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GFWorldIndiaTime to pull the curry out of the spice rack this week because this week’s Tastes of the World theme is Indian Food. 

My husband and I have always enjoyed eating Indian food, and now our kids are enjoying it, too! We don’t cook Indian food too often, but our Indian Chicken with peaches is very kid-friendly. I also enjoy using Patak’s brand pastes and sauces (like Vindaloo Curry Paste and Tikka Masala Sauce) for quick and easy Indian meals.

We also enjoy eating at Indian Restaurants, and have found that many have meals that are naturally gluten-free. You just have to ask the management about the menu and possible cross-contamination. We have been fortunate to find that restaurants near us (like India’s Kitchenhave their menus already marked with the information. If dairy is a problem for you, be sure to ask about that, too. Yogurt is a common ingredient in sauces. And, butter and cream is not uncommon in Indian dishes.

Gluten-Free Frozen Indian Meals. Recently I was sent some coupons to try Tandoor Chef frozen meals. Their gluten-free options are clearly marked on their web site and product boxes. I picked up a box of the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Chicken Curry to try. My husband ended up taking both of them to work for lunches. He says both have great flavor, without being spicy hot. He thinks the Chicken Tikka Masala has a more vibrant flavor and likes it best, but found both of them to be very tasty! His only complaint was, although they were good-size portions for lunch, he wanted to keep eating and there were no leftovers. ;)

Desserts! Most of the desserts in Indian Cuisine have dairy or gluten, or both. But, I found this gluten-free recipe for Gulab Jamuns (kind of like Sweet Potato Donut Holes) that really looks delightful! And very allergen friendly: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, corn-free, soy-free, yeast-free, and nut-free. Can’t wait to give them a try!

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

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Indian Chicken w/Quinoa

Indian Chicken w/Quinoa

Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder

Simple Asparagus

Simple Asparagus

MondayQuinoa with Indian Chicken, Sautéed Spinach

Tuesday – Pork Tenderloin, Rosemary Red Potatoes, Green Beans

WednesdayClam Chowder, Cornbread

Thursday – Dairy-Free Butter Chicken with Rice and Simple Asparagus

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Rotisserie Chicken, Gluten-Free Vegetable Bhaji

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Indian food isn’t common at Elisabeth’s house, but there is plenty of good food to eat this week. Vegan Nachos, Portuguese Soup, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Fried Rice, Butternut Squash Smoothie, and Pizza.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori is trying some new Indian recipes this week: Chicken Masala with Saag PaneerChicken Curry, and Spiced Chicken Salad with Plums and Chickpeas. She’s also planning for Baked Salmon, Lentil Soup, and Pizza this week.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
Melissa’s family is starting up their homeschooling regimen this week, so lots of slow-cooker and freezer meals for them this week. Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry, Slow-Cooker Beef Stew, Goulash, Chicken Taco Salad, Low-Carb Ground Beef and Veggie Chili, and Pulled Pork.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee is starting her week of meals with Easy Chicken Stir-Fry, Greek Pasta Salad, and Bacon & Eggs. She’ll finish the week with Gluten-Free Penne Pasta with Crock-Pot Pasta Sauce, London Broil, and Gluten-Free Pizza. Sounds like a tasty week at her house!

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa is joining us for the first time this week. Stop by her blog to see what she’s cooking, and say hello. Her menu this week has Smoky Chipotle Chili Cheese Mac, Chicken, Potato & Green Bean Dish, Chicken-Fried Steak, Honey Rosemary Chicken, Tacos, Mongolian Beef, and Smoky Paprika Chicken Soup.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Indian Meals 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 again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Gluten-Free Chinese 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.

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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GFWorldPortIt’s another week of the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week’s Tastes of the World theme is Portuguese Food. 

OK. I don’t know a whole lot about Portuguese Food, so I had to do some research. I assumed the meals would be similar to other European meals, with maybe some Spanish influence. Eh… not exactly. What I found is that there are some meals that are very uniquely Portuguese.

With a long border on the Atlantic, Portuguese food frequently includes fish and shellfish. Grilled Sardines and recipes with Salted Cod are very common. This Seafood Rice Casserole and Portuguese Paella look yummy.

Soup is also a common dish served with lunch and/or dinner. Beth says this one is her favorite at The Portugal Years.  I also found recipes for Chicken Soup, Portuguese Sausage Kale Potato Soup, and Portuguese Bean Soup.

Cozido á Portugesa is a dish of meats and vegetables. Not sure if you would consider it a stew, but I’m sure you’ll find it to be tasty. It consists of a variety of meats and vegetables. Try this recipe at HubPages or this one at Tia Maria’s Portuguese Foodie Blog.

Desserts! Many Portuguese desserts are made with eggs. Rice Pudding is very common in Portugal. But, I really like the looks of this Chocolate Mousse. This Fruit Salad with Sweet Madeira Wine sounds wonderful, too.

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

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato, Green Bean Salad

Berry Fruit Salad

Berry Fruit Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

MondayPortuguese Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli

Tuesday – Chicken and Apple Sausage with Onions and Peppers

Wednesday – Hamburgers, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Thursday – Cod Fish and Potato Casserole, Roasted Asparagus

Friday – Grilled Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Berry Fruit Salad

Saturday – Portuguese Dry Rub Pork Spare Ribs, Fried Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach

Sunday – Pizza, Rainbow Apple Salad reformulated with grapes and pine nuts

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori isn’t cooking Portuguese this week. However, she does have a lot of German food on her menu this week, so stop by to see what she’s cooking up. Her menu includes Almond-Crusted Chicken Schnitzel, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Simple Weeknight Chicken, Sausage and Sauerkraut, Hamburgers and Chef Salad.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth spent several years in Portugal as a kid and says her absolute favorite meals were the Portuguese Soup and Roasted Chicken. Also on her menu this week is Sweet and Sour Shrimp Stir-Fry, Simple Corn Soup, Smoothies, Freezer Burritos, and Pizza with Salad.

Check back later to see else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Portuguese Meals 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 again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Gluten-Free Indian 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.

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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GFWorldMexicoIt’s another week of the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week’s Tastes of the World theme is Mexican Meals. 

I love Mexican food. I think I could eat it everyday… and it looks like I just might this week. Of course, my idea of Mexican food includes a lot of variety that isn’t exactly traditional Mexican food. But the meals will typically include at least a few of these ingredients: corn, corn tortillas, tomatoes, salsa, onion, cumin, coriander, cilantro, chiles, peppers, beans, avocado, and lime.

Here are just some of my family’s yummy favorites:

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

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Cilantro Rice

Cilantro Rice

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Monday – Rotisserie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Garlic Spinach

Tuesday – Chicken Taquitos made with Shredded Mexican ChickenCilantro Rice, Guacamole

Wednesday – Fajitas with skirt steak, onions and peppers, leftover rice

Thursday – Pork Chops with Black Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli

Friday – Fish Tacos, Avocado Salsa

Saturday – Mexican Black Bean Chili, Cornbread

Sunday – Fried Chicken, Watermelon, and Carrots (as requested by my daughter)

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth says she likes to do Freezer Burritos and Nachos for quick dinners at her house. Also on her menu this week is Chicken or Fish Nuggets, Simple Corn Soup, Tuna Apple Salad, Avocado Salad, Creamy Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie with popcorn, and Pizza with Salad.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori has lots of Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex recipes to share this week: TacosChicken Tortilla SoupFajitasFish TacosBaked Chicken Taquitos, and Chili Nachos. She’s also trying a couple new recipes this week for  Oaxacan Grilled Shrimp and Pollo Pibel.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Mexican Meals 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 again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Gluten-Free Mexican 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.

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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GFWorldItalyThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re going to explore different Tastes of the World. This week’s theme starts with Italian Meals. I’m not Italian, so my version of Italian food may be more American than Italian, but here’s what it means to me:

Pasta. That’s the first thing I think about when I think of Italian food. Fortunately there are a lot of options for gluten-free pasta these days. We can find several different shapes of gluten-free pastas at our grocery stores, Target, Walmart, and even Amazon.

You just need to decide which ones work best for your recipes. Some are made from corn, some with quinoa, some with rice, and other grains. I find that the pastas with a mix of flours is the most versatile, but you may have to try a few before you find what works (and tastes) best for your family. Nicole at Gluten-Free on a Shoestring says she knows the right way to boil gluten-free pasta. Follow her directions to cook your pasta perfectly al dente and not sticky, gummy, or crunchy.

If you’ve got the time and desire, you can also make your own gluten-free pasta. Try these recipes by Jamie Oliver, King Arthur Flour, Nurture My Gut (almond flour), Gluten-Free on a Shoestring (using a pasta machine), and Bob’s Red Mill.

Tomato, Basil, Oregano, and Garlic. The second thing I think about when I think of Italian food is the flavor these add to dishes. Whether on pasta, bruschetta, or meat, each ingredient adds great flavor to your meals.

EVOO. Don’t forget the Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Used in cooking everything, isn’t it? Toss your pasta in it. Brush your bread with it. Pan-fry meats with it. Saute your vegetables with it. And use it to make yummy salad dressings!

This week, I’m trying some new Italian recipes, which you’ll find in my menu below. Here are a few additional recipes I have that I would consider to be inspired by Italian cooking and recipes:

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

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Simple Asparagus

Simple Asparagus

Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad

MondayItalian Baked Tilapia (using gluten-free bread crumbs and Italian dressing), spaghetti squash and spinach

Tuesday – leftovers

Wednesday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Fried Potato Balls, Green Beans

Thursday – Pollo Pasta Primavera from Gluten-Free Made Easy (penne pasta with shredded chicken and fresh tomatoes and basil), Simple Asparagus

Friday – Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Roasted Broccoli

Saturday – Spaghetti Carbonara (also from Gluten-Free Made Easy), Tossed Green Salad

Sunday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken, Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing, toasted garlic bread

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori has Italian meals planned for everyday this week! And, I love the variety she’s chosen. Spaghetti and Meatballs start the week for her. Lori says she likes to use Tinkyada’s brown rice pasta, and makes the meatballs without breadcrumbs. Next, she’ll be making Minestrone Soup in the crock pot, Chicken Cacciatore, Egg Plant Rolls, and Mediterranean Salmon Salad. She’ll finish up this Italian week with a gluten-free pizza. Delizioso!

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth likes to make spaghetti and meatballs at her house. She also enjoys lasagna with cashew ricotta and mushroom caps to make it work for her restricted diet. Other meals at her house this week include Irresistible Grilled Shrimp, Chili with Cornbread, Chef Salad, Avocado Salad, Peachy Keen Smoothie, Veggie Soup, and Pizza.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
I don’t see Italian meals on Kimberlee’s menu this week. Instead, I see Tex-Mex meals: Slow Cooker Chipotle ChiliRanch Chicken CasseroleChili Cheese Fries, and Oven-baked Tacos. And don’t forget to check out her Crustless Quiche, Cheeseburgers, and Blueberry Pancakes.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Italian 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 again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Gluten-Free Mexican 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.

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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BacktoSchooldinner2We’re on our final week of Back-to-School Meal Planning. This week’s theme is Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Meals for those busy school (and work) nights.

Quick and easy meals at our house start with leftovers. That means checking the refrigerator for what didn’t get eaten the week before. Our family loves to be able to pick out their favorites and put them together how they want.

After clearing out the leftovers, it’s time for meal planning. Check your calendar for those really busy nights, and decide how you’re going to make it easy on yourself:

  • Prepare as much of the meal in advance — chop veggies, mix spices, thaw meat, etc.
  • Frozen Meals — Make double batches of dishes when you have the time, so you can put one in the freezer for those busy nights. Or, purchase ready-made frozen meals at the grocery store (GF pizza, burritos, casseroles, etc.).
  • Slow-Cooker Meals — Easy, quick prep in the morning is all you need for a ready-made dinner in the evening.
  • Picnic Foods — 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 up on your way home. Choose the restaurant carefully, so that it works for all 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.

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What is your family’s favorite quick and easy meals? Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Meals.

Celiac Family’s Quick and Easy Menu This Week:

Nachos with Guacamole

Nachos with Guacamole

Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Gluten-Free Pancakes

Gluten-Free Pancakes

Monday – Allergen-Free Rotisserie Chicken (picking up from Sam’s Club), Mashed Potatoes (potatoes cooked in the morning for final prep in the evening), Roasted Broccoli (cut up in morning or purchased florets already chopped)

Tuesday – Chicken Nachos (Put chicken in slow-cooker so it’s ready to go at dinner time.), Guacamole (fast recipe with help from Frontera’s mix)

Wednesday – Frozen Pizza (Daiya pizza for dairy-free and Freschetta for the real-cheese eaters), Rainbow Apple Salad (made quickly while pizza is baking)

Thursday – Pancakes (using Namaste Pancake Mix), Bacon, Tropical Fruit Salad

Friday – Frozen Gluten-Free Battered Fish (StarFish brand), Sweet Potato Fries (Ore-Ida brand), Green Peas

Saturday – Grilled Flank Steak (marinating in the morning), Broccoli Salad, Rice Pilaf

Sunday – Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork, Corn on the Cob, leftover veggies or salads

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Find new quick gluten-free dinner ideas on Pinterest: Lori’s own Pinterest board of Gluten-Free Dinners and Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures – Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas. Lori’s menu this week is all about quick and easy…and looks yummy, too! Chicken and Spinach QuesadillasBok Choy Stir FrySlow Cooker Pulled Pork TenderloinTurkey and Squash PastaLentil Soup, and Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee has a few meals planned for the week that I would consider quick and easy: Spicy Chicken Thighs (easy prep but hour to cook), Pizza with pre-made gluten-free crust, and Turkey Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese.  The remaining meals may take a little more prep time: Meatloaf, Pasta Alfredo, Steak and Peppers, and Taco Salad.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is celebrating her birthday this week! Easy meals for a birthday week sounds like a great plan. :) She’s been working on doing a lot of the prep work for cooking in advance of evening meals. Vegan Nachos, gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles, Pintos and Rice, Fish in a Pan with Potatoes, Tuna Fish Sandwiches, Pumpkin smoothie with popcorn, and Pizza.

Check back later to see who else will be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Quick and Easy 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 again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Gluten-Free Italian 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.

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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