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This month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re focusing on eating a rainbow of produce. We’re starting the month on the purple side of the rainbow with Eggplant as the theme.

“Eating a Rainbow” has become an easy way to convey the healthy concept of eating a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables. The nutrition experts tell us it’s not enough to just eat fruits and vegetables. Eating a rainbow, or a variety of different colored produce, everyday is a better way to ensure that you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs into your diet. It’s also a great way to encourage kids to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Bananas and carrots are good foods to eat, but without greens and other colors of produce, they probably aren’t getting all the nutrition they need. The color of the fruit or vegetable is a good indication of the vitamins and minerals it contains. Purple Eggplant contains Vitamins B1, B3, B6, and K as well as Copper, Manganese, and Potassium.

Eggplant is a nightshade vegetable that is very versatile, and is found in cooking around the world: Greece, China, Turkey, India, Italy, Spain, etc. Thus, you’ll find it in a very diverse selection of recipes. We don’t eat a lot of eggplant at my house. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I bought it. So, I went looking for some inspiration. I found some great new recipes to try!

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and recipes with Eggplant.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Parmesan Tilapia

Parmesan Tilapia

Rainbow Veggie and Fruit Salad

Rainbow Veggie & Fruit Salad

Monday –  White Chicken Chili with Rice

Tuesday – Hamburgers with Baked Eggplant Fries and Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday –Asian Meatballs with Stir-Fried Eggplant and Rice 

Thursday – Pork Chops, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

FridayParmesan Tilapia with Crispy Baked Eggplant and Asparagus

Saturday – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Rainbow Apple Salad

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Menu
Angela says she cooks eggplant quite a bit during the summer. I love her idea of simply brushing slices of eggplant with olive oil and garlic and grilling it. She also uses it as a pizza topping and in ratatouille. Check out her eggplant recipes for Baked Eggplant Zucchini Spaghetti and Eggplant Caponata. Her family’s dinners this week will be Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken, Southwest Sloppy Joes, Salmon and Asparagus Frittata, and Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa is working on recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free chocolates. We look forward to those recipes! On her dinner plans this week are Pizza Pasta Casserole, Pot Roast, Polish Sausage, Sweet n Sour Chicken, Burgers, Chicken Tacos, and Red Chicken Chili.

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 including Eggplant in meals.

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 next week for sharing gluten-free menus and recipes with Blueberries.
  • 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.
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WinterSquashWinter Squash is this week’s theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. For the roundup of Gluten-Free Menus, visit Angela’s Kitchen this week.

Winter squash is usually harvested in the fall, and stored and eaten throughout the winter months. In fact, because they store so well, many winter squash are often available year round. The wide variety of different types of winter squash include Acorn, Buttercup, Butternut, Carnival, Delicata, Kabocha, Pie Pumpkin, Spaghetti, Turban Squash, and many more.

The winter squash I cook most frequently is spaghetti squash. If you don’t already cook it, you might try the method that works for me. Although not a favorite of the rest of the family, I like to cook it as a side dish for dinners, so I can eat leftovers for lunch.

Although not as often, I also like to cook acorn squash. I cook it similar to the spaghetti squash, roasting halves of it cut-side down in the oven. Then, after it bakes for 25 minutes, I’ll turn the squash over, add a little non-dairy butter and coconut sugar to the hollow of each half, and put it back in the oven for 5-10 minutes. My kids have been hesitant in the past to eat it, but have finally decided they really like it!

Trying some squash varieties new to our meals: 

Don’t forget to check Angela’s Kitchen for more gluten-free menus, meals, and recipes with Winter Squash.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Indian Chicken w/Cinnamon

Indian Chicken

Monday –  Hamburger Stroganoff with Gluten-Free Tagliatelle Noodles, Roasted Cauliflower

Tuesday – Roasted Chicken with Maple Glazed Roasted Delicata Squash and Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday – leftovers

Thursday – Pulled PorkGarlicky Baked Butternut Squash, Green Beans

Friday – Easy Garlic Shrimp over Spaghetti Squash, Simple Asparagus

Saturday – Chicken Wings, Baked Carnival Squash with Apples

Sunday – Quinoa Indian Chicken, Sautéed Garlic Spinach

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, visit Angela’s Kitchen.
  • Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus and recipes with a Rainbow of Foods.
  • 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.
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Feb
16

Gluten-Free Kiwi — Menu Plan Feb. 16

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WinterKiwiThis week’s theme at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Kiwi fruit.

Like clementines, kiwis are another fruit that I usually just cut up and eat fresh. My son likes them in his lunch. And I often add them to smoothies and fruit salads. I enjoy the crispy, little black seeds, too. The fruit is very soft and easy to puree for smoothies, sauces, and dressings.

I don’t usually eat the skin because I don’t care for the fuzzy texture. The skin is edible, however, and a good source of fiber. Kiwi is also a good source of Vitamin C, vitamins E and K, Potassium, Magnesium, and Folic Acid. Studies have shown that kiwi can help you get a good night’s sleep, reduce asthma reactions, reduce blood clot risks, and support the body’s immune system. So, what are we going to do with kiwi this week?

Gluten-Free Kiwifruit Recipes. I’ll start by adding kiwi to my breakfast smoothies. I don’t usually use recipes for smoothies. I simply use whatever fruit I have in the freezer or on the counter, but it’s fun to get some new ideas. And, the smoothie recipes linked below look delicious. I also found some fun breakfast, salad, and dessert ideas to try!

Fruit Pizza for dessert

Kiwi Strawberry Fruit Pizza Dessert

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and recipes with Kiwi.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

Cilantro Rice

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

Monday –  Hamburger Stroganoff with Gluten-Free Tagliatelle Noodles, Roasted Cauliflower

Tuesday – Chicken Tacos with Kiwi Mango Cucumber Salsa

Wednesday –Pizza and Tropical Fruit Salad with Kiwi 

Thursday – Chicken Taquitos using leftover taco meatCilantro-Lime Rice

Friday – Marinated Flank Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Saturday – Rotisserie Chicken, Blueberry Kiwi Mojita Quinoa

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa is looking forward to warmer spring weather. Until then, she’s warming up the kitchen by baking donuts. Yum! I look forward to trying those recipes. For dinners this week, she’s cooking Rosemary Chicken Penne with Peas, Pizza, Lime Cilantro Chicken, Beef Shortribs, Chilaquiles, Beef & Cornbread Skillet, and Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth loves to make a fresh fruit salad of kiwi and strawberries with vanilla coconut yogurt drizzled on top. But, with the cool weather this month, Elisabeth is thinking more about soup! She has Veggie soup, Potato soup, and Tomato Soup on her menu this week. Also on her menu is Apple Tuna Salad, Veggie Sandwiches, Curried Chickpea Wrap, and Pizza.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Menu
Angela shares her recipe for Kiwi Banana Smoothie and some other recipe links she found for Kiwi SorbetKiwi SalsaKiwifruit Pops, and Kiwi Fruit Leathers. Angela is planning to stock up her freezer this week by doubling her dinner meals of Chicken Wild Rice Soup, Meatballs, White Bean & Ham Soup, and Calico Beans. She’s ending the week with Fish Tacos and Red Cabbage Slaw.

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 including Kiwi in meals.

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 next week for sharing gluten-free menus and recipes with Winter Squash.
  • 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.
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WinterClemThis week’s theme at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Clementines.

The clementines and mandarins at the grocery store right now are plump, juicy, and sweet. They are so easy to peel and eat, they are often put in my kids’ lunches to take to school. My family also eats clementines as a snack after school, and added to salads and smoothies for an extra dose of vitamin C.

I found some yummy Smoothie Recipes with Clementines:

I also found some Sweet Gluten-Free Recipes with Clementines — perfect for Valentine’s Day Treats!

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and recipes with Clementines.

Heart-Shaped Treat Ideas

Heart-Shaped Treat Ideas

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Candy

Chocolate Macadamia Candy

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday –  Marinated Chicken Skewers with Clementine Salsa at Perry’s Plate, Rice

Tuesday – Ground Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps, with Guacamole

Wednesday – Crispy Chicken Thighs with Kale in a Clementine Sauce from The Lucky Penny

Thursday – Hamburger Patties, French Fries, Green Peas

Friday – Pork Tenderloin, Spinach Salad with Clementine Wedges and Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Valentine’s Day – Heart-Shaped Pancakes, Bacon, Strawberry-Clementine Fruit Salad

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
This week, Melissa is making use of her slow-cooker for Salisbury Steak and Italian Crockpot Chicken. She’s also making Chicken Italiano, Coconut Curry Chicken, Lemon Rosemary Chicken, meat-filled Pupusas, and Southwest White Chili.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa always manages to plan tasty and filling meals, even with a tight budget. This week at her house, it’s lots of fresh veggies with Roasted Chicken, Chicken Rice Soup, Squash with Ground Turkey, Polish Sausage, Beef Stew, and a Foil Dinner with Hamburger, Potatoes and Carrots. Check out her full menu for breakfast and lunch ideas, too.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is considering making Fudge or Peppermint Patties for Valentine’s Day this week. Her dinner theme for the week is “simple, quick, and budget-friendly.” She’ll be having Zucchini Spaghetti Noodles and Meatballs (Sweet Potato and Black Bean), Sweet Potato and Apples Casserole, Fried Rice with Veggies, Chipotle Copycat Beans and Rice, and Pizza.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Menu
We’re so happy to hear that Angela is feeling better and able to join us for the menu swap again! Angela says her family eats clementines “straight up, freshly peeled, and gobbled down.” For dinners this week, she’s planning Roasted Fish with Potatoes, Tomatoes and Olives, Slow-Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken, Veggies with Dairy-free Creamy Cashew “Cheese” Sauce on Rainbow GF Spiral Pasta, Ginger Beef Stir-Fry, Mexican Fiesta Avocado Stuffed Turkey Burgers, and Heart-shaped Pizza for Valentine’s Day.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for including Clementines in your meals.

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 next week for sharing gluten-free menus and recipes with Kiwi fruit.
  • 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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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Feb
03

gfJules Giveaway Winners Announced

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Thanks to everyone who entered The Real gfJules™ Gluten-Free Baking Mixes Giveaway. These were the comments that were randomly selected to win a gfJules Gluten-Free product.

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Remember…Everyone Can Win a FREE Sample

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