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fallmushroomWe’re sharing ideas for using Fall Produce in our menus this month for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week, I’m looking at gluten-free recipes with Mushroom.

Are Mushrooms Gluten-Free? Being fresh produce, they certainly should be! But, surprisingly, there are some concerns about gluten being used in the process of growing mushrooms. According to this article at VeryWell, rye and wheat bran can be used in the early growth of mushroom spores. But even with mushrooms that are exposed to gluten, the actual amount of gluten is far lower than 20 parts per million. Jennifer at Gluten-Free School further researched the issue, and found that all mushrooms tested below 5 parts per million of gluten.

Mushrooms are widely accepted as safe for celiacs to eat. But since we all have varying levels of gluten sensitivity… If you are frequently eating mushrooms on a regular basis, you should be aware of the possibility of ingesting gluten.  I’ve never noticed my own bad reaction to mushrooms. But, since I have a few meals with mushrooms planned for this week, I’ll be watching for reactions from everyone in our family.

Gluten-Free Mushroom Recipe links:

(GF= Gluten-Free, DF= Dairy-Free, P= Paleo, V= Vegan)

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

MondayPortobello Mushroom Burgers, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Tuesday – Hamburger  and Mushroom Stroganoff over Egg Noodles, Green Beans

Wednesday – Spaghetti Squash, Chicken and Apple Sausage, Kale

Thursday – Beef Stew with Potatoes and Carrots

Friday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Broccoli and Mushroom Quinoa

SaturdayPulled Pork Sandwiches, Roasted Cauliflower, Fries

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
This week, Melissa’s menu plan starts with Mac and Cheese, Steak, and Roast Chicken with Veggies. It finishes with Chicken Enchilada Bake, Burgers, Chicken Fried Rice, and 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 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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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fallgarlicWe’re sharing ideas for using Fall Produce in our menus this month for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week, I’m looking at gluten-free recipes with Garlic.

Five years ago today, I started hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap at Celiac Family. At that time, we had eight other bloggers joining us to share their own gluten-free menu plans to inspire us. During those years, many additional gluten-free bloggers have shared their menu plans with us, and several of those gluten-free bloggers have taken turns to host the GF Menu Swap, too.

Things have changed, and menu planning doesn’t seem to be as trendy as it used to be.  Even though we don’t have as many gluten-free menus to share and review, we’ll continue to post our gluten-free menus for anyone needing ideas for how to feed their family a tasty gluten-free meal. We’re also happy to provide a place for anyone who wants to share their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and meal ideas. I hope you find these weekly posts helpful, and will continue to join us with your own menus, ideas, recipe links, and comments. The themes are optional, chosen simply to give us something to talk about and recipes to focus on.

This week, our theme is garlic. Even when it isn’t the feature of a meal, it often gets added to so many recipes for flavor. On our menu last week was Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta. This week, we’ve got garlic planned for several meals, including our Chili. If I’ve got time, I’ll try the Bacon Garlic Knots. Otherwise, it will be garlic toast made with Schar’s Baguettes. What will you add garlic to this week?

Gluten-Free Garlic Recipe links:

(GF= Gluten-Free, DF= Dairy-Free, P= Paleo, V= Vegan)

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Gluten-Free Egg Rolls

Gluten-Free Egg Rolls

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

MondaySlow-Cooker Lemon & Garlic Chicken, Red Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Tuesday – Chicken Fried Rice, Egg Rolls

Wednesday – Chicken Tacos

Thursday – Chili, Garlic Toast

Friday – Pork Chops with Black Beans, Rice, Green Beans

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Balsamic Salmon, Mashed Garlic Cauliflower

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
One of Melissa’s favorite recipes with garlic is Lemon Garlic Thyme Chicken. One her menu this week is Spaghetti and Meatballs, Teriyaki Chicken, Tacos, Lemon Rosemary Chicken, Bacon Wrapped Chicken, and Lasagna Soup. For more ideas from Melissa, you’ll find her blog at Gluten Free Always Blog.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elizabeth’s menu this week starts with grilled BBQ Chicken, Egg salad (with garlic powder), and One Pot Taco Spaghetti, and finishes with Pizza, Fish, and Hamburgers. Elizabeth shares lots of gluten-free meal ideas on her menu plan this week, including breakfast and lunch, so check it all out at her menu post.

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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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fallcranberryWe’re sharing ideas for using Fall Produce in our menus this month. I am especially focused on gluten-free recipes with Cranberries this week.

I’ve been wanting to make some Cashew Cherry Chocolate Energy Snack Bars to help me with my frequent afternoon slump. We were out of dried cherries, but I was happy to see we had just enough dried cranberries to make them. I also added some flax seed and had to sub in some quinoa pops for some of the rice cereal. It turned out very yummy, and it should get me through a couple weeks.

I haven’t seen fresh cranberries in the grocery stores yet, but I’m sure they’ll be stocked soon enough! Just over a month until Thanksgiving when so many of us will be making cranberry sauce, right? In the meantime, I’ve got to replenish my own stock of dried cranberries and maybe pick up some frozen ones to use in some of these gluten-free recipes.

Gluten-Free Cranberry Recipe links:

(GF= Gluten-Free, DF= Dairy-Free, P= Paleo, V= Vegan)

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Monday – Rotisserie Chicken, Wild Rice, Kale, and Cranberry Pilaf

Tuesday – Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta, Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday – Red Beans and Rice, Green Beans

Thursday – Chicken ChiliAvocado Salsa

Friday – Meatloaf, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Slow Cooker Cranberry ChickenQuinoa Pilaf with Cranberries and Almond

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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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fallbrusselsAs we welcome in the Fall season, we also welcome the Fall Produce this month. I’m thinking about Brussels Sprouts this week. Do you consider Brussels sprouts to be a fall vegetable? I’m usually able to get them year-round in the grocery stores. Sources on the web indicate that they are typically harvested from September through March. So, they should be great right now and the coming months, as well.

Brussels sprouts has become one of my family’s favorite vegetable. Nothing fancy needed for us — just cut in half and cooked with a little oil (or bacon fat) and salt. We either roast in the oven or in a pan on the stove. Even though we’ve all been enjoying the simplicity of it, I thought it would be fun to find some other ways to cook it. And I found quite a variety of tasty recipes to try!

Gluten-Free Brussels Sprouts Recipe links:

GF= Gluten-Free, DF= Dairy-Free, P= Paleo, V= Vegan

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Grilled Flank Steak

Grilled Flank Steak

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Rainbow Veggie/Fruit Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

MondayFlank Steak, Roasted Sweet Potatoes,Spicy Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Tuesday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Rice, Green Beans

Wednesday – Chili and Cornbread

ThursdayBaked Chicken Nuggets, Roasted Potatoes, Mapled Brussels Sprouts

Friday – Fish Tacos, Mango Pineapple Salsa

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – French Bread Pizzas, Rainbow Apple Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Fall veggies on Melissa’s menu are Mashed Potatoes and Loaded Baked Potato Soup. Yum!! Other meals this week will be Mac & Cheese, BBQ Chicken Cornbread, Tacos, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Fried Steak, and Burgers with Bacon.

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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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schoollunchThis week, at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re continuing to share ideas to help with families going Back to School. We’ve shared ideas for Easy, Healthy Breakfasts, Smoothies, After-School Snacks, and now we’re sharing ideas for Packing Healthy Lunches. Although we’re focused on kids taking lunch to school, it also applies for taking lunch to work, packing lunch for a picnic, etc.

I applaud the many schools that have tried to include gluten-free lunch options for students. I understand that many families have been satisfied with it. We, however, have always preferred to pack lunches to take to school. Every school that has offered “gluten-free” lunches for my kids, also included a cross-contamination warning. So, the schools couldn’t guarantee the food would be gluten-free. Taking that risk on a daily basis at school didn’t seem like a good idea for us. Plus, the school nurses at each school, also recommended that the kids bring their own lunches. If the school nurses don’t feel confident in the gluten-free food being offered, then neither do we.

Sometimes my kids say they would like to be able to purchase lunch at school, but they also like knowing that they are going to get what they like to eat in their lunches. So what do they eat? We keep it as easy as possible: a protein, a fruit, a vegetable, a snack, and a drink. That’s it.

  • Protein — deli meat sliced thin rolled up, meat cut into sticks or cubes, bacon strips, chicken nuggets (or leftover chicken from dinner cut into bite-size pieces), nut or seed butters on crackers, hummus, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks
  • Fruit — banana, apple slices, clementines, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, applesauce, peaches…whatever we’ve got in the house
  • Vegetables — carrot sticks, celery, snap peas, spinach leaves, cucumber slices, sweet pepper slices, jicama, etc
  • Snack — chips, gluten-free pretzels, popcorn, Mini-Muffins, crackers
  • Treats — not always, but occasionally we include a gluten-free cookie or a piece of candy
  • Drinks — juice, water bottles, lemonade, Gatorade
  • Napkin and Utensils, if needed.

Fast and Easy. You can buy many things in small serving-size packaging: chips, pretzels, popcorn, apple slices, carrot sticks, etc. But if you want to save some money, just invest in reusable small containerszip-style bags, and bottles. You can even portion the food into the containers on the weekend. Make enough for the whole week, and packing your lunches in the morning just got faster! We usually get it all packed in 5-10 minutes each morning.

Don’t forget about leftovers as an option! Pasta Salads, Rice Salad, Egg Salad, and Bean Salad make great lunches. Even more tempting is when you have a microwave available at work or school to heat up those yummy leftovers from the night before: chili, gumbo, soup, casseroles, Indian Chicken, etc.

What am I missing? If I have forgotten something great or easy that you like to include when packing lunch, please let us all know in the comments. Thanks!

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Indian Chicken

Indian Chicken

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Easy, Hearty Gumbo

Easy, Hearty Gumbo

Monday – Hamburgers, Fries, Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Tuesday – Indian Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Green Beans (great leftovers for lunch this week)

Wednesday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Thursday – Fish and Chips, Peas

Friday – Grilled Lamb Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Spinach

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Gumbo (Leftovers will be good for lunch next week!)

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa shares yummy recipe links this week for her Rosemary Lemon Chicken with Potatoes and Pizza. Also for dinner this week at her house will be Easy Chicken Parmesan with Pasta and Salad, John Wayne Casserole, Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken, Beef and Potato Skillet with Veggies, and Lasagna Soup.

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.
Categories : Menu Plan
Comments (0)