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SpringVegWe’re continuing with the Spring Vegetables theme at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this month. So far, this month, we’ve shared ideas and recipe links that include Endive, and Ramps. I haven’t found any ramps, yet, but I’m still on the lookout for them. 🙂

This week, we’re exploring ideas for including radicchio in your meals. Radicchio can be a little spicy and bitter, but I found a great variety of gluten-free recipes that seem perfect for it.

Gluten-Free Radicchio Recipe Links:

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Indian Chicken

Indian Chicken

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Mexican Chicken Pizza @CeliacFamily -- #GlutenFree

Mexican Chicken Pizza

Monday – leftovers

Tuesday – Indian Chicken with Quinoa, Roasted Broccoli

WednesdayBaked Chicken NuggetsGreen Beans with Radicchio and Caramelized Onions

Thursday – Italian Sausage, Spaghetti Squash & Radicchio Salad

Friday – Mexican Pizza

Saturday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Rice, Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Sunday – Jerk Salmon with Radicchio Blueberry Slaw & Sherry Vinaigrette

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elizabeth shared a recipe link this week for a very yummy-looking Creamy Mushroom Asparagus Pasta (GF, DF, Vegan) at the Minimalist Baker. I can’t wait to give it a try!  She’s also sharing a menu plan for two weeks, so there’s lots of great ideas there: Sticky Chicken, Chicken and stuffing Casserole, Vegan Sloppy Joes, Baked potatoes with veggies, 5 Minute Salmon, Hamburgers, Stir Fry, Chili, Nachos, meat loaf, and veggie Fried rice.

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.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free winter squash and other winter produce.
  • 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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Salad2016It’s March! The days are getting longer, Daylight Savings is only days away, and I’m ready for spring weather! For the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, all month long we’ll be sharing salads. I hope you’ll share your favorite salads with us.

Here are our favorite Gluten-Free Salads at CeliacFamily:

Berry Fruit Salad
Corn and Black Bean Salad
Heather’s Favorite Egg Salad
Not My Mom’s Chicken Salad
Potato Salad for a Crowd
Rainbow Apple Salad
Red Potato and Green Bean Salad
Seven Layer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing
Southwestern Chicken Salad
Tropical Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Monday – Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Potatoes, Kale Salad (recipe coming soon)

Tuesday – Grilled Flank Steak, Roasted Fennel and Broccoli

Wednesday – Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice Salad

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Southwestern Chicken Salad with Corn and Black Bean Salad

Saturday – Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Green Beans

Sunday – Chicken Apple Sausage, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
I’m so happy Angela could join us this week with amazing salad recipes from her site. She always has such a great variety of gluten-free recipes: Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl, Papaya and Coconut Chicken SaladTaco Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing, Curried Chicken SaladGreen Chile Taco Salad Filling, Curried Chicken Cantaloupe and Mango SaladSteak and Potato Salad, Fresh Apricot Thai Salad, Sesame Chicken Veggie Salad, and Deviled Egg Salad. For dinners this week, she’ll be eating a variety of salads along with Pizza, Orange Beef Lettuce Wraps, Apricot Curried Meatballs, and Chicken and Spinach Strata. Check it all out at Angela’s menu post this week.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elizabeth is saving some time by planning her menus two weeks at a time now, so she has plenty of ideas to share. Her meals will include Sticky Chicken, Tacos, Baked potatoes, Grilled cheeze with Almost Cheater Instant Tomato SoupHidden Veggie Mac and Cheeze, Waffles, Chicken A La King, Meatloaf, Fish, Chicken and Broccoli casserole, and Pizza. Check out her full menu post for breakfast and dessert ideas, too!

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.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free winter squash and other winter produce.
  • 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. This week, she talks about how eating a Paleo diet has changed her life for the better. Check out what she and others are doing to live a healthier and happier life on her post this week.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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HolidayCakeThe Gluten-Free Menu Swap is celebrating the holidays this month with Gluten-Free Food Gift ideas. 

Do you like to bake goodies for Holiday Gifts? Make them gluten-free with the Gluten-Free Cakes and Muffins recipe links below.

Don’t be afraid to make them ahead and freeze until needed for gift giving.  Make plenty, and have gifts ready for teachers, bus drivers, neighbors, co-workers, mail delivery persons, host/hostesses, etc. They’re also great for parties, brunches, and celebrations of any kind.

Poppyseed Bread perfect for gift-giving

Poppyseed Bread perfect for gift-giving

Gluten-Free Cakes:

Gluten-Free Muffins:

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
We’ve got a busy week with evening activities, so lots of easy meals for us.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Monday – Chili, Cornbread Muffins

Tuesday – Jambalaya with Chicken and Apple Sausage, Green Beans

Wednesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Thursday – Chicken Nuggets, French Fries, Sautéed Zucchini

FridayPulled Pork Sandwiches, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Kale

Saturday – leftovers

SundaySalmon with Balsamic Glaze, Rice Pilaf, Asparagus

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa isn’t baking gifts this year. Instead, she’s doing some sewing. For meals this month, she’s trying to find a balance of frugal meals and meals that work for visiting family members, too. This week, they’ll be having Cabbage and Beef Bake, Spaghetti, Meatloaf, Tuna Noodle Casserole, 10 Bean Soup, Lamb and Spaghetti Squash, and Beef and Bean Chili.

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 cakes and muffins for holiday gifts.

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 more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free Candy and Cookies.
  • 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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If you’re looking for a more complete list of Gluten-Free Halloween Candy, check out the updated Gluten-Free Halloween Candy list, which also includes a list of unsafe candies. These are just a few new gluten-free products I thought deserved a little more explanation:

candycornStarburst Fruit-Flavored Candy CornEvery year I’m on the hunt for gluten-free candy corn. The usual brands I find in the stores (Brach’s, for example) are exposed to gluten through cross-contamination. And with our systems already being stressed by the increased amount of sugar in our bodies, I don’t want to risk consuming even traces of gluten. This year, I ran across these fruit-flavored candy corn from Starburst. It doesn’t have the flavor I was looking for, but it certainly has the shape and texture. My kids love the fruity flavors: Cherry, Strawberry, Lemon, and Orange. For that expected candy corn flavor, try the Jelly Belly brand.

suncupsSun Cups are a great option for gluten-free friends who are also peanut/nut-free. Sun Cups are made with a sunflower butter instead of peanut butter and are produced in a gluten-free and nut-free facility. It’s great for those with nut allergies, but it does contain dairy. Sun Cups sent me some samples so I could try the different flavor varieties I’ve had trouble finding in the stores: Milk Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cups, Dark Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cups, Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups (which my kids love!), and Dark Chocolate Mint Cups.

sixletsSweet Works is a great resource for gluten-free candy. I was recently introduced to their website where I found a wide array of gluten-free candies: SixletsGumJawbreakers, and more. Click on any of the candy products on their site to find a complete ingredient list, as well as notations about allergens. Be sure to look for the “Allergen Info.”, as well as the “Gluten Free and Made in a nut free facility” notation in “Additional Info.” in the details on each product.

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Dec
06

My Attempt at Sanity in December

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December is a special month. A month to celebrate holidays, to reconnect with friends and family, a month of eating rich foods (or maybe fast foods), a month of shopping, a month of wrapping, shipping, laughs, hugs, little sleep, stress, and maybe loneliness, too. It’s a busy, fun, and stressful month. I look forward to it every year, and yet every year, I still feel unprepared for it. Every year, I think I’m going to get it all done sooner, so I can slow down and enjoy it more.

I have done pretty good so far this year at getting things done earlier than usual: Christmas cards ordered, photo gifts ordered, some gifts purchased, advent calendar activities planned, pictures with Santa done, Christmas tree up and decorated, some Christmas cookies made, our first holiday crafts made, and stockings are hung. That’s a lot for me to have done already in the first week of December. I feel good about that, but I still have a lot to do. And it seems that the earlier I start, the more time I have to do more activities. It can be a vicious cycle.

So, where does this leave me today? Well, my lack of attention to diet has let foods like chips, soda and dairy creep in. The dairy really had me down over the weekend. I’m also getting to bed late trying to prepare for the next day’s events. That all leaves me feeling tired and a little cranky. I need to turn this trend around before it gets worse, so I can really enjoy this special time.

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness inspired me to take control of the situation with her December Sanity Challenge event. She and three other bloggers are hosting the event to help themselves and others make reasonable goals for enjoying a happy, healthy, and sane holiday month. I may be getting a late start, but I’m in! Here are my goals for this month:

  1. Eat Healthy – I will continue to plan healthy meals every week. I will supplement them with healthy snacks and drinks – not soda and chips!
  2. More Exercise – I will try to get in a walk at least 3 times a week. If the weather is uninspiring, I’ll put in Just Dance 2 and dance away my stress. 🙂
  3. More Sleep – I often use my evening hours when the kids are in bed to get things done. Too often, I lose track of the time and end of going to bed too late. So, I’m setting an alarm clock to remind me to go to bed every night at 11.
  4. Ask for Help – I will recruit my kids to help me. They can stamp and seal envelopes on Christmas cards, water the Christmas tree, help put up decorations, help wrap presents, help make holiday goodies, etc. And if needed, I’ll get a babysitter to make use of weekend time.
  5. Make Time for Myself – I will slow down and relax by getting a massage or a pedicure, or both!
  6. Enjoy the Holidays – I will do some of the things I enjoy most during the holidays: attend the Nutcracker, listen to Christmas music, make crafts with the kids, bake holiday treats, etc.
  7. Hugs! – My all-time favorite stress-buster is getting hugs from my kids daily (or hourly if necessary). A good squeeze and smile from them can fix almost anything. 🙂

I’m printing out this list and posting it on my computer, my bathroom mirror, and my refrigerator. (I may need a few reminders.)

How is your December going? Need some inspiration or ideas for maintaining your own sanity? Join us!

 

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