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SeasonalCinnamonDon’t you love all the warm aromatics that spices add to the season and holiday spirit? This month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap we’re going to be sharing ideas for adding Seasonal Scents, or Holiday Spices, to our meals. 

This week’s theme is Cinnamon. I love the smell and taste of cinnamon. I’ve been drinking Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea for about a month now. For dinner this week, I’ll also be enjoying cinnamon with Salmon, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Curry Chicken Salad, Cooked Carrots, Indian Chicken, and Corn Tortilla Chips.

IMG_5006xLater this month, I’ll also be baking with cinnamon in:

I’m hoping to add some new cinnamon recipes to my Pinterest account, so let me know what your favorite recipes are for cinnamon.

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for including cinnamon in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Chicken Salad with Cinnamon

Chicken Salad w/Cinnamon

Indian Chicken w/Cinnamon

Indian Chicken w/Cinnamon

Monday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

Tuesday – Cinnamon-Apricot Glazed Salmon, Rice Pilaf, Asparagus 

Wednesday – Chicken Tacos, Guacamole

Thursday – Chicken Salad Sandwiches, cooked carrots with cinnamon and brown sugar

Friday – Pigs in a Blanket, Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Corn Tortilla Chips

Saturday – Indian Chicken Quinoa with Cinnamon and Green Beans

Sunday – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Tossed Green Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Corn-Free
If you are hoping to make some warm soups this week, check out Melissa’s menu. She is planning to fill the freezer with Sausage Spinach Tomato SoupSlow Cooker Meatball Veggie SoupGarden Veggie Soup, and Chicken Apple Sausage & Kale Soup. For dinners this week, she’ll be making Chicken Pot Pie, Stuffed Green Peppers, Taco Salad, Meatloaf, and Salmon Patties.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori shares her favorite cinnamon recipes with us this week:  Cincinnati ChiliLamb Burgers, and Baked Apples. For dinners this week, she’s planning Spaghetti and Meatballs, Simple Weeknight Chicken with Baked Apples, Turkey Burgers, Chicken Fried Rice, Baked Salmon, and Cincinnati Chili.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth buys cinnamon in bulk because she uses it a lot. This week she’s adding it to sautéed apples, Apple Cider DonutsGrain Free Pumpkin Bread, and Apple Cinnamon Waffles. She even added it to her Mashed Potatoes for lunch yesterday. Dinners at her house this week will include Clam Chowder, Fish, Apple Ginger Carrot Soup, Veggie Soup, and Pizza.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for including cinnamon 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 gluten-free foods with Ginger.
  • 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.
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GFHolidayPartyI hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving this week. I can’t wait to fill my plate with all the yummy foods we’ll be making. If you are still looking for some gluten-free recipes, check out the roundups this month for Gluten-Free Breads, Dressing, and Stuffings, Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts, and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Favorites. 

This week’s theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Gluten-Free Party Food and Drinks. Whether you are getting together with just a few family members or hosting a large holiday party, you will want to have gluten-free party food and drink recipes ready.

I searched through Pinterest for some new recipes to add to my Gluten-Free Appetizers page and Holiday Drinks page. I hope to keep adding to those pages this season.  Here’s a preview of what I’ve found so far…

Follow Heather’s board Gluten-Free Appetizers on Pinterest. 

Follow Heather’s board Holiday Drinks on Pinterest.


Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for gluten-free Party Food & Drinks.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Apple Cranberry Pie

Apple Cranberry Pie

Monday – leftovers

Tuesday – Eating Out

Wednesday – Grilled Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts

Thanksgiving – Turkey, Sweet Potato Casserole, Broccoli CasseroleApple Pie

Friday – Turkey Sandwiches, Cranberry Dressing, Rainbow Apple Salad

Saturday – Grilled Steaks, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Sunday – Rotisserie Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Broccoli

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Corn-Free
Melissa has been so busy that she skipped some menu planning this month. It’s when you’re super busy, that you really need it! So, she’s back to sharing her meals with us. This week, she’ll be eating Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Chili, Salmon, Hamburger Patties, Hamburger Soup, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and Breaded Chicken Breasts. For Thanksgiving, her family will be enjoying Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, Muffins, and Pumpkin Pie.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori and her husband are preparing for the holidays by tracking their weight to avoid the holiday bulge. Stop by her blog to see how this is working for them. Roast Chicken, Chicken and Rice Soup, Burgers, and Migas meals will start their week. Thursday will be a Thanksgiving Feast, and Friday will be Shirley’s Turkey Tetrazzini with Thanksgiving leftovers.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free Party Food and Drinks.

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 gluten-free Party Food and Drinks.
  • 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.
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GFHolidayFavoritesThis week’s theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Favorite Thanksgiving Foods. It’s getting close to Thanksgiving now. If you haven’t started planning your meal or what you’re going to cook, now is the time! This month, we’ve already shared gluten-free Breads, Stuffings & Dressings and Desserts for the Holidays. So what other favorite Thanksgiving foods haven’t we covered?

Gluten-Free Turkey:
Most fresh and frozen turkeys are gluten-free these days, but some are still plumped up with broth and other flavorings that may contain gluten. So make sure you check the labels.

Here’s a list of gluten-free turkeys to look for in the stores.

Our go-to recipe for brining and cooking a turkey is Alton Brown’s method. Just make sure the broth you use is gluten-free.

Gravy:
It’s pretty easy to make gluten-free gravy. You really just need to use cornstarch instead of flour to thicken it. To use cornstarch, it is usually recommended to use 1/2 the amount you would normally use for flour. In addition, you should make a slurry by combining the cornstarch with cold water first, then add it at the end of cooking for thickening. As soon as it’s thickened, you should stop cooking it. If cooked too long, it will break down and become thin again.

If you don’t have a recipe to convert, try one of these gluten-free gravy recipes.

You may be surprised (or maybe not) to find that you can now also purchase Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy Mixes. You can even purchase pre-made and packaged Gluten-Free Organic Roasted Turkey Gravy.

Cranberries:
There is no reason for cranberry sauce, salad, or relish to have gluten in them. But, you never know. So, make sure you check recipes and labels. Try one of these recipes:

Vegetables and Casseroles:

I can’t wait to see what everyone else is planning to make this season. Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for gluten-free Thanksgiving foods.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Cilantro Rice

Cilantro Rice

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Quinoa with Broccoli

Monday – Pizza, Rainbow Apple Salad

Tuesday – Chicken Tacos, Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – Beef Stew, Ciabatta Rolls

Thursday – Taquitos, Cilantro Rice, Guacamole

Friday – leftovers

Saturday – Hamburger Stroganoff, Green Beans

Sunday – Tilapia Parmesan, Quinoa with Broccoli

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Check back later to see who will be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free Thanksgiving Favorite Foods.

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 gluten-free Party Food and Drinks.
  • 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.
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AppleCranPieSliceI love all the traditional foods made for Thanksgiving — turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pies. But sometimes, I like to change things up a little…like adding chocolate to pumpkin pie or pecan pie. This year, I’m not adding chocolate to anything.

Instead, I’m adding cranberries to my apple pie. I absolutely love it! I love the burst of red color it adds to the pie, but I mostly love the burst of flavor it adds to each bite. The sweet apples and crumb topping are nicely complemented by the tart cranberries.

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Apple Cranberry Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pie Crust — uncooked, thawed if previously frozen

5-7 Fresh Apples — peeled, cored, sliced (I used 4 large Golden Delicious apples and 1 Granny Smith.)
1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
1/2 Cup Sugar
1-1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Crumb Topping Ingredients:
1/2 Cup gluten-free Flour (Fine Brown Rice Flour, or a mix of GF Flours)
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks (or Butter, Margarine)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Prepare your gluten-free pie crust.
  3. Mix together the crumb topping ingredients and set aside.
  4. Mix together the 1/2 Cup sugar and 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, and set aside.AppleCranPie
  5. Prepare the apples by peeling the skin, removing the core, and cutting into thick slices.
  6. Place and arrange half the apples in the prepared pie crust. Pour 1/2 the cranberries on top. Then, add the remaining apples, and cranberries on top. I like to pile them high because I know it will cook down.
  7. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the apples and cranberries. Be sure to spread it out evenly over the entire pie.
  8. AppleCranPieCrumbNow add the crumb topping to the pie, carefully spreading it to the edges of the pie crust and covering as much of the fruit as you can.
  9. Cover the pie crust edges with a Pie Crust Shield or strips of aluminum foil to avoid burning the edges. Bake in the oven at 400° for 40 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and place on a baking rack to cool before serving. It slices best if you let it cool to room temperature — about an hour. Enjoy!

Additional Notes:

  • AppleCranPieBakedYou can use whatever apples you like best for baking. I usually use a mix of apples with 1 or 2 Granny Smith apples. Gala and Golden Delicious apples have worked well for me — good texture and flavor, but not too juicy that it runs all over the plate.
  • Need a recipe for a gluten-free pie crust? Check the list of recipes at this Thanksgiving Dessert Roundup.
  • I have also used 1 tub of Pillsbury’s Gluten-Free Pie Crust Dough to make both the crust and the crumb topping, as I did with my Peach Crumb Pie recipe.
  • To make a traditional Apple Pie, I use the same recipe above but without the cranberries. You may need an extra apple instead.

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, where you’ll find more ideas for eating gluten-free!

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Nov
11

FREE Thanksgiving e-Book from GF Jules

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As part of announcing Jules Shepherd’s new website and re-branding of her gluten-free products, she is offering her Gluten-Free Thanksgiving e-Book free for download today through Thursday, Nov. 13.

unnamedJules has updated her Gluten-Free Thanksgiving e-Book this year with even more recipes in this 60-page e-book. It promises to help both those new to the gluten-free diet and those who are familiar with the challenges of navigating the big friends and family gathering. Jules also addresses both issues of hosting Thanksgiving at your house for both GF and non-GF guests, and the issue of being a GF guest in a non-GF household.

In addition to her guidance, this well-organized book includes:

  • 31 gluten-free and dairy-free recipes with nutritional information
  • a list of non-dairy and vegan ingredient substitutions, and
  • a timeline helping you plan your meal in advance.

This Gluten-Free Thanksgiving e-book is usually $12.95. But, with coupon code gfjules54601c422cfe8, you can download it for free until Nov. 13.

To get your copy:

  1. Go to http://gfjules.com/shop/gluten-free-thanksgiving-ebook/;
  2. Enter the code gfjules54601c422cfe8 into the box next to Apply Coupon;
  3. Click on “Apply Coupon” and then “Proceed to Checkout”;
  4. Fill out the form with your contact information, and click on “Place Order”;
  5. Scroll down the next page under the Product Details and click on “Download file: Gluten Free Thanksgiving Ebook”
  6. Open the file and start planning your Thanksgiving meal!

If you forget to enter the coupon code on the first page, you can also enter the coupon on the next page where it says “Click here to enter Coupon.”

Feel free to browse and/or purchase any of the new GFJules products while you’re there. I’m looking forward to trying her Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mix and Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Mix. And don’t miss her Gluten-Free Gingerbread House Kit, which is also free while supplies last when you purchase $54 or more of products.