Archive for May, 2014


Before I get to this week’s menu… I didn’t want to let the post go up without mentioning Memorial Day. I just needed to take a moment on this special day to recognize the men and women who gave their lives to fight for our freedom. I am grateful.
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Spring


The theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Cherries. Whether you found fresh cherries at the market, or have to rely on preserves, dried or frozen cherries, there are a lot of great recipes to try. Here are some recipes that got my attention. I’ve got a few of them on my menu this week. I’m also planning to make some snack bars with dried cherries this week.
Entrees/Sides

Desserts/Snacks

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Berry Fruit Salad

Berry Fruit Salad

Indian Chicken

Indian Chicken

Monday – Grilled Burgers and Dogs, grilled potato slices, Berry Fruit Salad

Tuesday – leftovers

Wednesday – Eating Out

Thursday – Pork Chops with Cherry Balsamic Sauce, Rice, Roasted Asparagus

Friday – Roasted Chicken Thighs, Corn on the Cob, Green Beans with Bacon and Tart Cherry Balsamic Glaze

Saturday – Indian Chicken, Basmati Rice, Sautéed Spinach with Bacon and Garlic

Sunday – Smashed Steak Skewers with Cherry Barbecue Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori’s menu this week focuses on American classics, and the Cherry Cobbler she has planned fits in nicely with that theme. Other meals on her menu this week include Pork Chops with Mushrooms, Turkey Burgers, Homemade Hamburger Helper, Chef Salad, Baked Fried Chicken, and Almond Crusted Catfish. Sounds like a tasty week at her house!

Check back later to see who else will be sharing their gluten-free menus with us 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 CeliacFamily.com for sharing gluten-free meal ideas and menus.
  • 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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May
19

Honey — Gluten-Free Menu Plan May 19

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SpringHoney is the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. For quite a while now, I’ve been reducing the amount of sugar in my diet. I have found that honey is a great replacement for sugar. It has a wonderful flavor and is often sweeter than table sugar, so I can add less of it to recipes. FitDay challenges the idea that honey is better for you than white sugar, but does concede the many health benefits of honey.

Health Benefits of Honey. Raw honey has antiviral and antibacterial properties that may actually boost your immune system. Already have a cold? Honey can help suppress a cough, too. This article at MedicalNewsToday says honey can also help heal wounds and burns, fight infections, and prevent acid reflux. Who knew that yummy sweet stuff had so many good properties??

I use honey on a regular, if not daily, basis. I add it to my tea, as well as dressings, marinades, muffins, etc. Check below our menu plan for more gluten-free menus and ideas for including honey in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Baked Salmon with a Honey Balsamic Glaze

Monday – Leftovers

Tuesday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Rainbow Salad with Grapes and Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Wednesday – Eating Out

Thursday – Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Friday – Pizza, Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Saturday – Baked Salmon with a Honey Balsamic Glaze, Rice, Roasted Asparagus

Sunday – Honey Mustard Chicken Kabobs, Spaghetti Squash with Steamed Broccoli

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth has quit buying white sugar, and relies on honey for sweetness. She found that it also helped her when she was sick last winter. She used it to soothe her sore throat, and shared her recipe for a Health Restoring Drink. For dinner this week, she’s starting with Oven-Baked Pancakes with Blueberries, Tuna Apple Salad, Fruited Spinach Melon Salad, Broccoli Quesadillas, Pizza, Smoothies, and Fish.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori says the honey disappears quickly at her house. They like to use it in tea, dressings, and sauces. Lori likes to use it to soothe sore throats, too. This week, she’s using it in a dipping sauce for Chicken Nuggets, in the dressing for Love Potion Salad, and on Drop Biscuits. Other meals at her house this week will include Pizza, Chicken Kebabs, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Baked Potatoes, and Grilled Steaks.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus with us 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 CeliacFamily.com for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for using Cherries 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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May
12

Almond — Gluten-Free Menu May 12

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SpringAlmond is the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. Hopefully, you don’t have an allergy to them. I am happy to say that we can eat them at my house. They aren’t everyone’s favorite, so we are more likely to consume almond as a butter, milk, flour and extract than we are to eat the nuts whole.

Why add almonds to your diet? Adding almonds to your meals is a great way to add flavor and get more protein into your diet. Almonds contain calcium, potassium, iron, and B vitamins. They are an excellent source of vitamin E, contain monounsaturated fats, and no cholesterol. And, fortunately, there are lots of different almond products that are easy to purchase and add to recipes: almond butter, almond milk, almond flour, and almond extract, in addition to the nuts whole, roasted, sliced, seasoned, etc.

Gluten-Free Almond Recipes:

Check below our menu plan for more gluten-free menus and ideas for including almonds in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Monday – Leftovers

Tuesday – Eating Out

Wednesday – Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Thursday – Coconut-Lime Chicken with Almond Dipping Sauce, Jasmine Rice, Roasted Asparagus

Friday – Almond Crusted Salmon with Caramelized Onions and BasilQuinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Saturday – Baby Back Ribs, Country-Fried Potatoes, Rainbow Apple Salad with almond slivers

Sunday – Steak Fajitas with Almond Flour TortillasCorn and Black Bean Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth can’t eat peanuts, but is happy she can eat almonds without problems. She likes almond butter and jelly sandwiches, and almond milk in her coffee and smoothies. She also enjoys using almond flour in baked goods, like Chocolate Paleo Breakfast Cookies and Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. Her dinners this week include Eggs and Vegan Hash, Grilled Cheese, Tomato Avocado Salad, Pasta Salad, Sweet Potato Bean Casserole, Lasagna, Pizza, Fish, and Mango Marriage Saver Smoothie.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori uses almonds in a variety of ways at her house. She uses almond flour as a breading or crispy casserole topping, in baked goods, and as a paste with milk for a facial mask. She also has plenty of almonds in her meals this week:  Mandarin Orange Salad with candied sliced almonds, Almond Pesto Chicken, Almond Crusted Salmon, and Lentil Almond Burgers. Pork Tenderloin and Pork Stir-Fry will also be on her menu this week.

Check back later to see who will be sharing their gluten-free menus with us 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 CeliacFamily.com for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for using Honey 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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ChocolateIt’s Chocolate Week at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. My birthday is later this month, and for some reason when I think of my birthday, I think of chocolate. :) When I looked back at the last time we had chocolate as the theme for the menu swap, I saw that I had chosen it for my birthday then, too. I guess I have always thought of chocolate as the ultimate choice for treats, desserts, and celebrations.

Whether it’s brownies, cake, flourless chocolate torte, chocolate fondue, etc., I am of the opinion that the richer it is, the better. And, recent health studies agree.  One article and video at Medical News Today explains that chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa is good for you to eat. FitDay lists 6 health benefits of eating dark chocolate: Lower Blood Pressure, Helps Control Blood Sugar, Helps Prevent Cancer and Signs of Aging, A Cough Suppressant (really?), High in Vitamins and Minerals, and makes you Feel Happy. :) Wow, that’s a lot of good excuses to eat chocolate, right?

Chocolate Recipes at Celiac Family:

More Chocolate Recipes to Try:

Check below our menu plan for more gluten-free menus and ideas for including chocolate in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad

Monday Parmesan Chicken Nuggets, Waffle Fries, Strawberry Spinach Salad

Tuesday – Hamburgers, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Wednesday – Paleo Chicken Mole

Thursday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken, Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Friday – Grilled Steaks, Oven-roasted Potatoes and Broccoli

Saturday – Chocolate Spiced Pork Chops, Rice Pilaf, Green Beans

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori says she has family birthdays this month, too. But, she’s not making desserts, yet. This week she has two meals with chocolate: Cincinnati Chili and Chicken with Mole Sauce. This week, her family will also be enjoying Chicken Marsala, Lentil Soup, Baked Salmon, and Tacos.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free, and Paleo AIP Candida
Melissa says she can’t tolerate chocolate, so instead enjoys carob as a replacement. Another busy week for Melissa means a simple, but tasty, menu this week: Taco Salad, Pork Roast, Pumpkin Chili, Sloppy Joes, and Pasta with Ground Turkey.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is a chocolate lover, like me! I like how she says that her “favorite chocolate is the kind with little sugar so you can really taste the chocolate.” This week, she’ll be making Lighter Chocolate Muffins, Triple Chocolate MilkshakeBittersweet Chocolate SyrupChocolate Chip LarabarsChocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread, and Paleo Chocolate Breakfast Cookies. Mmmm mmmm, that’s a lot of yummy chocolate! Her dinners this week include Pancakes, Hot Dogs and Beans, Tomato Cucumber Sandwiches, Chef Salad, Crockpot Sweet Potato Basil Soup, Pizza, and Fish.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their 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 CeliacFamily.com for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for using Almond 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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