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Thanks for joining us once again. As the year comes to an end, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our hosts and contributors of the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this year: Angela of Angela’s Kitchen (who also graciously contributes her time to create the weekly artwork, too), Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness, Melissa at Mom’s Plans, Amanda at Gluten-Free Detroit Metro, Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life, Paige at Not Missing a Thing!, Renee of Beyond Rice and Tofu, Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom, Samantha at Awkward Girl Gets Fit, Elisabeth at The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything, Lisa at Extraordinary Life, Fawn at Dietz Eatz, Lori at GlutenFreeWeek, and Erin from Little E’s Kitchen.

Together, we’ve shared gluten-free meal ideas for fruits and vegetables, meats, sweets, holiday dishes, and more. If you didn’t see them the first time the roundups were posted, take a look and see what you missed. Following are just some of the more popular gluten-free menu themes for 2013. For the full list, you can browse the Gluten-Free Menu Swap Schedule for past themes. We hope you’ll join us and share your own ideas in 2014!

Fruits:
BananaLemonsStrawberry

 

 

 

 

Vegetables:
ButternutCarrotsGarlicScreen-Shot-2013-07-24-at-10.02.18-AMMushroomsSpaghetti Squash

Meats:
BaconBeeflamb

Sweets:
CakesPies

Holidays:
RedWhiteBlueThanksgivingHolidayFaves

More:
30MinuteBreakfastslowcook28

Be sure to check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below, where there will be more gluten-free menus and recipe links for Gluten-Free meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Gluten-Free Beignets

Gluten-Free Beignets

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Monday –  Using leftover turkey to make a White Chili. Serving over rice.

New Year’s Eve – Thick Crust Pepperoni Pizza, Spinach Salad, Chocolate Fondue

New Year’s Day – I promised the kids Beignets for breakfast. For dinner: Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries and Green Beans

Thursday – Roasted Chicken, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Friday – Beef Stew with carrots and potatoes, Gluten-Free Garlic Bread

Saturday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders served with Rice and Broccoli

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa is planning to fill the freezer again this week. I love the plans she has for potatoes and kale this week: Potato, Kale and Sausage Soup and Mashed Potato and Kale Cakes. The rest of her week looks pretty good, too: Slow-Cooker Sausage & Peppers, Southwestern Chicken Soup, Chicken Chili with Pesto, and Sloppy Joe’s. Don’t forget to check out her full menu for all the recipe links.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
This week, Elisabeth is sharing her favorite recipe modifications from the past year for Potato SoupStrawberry ShortcakeApple Dumplings and Lemon Curd. She also has some great breakfast ideas to share for Paleo Breakfast Cookies, Chocolate Chip Muffins, and Healthy Banana Donuts. For dinners, she’ll be trying my Egg Rolls with Fried Rice and Chicken, Chicken Nuggets, Pizza, and Smoothies.

Check back later to see who else may be joining the menu swap this week.

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 again next week for sharing gluten-free menus and “Something New”.
  • 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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The theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Entertaining. With Christmas and New Year parties this month, entertaining with gluten-free foods may cause you concern. Whether you are gluten-free, or want to prepare gluten-free meals for friends and family, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Stick with whole foods and recipes with simple ingredients. Here are some of the recipes we’ve used when entertaining friends and family.

Cocktails:

Chocolate Martinis

Chocolate Martinis

Appetizers:

Main Dish:

Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Sides:

Desserts:

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Breakfast/Brunch:

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below will have more gluten-free menus and recipe links for Gluten-Free Entertaining. We’d love to hear your ideas for entertaining with gluten-free foods, too. Please share them in the comments below or link up your menu post.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Marinated Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Monday –  Chicken Tacos  with Corn Tortillas and Guacamole

Christmas Eve – Roasted Turkey Breast, Sweet Potato Casserole, Broccoli and Mushroom CasseroleApple Crumb Pie

Christmas Day – Smoked Beef Brisket, Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Spinach Salad, Pumpkin Pie

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta with Green Beans

Saturday – Grilled Flank Steak, Steak Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Sunday – Chicken Chili served over rice

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa is planning for holiday parties, by making Banana Bread (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free) and gluten-free pretzels dipped in melted chocolate chips (allergen-free Enjoy Life brand). She’s also planning a special breakfast for Christmas morning with a Blueberry Buckle and Sausage. For dinners this week, her family with be eating Salmon, Pork Chops, Hamburger Soup, Sausage and Peppers, Ham for Christmas, Ground Beef Goulash, and Cabbage and Ham Sauté.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth has found some great recipes at Gluten-Free on a Shoestring that are perfect to make this holiday: Dairy-Free Egg NogReally Nice Dairy-Free FudgeGluten-Free Gingerbread Men Cookies, and Quickest Yeast-Free Cinnamon Buns. She also plans to make the Apple Clafoutis from The Nourishing Gourmet for breakfast this week. Dinners for her family this week will be Waffles, Shepherd’s Pie, Clam Chowder, Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Grilled Shrimp with Fruit Salsa, Salmon BLT, Pizza, Fish, and Mac & Cheese. Looks like a busy week of cooking and baking at her house!

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela entertained friends this month with what looks like it was a very fun cookie decorating party. I love that idea! In addition to the cookies, she says she keeps the slow-cookers going with soup and chili to keep everyone fed. For dinners this week, she’ll be making Slow-Cooker Island Pork Roast, Herbed Roast Beef for Christmas Eve dinner, and Thai Thighs. Christmas morning, her family will be enjoying  Caramel Pecan French Toast Casserole with Homemade Turkey Sausage.

Check back later to see who else may be joining the menu swap this week.

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 again next week for sharing gluten-free menus.
  • 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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Yes! There’s still time to order last-minute Christmas gifts!  All of these cookbooks are available on Amazon, and can be shipped in time for Christmas. In fact, if you are a Prime Member on Amazon* (as I have been for several years), you can get free two-day shipping and still get your packages there by Christmas. You just need to order your gifts by Sunday (Dec. 22, 2013)! So, on to the cookbooks….


The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes: 100% Gluten-Free
If you’ve been interested in trying a Paleo diet, but were worried about how much time and effort it would take to do it, this may be just the cookbook you need to get started. Who doesn’t love the convenience of a slow-cooker dinner? This cookbook has a variety of intriguing meals to try. Try recipes for Spicy Tamari Almonds, African-Style Chicken in Onion Gravy, Mussels in Lemongrass Tomato Broth, Chinese-Style Braised Pork, and Chocolate Flan with Toasted Almonds.


Easy Everyday Gluten-Free Cooking: Includes 250 Delicious Recipes
Heather Butt and Donna Washburn put together another fabulous gluten-free cookbook. This large, and very thick paperback cookbook is filled with 250 recipes including Breakfast, Quick Breads, Soups, Salads, Main Entrées, Bread Machine Recipes, and Desserts. I love the format of the book, with each recipe including tips and nutritional values per serving in the margin. I’m looking forward to trying the Almond Sponge Cake!


Gluten Free Goes Gourmet
In this beautiful hardback cookbook, author Vicky Pearl creates elegant recipes that are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, Low Glycemic, and Kosher. I LOVE that each recipe includes a full-page photo of the finished product. I love to see how a recipe is supposed to look, and also get ideas for a nice presentation. There’s nothing missing from this cookbook: Drinks, Salads, Soups, Meat & Poultry, Fish, Sides, Breads, and Desserts. I am personally excited to try out the  ”Magnificent Mock Dairy” recipes.


Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread: (Biscuits, Bagels, Buns, and More)
This paperback book was written by Nicole Hunn, author of her first cookbook Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap and website blog of the same name. This cookbook gives great details to help you recreate the mouth-watering breads pictured in the book. It also includes information about different flours to use, and a whole chapter on what to expect from gluten-free bread. I just got a copy of this in the mail, and I can’t wait to give it a try!


Green Smoothies for Every Season: A Year of Farmers Market–Fresh Super Drinks
This small hardcover book would be a great gift for someone who likes to detox after the holidays and make healthy New Year Resolutions. The book begins with an introduction to drinking green smoothies, the health benefits, and the importance of rotating the greens you eat. The variety of recipes is incredible, and is organized by the season you can find the produce. Try the Strawberry Fields or Star Fruit smoothie in the Spring or the Pomegranate Pop in the Fall. There are also recipes for the Stomach Soother, Brain Booster, Honeymoon Healer, Lemon Liver Cleanser, Heart Starter, Bone Builder, and some many more!


Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free: Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts: 100 Recipes Without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Refined Sugar
This paperback cookbook is comprised entirely of sweet treats made without gluten, eggs, dairy, or refined sugar. Author Ricki Heller also shares recipes at RickiHeller.com (formerly Diet, Dessert and Dogs) and in her last cookbook called Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar.


Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes
Elana Amsterdam has created another wonderful cookbook for the gluten-free community. And this one is also grain-free, dairy-free, and perfect for a paleo diet. Like her past cookbooks, it is a smaller paperback book, but full of wonderful recipes. You’ll find a variety of recipes for Breads and Breakfast, Vegetables, Entrées, Desserts including pastries and cookies, and drinks. The Rosemary Lemon Chicken has been a winner at our house, and we’ve even modified it to make Cilantro Lime Chicken.


Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle
Author Kyra Bussanich is a pastry chef and owner of the gluten-free bakery, Kyra’s Bake Shop. She was also the first gluten-free contestant and winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. This hardback cookbook begins with a guide to the ingredients, and discusses possible egg and dairy substitutions in her recipes. It also reviews the different gluten-free flours, and offers some baking tips. Besides all the wonderfully sweet recipes, I appreciate how this cookbook  labels each recipe as one of three different levels of difficulty: easy, intermediate, and advanced. Most of the recipes are either easy or intermediate, so you’ll have plenty of practice time to work up to the advanced recipes. :)

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HolidayFavesIt’s less than two weeks until Christmas! I’m wondering what everyone’s favorite things are to cook, bake, and eat during the holidays. Since it is the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap, please share with us your favorite meals and recipes this season!

Our Gluten-Free Christmas Favorites:

More Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Roundups:

What are your favorite things for the holidays? The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below will have more gluten-free menus and recipe links for Christmas/Holiday Favorites.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Monday –  Eating Out

Tuesday – Pork Chops with Black Beans and Salsa, Rice, Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Thursday – Party Dogs and Chili, leftover rice

Friday – Kimberlee’s Ranch Chicken Casserole made with Follow Your Heart’s dairy-free substitutes

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Grilled Steaks, Sweet Potato Casserole, Sautéed Spinach

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa says she’s spending too much time cooking these days, so she’s pulling out the slow-cooker to make better use of her time this week. For this week’s menu, she’ll be making Roast Beef with Vegetables, Bratwurst Stew, Sloppy Joes with Nacho Chips, and Paleo Chili with Veggies. She also has Halibut and Stuffed Acorn Squash on her menu, as well as plans for filling the freezer with make-ahead meals.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee’s menu this week is filled with yummy meals to warm you up this season.  Beef and Veggie Soup, Taco Bowls, BBQ Chicken, Cheeseburger Pasta, Easy Potato Soup, Mexican Burgers, and one night of breakfast for dinner. She also has meal plans for breakfast and lunch. The Baked Oatmeal and Crunchy Chicken Salad got my attention.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is keeping the meals simple for Christmas this year, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the day. She’s planning quick and simple Cinnamon Buns for breakfast and her favorite Grilled Shrimp (which my family enjoyed, too) for dinner. This week, she’ll be making Pumpkin Molasses Cookie Dough Balls, and Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puppy Treats. The remainder of her meals this week will include Pancakes, Grilled Cheese, Sloppy Joe’s (Sloppy Lentil Joe’s), Veggie Soup, Pizza, Spiced Salmon, and Smoothies with Popcorn.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela’s Christmas Favorites begin with a variety of cookies. Check out her recipes for Allergen-Free Brownie Bites, Jam-Filled Thumbprints, Russian Tea Cakes, Spritz Cookies, and more. Other holiday favorites at their house include Potato Pudding, Lefse, Swedish “Rye” BreadMaple-Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped SmokiesFresh Spinach SaladChicken (or Turkey) Wild Rice Soup, Dairy-Free Eggnog, and Slow-Cooker, Dairy Free Hot Chocolate. For dinner this week, Angela’s family will enjoy Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Shrimp Pad Thai with Broccoli, Beef and Butternut Stew, Braised Mediterranean Chicken, and Taco Pizza. Be sure to check out her full menu for all the recipe links.

Thanks for joining us this week, come back next week to see what gluten-free meals we’re serving when Entertaining Friends and Family.

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 again next week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for meals to serve when entertaining friends and family.
  • 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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SweetPotatoes

Hard to believe there is less than three weeks until Christmas! With Thanksgiving arriving so late this year, Christmas seems to be coming even faster than usual. Thank goodness for menu plans to make sure I don’t forget about healthy meals.

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap theme this week is Sweet Potatoes. Visit Lori at GlutenFreeWeek for the roundup of gluten-free menus. This week our family will be eating baked sweet potatoes topped with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. I may even add a few marshmallows to make the kids happy. We’ll also be having Sweet Potato Fries this week. Sweet Potato Casserole will have to wait until later this month…maybe for Christmas.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Parmesan Tilapia

Parmesan Tilapia

Monday – Roasted Turkey Breast, Baked Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday – Chicken Chili served over rice

Wednesday – Baked Chicken Nuggets, Sweet Potato Fries, Green Beans sautéed with bacon and garlic

Thursday – Pizza, Rainbow Apple Salad

Friday – Parmesan Tilapia with Spaghetti Squash and steamed Broccoli

Saturday – Hamburger Stroganoff, Brussels sprouts

Sunday – Beef and Broccoli with Rice

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, visit GlutenFreeWeek.
  • Next week’s roundup will be back here at CeliacFamily with Christmas/Holiday Favorites as the theme. Share with us your favorite Holiday meals, menus, and dishes, and we’ll share ours.
  • 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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