It’s Labor Day! I know that many schools begin the school year in August now, but there are still some schools that stick to the traditional start of school after Labor Day.
So, at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month, we’re focusing on gluten-free food ideas to help us during the transition back to school. Starting with breakfast ideas this week, these are my best recommendations, as first written in past posts at Celiac Family:
My tips for quick breakfasts:
1. Plan Ahead. Planning ahead allows me to make the most of my time. One morning I’ll fry a pound of bacon, then quickly reheat the leftover bacon on other mornings. Another morning I’ll chop up fruit for a fruit salad, and use the leftovers later in the week for smoothies.
2. Make large batches and freeze or refrigerate leftovers when you can. I’ll make big batches of muffins, pancakes, French toast, etc. and freeze the leftovers so I can quickly reheat them on another morning.
3. Use dinner leftovers for breakfast. We will often reheat Chicken Apple Sausage for breakfast. You can also use leftover meats and veggies for a quick egg scramble, frittata, or potato hash.
My family’s favorites for breakfast:
- Bacon — Cook up a pound (or two) at a time, refrigerate, and reheat quickly in the morning.
- Bagels — We enjoy O’Doughs Gluten-Free Bagel Thins when we can find them. Spread with nut butters for some protein. Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich or an Egg and Bacon sandwich and eat it on the go.
- Banana Berry Smoothies with Almond milk and/or Almond flour for protein
- Cereal — Not much faster or easier than cereal. And, there is quite a variety of gluten-free cereals these days. Unfortunately, we like the ones with lots of sugar :), so we try to limit eating them. OK, so Glutino Breakfast Bars are faster and easier…and tasty.
- Chicken Apple Sausage — For those days when we’re needing more protein.
- Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins – Mix these mini-muffins together in 15 min, bake in 10 min. Still too much time? Consider baking and freezing them on the weekends, or whenever you have more time.
- Eggs — Hard-boiled eggs are great to grab for an on-the-go breakfast or lunch. Cook in advance, peel, and store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Scrambled eggs are quick and easy to cook. I like to put them on top of leftover vegetables for a quick and filling breakfast. This week, I’m making an Egg and Hash Brown Casserole for dinner. I’ll be heating up leftovers of it for breakfast the following days.
- French toast — I like to use Udi’s bread for this. A quick scramble of eggs, almond milk, and cinnamon to dip the bread. Then fried on the stove for a quick, hot breakfast. Top with fruit and drizzle with maple syrup.
- Fruit! — I like to serve fruit with every breakfast. Fresh berries, bananas, and oranges are the usual at my house. Or make a fruit salad the night before: Berry Fruit Salad, Rainbow Apple Salad, Tropical Fruit Salad.
- Pancakes – Cook up a double (or triple) batch on the weekends, freeze the leftovers, and pop them in the toaster in the morning. Works great for waffles, too! I love Pamela’s Mix, but I can no longer tolerate the powdered milk in it, so I’ve switched to Namaste Pancake Mix.
Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Monday – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli
Tuesday – Pork Tenderloin, Rice Pilaf, Brussels Sprouts
Friday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Jasmine Rice, Green Beans
Saturday – leftovers
Sunday – Grilled Salmon, Aspargus, and Yellow Squash
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?
- Laura 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.