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This week, along with menu plans, we’re sharing ideas for quick and easy dinners to help with an easy transition to a new school schedule.

There are lots of ways to keep your evening meals quick and easy. And, I’ve probably said this many times before, but…Start with a meal plan! Check your calendar and use your quickest meals for those really busy nights. My best tips:

  • Prepare as much of the meal in advance — Chop veggies, mix spices, thaw meat, etc. when you have some extra time the night before, or even in the morning.
  • Frozen Meals — Make double batches of dishes when you have the time, so you can put one in the freezer for those busy nights when you don’t have the time. Or, purchase ready-made frozen meals at the grocery store (GF pizza, burritos, casseroles, etc.). This week, I’m using Pacific Seafood’s gluten-free battered frozen Cod for fish and chips.
  • Purchase gluten-free packaged mixes — To cut out a few steps and save a little time this week, I’m using Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix and Daiya’s Cheezy Mac.
  • Slow-Cooker Meals — Easy, quick prep in the morning is all you need for a ready-made dinner in the evening. This week, I’ll be making slow-cooked Mexican chicken for taquitos.
  • Picnic Foods — Consider an easy dinner of sandwiches or lunchmeat, raw fruits and vegetables, cheese, crackers, salads, etc.
  • Quick and Easy Breakfast foods for dinner — Pancakes, bacon, and eggs all cook up very quickly, and fill you up, too.
  • Restaurants — Pick up fast food or order ahead from your favorite restaurant and just pick it up on your way home. Choose the restaurant carefully, so that it works for all of your diet restrictions.
  • Grocery Stores Prepared Food — Pick up Salads, Roasted Chickens, etc. at your grocery store or local deli. Just be careful about ingredients and cross-contamination issues.
  • Make it easy — Meals don’t have to be elaborate. Just because it has to be gluten-free, doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. Simple meat and veggies is just fine for a safe, nutritious, and tasty meal.

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, recipes, and ideas for quick and easy dinners from our gluten-free blogging friends.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week: 

Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Monday – Chicken Apple Sausage cut up and cooked with Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix, Green Beans

Tuesday – Chicken Taquitos (made with slow-cooked Mexican Chicken), GuacamoleCorn and Black Bean Salad

Wednesday – Fish (Pacific Seafood brand Cod, frozen) and Chips, Rainbow Apple Salad

Thursday – Baked Ham, Daiya Cheezy Mac, Steamed Broccoli

Friday – Pizza, Spinach Salad

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Hamburgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Corn

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa has a great menu this week. She’s starting with a quick and easy Bean & Cheese Enchilada, then on to John Wayne Casserole, Chicken Piccata with pasta, Freezer to Crockpot – Coconut Lime Chicken, Garlic & Parsley Kebobs, Pizza, and Beef Stew.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has Fried Rice on her menu this week. And, if you have some leftover rice and veggies in your refrigerator, Fried Rice is a yummy quick and easy meal. Also on her meal this week is Homemade Sushi, Oxtail Soup, Poorman’s Meal, Polish Sausage & Veggie Soup, Spaghetti, and Chicken Pot Pie.

Gluten Free Detroit Metro: Gluten-Free Menu
Amanda’s menu this week was derailed by a large tree branch that broke off and covered her backyard last week. She mentioned a busy night where they ate an easy breakfast meal for dinner. That’s always a great way to take a night off, and get back to your menu plan the next day. This week, she’s put together some quick and easy meals while they get that branch cut up and removed. Salmon Packets, Pasta and Meatballs, Pizza with Salad, Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs, White Chicken Chili, and Messina’s Sausage and Peppers.

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 quick and easy dinners.

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, recipes, and ideas for staying gluten-free as the kids head back to school.
  • 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?

  • 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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We’re going Back to School this month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week’s theme is Snacks, and Melissa is hosting the roundup of menus and snack ideas at Mom’s PlansSchoolSnacks.

My kids are at new schools this year, so I’m not sure what the policy on snacks in school is going to be. In the past, my kids were allowed to eat snacks in the classroom, so we always sent extra food to school. We also sent a box of snacks to be stored in the classroom in case they were needed for unexpected celebrations or rewards.

We also need snacks after school for sports and other activities. So, here are some ideas for making and buying gluten-free snacks for any occasion.

Gluten-Free Snack Recipes:

More Snack Lists:

Don’t forget to check Mom’s Plans this week for more gluten-free menus, meals, and Snack Ideas from our gluten-free blogging friends.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Monday – Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Strawberry Spinach Salad

Tuesday –Hamburgers, French Fries, Tropical Fruit Salad

Wednesday – Chicken Nachos with Shredded Chicken and Avocado Salsa

Thursday – Taking Potato Salad and Cookies to share at a Picnic

Friday – Grilled Shrimp, Jasmine Rice, Roasted Broccoli

Saturday – Hamburger Stroganoff with gluten-free noodles, Steamed Green Beans

Sunday – Parmesan Chicken Tenders (making a big batch so we have leftovers for school lunches next week), Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Peas

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

  • For this week’s roundup and more gluten-free menus, meals, and Snack Ideas, visit Mom’s Plans.SchoolDinner
  • Join us next week back at CeliacFamily.com for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Quick and Easy Dinners.
  • 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?

  • 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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SchoolLunchIt’s Back to School month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week, along with menu plans, we’re sharing ideas for packing gluten-free lunches. Whether it’s for school, work, or just a picnic in the park, we’ve got some ideas to share.

For the kids at school: What I wrote about school lunches last year is still true for us this year:
“….We usually pack some kind of protein with a fruit, vegetable, snack, and drink.

  • Drinks — juice or water bottles, or both
  • Protein — ham rolls, chicken nuggets (or leftover chicken from dinner cut into bite-size pieces), nut or seed butters on crackers, hummus, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks
  • Fruit — apple slices, clementines, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, applesauce…whatever we’ve got in the house
  • Vegetables — usually carrot sticks, but sometimes celery, snap peas, or spinach leaves
  • Snack — chips, gluten-free pretzels, popcorn, Mini-Muffins
  • Treats — not always, but occasionally I’ll include a gluten-free cookie or a piece of candy

I don’t bother with sandwiches, but if that’s what you like, you might want to check out past articles on Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread and Sandwich Bread Alternatives. And, of course, there are now gluten-free bread options in the grocery stores.”

I used to bake gluten-free bread once or twice a week when we ate sandwiches more often. Now that there are some good GF bread options in the grocery stores, I’ve been buying a loaf a couple times a month. Our current favorite brands are Glutino White Bread and Multigrain Bread, and Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White Bread. The kids prefer Glutino’s white bread — softest gluten-free bread we’ve found!

For my husband’s lunch: He often takes leftovers to heat up at work, buys salads at the cafeteria, or takes some gluten-free frozen meals to heat up at work. I’m amazed at the variety of gluten-free frozen meals available these days! Some of my husband’s favorites include: Tandoor Chef Chicken Tikka MasalaTandoor Chef Chicken CurryOrganic Bistro Thai Style Red Curry with Beef, and Amy’s Mexican Casserole.

I work at home. So for me there isn’t any packing needed. I like to eat leftovers because it’s quick and easy, and often tastier the second day. My favorites? Salads, Wild Rice Salad, Nachos or Rice Bowl made with Mexican Chicken, leftover veggies with scrambled eggs, Soups, and Chili. I often roast a spaghetti squash just so I can eat the leftovers for lunch. I’ll add whatever cooked meat and veggies we have, heat it up in the microwave, and maybe add a few slices of fresh tomato and avocado if I have any.

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, recipes, and ideas for packing a gluten-free lunch from our gluten-free blogging friends.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week: 

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice

Seven-Layer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

7-Layer Salad w/Dill Dressing

Monday – Baked Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze, Jasmine Rice, Asparagus

Tuesday – Red Beans and Rice, Green Beans

Wednesday – 7-Layer Salad, Garlic Bread

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Saturday – Eating Out

Sunday – Smoked Ribs, Corn on the Cob, Sautéed Zucchini

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has been trying to save enough money to buy a quarter side of beef. So, she’s keeping it frugal, but still interesting and delicious. Her menu? Paleo Mom’s Hidden Liver Meatloaf, Beef Stew with Potato, Spaghetti with Jamie Oliver Sauce, BLT Salad, Instant Black Bean Soup with Diced Peppers, and Split Pea Burgers. Check out her post for recipe links!

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
The lunch plan for Elisabeth’s young daughter is tuna fish and lunchmeat with crackers and favorites like beans and hot dogs and sunbutter and jelly. On their dinner menu this week is Bacon Mushroom Frittata, Salmon Salad, Grilled Nutbutter and Jelly, Crock Pot Pork Chops and Pizza.

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 gluten-free snacks.

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.SchoolSnacks
  • Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus, recipes, and ideas for Gluten-Free Snacks.
  • 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?

  • 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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SchoolBreakfastIt’s Back to School month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. I can’t believe we’re already talking about school!

This week, along with menu plans, we’ll be sharing ideas for quick and easy breakfasts to help make getting ready for school in the mornings a breeze.

I have three big 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 another morning.

3. Don’t be afraid to use leftovers for breakfast. Don’t forget about dinner leftovers, too. We will often reheat Chicken Apple Sausage for breakfast. Use leftover meats and veggies for a quick egg scramble or frittata.

For lots of more great ideas, check out these past roundups we’ve done on gluten-free breakfast ideas:

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, recipes, and ideas for quick and easy breakfast meals from our gluten-free blogging friends.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week: 

Eggs & Hashbrowns Casserole

Eggs & Hashbrown Casserole

Triple Berry Fruit Salad

Triple Berry Fruit Salad

Chocolate Chip Banana Mini-Muffins

ChocolateChip Banana Muffins

Monday – Grilled Chicken, Wild Rice Salad
(Breakfast: Trying the newly Gluten-Free Honey Nut Cheerios with Almond Milk)

Tuesday – Baked Ham, Mac & Cheese (found a box of Daiya Cheezy Mac to try)
(Breakfast: Strawberry Banana Smoothie)

Wednesday – Waffles and Fried Chicken, Berry Fruit Salad
(Breakfast: Egg Casserole made with leftover ham)

Thursday – Indian Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Green Beans
(Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, leftover Fruit Salad)

Friday – Tilapia, Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower
(Breakfast: Bacon and leftover waffles)

Saturday – leftovers
(Breakfast: everyone on their own)

Sunday – Herb-crusted Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Potatoes, Kale
(Breakfast: Pancakes and leftover bacon)

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Detroit Metro: Gluten-Free Menu
Amanda joins us this week, and seems to be in agreement about planning your breakfasts for the school morning rush. Amanda says she likes to have pre-made breakfast items available, or simple breakfasts the older kids can manage on their own. She also says Once A Month Menu is a good source for ideas. Check out all of the links for Amanda’s dinner menu this week: Sausage Sandwiches and Hot Dogs, Spicy Slow Cooker Beef and Peppers, Pork Chops, Pizza, Grilled or Baked Chicken, Caribbean Grilled Salmon Kabob.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth loves to have breakfast items in her freezer to use for quick breakfasts. She has some yummy breakfast options on her menu this week: Almond Chocolate Muffins from “The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread,” Chocolate Gluten Free donuts, Pancakes, sausage, Smoothie, and Simple Grain Free Granola. For dinner this week she’ll be eating Chicken A La King (from Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book–although it was so easy I almost didn’t need a recipe!), Pancakes (same as above), Trader Joe’s gluten-free Chicken nuggets, Beans and rice and/or beans and hotdogs, Pizza, and Fish.

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 quick and easy breakfast 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, recipes, and ideas for Packing Gluten-Free Lunches.
  • 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?

  • 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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AmericanTexMexThis week for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re exploring the American Southwest with Tex-Mex Cooking, meals, and menus. Visit Angela’s Kitchen for the roundup.

The food in the American southwest is highly influenced by the cooking of our southwest neighbor — Mexico. Ingredients and flavors of Mexican cooking might include: corn, corn tortillas, tomatoes, salsa, onion, cumin, coriander, cilantro, chiles, peppers, beans, etc. And together with the southern style of Texas cooking, it makes a delicious combination!

At our house, Slow-Cooked Mexican Chicken is a staple. I like to make a big batch, and use it for multiple meals: Tacos, Nachos, Cilantro Rice Bowls, Taquitos, Salads, etc. Here are some of our favorite Gluten-Free Tex-Mex Meals at CeliacFamily:

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week: 

MondaySlow-Cooked Chicken for TacosAvocado Salsa

Tuesday – Pizza, Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Peaches

Wednesday – Rice Bowls with leftover chicken, Corn and Black Bean Salad

Thursday – Grilled Hamburgers or Steaks, Grilled Squash and Tomatoes

Friday – Hawaiian Shredded Pork (didn’t get to try this on Hawaiian week, so I’ll try again this week)

Saturday – Steak Fajitas with onions and peppers, corn tortillas

Sunday – leftovers

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup and more gluten-free menus, meals, and Tex-Mex recipes, visit Angela’s Kitchen.
  • Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus, recipes, and ideas for Back to School Month.
  • 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?

  • 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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