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Apr
29

Cinco de Mayo – Menu Plan April 29

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CincodeMayoCinco de Mayo is this weekend, so I’m thinking about Mexican fiestas with an abundance of yummy food and drinks. Some of my favorite food items for such event might include:

What are some of your favorite Mexican-inspired meals? Don’t forget to check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below for more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and perhaps meal ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Monday –  Eating Out at Chipotle’s

Tuesday – Steak Fajitas, Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – Irresistible Grilled Shrimp with Fruit Salsa

Thursday — Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Friday – Pizza, Strawberry Spinach Salad

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday (Cinco de Mayo) – Chicken TacosGuacamoleCorn and Black Bean Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela is always a great resource for gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, and she did not disappoint us this week! Just look at all of the recipes she has for celebrating Cinco de Mayo: EmpanadasEasy Taco BakeEnchilada MeatballsCrock Pot Fajitas,  Mexi-burgers,  Salsa BurgersSlow Cooker Salsa Roast Beef,  TacosTaco ChiliTortilla and Black Bean PieBlack Bean Salsa ChickenGreen Chili Taco Salad FillingGround Turkey and Veggie Tortilla Casserole, and Fish Tacos! For dinners this week, her family will be eating Mexican Cornbread Casserole, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Slow-Cooker French Toast Casserole, Asian-style Ribs, and Ground Turkey Tacos.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is trying a new recipe this week for Spicy Smoked Portobello Taco filling that sounds really good. However, it sounds like the rest of her family will be eating their tacos with ground beef. Other dinners at her house will be Hippie Loaf, Chef Salad, Grilled Vegetable Wraps, BBQ Chop Wrap, and Pizza.

Extraordinary Life: Gluten-Free, Paleo Menu
Lisa’s family is having Lettuce Wrap Tacos with her own special seasoning mix. Also on the menu this week is Baked Chicken, Fried Ham Steak, London Broil, Baked Garlic Shrimp, and Meatloaf. To make the meatloaf appropriate for a paleo diet, she omits the sugar and uses almond meal instead of oats.

Check back later to see who else may be linking up gluten-free menus this week.

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.
  • Join us again next week at Celiac Family for more gluten-free meal ideas. Next week’s theme is orange.
  • 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?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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Apr
22

Peas – Menu Plan April 22

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PeasIs it starting to feel like spring at your house? We’ve had some nice sunny spring days, but are still getting the occasional snow showers, too. Never mind the snow! The longer days of sunshine already have me thinking of fresh garden vegetables and salads. This week I’m making two salads with peas: Seven-Layer Salad and Wild Rice Salad. Fresh peas from the garden or farmer’s market would be nice, but this week I’ll be getting these peas out of the freezer.

Lots of activities at our house this week, so the meals will be quick and easy to make and eat. Check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below for more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and perhaps ideas for including peas in your meals.

Seven-Layer Salad with Dill Dressing

Seven-Layer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

Pulled Pork Sandwiches easy, slow-cooked recipe

Pulled Pork Sandwiches — easy, slow-cooked recipe

Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday –  Sandwiches or Hot Dogs, Seven-Layer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing (I’ll make it with Coconut Yogurt to keep it dairy-free.)

Tuesday – Pulled Pork, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Green Beans

Wednesday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken TendersWild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing (I’ll make it with a Vegan parmesan substitute.)

Thursday — Eating Out at Chick-fil-a

Friday – Hamburgers, Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Saturday – Celebrating my daughter’s birthday at P.F. Chang’s

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela is sharing her gardening tips for sugar snap peas this week. I love how she plans for the kids to grab them and eat them while they’re playing in the yard. Angela also found a recipe for pea pancakes! Use Angela’s gluten-free recipe for pancakes and add pureed peas so that those picky eaters in your house get a serving of vegetables without even knowing it. Also on her menu this week is Slow-Cooker Cassoulet, Gingered Beef and Broccoli Salad Bowl, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Steak and Potato Salad, and Restaurant Style Lo Mein with Shrimp. Find links to recipes for all these great meals and more on her full menu this week.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth says that peas are a staple side dish at her house. She also likes to add frozen peas to casseroles. For this week’s meals, she’ll be making Irresistible Grilled Shrimp with Fruit Salsa, Tomato Avocado Salad, Hippie Loaf, Chef Salad, and Pizza. Check out her site for all the recipe links and some great ideas for breakfast, including muffins, paleo cinnamon rolls, and waffles.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
I don’t see any peas in Kimberlee’s meals this week. Instead, her family will be eating BBQ Pepper Jack Bacon Burgers, Cheeseburger Casserole, Taco Bowls, Pancakes and Sausage, Grilled Cheese, Hot Dogs, and Pasta. Kimberlee also shares great ideas and recipes for breakfast and lunch every week.

Awkward Girl Gets Fit: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Menu
Samantha says that peas are often served as a side dish at her house, but not in her meals this week. This week, she is getting inspiration and a shopping list for her meals from eMeals. Grilled Chicken Quarters, Shredded Beef Taco Roast, Tarragon Chicken Salad, Herbed Grilled Beef Tenderloin, and Teriyaki Chicken are all on her menu this week.

Check back later to see who else may be linking up gluten-free menus this week.

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.
  • Join us again next week at Celiac Family as we prepare for Cinco de Mayo with ideas for Mexican Food and Drink.
  • 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?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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Apr
15

Rhubarb – Menu Plan April 15

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Screen-Shot-2013-04-14-at-8.18.17-AMThe theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Rhubarb. I am not a big fan of rhubarb, but that’s probably only because I don’t usually have it around to eat. I don’t have a garden, and I haven’t seen it in the grocery stores yet this year. I’ve enjoyed it when paired with other fruits in jams and pies (like blueberry and strawberry). Lately, I’ve been thinking about trying to make Rhubarb muffins. I was delighted to see that Angela has a recipe for Rhubarb Streusel Muffins on her site. I’m anxious to give them a try, so I’ll be scouring the produce department to see if the rhubarb is available yet. If not, I may have to wait until the Farmers’ Market opens in May. This week, you will find the gluten-free menu roundup and more rhubarb recipes at Angela’s Kitchen.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Monday – Sandwiches, Tropical Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Tuesday – Mexican Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Rice and Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – Grilled Steaks, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Thursday – Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli

Friday – Pizza served with a Strawberry Spinach Salad

Saturday – Indian Chicken, Quinoa

Sunday – leftovers

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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Apr
08

Bacon – Menu Plan April 8

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BaconBacon, Bacon, Bacon! Who loves bacon? That’s the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap. You’ll find the round up below. We love bacon at my house. And, lately we seem to eating quite a bit of it, which has had me wondering if that’s a bad thing. Then, I got an email last week, that says bacon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat!

Here’s what it says:

“It’s considered by many to be the ultimate food indulgence, but according to Dr. John Salerno, a protégé of “Atkins Diet” creator Dr. Robert Atkins, bacon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat.

“Many think of bacon as one of the guiltiest pleasures possible, but it has also been shown to alleviate the effects of diabetes, heart disease and strokes,” says Dr. Salerno, author of “The Silver Cloud Diet,” (www.thesilverclouddiet.com). “Nitrate-free bacon is an excellent source of high protein, low-carbohydrate energy that helps to reset the metabolism, and it’s filled with amino acids delivered without the risk of dangerous levels of mercury, which can be found in many fish.”

Need more reasons to love bacon?

 It has a 4:1 ratio of protein to fat;
 It contains choline, which boosts memory and healthy brain function;
 It’s composed of monounsaturated fats, the kind that contains lots of healthy fat-soluble vitamins and minerals
 It’s a potent source of oleic acid and saturated fats, which help reduce levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), lower triglycerides, and raise HDL – commonly referred to as the good form of cholesterol.”

OK, I’m sold! So, what do you think? Despite these claims, I still believe in eating everything in moderation. So, I’ll try not to over-indulge. ;) Check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below for more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and perhaps ideas for including bacon in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad

Monday –  Hot dogs with leftover Chili

Tuesday – Pork Tenderloin with Honey Balsamic Glaze, Roasted Potatoes, Stir-fried Kale with Bacon

Wednesday – Bacon/Lettuce/Tomato Sandwiches, Rainbow Apple Salad

Thursday – Chicken Tacos, Cilantro Lime Rice, Avocado Salsa

Friday – Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Green Beans

Saturday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders, Wild Rice Salad

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa spent the weekend stocking her freezer with wonderful meals for the month. This week, her family will be enjoying Roast with Carrots and Potatoes, Meatloaf with Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes, Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup, Baked Turkey Spinach Meatballs with GF spaghetti, and Taco Soup.

Not Missing a Thing! Allergy Friendly Cooking: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Egg-Free Menu
Paige is joining us once again with her menu plans. This week she starts with Java Crockpot Roast, Crockpot Salsa Bean Chicken, and Pizza for the birthday boy. The family will also enjoy Mongolian Beef and Broccoli, Sausages with peppers, onions, and mushrooms over rice, and Burgers on the grill.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela has quite a few delicious recipes with bacon to share this week: Maple Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies, Crustless Breakfast Quiche, Deviled Egg Salad, Calico Beans, Updated Warm German Potato Salad, Bacon Spinach Quiche Pie, and Stuffed Pork Roast. For dinners this week, she’s planning Sticky Chicky Legs with Quinoa Confetti Salad, White Bean Chicken Chili, Banana Pancakes with Turkey Sausage, Chicken Apple Bacon Sliders with Broccoli Salad, and Margherita Pizza. Check out her site for her full menu, as well as GFCF breakfast and lunch ideas and more recipe links.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth can’t eat meat, but is going to try to make some “bacon bits” this week using soy crumbles. Her dinners this week will include Veggie Burgers with gluten-free buns, Fish, Tomato Avocado Salad, Chef Salad, Sweet & Sour Shrimp Stir Fry, Bok Choy Brown Rice Salad, and Pizza.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
For dinners this week, Kimberlee and her family will be eating Italian Pasta Salad with Chicken, Steak and Peppers, BBQ Chicken Nachos, Chicken Enchiladas, Baked Tacos, Grilled Steak with Sweet Potato Fries, and Pizza. For all the recipe links and breakfast and lunch ideas check out her full menu.

Our Frugal Happy Life: Eating Gluten-Free on a Budget
Emily is taking advantage of the forecasted warm weather and grilling this week for dinner. She’s also planning Chicken Tacos with her homemade seasoning, Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes, and White Chicken Enchiladas.

Stop by each blogger’s site for the full menu and more recipe links. And don’t forget to check back later to see who else may be joining us with gluten-free menus to share.

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 roundup will be at Angela’s Kitchen with Rhubarb as the theme.
  • 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?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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Apr
01

Banana – Menu Plan April 1

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BananaWhat a wild spring we’ve had so far:  snowy cold, sunny warmth, lots of wind, rain…we’ve had it all. And on this April Fools’ Day, I awoke to sunshine and snow. :)

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup is below. This week’s theme is Banana. Unlike last week’s theme of lamb, I buy bananas every week. I buy a large bunch to keep on the counter to slice up for breakfast, include in lunches, and after school snacks. The nutritional benefits of bananas start with high potassium to help with the cardiovascular system and continue with B6 to help with mood swings. Perhaps the most notable benefit for those of us on a gluten-free diet is how it aids in the digestive process – alleviating heartburn, guarding against ulcers, etc.

In our house, bananas usually get eaten raw. But if any start to get too ripe, they get reserved for other uses. I peel them, cut in half, seal in storage containers, and put them into the freezer. Then, they are easy to pull out in the morning to add to smoothies. Our favorite is Banana Berry – (frozen half-banana, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple juice, almond milk).

I’ve also been known to use bananas to make delicious Tropical Mimosas for special occasions. And, over-ripe bananas get used to bake yummy treats, like Banana Coffee Cake and Chocolate Chip Banana Mini-Muffins.

Banana Coffee Cake

Banana Coffee Cake

Chocolate Chip Banana Mini-Muffins

Choc. Chip Banana Muffins

Tropical Mimosas

Tropical Mimosas

Bananas are not usually served with dinner at our house, but I’m anxious to see if they are at anyone else’s house. Check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below for more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and perhaps ideas for including bananas in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday –  Eating Out – maybe Red Robin

Tuesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday – Chili with Cornbread

Thursday – Fish Tacos, Pineapple Mango Salsa

Friday – Easy, Slow-cooked Pulled Pork, Spicy Slaw, Steamed Green Beans

Saturday – Pizza, Spinach Salad

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
This week, Melissa’s family will be eating Lighter Meatloaf, Spaghetti and Meatballs, The Pioneer Woman’s Eggs in Hash Brown Nests, Cabbage and Beef Soup, and Macaroni Chili Soup. She’s also planning to use the weekend to cook meals for the freezer.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela shares her recipes for Banana Bread, Banana Pecan Oatmeal Bread, and Kiwi Banana Smoothies this week. She also has Banana-Blueberry (or strawberry) Muffins and Baked Apple Oatmeal on her breakfast menu this week. For her dinner menu, she is planning Deviled Egg Salad (a great way to use up those dyed Easter eggs!), Mac and Cheese (dairy-free), Chicken with Cauliflower and Apples, Tortilla and Black Bean Pie with Santa Fe-style Quinoa Salad, and White Bean and Ham Soup for the slow-cooker.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
It looks like Kimberlee is serving banana with Cheese toast for breakfast this week. For dinners, she’ll be having Easy Potato Soup, Greek Pasta Salad with Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Pasta with Meat Sauce, Crockpot Chili and Gluten-Free Waffles.

Awkward Girl Gets Fit: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Menu
Samantha is getting started on an “almost Whole 30″ diet (a short-term nutritional reset with her own modifications) this week. She’s starting the week with Pressure Cooker Chicken, Burgers with Guacamole, Broccoli Beef, and Shredded Beef Tacos. Her week finishes with Grilled Chicken, Buffalo Chicken Ranch Meatballs, and Omelettes with Bacon.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is joining us for the first time this week, so be sure to stop by her site and welcome her to the menu swap. She’s making Whole Living’s Banana Oat Pancakes (using quinoa flakes instead of oats) and Banana Apple Muffins for breakfast this week. And for dinners, she’s planning on fish, Tomato and Avocado Salad, Zucchini and Potato Casserole, Chickpea of the Sea, GF/DF Lasagna, and Pizza.

Thanks for joining us for the menu swap this week. Come back next week when our theme will be Bacon.

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.
  • Come back next week for ideas of including Bacon in your 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?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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