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Gluten-Free Kiwi — Menu Plan Feb. 16

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WinterKiwiThis week’s theme at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Kiwi fruit.

Like clementines, kiwis are another fruit that I usually just cut up and eat fresh. My son likes them in his lunch. And I often add them to smoothies and fruit salads. I enjoy the crispy, little black seeds, too. The fruit is very soft and easy to puree for smoothies, sauces, and dressings.

I don’t usually eat the skin because I don’t care for the fuzzy texture. The skin is edible, however, and a good source of fiber. Kiwi is also a good source of Vitamin C, vitamins E and K, Potassium, Magnesium, and Folic Acid. Studies have shown that kiwi can help you get a good night’s sleep, reduce asthma reactions, reduce blood clot risks, and support the body’s immune system. So, what are we going to do with kiwi this week?

Gluten-Free Kiwifruit Recipes. I’ll start by adding kiwi to my breakfast smoothies. I don’t usually use recipes for smoothies. I simply use whatever fruit I have in the freezer or on the counter, but it’s fun to get some new ideas. And, the smoothie recipes linked below look delicious. I also found some fun breakfast, salad, and dessert ideas to try!

Fruit Pizza for dessert

Kiwi Strawberry Fruit Pizza Dessert

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and recipes with Kiwi.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

Cilantro Rice

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

Monday –  Hamburger Stroganoff with Gluten-Free Tagliatelle Noodles, Roasted Cauliflower

Tuesday – Chicken Tacos with Kiwi Mango Cucumber Salsa

Wednesday –Pizza and Tropical Fruit Salad with Kiwi 

Thursday – Chicken Taquitos using leftover taco meatCilantro-Lime Rice

Friday – Marinated Flank Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Saturday – Rotisserie Chicken, Blueberry Kiwi Mojita Quinoa

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa is looking forward to warmer spring weather. Until then, she’s warming up the kitchen by baking donuts. Yum! I look forward to trying those recipes. For dinners this week, she’s cooking Rosemary Chicken Penne with Peas, Pizza, Lime Cilantro Chicken, Beef Shortribs, Chilaquiles, Beef & Cornbread Skillet, and Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth loves to make a fresh fruit salad of kiwi and strawberries with vanilla coconut yogurt drizzled on top. But, with the cool weather this month, Elisabeth is thinking more about soup! She has Veggie soup, Potato soup, and Tomato Soup on her menu this week. Also on her menu is Apple Tuna Salad, Veggie Sandwiches, Curried Chickpea Wrap, and Pizza.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Menu
Angela shares her recipe for Kiwi Banana Smoothie and some other recipe links she found for Kiwi SorbetKiwi SalsaKiwifruit Pops, and Kiwi Fruit Leathers. Angela is planning to stock up her freezer this week by doubling her dinner meals of Chicken Wild Rice Soup, Meatballs, White Bean & Ham Soup, and Calico Beans. She’s ending the week with Fish Tacos and Red Cabbage Slaw.

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 including Kiwi in 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 and recipes with Winter Squash.
  • 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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WinterClemThis week’s theme at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Clementines.

The clementines and mandarins at the grocery store right now are plump, juicy, and sweet. They are so easy to peel and eat, they are often put in my kids’ lunches to take to school. My family also eats clementines as a snack after school, and added to salads and smoothies for an extra dose of vitamin C.

I found some yummy Smoothie Recipes with Clementines:

I also found some Sweet Gluten-Free Recipes with Clementines — perfect for Valentine’s Day Treats!

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and recipes with Clementines.

Heart-Shaped Treat Ideas

Heart-Shaped Treat Ideas

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Candy

Chocolate Macadamia Candy

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday –  Marinated Chicken Skewers with Clementine Salsa at Perry’s Plate, Rice

Tuesday – Ground Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps, with Guacamole

Wednesday – Crispy Chicken Thighs with Kale in a Clementine Sauce from The Lucky Penny

Thursday – Hamburger Patties, French Fries, Green Peas

Friday – Pork Tenderloin, Spinach Salad with Clementine Wedges and Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Valentine’s Day – Heart-Shaped Pancakes, Bacon, Strawberry-Clementine Fruit Salad

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
This week, Melissa is making use of her slow-cooker for Salisbury Steak and Italian Crockpot Chicken. She’s also making Chicken Italiano, Coconut Curry Chicken, Lemon Rosemary Chicken, meat-filled Pupusas, and Southwest White Chili.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa always manages to plan tasty and filling meals, even with a tight budget. This week at her house, it’s lots of fresh veggies with Roasted Chicken, Chicken Rice Soup, Squash with Ground Turkey, Polish Sausage, Beef Stew, and a Foil Dinner with Hamburger, Potatoes and Carrots. Check out her full menu for breakfast and lunch ideas, too.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is considering making Fudge or Peppermint Patties for Valentine’s Day this week. Her dinner theme for the week is “simple, quick, and budget-friendly.” She’ll be having Zucchini Spaghetti Noodles and Meatballs (Sweet Potato and Black Bean), Sweet Potato and Apples Casserole, Fried Rice with Veggies, Chipotle Copycat Beans and Rice, and Pizza.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Menu
We’re so happy to hear that Angela is feeling better and able to join us for the menu swap again! Angela says her family eats clementines “straight up, freshly peeled, and gobbled down.” For dinners this week, she’s planning Roasted Fish with Potatoes, Tomatoes and Olives, Slow-Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken, Veggies with Dairy-free Creamy Cashew “Cheese” Sauce on Rainbow GF Spiral Pasta, Ginger Beef Stir-Fry, Mexican Fiesta Avocado Stuffed Turkey Burgers, and Heart-shaped Pizza for Valentine’s Day.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for including Clementines in your 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 and recipes with Kiwi fruit.
  • 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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WinterCauliOur themes at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month will be winter produce. This week’s Winter Produce is Cauliflower.

After a month of trying different GF diets, I can tell you that Cauliflower was allowed on all of them. (The FODMAPs diet recommends eating only small amounts.) Like many vegetables, it’s very low in calories, but is packed with nutrients! It’s loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins (C, B-complex, and K), and minerals (calcium, manganese, copper, iron, and potassium). It’s been included in diets to help fight cancers, reduce inflammation in the body, and remove toxins from the body.

I found some great recipes with Cauliflower to try:

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and recipes with Cauliflower.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Rainbow Veggie and Fruit Salad

Rainbow Veggie & Fruit Salad

Berry Fruit Salad

Berry Fruit Salad

Monday –  Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Garlic

Tuesday – Southwestern Chicken Salad

Wednesday – Chili and Cornbread

Thursday – Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust, Rainbow Apple Salad

FridaygfJules Waffles, Berry Fruit Salad

Saturday – Eating Out

Sunday – Baked Chicken Wings, Anti-Pasta Cauliflower Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa has a very tempting Curried Cauliflower Soup on her menu this week. She’s also planning for Honey Lime Chicken Tacos, Tater Tot Casserole, Mac & Cheese, Pot Roast, Rice Bake Casserole, and Beefy Noodles.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has lots of great ideas in her menu plan this week. For starters, she’s working with a tight budget, so it’s full of meals good for stretching your dollars. Second, she’s listing her family’s breakfast and lunch plans, too. Lastly, Melissa has a plan for loading her freezer with meals to use later in the month. Dinners for this week will be Roasted Chicken, Polish Sausage, Chicken Vegetable Rice Soup, and Cabbage Rice Casserole. Check out her full menu for more details and recipe links.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth says she is amazed at what you can make with cauliflower, like this Cauli-Power Fettuccine Alfredo at Oh She Glows, which is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. She also enjoys cauliflower roasted, and added to mashed potatoes, but not this week. This week, she’ll be having Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers, Pinto Beans and Salsa Soup, Curried Roasted Veggies with grits, White Bean Pita Pockets, Orange Beef and Broccoli, Italian Bowl, Chipotle Bean and Spinach Tostadas, Veggie Soup, and Pizza. For more details and ideas for breakfast and lunch, visit her full menu post.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for including Cauliflower in your 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 and recipes with Clementines.
  • 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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DietPaleoAIPThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re exploring specific gluten-free diets. So far, this month, we’ve explored the Paleo Diet, the Low FODMAPs Diet, and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). This week, I’m trying the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet. 

The AIP diet starts with the usual Paleo restrictions (no grains, no dairy, no sugar, no legumes) and adds no nuts, no seeds, no eggs, no sweeteners, no nightshades, no chocolate, no coffee, no vegetable oils, no processed foods, no alcohol, and no NSAIDS. Whoa! That’s a lot of foods to worry about! And no chocolate?!! Ugh. So, why would you want to try this diet?

Well, this diet is specifically for people who have developed autoimmune diseases, and need to remove inflammation in the body, in order to manage their symptoms. However, some people without a diagnosed autoimmune disease like to use this diet as an elimination diet. That is, they remove all the foods that are suspects of causing problems for them. Their body starts to heal after removing the bad stuff. Then, they slowly start reintroducing foods to see how their body reacts. It can be a very effective way of identifying foods that trigger bad responses in your body — inflammation, digestive issues, skin and allergy reactions, etc.

What can you eat on this diet? Think of the basics. Fresh foods.

  • Meats — Try grass-fed, all natural meats for best results.
  • Vegetables — All but nightshades (no tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and any spices from seeds and chilis) are allowed.
  • Fruits — All fruits are allowed, but don’t consume too much.
  • Oil/Fats — Avoid vegetable oils. Instead use olive oil, avocado, bacon fat, coconut oil, and possibly ghee.
  • Sweeteners — Use only small amounts of honey and maple syrup.
  • Herbal and Green Teas
  • Herbs — Fresh is best, and avoid the seeds.

It may seem pretty restrictive, but if you are dealing with some serious symptoms, you might just be willing to take the plunge. A week is not really long enough to try any diet for health reasons. Some people may start to see results in a couple weeks. But, if your body is in need of long term healing, it may take months. If you’re thinking about trying it for an extended period of time (6 – 24 months), it’s best to consult with your doctor.

I have trouble lasting for more than a couple weeks on the regular Paleo diet. I’m always sooo hungry! I just can’t seem to get enough calories. But, I have suspected that I have issues with nightshade vegetables, so I thought I’d give it a try. I wasn’t sure I could even come up with a menu. But, I think I’ve got a plan for this week that will work. And, since I cheated so badly on last week’s SCD menu plan, I’m ready to cut back on the starchy carbs again.

For more information on AIP and recipe ideas, check these resources:

  • AIP Lifestyle: Jessica Flanigan, a clinical nutritionist shares information, recipes, and tips for living a paleo lifestyle to manage autoimmune diseases.
  • Alt-ternative Autoimmune: I love how Angie describes Paleo as a template for creating a diet and lifestyle that works for you.
  • Autoimmune Paleo: Great print-out guides to help plan your meals, or take to the grocery store with you when shopping. Good source for recipes, too.
  • PaleoNonPaleo: a great interview and FAQs with Paleo Mom.
  • Paleo Mom Recipes: Look for recipes that indicate they are Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) -friendly. Also helpful, is a list of spices allowed on the AIP diet.
  • Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtables at Phoenix Helix
  • 30 AIP Paleo Breakfast Ideas at Salixisme
  • Practical Paleo is more than a cookbook! It explains, in detail, about digestion, leaky gut, blood sugar regulation, etc. It also provides 30-day meal plans for specific health issues —  including Autoimmune, Blood Sugar Regulation, Thyroid Health, MS, Fibromyalgia, Athletic Performance, Squeaky Clean Paleo, and more! It contains tear-out guides for Paleo foods (including foods marked for nightshades and FODMAPs), Sweeteners, and Gluten. And, it’s full of recipes, too! Each recipe is marked for nuts, eggs, nightshades, and FODMAPs. Very useful, with lots of great recipes, and ideas. You’ll find more of her recipes at Balanced Bites.

Some Paleo AIP Recipes I Need to Try:

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for Paleo AIP meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Simple Asparagus

Simple Asparagus

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Salmon with Dill

Salmon with Dill

Monday –  Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders, Roasted Cauliflower, Asparagus (no parmesan)

Tuesday – Easy Garlic Shrimp (olive oil, no butter), Spaghetti Squash instead of noodles

Wednesday – Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Avocado, Cilantro

Thursday – Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, Ginger Garlic Cauliflower Rice

Friday – Grilled Pork Chops, Roasted Winter Squash, Spinach and Bacon Sauté

Saturday –Salmon with Lemon and Dill, Cauliflower Rice, Garlic & Dill Zucchini

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa is staying on budget and has lots of fresh vegetables in her menu this week. She’ll be eating Roasted Chicken with a Zucchini and Tomato Bake, Cabbage Beef Casserole, Chicken Stuffed Carnival Squash, and Tuna Noodle Casserole. She also has a couple slow-cooker meals planned: Italian Chicken with Pasta and Goulash with Spaghetti Squash. Check out her full menu for GF/DF Breakfast and Lunch ideas, too!

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth has trouble following the AIP diet because of her own problems eating meat. But, she already has identified the foods that cause her problems, and there are plenty for her to avoid! And yet, she always manages to have an interesting and tasty menu. This week it includes Enchilada Bowl, Veggie Sandwich, Tomato Basil Rigatoni, Jerk Chickpeas, Curried Chickpea Wraps, BBQ Bean Stew, and Black Bean and Salsa Soup. She also includes her breakfast and lunch plans in her weekly menu, so check it all out.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Paleo AIP 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 and recipes with Cauliflower.
  • 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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DietSCDThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re exploring specific gluten-free diets. So far, this month, we’ve explored the Paleo Diet and the Low FODMAPs Diet. This week, I’m trying the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). 

The SCD diet was created to help patients with Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Diverticulitis, Cystic Fibrosis, and other digestive disorders. The diet removes foods that are difficult for many people to digest, like grains, lactose, sugar, and some beans and vegetables. Removing these foods is intended to help reduce intestinal inflammation, get the bacterial levels balanced and stabilized, and promote healing of the gut.

What you can eat on this diet: meat, nuts and seeds, dairy with no lactose, fruits, and selected beans and vegetables. For a detailed, alphabetical list of foods that are legal and illegal, check out Breaking the Vicious Cycle website. You can print a categorized list of Foods Allowed and Foods to Avoid on the SCD diet at Health Through Diet.

I had to print the list, so I could keep track of the vegetables I can eat on the diet. Unlike the FODMAPs diet, you can eat onion and garlic. (My husband will be happy about that!) You can also eat Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kale, Peas, Pumpkin, Squash, Tomatoes, Zucchini, and more. Vegetables you can’t eat include: Canned Vegetables, Cucumbers, Jicama, Okra, Potatoes, and Yams.

For breakfast this week, I’ll be eating Eggs and Veggies, Elana’s Cinnamon Bun Muffins made with honey, and Fruit Smoothies. For lunches, I’ll be eating dinner leftovers, chicken lettuce wraps, and salads.

For more information on SCD and recipe ideas, check these resources:

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for SCD meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Rainbow Veggie and Fruit Salad

Rainbow Veggie/Fruit Salad

Monday –  Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork (no bun), Roasted Broccoli, Acorn Squash

Tuesday – Beef Stew with Carrots and Squash instead of potatoes

Wednesday –Baked Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze, Asparagus

Thursday – Hamburger (no bun), Zucchini Fries, and Rainbow Apple Salad

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – Chicken Wings, Orange Spiced Carrots, Roasted Cauliflower

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa is using her slow-cooker this week for Roasted Whole Chicken, Beef Stew with Potatoes Carrots and Peas, and Turkey and Veggie Soup. She’s also happy to have some freezer meals on hand!  Vegetable Bolognese with EggplantCabbage Beef Casserole, and Moroccan Ground Beef with Zucchini and Tomatoes round out her dinner menu this week.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
This month, Elisabeth is trying a meal planning service that provides menus for gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free meals. This week, however, she’s using up leftovers to fill her menu. She’ll be enjoying Indonesian Stir Fry, Chickpea Noodle Soup, Italian Noodle Bowl, Triple Green Quesadillas, Black Bean Tortas, Pizza and salad.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for SCD 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 and gluten-free foods that work for a Paleo Autoimmune Diet.
  • 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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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