corn Soup that starts with a Cream of Potato Soup base and adds corn and chicken instead of bacon.  She also has Oven Baked Chicken Cacciatore, Pizza, Crockpot Beef Stroganoff, and Skillet Quinoa Fiesta.

Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom is making BBQ Pork Sliders with Broccoli Salad this week. She’s also warming up this week with Crockpot Chili and Easy Potato Soup. Stirfry made with leftover pork and veggies, Cheeseburger Casserole, and Taco Bowls are also on her menu this week.

Thanks to everyone joining us for this week’s GF Menu Swap. Join us next week at Gluten Free Goodness when we share our favorite side and vegetable dishes for Thanksgiving.

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 will be hosted by Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness. We’ll be sharing our favorite Vegetable and Side Dishes for Thanksgiving.
  • 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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