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Breakfast

Labor Day is next weekend, so if you’re kids haven’t started school yet, they will be soon. My kids are already on their third week of school, and our schedules are getting very busy with homework, sports, and other after-school activities. It is becoming even more important for me to schedule quick and easy meals.

An easy way to do that is to schedule at least one night a week of a traditional breakfast meal. It’s usually quick and easy to get on the table, and my family enjoys the change in the menu. This week, I’m actually adding two days of breakfast to our dinner menu, and one night of eating out. Seems like everything is starting all at once!

Other breakfast items to consider:

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup will be included below. Don’t forget to check it for more gluten-free menus and breakfast ideas.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Egg & Hash Brown Casserole

Egg & Hash Brown Casserole

Berry Fruit Salad

Berry Fruit Salad

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Monday –  Eating Out at Chick-fil-a — My kids enjoy the Grilled Chicken Nuggets on the Kids Menu

Tuesday – Egg and Hash Brown Casserole, but made with spaghetti squash instead of potatoes 

Wednesday – Lillabee’s Spinach Waffles, Sausage, Berry Fruit Salad

Thursday – Grilled Chicken Fajitas, Avocado Salsa

Friday – Pepperoni Pizza, Spinach Salad

Saturday – Fish Tacos, Pineapple Mango Salsa

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Lots of yummy breakfast ideas on Elisabeth’s menu this week. She’ll be trying Healthy Oatmeal Gluten-Free Pancakes at Gluten Free on a Shoestring. She’s also planning poached eggs, Banana Almond Meal Muffins from the Minimalist Baker, and French Toast. Other dinners will be Chef Salad, Sweet and Sour Shrimp, Chili and Cornbread, and more.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee has Eggs and Bacon on her dinner menu this week along with Spaghetti, Beefy Bean Burritos, Pork Chops, Pizza, and more. For more ideas, check out her breakfast menu with Gluten-Free Waffles with DIY Waffle Syrup, Egg and Cheese Bagels, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, and Crockpot Granola.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela is getting ready for her kids to go back to school by making and freezing Pumpkin Waffles and Carrot Cake Pancakes this week. She’s also making Apple Cider Muffins and Chocolate Zucchini Bread for breakfast this week. Don’t miss her other recipes for Cinnamon Apple WafflesBaked Pancake Pie, Banana PancakesGingerbread WafflesPizza PancakesBacon Spinach Quiche Pie , and Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole. Other dinners at her house this week will be Turkey Sausage, Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes, Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Quinoa, and Rainbow Quiche.

Gluten Free Detroit Metro: Gluten-Free Menu
Amanda is making French Toast with Cinnamon Apples, Tex-Mex Frittata, and Chicken and Broccoli Crepes for dinner this week. You’ll also find Turkey Burgers, Pulled Pork, and Pizza using Pillsbury’s new pizza crust dough on her menu.

Check back later for more links to gluten-free breakfast ideas and menus from other gluten-free bloggers.

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 Gluten Free Detroit Metro for more gluten-free meal ideas. Next week’s theme is 30-Minute or Less 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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PillsburyPrizeSetThanks to everyone who shared in our excitement of the new Gluten-Free Pillsbury® Dough products. I had a great time baking and experimenting with the new doughs. I’m sure the giveaway winner will enjoy them, too.PillsburycookiePillsburyPie

Congratulations to our winner, Mandy, who will receive a 3-piece baking set to go along with coupons for free Pillsbury® gluten-free dough. She contributed to the discussions with the following comment:

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And, thanks to Pillsbury® for sponsoring the discussion and giveaway. For those of you who didn’t win, but still want to try the new gluten-free products, check your local grocery store. Or, check Pillsbury’s product locator if you have trouble finding them. Happy Baking! :)

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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN A POST ON AUG. 26, 2013.
Giveaway details listed below.
If you missed the first two reviews I wrote of the Pillsbury® Gluten-Free Doughs, you may want to read them, too:  Pillsbury® Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Pillsbury® Gltuen-Free Pizza Dough.

peachpieslicepeachpieNow, for the last of their current doughs available — Pillsbury® Gluten-Free Pie and Pastry Dough.

Earlier this year, my son discovered the joy of my mother’s apple crumb pie. He raves about it every time apple pie, or any pie, is mentioned. So, when I received Pillsbury pie dough in the mail, apple pie was immediately requested (perhaps demanded).

However, when shopping at the farmers’ market last week, I just couldn’t resist the fresh peaches. And, when the vendor offered me a flat of bruised peaches to me for a big discount, I knew I was going to make a Peach Crumb Pie instead. My son was a little disappointed that it wasn’t “Grandma’s Apple Pie,” but he seemed to enjoy the peach pie just the same. And, then I made him an Apple Crumb Pie, too. :)

When, I first opened the tub of pie crust dough, it looked dry and crumbly. Don’t let that discourage you. It only takes a little kneading to get the dough to a smooth consistency. When I made the apple pie, I rolled out the dough using parchment paper on the bottom and plastic wrap on the top. The crust tore a little when transferring to the pie tin, but it was easily fixed by pressing the dough together again with my fingers. For the Peach Pie, I didn’t even roll out the dough. Just pressing the dough into the pie tin works just as well, and I think it’s faster and easier. The results? We’ll, it isn’t a buttery, flaky, homemade pie crust. It is made with oil, and behaves like an oil pie crust. That didn’t bother us a bit. We all loved the taste and texture of the crust as it was — rolled or pressed out, it was very tasty and had a nice tender crumb to it.

Each tub of pie and pastry dough makes two 9″ pie crusts. So, I used half the dough for the crust and the other half for the crumb topping. What a time saver! This really is the easiest gluten-free crumb pie I’ve ever made. With the dough already made, preparing the peaches takes the most time. But if you’ve got farm fresh peaches, the pit and skin remove very easily. Easy peasy!

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Gluten-Free Peach Pie with Crumb Topping Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 7-9 Fresh Peaches – sliced, peeled and pit removed
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch or Tapioca Flour
  • 1/4 Cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Prepare the peaches by removing the pits, peeling off the skin, and slicing.
  2. piepeachesRemove the gluten-free pie dough from the tub and cut in half. You’ll use one half for the bottom crust and the other half for the crumb topping.
  3. For the crust: Dump 1/2 of the pie dough into a pie tin. Knead the dough with your hands until it is smooth. Now flatten and push the dough into the pie tin until it evenly covers the entire inside of the tin and becomes the crust. I like to push a little extra dough to the edge of the tin, so that I can pinch the edges of the dough with my fingers to create a decorative edge.
  4. piecinnamonFor the filling: Place the peach slices into the pie crust and arrange so that you get the most fruit in as possible. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cornstarch. Then, sprinkle it evenly over the top of the peaches in the pie tin.
  5. Using the same small bowl, use a fork to mix together the 1/4 Cup sugar and remaining pie crust dough. Just combine (and fluff?) until crumbly. Now pour the crumb mixture on top of the pie, carefully covering the entire pie.
  6. piecrumbPlace the pie in the oven and bake at 400º for 40 min. I used a Pie Crust Shield to keep the edges of the crust from burning. You could use strips of foil instead, as Pillsbury’s baking directions suggest.

 

 

Additional notes about the pie dough:

  • pieedgeThere was no need to grease the pie tin. I didn’t have problems with the pie crust sticking to the tin.
  • The directions for baking the crust says to bake at 425° F. I opted to bake a little longer at 400° instead.
  • “Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Water, Corn Starch, Modified Potato Starch, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Rice Flour, Whole Sorghum Flour, Fructose. Contains 2% or less of: Sugar, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (preservatives), Guar Gum, Citric Acid.
  • I paid $4.99 in the grocery store.  (Pillsbury® sent me one tub to try, but I bought another tub myself to make an apple pie, too.)
  • I thought the crust tasted great, and I loved the ease of working with the dough. Now I am thinking about trying some of the ideas below as well as a few new ideas of my own. :)

More recipe inspiration:

Giveaway Details:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN A POST ON AUG. 26, 2013.

Pillsbury® has agreed to let one of Celiac Family’s readers try the new products, too!

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What: Premium Baking Set with a Cookie Sheet, Pie Tin, and Pizza Cutter, and coupons for free Pillsbury® gluten-free dough.

When: Beginning now and continuing through Aug. 23, 2013. One winner will be announced on Aug. 26, 2016.

How to Enter: Do you want to try the Pillsbury® gluten-free dough? Enter the giveaway by simply leaving a comment on this post or the other two CeliacFamily posts about Pillsbury’s® Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Pillsbury’s® Pizza Dough. Tell me why you’re excited to try the new Pillsbury® gluten-free products, and how it will make your life better.

Additional Details: Although you are welcome to and encouraged to comment on each post about the new Gluten-Free Pillsbury® dough products, only one winner will be chosen from CeliacFamily.com.

 Thanks to Pillsbury® for sponsoring today’s post and giveaway. All opinions are my own. :)

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AppleThe Gluten-Free Menu Swap theme this week is Apples. Visit Melissa at Mom’s Plans for the roundup of gluten-free menus.

I didn’t get to make the plum pie I was planning last week, and although I was really looking forward to making my mom’s Apple Crumb Pie this week, it looks like it’s going to be Peach Pie instead. When I went to the farmers’ market last week, I couldn’t resist the sweet smell of the fresh peaches. And when the vendor heard I was making pie, he offered a flat of barely bruised peaches for less than a third of the usual price. How could I say no?

Even without an apple pie to make, I’m thinking I’ll pick up a few apples at the grocery store to cut up fresh slices for after-school snacks. And, depending on the temperature, I’ll make a Rainbow Vegetable Apple Salad or baked apples to serve with grilled pork chops for dinner this week.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Rainbow Salad w/grapes

Rainbow Apple Salad

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Monday Chicken Tacos, Avocado Salsa

Tuesday – Chicken Apple Sausage, Roasted Potatoes, Sautéed Zucchini

Wednesday – Grilled Steaks, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Thursday – Grilled Pork Chops, Baked Apples or Rainbow Apple Salad

Friday – Salmon Fish Bites, Cilantro Lime Rice

Saturday – Indian Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Green Beans

Sunday – leftovers

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, visit Mom’s Plans.
  • Next week’s roundup will be back at CeliacFamily.com, and the theme will be Breakfast. Please feel free to join us and share your ideas, whether you’re making traditional breakfast foods for dinner or just want to share your favorite breakfast 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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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN A POST ON AUG. 26, 2013.
Giveaway details listed below.

I hope you saw the first article I wrote, introducing the new line of Pillsbury® gluten-free doughs and reviewing the Chocolate Chip Cookies. But, if you didn’t, feel free to follow this link to read it. Now on to the pizza dough….

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We’ve been making gluten-free pizza at my house for many years now. I’ve tried so many different recipes and mixes. This is the first time I’ve tried a pre-made gluten-free pizza dough. To my knowledge, it’s the only one available in stores. Thank you Pillsbury®!

It was so simple and easy to make, and saved me a lot of time. However, our family has really come to like the thick crust pizza I’ve been making lately. So, to be honest, it wasn’t our favorite. I noticed that the crust had an almost buttery flavor to it, which got me thinking that it would be perfect to use for appetizers and snacks. I decided to try making some gluten-free pizza bites for an after-school snack, and it turned out great! How fun it was to have these for my kids on their first week back to school.

Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Pizza Bites Recipe

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Place the dough in the middle of a sheet of parchment paper. Cover the top of the dough with plastic wrap. Roll out the dough into almost a square shape about 12″x 12″.
  3. pizzaSpread the pizza sauce onto the crust. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into two equal halves.
  4. Then add your choice of fillings to one half of the pizza. To make neatly sealed bites, it’s best to cut the pieces of dough before you add the toppings. I didn’t do that with all of mine, so some were a little sloppy looking. Still tasted the same, though. :)
  5. pizzacutFold the dough without filling on top of the other. Cut the dough into about 1.5″ squares. Then seal and crimp the edges of the dough with a fork.
  6. Brush the top of the pizza bites with a little olive oil.
  7. Place the pizza bites on a baking sheet (mine were on a silicone baking mat). Bake at 400° F for 8-10 min.
  8. These get hot, so let them cool 5-10 minutes before you let the kids dig in.

More recipe inspiration:

  • Cheese Bites! I can’t eat dairy anymore, but just rolling up dough around a cube of mozzarella or havarti dill sounds really good to me.
  • Taco Bites! Use your leftover taco meat to make these.
  • Use the dough to make Pigs in a Blanket, or as I like to call them, Party Dogs!
  • Want to save even more time? Cut strips or triangles of dough, and simply roll up the dough around the filling.
  • Angela at Angela’s Kitchen made Pizza Twists with the new Pillsbury® Pizza Dough
  • Gina at Kleinworth & Co. made Gluten-Free Garlic Bread in the Slow Cooker
  • Lacy and Meg made Apple Pie Dessert Pizza
  • Pillsbury’s recipe for Barbecue Chicken Mini Pizzas

My notes about the pizza dough:

  • Just like the cookie dough, the pizza dough was so quick and easy to make that I didn’t wait for the dough to come to room temperature. I simply dumped the dough out on to a sheet of parchment paper. I covered the top of the dough with plastic wrap, and started rolling it out with a rolling pin.
  • There was no need to grease the pan, though I did use a silicone mat on the baking sheet.
  • “Ingredients: Water, Modified Tapioca Starch, Whole Sorghum Flour, Whole Millet Flour, Rice Flour, Fructose, Egg Whites, Brown Sugar, Soybean Oil. Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Xanthan Gum, Leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate), Guar Gum, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Yeast, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Enzyme.”
  • And Allergens: “Contains Egg Ingredients.”
  • I paid $4.99 in the grocery store.
  • I did not like this Pizza Crust as much as I like the Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I would buy the pizza dough again on occasion to make fun snacks like these Pizza Bites. :) And I can’t wait to try Gina’s Garlic Bread!

Giveaway Details:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN A POST ON AUG. 26, 2013.

Pillsbury® has agreed to let one of Celiac Family’s readers try the new products, too!

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What: Premium Baking Set with a Cookie Sheet, Pie Tin, and Pizza Cutter, and coupons for free Pillsbury® gluten-free dough.

When: Beginning now and continuing through Aug. 23, 2013. One winner will be announced on Aug. 26, 2016.

How to Enter: Do you want to try the Pillsbury® gluten-free dough? Enter the giveaway by simply leaving a comment on this post or the post about Pillsbury’s® Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Tell me why you’re excited to try the new Pillsbury® gluten-free products, and how it will make your life better.

Additional Details: Although you are welcome to and encouraged to comment on each post about the new Gluten-Free Pillsbury® dough products, only one winner will be chosen from CeliacFamily.com.

 Thanks to Pillsbury® for sponsoring today’s post and giveaway.

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