Last week was one of those weeks where I had so many activities and distractions that the grocery shopping was quick pick-ups and the cooking didn’t quite follow the menu plan. So, you’ll see some of my planned meals from last week are here again this week. I didn’t get to make all the yummy squash recipes either, so I’m going to give it another try this week.
As for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap, I chose Broccolini as the theme because I wanted to take the opportunity to find out more about it. Maybe you already know this but…. According to Wikipedia, broccolini is a hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan (Chinese broccoli, not the Disney character). Broccolini has longer stems and smaller crowns than traditional broccoli, and is also more tender. The flavor is a little different from broccoli, and is sometimes reminiscent of asparagus. Broccolini seems to be the name commonly used these days, however, it is known around the world with a number of different names: baby broccoli, tenderstem broccoli, asparation, bimi, broccolette, and broccoletti.
Looking around the Web for recipes, it appears that a favorite way to prepare the vegetable is to blanch it and then quickly saute it right before serving. I’ve never blanched it before sautéing, but maybe I should give it a try. Rachael Ray has a quick method of boiling and sautéing that skips the ice water bath needed for blanching. Steaming and boiling broccolini works just as well, but doesn’t need as much time as broccoli does. I even saw a simple recipe at Taste of Home for Baked Broccolini. I’m wondering what everyone else is doing with this yummy vegetable. Roasted? Grilled, maybe? Share with us your favorite ways to prepare and eat it.
The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup will be included below. Don’t forget to check it for more gluten-free menus and ideas for using broccoli and broccolini in your meals.
Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Monday – Rotisserie Chicken from Sam’s Club, Butternut Squash Cornbread, Sautéed Green Beans
Tuesday – Mexican Chicken Pizza with tomatoes, black olives, and avocado slices
Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup
The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee’s Easy Chicken Stir-Fry looks like it would be a perfect meal for adding Broccolini. She’s also making Mexican Stuffed Peppers, BBQ Pork Sliders, Italian Pasta Salad, Cheeseburger Pasta, and Pizza this week.
The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth loves to roast broccoli in the oven, though she hasn’t tried it with broccolini, yet. She could easily add some broccolini to the Veggie Pot Pie and Shrimp Teriyaki Stir-Fry she’s planning this week. Also on her menu this week is Tuna Apple Salad, Grilled Cheese, Eggs, and Pizza.
Gluten Free Detroit Metro: Gluten-Free Menu
Broccolini is not always easy to find in the stores, but if she finds it this week, Amanda might enjoy it with Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Spring Rolls with Fried Rice. Amanda is also planning for Angela’s White Chicken Chili for the Slow-Cooker, Cabbage Stew, and a night out for pizza this week.
Dietz Eats: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Fawn is serving broccoli this week with Fried Chicken and Cornbread, and Roasted Chicken with Potatoes. She’ll also be pulling chili out of the freezer one night, making chicken salad another night, and celebrating her anniversary with a night out.
Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
You’ll find Broccolini in Angela’s Chicken Sausage Broccolini Quinoa and maybe even in her Chicken Broccoli Casserole this week. She’ll also be making Enchilada Meatballs, Twice Baked Spinach Mushroom Garlic Stuffed Potatoes, and Pork Roast with Apples and Pears.
Thanks for joining us this week. Join us next week as we share our favorite ways to use Garlic 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 here again next week for more gluten-free meal ideas. Next week’s theme is Garlic.
- 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?
- 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.