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HolidayFavesIt’s less than two weeks until Christmas! I’m wondering what everyone’s favorite things are to cook, bake, and eat during the holidays. Since it is the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap, please share with us your favorite meals and recipes this season!

Our Gluten-Free Christmas Favorites:

More Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Roundups:

What are your favorite things for the holidays? The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below will have more gluten-free menus and recipe links for Christmas/Holiday Favorites.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Monday –  Eating Out

Tuesday – Pork Chops with Black Beans and Salsa, Rice, Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Thursday – Party Dogs and Chili, leftover rice

Friday – Kimberlee’s Ranch Chicken Casserole made with Follow Your Heart’s dairy-free substitutes

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Grilled Steaks, Sweet Potato Casserole, Sautéed Spinach

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa says she’s spending too much time cooking these days, so she’s pulling out the slow-cooker to make better use of her time this week. For this week’s menu, she’ll be making Roast Beef with Vegetables, Bratwurst Stew, Sloppy Joes with Nacho Chips, and Paleo Chili with Veggies. She also has Halibut and Stuffed Acorn Squash on her menu, as well as plans for filling the freezer with make-ahead meals.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee’s menu this week is filled with yummy meals to warm you up this season.  Beef and Veggie Soup, Taco Bowls, BBQ Chicken, Cheeseburger Pasta, Easy Potato Soup, Mexican Burgers, and one night of breakfast for dinner. She also has meal plans for breakfast and lunch. The Baked Oatmeal and Crunchy Chicken Salad got my attention.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is keeping the meals simple for Christmas this year, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the day. She’s planning quick and simple Cinnamon Buns for breakfast and her favorite Grilled Shrimp (which my family enjoyed, too) for dinner. This week, she’ll be making Pumpkin Molasses Cookie Dough Balls, and Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puppy Treats. The remainder of her meals this week will include Pancakes, Grilled Cheese, Sloppy Joe’s (Sloppy Lentil Joe’s), Veggie Soup, Pizza, Spiced Salmon, and Smoothies with Popcorn.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela’s Christmas Favorites begin with a variety of cookies. Check out her recipes for Allergen-Free Brownie Bites, Jam-Filled Thumbprints, Russian Tea Cakes, Spritz Cookies, and more. Other holiday favorites at their house include Potato Pudding, Lefse, Swedish “Rye” BreadMaple-Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped SmokiesFresh Spinach SaladChicken (or Turkey) Wild Rice Soup, Dairy-Free Eggnog, and Slow-Cooker, Dairy Free Hot Chocolate. For dinner this week, Angela’s family will enjoy Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Shrimp Pad Thai with Broccoli, Beef and Butternut Stew, Braised Mediterranean Chicken, and Taco Pizza. Be sure to check out her full menu for all the recipe links.

Thanks for joining us this week, come back next week to see what gluten-free meals we’re serving when Entertaining Friends and Family.

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 again next week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for meals to serve when entertaining friends and family.
  • 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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TurkeyIt’s Turkey Week at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap…and for most of us in the U.S. Most of us will be enjoying roasted turkey for Thanksgiving meals on Thursday.

I think most fresh and frozen turkeys you buy in the grocery stores are now gluten-free, but you should still read the labels! Some turkeys are plumped with broth to make them nice and juicy. Broths can be made with wheat starch, so you still have to be careful which turkey you purchase. In addition, be aware of gravy mixes and pre-made gravies that may contain gluten. I did some research to give you a head start in your search for gluten-free turkeys and gravy recipes this week. Hope it helps you get through the Turkey Week, gluten free and healthy.

Gluten-Free Turkeys to look for in the stores:

Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy Recipes:

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup will be included below. Don’t forget to check it for more gluten-free menus and turkey inspiration for your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Guacamole

Guacamole

Parmesan Tilapia

Parmesan Tilapia

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Monday –  Chili and Cornbread

Tuesday – Shredded Chicken for tacos or maybe for nachos, Guacamole

Wednesday – Grilled Steaks, Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Sautéed Broccolini

Thanksgiving Day – I’m taking Ham, Apple Crumb Pie, and Gingersnap Cookies to the family feast!

Friday – Parmesan Tilapia, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Green Beans

Saturday – Pizza and Spinach Salad

Sunday – Pork Tenderloin, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa has a Turkey Meatball Soup on her menu this week. She will be also be taking advantage of Thanksgiving leftovers for Friday’s meal. For the remainder of the week, she and her family will be enjoying Roasted Pork with Apples, Turnips, and Cabbage; Bacon and Butternut Pasta; Chicken Apple Sausage and Kale Soup; Slow-Cooked Roasted Chicken, and a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth doesn’t eat meat, so no turkey for her this week. Instead, she’ll be eating Egg Salad, Spicy Shrimp in Saffron Tomato Sauce, Butternut Squash Nuggets, Fish, and Popcorn. For Thanksgiving, Lentil Mushroom Meatballs, Popovers, Mini Pumpkin Pie Shooters, and Apple Chia Seed Jam mini-pies.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Like so many other Americans this week, Kimberlee will be enjoying Turkey on Thanksgiving day. For the rest of the week, her family will be eating BBQ Pepper Jack Bacon Burgers, loaded Baked Potatoes, Taco Bowls, Spicy Black Beans, and Easy Potato Soup. She’s also sharing a link to her recipe for mini Pumpkin Pies.

Check back later to see who else may be joining the GF Menu Swap this week. 

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 sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Holiday Cookies, Baked Goods, and/or Treats.
  • 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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Ghost Meringue CookiesThese Meringue Cookies have become a favorite with family and friends at Halloween parties. I love that they are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free! If you aren’t familiar with meringue cookies: They are light and airy, crispy on the outside, yet a little chewy on the inside.

It has come to my attention that my recipe and directions for making Meringue Cookie Ghosts were not so easy to find. So, here are the recipe and directions for making these cuties. Enjoy!

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Halloween Ghost Meringue Cookies

Ingredients:

2 large egg whites (at room temperature)
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional, but adds a nice flavor)
1/2 Cup superfine sugar
handful of mini chocolate chips (I buy Enjoy Life’s Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Chocolate Chips.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200° F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium glass or metal bowl, beat the egg whites until they become foamy little bubbles. Add the cream of tartar and almond extract. Continue beating at medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add in the sugar while beating until smooth and glossy, stiff peaks form.
  3. To make the ghosts, I used a piping bag with round tip. (I used Wilton disposable decorating bag and round tip #12.) If you don’t have these, you can simply use a zip-style plastic bag and cut the tip off a corner to squeeze out the meringue. Fill the bag with the meringue and create the ghost in one continuous motion by gently squeezing the meringue out of the bag. Make it quickly to avoid getting the meringue too warm in your hand. There’s no right or wrong way to make a ghost, but I made these by starting with a round mound of meringue for the head. Then, I moved the bag to the left and then the right, forming the arms (if you can call them that). I then finished it off by dragging the bag down and to the right to finish the ghost shape.
  4. Next add the chocolate chips for eyes.
  5. Place the tray of ghosts in the oven and bake for 2 hours.
  6. Let them cool on the cookie sheets.
  7. Place them on a plate to serve, or store in an airtight container.

Additional Notes:

  • This recipe will make 18-24 ghosts, depending on the size you make them.
  • If you have trouble removing the ghosts from the parchment paper, carefully slide a thin, flat knife under them to lift from the paper.

More favorite Holiday Meringue Cookies at Celiac Family:

Snowman Meringues

Snowman Meringues

Christmas Tree Meringues

Christmas Tree Meringues

Meringue Duckies

Meringue Duckies

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You’ve probably tried Pepper Jelly over Cream Cheese with crackers, right? When we get together with my husband’s family, we almost always have it for an appetizer. My mother-in-law makes a wonderful pepper jelly every year. Sorry, I don’t have that recipe to share with you. Simply Recipes has a good recipe for it. But you can also find it in the stores or on Amazon. Just be sure to check the labels to make sure they’re gluten-free.

Here’s the very simple non-recipe: Place your cream cheese on a plate or serving dish and pour the jelly over the top. Then, spread gluten-free chips or crackers around it, for a nice presentation. How easy is that?! Now check out my notes and my new twist on it below.

Additional Notes and Ideas:

  • I like to use whipped cream cheese (or whip it myself) because it’s a little easier to dig into with crackers.
  • If you’re like me, and don’t tolerate dairy well, then try Toffutti’s non-dairy cream cheese. I buy the Non-Hydrogenated Plain variety in the yellow tub. With the jelly on top, you won’t notice the difference. OK, maybe you will, but it still tastes really good. :)
  • Another fun option is to buy the blocks of cream cheese (Tofutti’s works, too) and cut them into holiday shapes with cookie cutters. You can make a whole tray of cream cheese Christmas trees, stars, holly leaves, etc.
  • Use any favorite gluten-free crackers or chips that don’t break too easily. Gluten-free rice crackers, Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers, and FoodShouldTasteGood Multigrain Tortilla Chips (in the photo above) are my favorites for this.
  • Sometimes I get jelly or jam that is too solid, and doesn’t want to pour or spread easily. In this case, I usually just put the jelly  into the microwave for 20-30 seconds and stir well. Then, pour/spread it over the cream cheese.
  • For a festive holiday look, use both green and red pepper jelly. Add sweet pepper slices, cranberries, or raspberries for garnish.
  • Use any kind of jelly. Pepper jellies have a nice spice and flavor that complements the cream cheese, but you can use any favorite jelly. In fact, that’s just what I did by combining two flavors that always taste good together: chocolate and raspberry.

Chocolate and Raspberry Variation. When I received a sample of FoodShouldTasteGood’s Chocolate Tortilla Chips, I knew what I wanted to try: Cream Cheese and Raspberry Jelly served with the Chocolate Tortilla Chips. Delicious treat! (It looks nice with a couple fresh raspberries on top, but I didn’t have the raspberries or the raspberry jam for the photo. Fortunately, the triple-berry jam I used in the photo turned out just as tasty.)

If you haven’t tried the Chocolate tortilla chips, you really should. They have a rich cocoa flavor, and are just lightly sweetened. The flavor really works well with the creaminess of Tofutti, and the tart, sweetness of the jelly.

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With Halloween behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays (if you haven’t already!). Until the end of the year, we will have themes to help prepare for the holidays. This week, the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Thanksgiving Desserts. So, if you have a favorite fall dessert, please share it with us.

My favorite dessert for Thanksgiving is pie. If you are new to a gluten-free diet, you might think that pies are difficult to make gluten free. But don’t fret, there are many options for a gluten-free pie! Most fillings are gluten-free, or can easily be made gluten-free by using cornstarch or arrowroot for thickening, if needed. There are lots of options for gluten-free pie crusts, too!

Gluten-Free Pie Crust - You can make a gluten-free crust using alternative flours or nuts.

Crustless Pie – You can also make pies without a crust at all!

Whipped Topping is typically gluten-free. But if you’re buying it at the store, be sure to check the labels. There are dairy-free options, too!

Want more ideas for meals this week? Check out the roundup below to see who else is sharing their gluten-free menus. As we continue with holiday themes for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, the theme next week will be about Vegetable and Side Dishes for Thanksgiving.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

There are no pies on my menu this week. However, the crusts listed above would be great for Paige’s Creamy Chicken Pie, or Linda’s Hamburger Spinach Quiche.

Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

Wild Rice Salad

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Monday -  Progresso Gluten-Free Soup and Sandwiches for a busy night

Tuesday (Election Day – Go vote!) – Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders served with with Broccoli and Roasted Potatoes

Wednesday - Fish Tacos and Pineapple Mango Salsa

Thursday - The Peaceful Mom’s Rosemary Chicken served with Roasted Potatoes

Friday - Pork Tenderloin with Wild Rice Salad

Saturday - Hamburgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Sunday - leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is looking forward to the Impossible Pumpkin Pie that her daughter makes every year. It is a crustless pie that uses a gluten-free baking mix and coconut milk. Angela also has recipes for a traditional (GF/DF) Pumpkin Pie and a Freezer Apple Pie to share. And, she’s already starting her holiday cookie baking this week! (I’m so impressed!) For meals this week, she’s planning on Silver Dollar Pear PancakesGround Turkey and Veggie Tortilla Casserole, Apple Cranberry Squash, Orange Marmalade Chicken, and Ultimate Beef Stroganoff.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life says that for her first gluten-free Thanksgiving, she had great results with buying gluten-free pie crusts at Whole Foods Market. She bought six pie shells because apparently she likes to accommodate everyone’s favorites :) : Coconut Cream Pie, Paleo Pumpkin Pie, and Cranberry Walnut Pie. She also likes to make Pumpkin Cheesecake using gluten-free cookie crumbs for the crust. And don’t miss her recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes! On her menu this week is Almond and Romano Cheese encrusted Pork Chops, Lettuce Wrap Tacos, Roasted Chicken Legs, Crockpot Roast Beef, and more.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! doesn’t have any Thanksgiving desserts to share this week. Instead, she’s sharing a revised family recipe for Chicken Corn Soup that starts with a Cream of Potato Soup base and adds corn and chicken instead of bacon.  She also has Oven Baked Chicken Cacciatore, Pizza, Crockpot Beef Stroganoff, and Skillet Quinoa Fiesta.

Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom is making BBQ Pork Sliders with Broccoli Salad this week. She’s also warming up this week with Crockpot Chili and Easy Potato Soup. Stirfry made with leftover pork and veggies, Cheeseburger Casserole, and Taco Bowls are also on her menu this week.

Thanks to everyone joining us for this week’s GF Menu Swap. Join us next week at Gluten Free Goodness when we share our favorite side and vegetable dishes for Thanksgiving.

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.
  • Next week’s GF Menu Swap will be hosted by Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness. We’ll be sharing our favorite Vegetable and Side Dishes for Thanksgiving.
  • 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.

 

Categories : Holidays, Menu Plan
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