Archive for December, 2017

Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying the holidays with friends and family. Or, just enjoying a peaceful day with healthy foods to fill you up. This is our last week of the Happy Healthy Holiday theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. If you missed previous weeks, check out Healthier Gluten-Free CookiesHealthier Gluten-Free Sweet Treats, and Healthier Gluten-Free Vegetable Dishes. This week, we’re sharing ideas for Healthy Holiday Drinks to take us into the New Year celebrations, too. 

Don’t forget about the drinks you’re sipping this holiday season! Like many holiday recipes, they can be full of sugar, alcohol, and milk/cream, which can leave you feeling bloated, tired, and unbalanced. Here are some tasty alternatives that won’t make you feel left out of the holiday cheers!

All of these recipes I found are Gluten-Free (GF) and Dairy-Free (DF). Some are also Paleo (P), and/or Vegan (V). Some even have healthy, superfood ingredients, like antibacterial and antiviral herbs and spices, and vitamin-rich juices. Warm or cold, alcohol or not, use these festive recipes as a guide for healthier drink choices, but make any ingredient changes that work best for you.

Healthy, Gluten-Free Non-Alcoholic Drinks for the Holidays:

Gluten-Free, Healthier Alcoholic Cocktail Recipes:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Rainbow Apple Salad

White Chicken Chili

Christmas Day – Beef Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Veggies

Tuesday – leftovers

Wednesday – Eating Out

Thursday – Soup

Friday – Salmon with Balsamic Glaze, Rice, Green Beans

Saturday – Hamburgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Rainbow Apple Slaw

New Year’s Eve – Chicken Chili, Rice

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

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.
  • 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. We welcome suggested themes, too!

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.

* Amazon affiliate link.

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Yikes! There’s only a few days left to order any last minute holiday gifts. Here are a few ideas for you.

Gluten-Free Cookies shipped to you (or to friends and family) from Dancing Deer Baking Co.:

Dancing Deer has several options for Gluten-Free items: Molasses Cookies, Brownies, and gift baskets. The Molasses Cookies are also dairy-free, and they sent me a box of the Molasses Cookies to try. The entire family loved them! They are large, soft and chewy cookies with the tasty flavors of molasses, cinnamon, and cloves.

The Molasses Cookie gift box contains 14 perfectly-packed cookies and would be a welcome treat for anyone, but especially for those who don’t eat gluten or dairy. Send them to friends and family, put them out at your holiday party, take to a party to share, or put them out for Santa. I’m sure all will enjoy them.

*Although the cookies are certified Gluten-Free, the package labeling does state they were “produced in a facility that uses milk, soy, wheat, peanuts & tree nuts.”

 

My Cookbook Choices at Amazon this year.

 

Stock the Crock by Phyllis Good
Let me start by saying that not all of the recipes in this book are gluten-free, but that’s partly what I like about it. Most of the recipes have easy fixes for different diets, including Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, and even cooking for picky eaters. That means you could give this cookbook to friends and family who don’t cook or eat gluten-free. And…they would be able to make an easy slow-cooker meal that would work for friends and family who are gluten-free. Or, perhaps they have friends that have multiple diet restrictions. This cookbook is easy to follow, has lots of wonderful pictures, and lots of tempting recipes.

The first part of the cookbook also gives lots of tips on cooking with a slow-cooker. From the size of the slow-cooker, to poaching and baking tips, to hacks for cooking two recipes at the same time, or even using it as a cooler! This book is filled with great information and recipes for using your slow-cooker.

We received a copy of the cookbook, and were able to try the Screamin’ Good Carnitas recipe. Everyone in the family loved it the first night, when we just served the meat straight out of the slow-cooker. Since we had so much leftover, the second night I baked the remaining meat on a sheet pan in the oven, as the recipe suggests. It was even tastier. Another great recipe for a party or large family gathering.

Stock the Crock has 100 recipes within the categories of Soups, Stews, and Chowders; Vegetarian and Pasta Mains; Poultry; Beef and Pork; Fish and Seafood; Sides; and Sweet Treats. Plenty of options for a variety of diets and tastes are sure to please everyone.

 

The Cultured Cook by Michelle Schoffro Cook

This paperback book is full of “Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.” Sound good? If it doesn’t sound good to you now, just wait until after the holidays. You know, after we’ve indulged in all the delicious, but full-of-sugar and other inflammatory foods that we eat during the holidays.

I’m sure in January, when everyone is thinking about exercising and getting back to healthier living, this book will be at the top of the list. All of the recipes in the book are Gluten-Free and Vegan and include recipes for making Dairy-Free Yogurt; Vegan Cheeses; Sauerkraut, Pickles, and Cultured Vegetables; Fruit Cultures and Homemade Vinegars; Cultured Beverages; and snack and dessert Recipes Using Your Cultured Creations.

The Cultured Cook introduces fermented foods and explains how important they are for good health. The health benefits are numerous, from Nutrition Absorption and Prevention of Inflammation to Killing Superbugs and Preventing Disease. The Cultured Cook goes into detail about how fermented foods can also help with weight loss. I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes, and not just the tempting ice cream and cheesecake recipes. 🙂 Salsas, Chutneys, Vinegars, and more!

 

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We’re only a week away from Christmas, and continuing the Happy Healthy Holiday theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. If you missed previous weeks, check out Healthier Gluten-Free Cookies and Healthier Gluten-Free Sweet Treats. This week, we’re sharing ideas for Healthy Holiday Vegetable Dishes. 

You may not think vegetable dishes need to be healthier, but I think there are simple changes to recipes that can improve veggie dishes. Many recipes add lots of unnecessary sugar, salt, cream and butter, which adds fat and calories, masks the natural flavors of the vegetables, and causes bloating and inflammation.  Instead, why not try recipes that include anti-microbial herbs, anti-oxidant fruits, and/or anti-inflammatory spices.

All of the recipes I found are Gluten-Free (GF) and Dairy-Free (DF). Some are also Paleo (P), and/or Vegan (V). Most of these recipes are also free of refined sugar, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t full of delicious flavor. Use these recipes as a guide to good health, and make any ingredient changes that work for you.

Healthy, Gluten-Free Vegetable Dishes for the Holidays:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Cilantro Rice

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Grilled Flank Steak

Monday – Pizza, Raw Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Tahini Maple Dressing

Tuesday – Taquitos with Mexican Chicken and Cilantro Lime Rice

Wednesday – leftovers

Thursday – Baked Ham, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Friday – Eating Out, maybe Chickfila

Saturday – Chili, Corndog Mini-Muffins

Sunday – Flank SteakRoasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

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.
  • 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. We welcome suggested themes, too!

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.

* Amazon affiliate link.

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Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and feeling well. For the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month, we’re continuing the Happy Healthy Holiday theme. This week, we’re finding healthy sweet treats.

Since we’re busy with holiday activities, our meals this week will be simple, quick and easy. The only new recipes we might be trying this week are sweets. Since I’m trying to keep our foods a little healthier than the usual, I’ll use less sugar but add ingredients that are beneficial for good health.  Those ingredients may have more fiber, more vitamins, anti-inflammatory benefits, or even immune boosters to keep us healthy through the holidays.

I found a variety of recipes that can accommodate a variety of diets. All of the recipes are Gluten-Free (GF) and Dairy-Free (DF). In addition, some of these recipes are Paleo (P), and/or Vegan (V). Most of these recipes are also free of refined sugar, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t sweet and satisfying. Can’t wait to try some of them!

Healthy, Gluten-Free Sweet Treats for the Holidays:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Cilantro Rice

Parmesan Tilapia

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Monday – Spaghetti and Meatballs, tossed green salad

Tuesday – Rice Bowl with Mexican Chicken and Cilantro Lime Rice

Wednesday – Indian Chicken, Green Beans

Thursday – Hamburgers, Fries, Roasted Broccoli

Friday – Tilapia Parmesan, Rice, Asparagus

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Pulled Pork, Sweet Potatoes

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

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.
  • 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. We welcome suggested themes, too!

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.

* Amazon affiliate link.

Categories : Menu Plan
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Aaaaggh!! It’s December! There is no denying that we are in the midst of the holiday season, and life is getting a little busier with holiday activities. For the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month, we’ll be building on last year’s Happy Healthy Holiday themes. This week, we’re starting with Cookies.

During the busy holidays, we sometimes let our healthy eating habits slide into whatever is easiest to grab. And that includes indulging in all the goodies that the season brings. Take a little time to plan a healthy meal and make some healthy, but satisfying, holiday treats, too. You’ll enjoy the tastes of the holiday, but you’ll still have good energy from healthy foods to enjoy all of the holiday excitement.

This week, we’re looking at making some yummy, but healthier gluten-free cookies to keep our bodies and our spirits bright. “Healthier” may mean different things to different people, so I’ve found a variety of recipes that can accommodate a variety of different diets. All of the recipes are Gluten-Free (GF) and Dairy-Free (DF). In addition, some of these recipes are Paleo (P), and/or Vegan (V). Most of these recipes are also free of refined sugar, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t sweet and satisfying. I hope you find some yummy recipes to tempt you. Give one or two of them a try, and let me know how they turned out! I can’t try all of them myself. 🙂

Gluten-Free Cookies for the Holidays:

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Avocado Salsa

Rainbow Apple Salad

White Chicken Chili

 

Monday – Mock Tender Roast, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans

Tuesday – Bacon-Wrapped Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday – Fish and Chips, Peas

Thursday – Mexican Chicken Tacos, Avocado Salsa

Friday – French Bread Pizza, Rainbow Apple Salad

Saturday – Chicken Chili, Rice

Sunday – leftovers

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for winter produce.

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.
  • 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. We welcome suggested themes, too!

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.

* Amazon affiliate link.

Categories : Menu Plan
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