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Hard to believe, I know, but it is already December!!! I don’t know about you, but my week is looking very, very busy. I’ve created an easy meal plan for the week to help manage our crazy evening schedule this week.

As for the Gluten-Free Menu  Swap theme this week, I’m sharing recipe links for gluten-free Cookies, Baked Goods, and Treats. Make one batch for yourself to enjoy, or make several batches to share them with friends and family for the holidays.

Christmas Tree Meringues

Christmas Tree Meringues

Gluten-Free Cookies:

Poppyseed Bread perfect for gift-giving

Poppyseed Bread

Gluten-Free Cakes:

Gluten-Free Treats:

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Candy

Chocolate Macadamia Nuts

For more ideas check the roundup below and All Gluten-Free Desserts, where Shirley is celebrating its one-year anniversary with the Top 50 Desserts.

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup will be included below. Don’t forget to check it for more gluten-free menus and maybe more recipe links for gluten-free cookies, baked goods, and treats.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Chicken Rice Bowl with Avocado Salsa

Chicken Rice Bowl with Avocado Salsa

Indian Chicken served over Basmati Rice

Indian Chicken served over Basmati Rice

Broccoli and Mushroom Casserole

Broccoli and Mushroom Casserole

Monday –  Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Green Beans

Tuesday – Rice Bowls with Mexican Shredded Chicken and Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – Beef Stew and Schar Ciabatta Rolls

Thursday – Rotisserie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – Indian Chicken over Basmati Rice, Sautéed Spinach and Garlic

Sunday – Clay Pot Roasted Turkey Breast, Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Broccoli Casserole

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa says she has a busy week, too. I’m jealous that she has turkey leftovers still to use. With it, she’ll be making Turkey Meatball Soup, Turkey Noodle Soup, and Turkey Fried Rice. Her family will also be having Pork and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie, Slow-Cooker Polish Sausage, and Ham and Cabbage Bake.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu

Kimberlee has lots of easy, but delicious dinners on her menu this week: Garlic Shrimp Radiatore, Black Bean Chicken Chili, Pork Chops, Steak and Rice Burritos, Sausage Skillet, Parmesan Chicken Strips, and Loaded Baked Potatoes. Don’t forget to check her full menu for gluten-free breakfast and lunch ideas, too.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
The logo and motto at Angela’s Kitchen reads “Because Everyone Deserves a Cookie.” So, it’s no surprise that Angela has a variety of recipe links to share this week: Biscotti, Shortbread, Bars, Cupcakes, Muffins, Candy, and so much more! Her dinner menu this week starts with Bison Sweet Potato Stew and Chicken Cacciatore. Pumpkin Waffles with Turkey Sausage, Cabbage Roll Casserole, and Buffalo Chicken Pizza finish off her yummy week.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
This season, Elisabeth is planning to make Pumpkin Molasses Cookie Dough Balls, as well as molasses crinkles, spritz, and sugar cookies. For meals this week, she’ll be having Vegan Waffles, Spaghetti with Lentil Meatballs, Tacos with Mushrooms, Grilled Cheese, Tuna Apple Salad, Pizza, and Fish.

Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas, menus, and recipe links with us this week. Join us next week at Gluten Free Week, when we’ll be sharing more menus and ideas for using sweet potatoes in our 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 Gluten Free Week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for meals with Sweet Potatoes.
  • 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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TurkeyIt’s Turkey Week at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap…and for most of us in the U.S. Most of us will be enjoying roasted turkey for Thanksgiving meals on Thursday.

I think most fresh and frozen turkeys you buy in the grocery stores are now gluten-free, but you should still read the labels! Some turkeys are plumped with broth to make them nice and juicy. Broths can be made with wheat starch, so you still have to be careful which turkey you purchase. In addition, be aware of gravy mixes and pre-made gravies that may contain gluten. I did some research to give you a head start in your search for gluten-free turkeys and gravy recipes this week. Hope it helps you get through the Turkey Week, gluten free and healthy.

Gluten-Free Turkeys to look for in the stores:

Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy Recipes:

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup will be included below. Don’t forget to check it for more gluten-free menus and turkey inspiration for your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Guacamole

Guacamole

Parmesan Tilapia

Parmesan Tilapia

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Monday –  Chili and Cornbread

Tuesday – Shredded Chicken for tacos or maybe for nachos, Guacamole

Wednesday – Grilled Steaks, Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Sautéed Broccolini

Thanksgiving Day – I’m taking Ham, Apple Crumb Pie, and Gingersnap Cookies to the family feast!

Friday – Parmesan Tilapia, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Green Beans

Saturday – Pizza and Spinach Salad

Sunday – Pork Tenderloin, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa has a Turkey Meatball Soup on her menu this week. She will be also be taking advantage of Thanksgiving leftovers for Friday’s meal. For the remainder of the week, she and her family will be enjoying Roasted Pork with Apples, Turnips, and Cabbage; Bacon and Butternut Pasta; Chicken Apple Sausage and Kale Soup; Slow-Cooked Roasted Chicken, and a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth doesn’t eat meat, so no turkey for her this week. Instead, she’ll be eating Egg Salad, Spicy Shrimp in Saffron Tomato Sauce, Butternut Squash Nuggets, Fish, and Popcorn. For Thanksgiving, Lentil Mushroom Meatballs, Popovers, Mini Pumpkin Pie Shooters, and Apple Chia Seed Jam mini-pies.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Like so many other Americans this week, Kimberlee will be enjoying Turkey on Thanksgiving day. For the rest of the week, her family will be eating BBQ Pepper Jack Bacon Burgers, loaded Baked Potatoes, Taco Bowls, Spicy Black Beans, and Easy Potato Soup. She’s also sharing a link to her recipe for mini Pumpkin Pies.

Check back later to see who else may be joining the GF 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 here again next week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Holiday Cookies, Baked Goods, and/or Treats.
  • 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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FallcornsnacksI love eating popcorn for snacks in the fall (or anytime of year, actually). We know that popcorn is naturally gluten-free, so it’s also great to serve to friends and family who aren’t on a gluten-free diet. Isn’t nice when we can all eat the same things? Unfortunately, we do still need to be cautious because some popcorn products have added flavorings that have gluten, or become contaminated due to processing.

popcornsnacksHere are some yummy popcorn products we’ve safely eaten at home lately. Some of the products were purchased by me, some were given to us, and one (Cosmos) was sent to us by the company to sample. All of the products clearly state “Gluten Free” on the packaging. Love that! It makes it so nice for people who are not gluten free, but want to buy something gluten-free to offer friends and family who are. (Sometimes I think reading nutrition labels can be a difficult skill to learn.)

Angie’s Popcorn

Angie's Cinnamon Sugar Kettle Corn

Angie’s Cinnamon Sugar

Angie’s is a great popcorn product. I first saw Angie’s kettle corn at Target. You can buy it in a large bag, or a package of single-serving size bags. I think it’s a nice combination of salty and sweet. Angie’s also makes other flavors: Salted Caramel, Movie Pop, White Cheddar, Sweet & Spicy, Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt, as well as some seasonal flavors. My son loves the cinnamon flavor we bought to give out at Halloween. “Ingredients: Popcorn, Sunflower Oil, Evaporated Cane Crystals, Sea Salt. Vegan. Certified Gluten-Free”

Cosmos Creations Baked Corn

Cosmos Salted Caramel Puffed Corn

Cosmos Salted Caramel

Cosmos is not actually popcorn. It’s a puffy, baked corn product. So, there are no kernels or hulls to worry about getting stuck in your teeth. I tried the sea salt and butter, and loved the strong buttery flavor. However, it doesn’t have the crunchy popcorn texture I like. The Salted Caramel flavor definitely has the crunch I was missing. The wonderful sweet, buttery caramel coating gave it a delicious crunch and a wonderful aroma. My kids were not as crazy about the Salted Caramel, but it was my husband’s favorite. Since it is made with dairy, I only took a small sample and let him enjoy the rest with his co-workers, who also loved it. My son preferred the Cinnamon Crunch, and my daughter preferred the Sea Salt & Butter. Salted Caramel Ingredients: Cane Sugar, Butter (cream, milk, salt), Corn Syrup, Degerminated Yellow Corn Meal, Sea Salt, Molasses, Vanilla Extract, Baking Soda.”

Skinny Pop Popcorn

Skinny Pop Popcorn

Skinny Pop Popcorn

There is nothing fancy about Skinny Pop, but that’s what I like about it. Nothing added but oil and salt. Free of gluten, dairy, and nuts. I can buy a big bag at Sam’s or find individual-sized bags at Sprouts. I like to pop my own popcorn at home, but this is really convenient when I need to grab a quick snack for the kids. Great for after-school snacks and to pack in lunches. No need to add lots of butter, my kids love as it is. However, it would also work great in some of the recipes listed below. “Ingredients: All Natural Popcorn Sunflower Oil and Salt.”

Redenbacher Kettle Corn

Orville Redenbacher’s new Kettle Corn

Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Corn

This Orville Redenbacher product is a lightly sweetened kettle corn. A nice snack as is, or with other snacks stirred in: chocolate candies, nuts, etc. Just what you would expect from a kettle corn. Other OR popcorn flavors available: Sharp White Cheddar, Farmhouse Cheddar, and BBQ. “Ingredients for the Kettle Corn: Popcorn, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, contains less that 2% of: Salt, Soy Lecithin. Contains: Soy. Gluten Free”

Looking for Recipes to Make Your Own Popcorn Snacks?
Use some of the products above, or simply pop your own at home to make these snacks.

Caramel Corn Puffs Recipe -- gluten-free, dairy-free

Caramel Corn Puffs Recipe — gluten-free, dairy-free


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ThanksgivingThis week, we’re sharing our Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menus for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. So, if you haven’t finalized your plans yet, visit Angela’s Kitchen for the roundup of gluten-free menus and ideas for a gluten-free Thanksgiving meal. 

I’m not hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year. Instead, I’ll be taking some gluten-free and dairy-free dishes with us to have dinner with family and friends. We’ll be bringing a ham, and a dessert. I haven’t quite figured out the dessert, yet. My son has requested Grandma’s Apple Crumb Pie, but I may have to make a Pumpkin Pie…or maybe a chocolate cream.

For more inspiration, check out these recipe links:

My favorite Thanksgiving Recipes at Celiac Family:

Easy Apple or Peach Crumb Pie

Easy Apple/Peach Crumb Pie

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/ Green Bean Salad

Mexican Chicken Pizza

Mexican Chicken Pizza

Monday Eating Out (something fast, like Chick-fil-a or Chipotle)

Tuesday – Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday – Roasted Chicken, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Mexican Chicken Pizza and Spinach Salad

Saturday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Rice, Sautéed Broccolini

Sunday – Baked Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze, Yellow Rice, Acorn Squash

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

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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Freezer Meals — Menu Plan Nov. 11

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AutumnleavesThe Gluten-Free Menu Swap theme this week is Freezer Meals. Visit Melissa at Mom’s Plans for the roundup of gluten-free menus.

I don’t freeze as many meals as I could. That’s mostly because I often use leftovers for lunches instead of freezing them. With the holidays approaching, I realize that it sure would make those busy holiday evenings easier. How great is it to just pull a casserole out of the freezer, defrost and bake?! I think I need to start cooking double batches of meals and freeze them for some of the busy nights ahead.

This week, I’m using shredded Mexican Chicken from the freezer to make Chicken Tacos and Chicken Rice Bowls. I’m planning to make a large batch of Baked Chicken Nuggets, and freezing half of it. I may make a large batch of Chili to freeze, too. Other recipes that I find are good for freezing are BBQ Pulled Pork and Chicken Enchiladas. I often freeze items for breakfast, like pancakes, waffles, and muffins. It makes the mornings go a little more smoothly before getting the kids off to school.

I’m anxious to see what everyone else is freezing. I know Melissa and Angela freeze meals on a regular basis. And, Amy from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free did a round-up of freezer meals earlier this year. Anybody else make it part of your weekly menu plans? What do you love to pull out of the freezer…besides ice cream?

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Parmesan Tilapia

Parmesan Tilapia

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Monday Chicken Tacos with Guacamole, Lettuce, Sliced Olives, etc.

Tuesday – Beef Stew, gluten-free French bread

Wednesday – Shredded Chicken Rice Bowls with Avocado Salsa and Cilantro Lime Rice

Thursday – Parmesan Tilapia with Spaghetti Squash and steamed Broccoli

Friday – Baked Chicken Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans sautéed with bacon and garlic

Saturday – Pork Tenderloin with Oven-roasted Potatoes, Spinach Salad

Sunday – Traditional Chili and Cornbread

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, visit Mom’s Plans.
  • Next week’s roundup will be at Angela’s Kitchen, and the theme will be Thanksgiving Menus. Share with us your favorite Thanksgiving meals, 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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