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RainbowCarrotsIt’s the final week of Eating a Rainbow of produce at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. So far, we’ve explored gluten-free ways of eating Eggplant, Blueberries, Cabbage, and Pineapple. This week’s theme is Carrots.

 

Carrots for Health. Remember the episode of Gilligan’s Island (Pass the Vegetables Please) when Mary Ann got super-human eyesight from eating carrots grown from seeds that washed up on shore? OK, maybe I’m dating myself by remembering the fun, silly show. But it’s true that carrots are good for your eyesight. That’s due to the high amount of Vitamin A and beta carotene in carrots. Carrots also contain Vitamins K, C, B, and E as well as potassium, manganese, and folate. The anti-oxidants in carrots may also help support good cardiovascular health, and help fight cancer.

Eating Carrots. We mostly eat carrots raw at my house. It goes into the kids’ lunches almost every day, and is frequently added to our salads and slaws. We love the sweet crunch for snacks on road trips, too. There are few ways I like to eat them cooked: stir-fried, candied, and in soups and stews. And, did I mention in baked goods? yum!

Try some of these Gluten-Free Carrot Recipes:

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

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

Seven-Layer Salad

Seven-Layer Salad

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Monday –  Pork Chops with Black Beans, Rice, Slow-Cooker Balsamic Carrots

Tuesday – Chicken Tacos, Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – Stir-Fried Chicken with Cabbage, Carrots, Bean Sprouts, and Water Chestnuts

Thursday – Seven-Layer Salad with Bacon, Shredded Carrots, Spinach, etc. with Creamy Dill Dressing

FridayGarlic Shrimp with Tempura Coated Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Carrots

Saturday – Leftover Buffet

Easter – Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Casserole, and Carrot Cake

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa is eating carrots this week in Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup and Cabbage Soup. Her family will also be eating Fish and Chips, Iranian Kebab, Cabbage and Beef Casserole, Pumpkin Chili, and Tuna Noodle Casserole.

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 Carrots 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 Arugula.
  • 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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RainbowPineapplePineapple is up this week as our theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. Check out the other colors of the rainbow we’re eating this month: Eggplant, Blueberries, and Cabbage.

I love Pineapple. I like to eat it just freshly cut. But I also use it in smoothies, fruit salads, salsas, grilled, etc. If you are one who complains that the harsh acidic taste makes your mouth burn, you may want to try salting it first. It might sound strange, but it works well for some people. Sprinkle a little salt on it, and then rinse off the salt with water before you enjoy the sweet pineapple. You may find that it makes the pineapple taste even sweeter.

Here are a few CeliacFamily favorite Pineapple Recipes:

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Mimosas

Tropical Mimosas

Tropical Black Bean Salad

Tropical Black Bean Salad

 

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is hosting the Gluten-Free Roundup this week. There you’ll find more gluten-free menus, meals, and recipes with Pineapple.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday –  BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (Pulled Pork recipe, but using chicken instead), Roasted Potatoes, Sauteed Zucchini

Tuesday – Ground Beef Tacos, Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Mango Salsa, Rice

Thursday – Hamburgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans

Friday – Fried Cod, Corn on the Cob, Peas

Saturday – Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Pineapple, Jasmine Rice

Sunday – leftovers…or maybe Sweet and Sour Pork

Gluten-Free Menu Swap Roundup

  • For this week’s roundup, visit Angela’s Kitchen.
  • Join us next week back at CeliacFamily.com for sharing gluten-free menus and recipes with Carrots.
  • 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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RainbowCabbage This month, we’re Eating a Rainbow of produce at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week’s theme is CABBAGE!

I’m not a big fan of cabbage. Honestly, I can think of lots of other green produce I would prefer. But, it just seems appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day, don’t you think? And, I do like cabbage in slaws. I also like to use red cabbage in salads for its nice color.

Eating Cabbage for Health. It’s not surprising that eating raw or quickly-cooked cabbage will give you the most health benefits. You don’t want to cook out all the good stuff! It’s high in Vitamins K and C, and contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6. It’s also high in Manganese and Potassium, and contains magnesium, calcium, and iron.

Adding Cabbage To Your My Diet. The research on all the vitamins and minerals in cabbage, and the health benefits is overwhelming. After reading some articles about the nutritional qualities of cabbage, I’ve determined it should be a regular part of our diet! This article by Mercola sums it up: “Ample proof is available showing cabbage to have more medicinal value than any other natural food. It helps heal stomach ulcers and may help prevent cancer. Colon, prostate, and breast cancer risk are minimized with good amounts of cabbage in the diet. In fact, some studies indicate that cabbage ingestion may be more effective than any other treatment.” And The World’s Healthiest Foods says you should eat it 2-3 times a week. I’m definitely taking another look at this vegetable.

Brassicas: Cooking the World’s Healthiest Vegetables: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More I pulled this cookbook off my shelf for inspiration, and found a couple great new recipes to try: Greek Shaved Cabbage and Fennel Salad and Five-Spice Red Cabbage Salad.

I found some fun new Gluten-Free Recipes on the web, too:

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

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Slow-Cooked Pulled Chicken

Slow-Cooked Pulled Chicken

Spicy Slaw

Spicy Slaw

Irish Potato Farls

Irish Potato Farls

Monday –  BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (Pulled Pork recipe, but using chicken instead) with Spicy Slaw

Tuesday – Corned Beef and Cabbage

Wednesday – Leftover Buffet

Thursday – Hamburgers with Irish Potato Farls and Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

FridayFish Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw

Saturday – Eating Out

Sunday – Pizza with Five-Spice Red Cabbage Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Menu
Since avoiding boiled, mushy cabbage, Angela has found that she loves cabbage cooked other ways. She has some great recipes for it, too: Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole, Napa Cabbage Slaw, Mongolian Chicken and VeggiesKimchi, Cilantro Cashew Salad, Apple Slaw, Chinese Dumplings (Potstickers), Fish Tacos with Red Cabbage SlawSlow Cooker Moo Shu ChickenCorn RelishSlow Cooker Pork Lo Mein, and Honey-Orange Bean & Vegetable Slaw. In addition to the Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole she’s making this week for dinner, she’ll also be making Teriyaki Burgers, Mongolian Chicken and Veggies, Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes, and Pineapple-Garlic Pork Chops.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is making a Stir-Fry this week with noodles, cabbage, and coconut aminos. She’ll also be having Rotisserie Chicken, Tomato Soup, Freezer Burritos, Cauli-Power Fettichini “Alfredo”, Copycat recipes for Chipotle Beans and Rice, Veggie Sandwiches, and Pizza. She also has a link for GF, Paleo, and GAPS-friendly Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites, I need to try.

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 Cabbage 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 at Angela’s Kitchen for sharing gluten-free menus and recipes with Pineapple.
  • 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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RainbowBlueberryNext on our list of Eating a Rainbow this month is Blueberries, and that’s the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap.

There aren’t a lot of blue foods to use for eating a rainbow, so it’s a good thing we have blueberries! Blueberries have been praised for years for being a superfood. That’s because of its amazing anti-oxidant qualities. Although putting them into baked goods (umm… muffins!) is very tasty and common, you’ll get the most nutritional benefits from them if eaten raw. You can also use frozen blueberries without losing the many nutritional benefits.

Nutritional benefits, you ask? These little blue gems contain high levels of Vitamins K and C, Manganese, and Copper. They also have a variety of anti-oxidants that support the body’s good health. Eating blueberries can help support your cardiovascular system, balance your blood sugar, fight cancers, support good eye health, and even prevent memory loss. Fortunately, finding yummy Gluten-Free Blueberry Recipes isn’t difficult, especially if they’re for Breakfast and Desserts.

Fruit Pizza Bars

Fruit Pizza Dessert Bars

Desserts

Breakfast

Berry Fruit Salad

Berry Fruit Salad

Salads

Entrees

Blueberry Pom Cosmo

Blueberry Pom Cosmo

Snacks and Other

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

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Marinated Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

Monday –  Beef Stew with red potatoes and carrots

Tuesday – Grilled Chicken Breasts, Tropical Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Wednesday – Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Thursday – Sloppy Joes, Sweet Potato Fries, Roasted Broccoli

Friday – Seared Salmon with Blueberries, Roasted Asparagus, Rice

Saturday – Marinated Flank Steak, Power Greens Salad with Blueberries and Almonds

Sunday – Leftover Buffet!

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Menu
I love Angela’s Chicken Blueberry Mango Salad, and she has a lot more great blueberry recipes to share this week, too: Coffee Cake in a JarPapaya & Coconut Chicken Salad, Lemon Berry Donut Holes, and Purple Power Smoothie. Her family also likes to add them to coconut yogurtBaked Apple Oatmealpancakes and Berry Lemon Muffins. Oh the yummy ways to eat blueberries!! For dinners this week, Angela will be making Omelettes, Peanut and Cilantro Chicken, Fish Tacos, and Gingered Beef and Broccoli Salad Bowl.

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 Blueberries 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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RainbowEggplant

 

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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