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No theme this week for the Menu Plan. However, if you’re still looking for Gluten-Free ideas for Valentine Treats, check out all the recipe links on last week’s postI included recipe links for both indulgent sweet treats and healthier treats for Valentine’s Day.

Gluten-free treats at my house this week will include:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Honey Dressing

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

 

 

Monday – Rotisserie Chicken, Creamer Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts

Tuesday – leftovers

Wednesday – Heart-Shaped Pizza, Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Thursday – Chicken Apple Sausage, Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes

Friday – Balsamic Salmon, Quinoa with Broccoli

Saturday – Eating Out

Sunday – Chili and Cornbread

 

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.

 

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Valentine’s Day is next week, and I found some recipes for indulgent, gluten-free sweet treats, but also found some recipes that are even healthier treats to make and enjoy. So whether you are looking for an indulgent way to celebrate, or a healthier way to celebrate the day, I’ve got some ideas for you.

For the usual treats, I often pull out my heart-shaped cookie cutters and use it on sugar cookie dough, sweet red gelatin blocks, brownies, etc. This year, I also searched for some healthier treats. That may mean that in addition to being gluten-free (GF), they are also dairy-free (DF), sugar-free, Paleo (P), or Vegan (V). If you have any favorite recipes or treats ideas, please share them with us!

Heart-Shaped Gluten-Free Treats
(Amazon links are indicated with *, so you can see what I mean.)

Gluten-Free Chocolate Valentine Treats

Healthier Gluten-Free Valentine Treats:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Cilantro Rice

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Chicken Vindaloo

Monday – Fish and Chips, Roasted Cauliflower

Tuesday – Eating Out

Wednesday – Shredded Chicken Taquitoes, Cilantro Rice

Thursday – Lamb Leg Steaks, Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Friday – Chicken Apple Sausage, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Chicken Vindaloo, Rice, Roasted Broccoli

 

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.

 

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Healthy Eating is the theme at Celiac Family this month.  If you missed them, check out past posts with lots of great recipe links and ideas for eating healthy:

Detox and Green Smoothies

Healthier Snacking

Alternative Sweeteners

Immune Boosting Superfoods

Heart-Healthy Meals

Paleo AIP Meals

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Simple Asparagus

Monday – Fish Tacos, Red Cabbage Slaw

Tuesday – Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Wednesday – Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken

Thursday – Chili with Roasted Cauliflower

Friday – Easy Garlic Shrimp over Rice Noodles, Green Beans

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Hamburger Patties, Sweet Potatoes, Simply Tasty Asparagus

 

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.

 

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We’re continuing with Healthy Eating at Celiac Family this month.  This week, I’m sharing a list of some alternative sweeteners to replace refined white sugar. We all need a little sweetness sometimes, but we really don’t need all the sugar that is sometimes needlessly added to so many recipes and food products. Over the last 10 years, I have realized how little sugar I really need to feel satisfied. I’ve dramatically cut it back in recipes, or replaced it completely with more natural sweeteners.

There are a lot of alternative sweeteners available these days. At my house, I usually use coconut sugar, coconut nectar, or date syrup in recipes. I also have honey for those who want it in their tea and pure maple syrup for those who want it on pancakes.

I have also used agave syrup with good results in recipes. I tried Monk Fruit and Stevia, but I wasn’t crazy about them. I like the taste and texture of xylitol, but I use it sparingly. What sweeteners do you like to use?

Gluten-Free Sweeteners, Sugar-Free Substitutes:

  • Agave Syrup — You can usually use a smaller amount than called for in recipes.
  • Coconut Sugar (granulated) and Coconut Nectar (like a syrup) — Most brands have little or no coconut flavor at all. I use them in recipes for baked goods and sauces.
  • Dates and Date Syrup — Chop or puree the dates for recipes, or use pure date syrup.
  • Fresh Fruit and Juice — I don’t add any sweeteners to smoothies. The fruit is enough for me! Add fruit to salads and other dishes for a little added sweetness.
  • Honey — Buy locally-sourced honey and reduce amounts when needed for some recipes (marinades, dressings, baked goods, etc.).
  • Maple Syrup — Buy the real stuff, not the “maple-flavored table syrup.” This will add some maple flavoring to your recipes, too.
  • Monk Fruit — Granulated or powdered forms. Some monk fruit sweeteners have added ingredients, so check the labels carefully!
  • Stevia — Comes in different forms: liquid drops, powder, granules. Easy to add to drinks and recipes, needing just a few drops or sprinkled granules. A little goes a long way because it is very sweet. Be sure to read the packaging for how much to add. Stevia also comes in a variety of flavors.
  • Xylitol — Granulated. As with other sugar alcohols, like sorbitol, this can cause abdominal distress for some people if eaten in large amounts.

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Chicken Vindaloo

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Monday – Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower, Asparagus

Tuesday – Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze, Rice, Green Beans

Wednesday – Pork Chops, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Spinach

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Chicken Vindaloo, Rice, Roasted Broccoli

Saturday – Pizza and Smoothies

Sunday – Roasted Turkey Breast, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

 

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.

 

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We’re continuing with Healthy Eating at Celiac Family this month.  This week, I’m sharing some recipe links for healthier snacks. All of them are gluten-free (GF) and Dairy-Free (DF), and most are also free of refined sugar (SF). There are also some suggestions for Vegan (V) and Paleo (P) diets.

Don’t be afraid to try them just because they don’t have sugar and dairy. They are just as tasty…really! They simply use more natural sources for sweetners, like fruit, dates, honey, maple syrup, etc.

Are you a snacker? Do you have some great ideas for healthier snacks? Here some yummy recipes I found online.

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Snacks

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Eggs & Hashbrowns Casserole

Easy, Hearty Gumbo

Avocado Salsa

 

Monday – Egg and Hashbrowns Casserole, Fruit Salad

Tuesday – Hamburgers, French Fries, Garlic & Dill Zucchini

Wednesday – Gumbo with Rice

Thursday – Chicken Fajitas, Avocado Salsa

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Spinach Salad

Sunday – Lamb Roast, 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.

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