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We’re cooking with Fresh Herbs at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month. This week, we’re sharing recipe links and ideas for using fresh Cilantro (also known as Coriander). 

I love Cilantro. I wasn’t sure when I first tasted it in salsa many years ago, but I quickly learned to appreciate the fresh aroma and flavor it adds to dishes. I know, however, that there is a considerable number of people who have a strong dislike of cilantro and actually find it to taste like soap or some other inedible item. Some people even have an allergy to it.

If you don’t like cilantro or can’t safely eat it, you may want to consider replacing it in these recipes with your favorite herb. Perhaps Basil or a flat parsley?

Gluten-Free Recipes with Fresh Cilantro:

Entrees and Sides:

Cilantro and Lime Chicken @ Only Gluten Free Recipes

Cilantro Ginger Turkey Burgers @ Breezy Bakes

Cilantro Lime Salmon Burgers @ Health Starts in the Kitchen

Cilantro Lime Shrimp @ Celiac Family

Cilantro Rice @ Celiac Family

Corn and Black Bean Salad @ Celiac Family

Easy Skillet Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro @ Evolving Table

Spinach Cilantro Meatballs @ Savory Lotus

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower @ A Saucy Kitchen

Pork Chops with Black Beans and Cilantro @ Celiac Family

Southwest Chicken Salad @ Celiac Family

Spicy Cilantro Crackers @ Veg Kitchen

Dressings and Sauces:

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing @ The Honour System

Steak Fajitas with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce @ Gluten Free Daddy

Mango and Avocado Black Rice Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette @ Ambitious Kitchen

Mango Cilantro Salad Dressing @ My Food Story

Salad Wraps with Cashew-Cilantro Sauce @ Heavenlynn Healthy

Zucchini Pancakes with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce @ Gluten-Free Living

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

Cilantro Rice

Mexican Chicken Pizza

 

Monday – Pork Chops with Black Beans, Easy Skillet Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro

Tuesday – Mexican Chicken Bowl with Cilantro Rice, Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – Beef Stew with red potatoes and carrots

Thursday – Mexican Pizza with added fresh cilantro

Friday – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Mango Cilantro Salad Dressing

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower

 

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?

  • 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 cooking with Fresh Herbs at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month. This week, we’re sharing recipe links and ideas for using fresh basil. 

I love all the fresh herbs available during the summer, and the basil is still plentiful at the markets. It’s always nice to add fresh basil to pasta salads (or any salad), but I found a wide variety of gluten-free recipes that use basil.

What meals do you like to add basil? Anyone ever try basil in cookies? I’m anxious to give them a try.

Gluten-Free Recipes with Fresh Basil:

Asparagus Fennel Basil Soup @ From Jessica’s Kitchen

Basil and Lemon Baked Salmon in Foil @ Evolving Table

Basil Tea Cookies @ Honest Cooking

Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta @ Love Life Eat

Nut-Free Basil Pesto @ Gluten-Free Gigi

Parmesan Basil and Turmeric Waffles @ George Eats

Red Potato and Green Bean Salad @ Celiac Family

Spaghetti with Chicken and Fresh Basil @ Celiac Family

Spicy Thai Basil Chicken @ Nutritious Eats

Tomato Basil Quiche @ Fine Cooking

Vegan Basil Pesto @ Avocado Pesto

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Rainbow Apple Salad

Avocado Salsa

 

Monday – Ribs, Fried Potatoes, Beans

Tuesday – Grilled Chicken with Vegan Basil Pesto, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Wednesday – Pork Tenderloin, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Thursday – Eating Out

Friday –Hamburgers, Rainbow Apple Salad

Saturday – Basil and Lemon Baked Salmon in Foil with leftover rice and veggies

Sunday – Chicken Tacos, Avocado Salsa

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa is sharing what her family ate for dinner last week, including The Ultimate Oxtail Stew. Also on the weekly menu is Chicken and Veggie Noodles, Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Tacos, Chalupa Salad, BLTs, and Goulash. Check out the full menu post for all the recipe links and lunch ideas.

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?

  • 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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Back to School is the theme at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month. This week, we’re sharing ideas for Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Dinners.

Everyone has those evenings when the family is too tired and/or busy to spend much time on dinner: late meetings, after school sports, band practice, dance lessons, traffic pileup…the list goes on. Some of you may even be thinking it’s like that every night. Am I right?

Whichever the case may be, I have searched the Internet and found some great recipe roundups for quick and easy Gluten-Free meals. Bookmark the recipes or print them out now, so you’re ready for those busy nights. You know they’re coming.

Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Dinners:

Celiac Family’s tips for Quick and Easy Dinners — menu planning, frozen meals, slow-cooker meals, picnic food, restaurants, and more

10 One-Pan Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes Under 30 Minutes @ Primavera Kitchen

15 Amazing Gluten Free Pasta Dishes @ Heather Christo

15 Gluten-Free (Easy) Dinner Ideas @ Gimme Some Oven

16 Easy Gluten Free Weeknight Dinners @ Seasonal Cravings

30 Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids to Make @ Care. com

31 Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Crockpot Freezer Meals @ New Leaf Wellness

Dinner Fast! 20-Minute Gluten-Free Recipes @ Iowa Girl Eats

Easy Dairy- & Gluten-Free Dinners @ Jar of Lemons

Easy Gluten-Free Meals @ Cotter Crunch

Easy Gluten Free Meals @ Only Gluten Free Recipes

Quick & Easy Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes @ Eating Well

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Parmesan Tilapia

Simple Asparagus

White Chicken Chili

Monday – Tilapia Parmesan, Rice, Simple Asparagus

Tuesday – Chicken Apple Sausage with Onions and Peppers, Rice Noodles

Wednesday – Grilling Pork Chops, Potato Slices, and Peach halves

Thursday – Pizza

Friday –  Flank Steak with Strawberry Spinach Salad

Saturday – Chicken Chili, Rice

Sunday – Using leftovers to make Fried Rice

 

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?

  • 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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Back to School is the theme at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month. This week, we’re sharing our ideas for Gluten-Free Snacks.

My kids always need a little extra energy at the beginning of the school year. So, I like to have something quick and easy for them to eat when they get home. It gives them a little a break from schoolwork before they get started on their homework or head out the door for activities.

Last week, I mentioned some snacks in our Ideas for Packing a Gluten-Free Lunch. This week, I thought I’d share a few more snack ideas. Fresh fruit and vegetables are probably the easiest healthy snacks to have ready. I know a big juicy slice of watermelon would keep my kids from reaching for the cookies or the candy bowl. They’ll also enjoy these snacks:

Gluten-Free After-School Snacks Ideas and Recipe Links:

Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

Cashew Cherry Chocolate Snack Bars @ Celiac Family

Cheesy Kale Chips @ Minimalist Baker

Dark Chocolate Reese’s Protein Bites @ Cotter Crunch

Dried Fruit – raisins, craisins, dates, etc.

Frozen Grapes

Fruit Kabobs @ Celiac Family

Goldfish Crackers @ Elana’s Pantry

Hummus with gluten-free Crackers, Tortilla Chips, or Veggie Slices

Make Your Own Snack Mix/Trail Mix @ Celiac Family

No-Bake Cliff Bars @ Gluten Free Always Blog

No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars @ Oh She Glows

Peanut Butter No Bake Energy Bites @ Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Pizza Bites using Pillsbury Pizza Dough @ Celiac Family

Popcorn (gluten-free brands)

Pretzels (gluten-free brands)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins @ Celiac Family

Smoothies — 10 recipe links @ Celiac Family

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Potato Salad

Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Vindaloo

 

Monday – Fish Tacos, Pineapple Mango Salsa

Tuesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Potato Salad (1/2 recipe), Green Beans

Wednesday – Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts

Thursday – Grilled Hamburgers, Fries, Roasted Broccoli

Friday –  Spaghetti with Chicken, Spinach Salad

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Chicken Vindaloo, Rice

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa’s meals last week started with Trader Joe’s Frozen Chicken Tacos, Brisket, and Paleo Ground Beef & Cabbage Skillet. Salmon Patties, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Bean and Cheese Enchiladas, and Chicken Apple Sausage, Kale and Rice Soup. For more recipe links and lunch ideas, check out Melissa’s full menu post.

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?

  • 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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It’s a new month, and a new school year will be starting soon. It may seem early, but we’ll be packing up gluten-free lunches for school this week.

Should you buy lunch at school?
I applaud the many schools that include gluten-free lunch options for students. I understand that many families have been satisfied with it. I think it’s great if that works for you! We, however, have always preferred to pack lunches to take to school. Every school that has offered “gluten-free” lunches for my kids, has also warned us about possible cross-contamination with gluten. The schools couldn’t guarantee the food would be truly gluten-free. Taking that risk of consuming even a small amount of gluten on a daily basis at school didn’t seem like a good idea for us. Plus, the school nurses at each school we spoke with, also recommended that the kids bring their own lunches. If the school nurses don’t feel confident in the gluten-free food being offered, then neither do we.

To start the packing, I like to use the Pack-It freezable lunch bags. They now have a variety of different styles and patterns to choose from. We have seen the velcro closures wear out over time, so I would recommend one with a zipper closure if you and your family are going to use them a lot like we do. Some of them also have long shoulder straps and adjustable handles that make them easy to carry or attach to a full backpack.

Fast and Easy vs. Frugal Finds. You can buy many things in small serving-size packaging: chips, pretzels, popcorn, apple slices, carrot sticks, etc. But if you want to save some money, just invest in reusable small containerszip-style bags, and bottles. You can even portion the food into the containers on the weekend. Make enough for the whole week, and packing your lunches in the morning just got faster! We usually get it all packed in 5-10 minutes each morning.

Food to Pack. We keep it as easy as possible: a protein, a fruit, a vegetable, a snack, and a drink. We may change it up a little throughout the year as needed (or just for some variety). The kids seem to eat more during the first couple weeks and on testing days, so we may include an extra snack.

  • Protein — deli meat sliced thin rolled up, meat cut into sticks or cubes, bacon strips, 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 — banana, apple slices, clementines, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, applesauce, peaches…whatever we’ve got in the house
  • Vegetables — carrot sticks, celery, snap peas, spinach leaves, cucumber slices, sweet pepper slices, jicama, etc
  • Snack — chips, gluten-free pretzels, popcorn, Mini-Muffins, crackers
  • Treats — not always, but occasionally we include a gluten-free cookie or a piece of candy
  • Drinks — juice, water bottles, lemonade, Gatorade
  • Napkin and Utensils, if needed.

Don’t forget about leftovers as an option! I love to eat leftovers for lunch because it’s fast and easy. Pasta SaladsRice SaladEgg Salad, and Corn and Black Bean Salad make great lunches. It’s even better when you have a microwave available at work or school to heat up those yummy leftovers from the night before: chiligumbosoup, casseroles, Indian Chicken, etc.

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Wild Rice Salad

Mexican Chicken Pizza

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

 

Monday – Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders, Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

Tuesday – Corned Beef, Roasted Red Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts w/Rosemary & Garlic

Wednesday – Chicken Apple Sausage, Wild Rice Salad

Thursday – leftovers

Friday –  Mexican Chicken Pizza

Saturday – Balsamic Salmon, Rice, Asparagus

Sunday – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad

 

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
This week, Melissa is posting her meals from last week for review. Her family ate Sandwiches, Split Pea Soup, Chalupa Salad, Cornbread Taco Bake, Cheesy Sausage Pasta, Spanish Omelette, and Hamburger Soup. Check out her full post for lunch ideas and recipe links.

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?

  • 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
Comments (2)