Gluten-Free Entertaining — Menu Plan Dec. 23

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The theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Entertaining. With Christmas and New Year parties this month, entertaining with gluten-free foods may cause you concern. Whether you are gluten-free, or want to prepare gluten-free meals for friends and family, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Stick with whole foods and recipes with simple ingredients. Here are some of the recipes we’ve used when entertaining friends and family.


Chocolate Martinis

Chocolate Martinis


Main Dish:

Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms



Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls


The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below will have more gluten-free menus and recipe links for Gluten-Free Entertaining. We’d love to hear your ideas for entertaining with gluten-free foods, too. Please share them in the comments below or link up your menu post.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Marinated Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Monday —  Chicken Tacos  with Corn Tortillas and Guacamole

Christmas Eve — Roasted Turkey Breast, Sweet Potato Casserole, Broccoli and Mushroom CasseroleApple Crumb Pie

Christmas Day — Smoked Beef Brisket, Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Spinach Salad, Pumpkin Pie

Thursday — leftovers

Friday — Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta with Green Beans

Saturday — Grilled Flank Steak, Steak Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Sunday — Chicken Chili served over rice

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa is planning for holiday parties, by making Banana Bread (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free) and gluten-free pretzels dipped in melted chocolate chips (allergen-free Enjoy Life brand). She’s also planning a special breakfast for Christmas morning with a Blueberry Buckle and Sausage. For dinners this week, her family with be eating Salmon, Pork Chops, Hamburger Soup, Sausage and Peppers, Ham for Christmas, Ground Beef Goulash, and Cabbage and Ham Sauté.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth has found some great recipes at Gluten-Free on a Shoestring that are perfect to make this holiday: Dairy-Free Egg NogReally Nice Dairy-Free FudgeGluten-Free Gingerbread Men Cookies, and Quickest Yeast-Free Cinnamon Buns. She also plans to make the Apple Clafoutis from The Nourishing Gourmet for breakfast this week. Dinners for her family this week will be Waffles, Shepherd’s Pie, Clam Chowder, Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Grilled Shrimp with Fruit Salsa, Salmon BLT, Pizza, Fish, and Mac & Cheese. Looks like a busy week of cooking and baking at her house!

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela entertained friends this month with what looks like it was a very fun cookie decorating party. I love that idea! In addition to the cookies, she says she keeps the slow-cookers going with soup and chili to keep everyone fed. For dinners this week, she’ll be making Slow-Cooker Island Pork Roast, Herbed Roast Beef for Christmas Eve dinner, and Thai Thighs. Christmas morning, her family will be enjoying  Caramel Pecan French Toast Casserole with Homemade Turkey Sausage.

Check back later to see who else may be joining the 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 again next week for sharing gluten-free menus.
  • 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 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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Great recipes for entertaining and another yummy week in general at your house, Heather. Your Christmas menu sounds lovely. I’m so glad you included the link for your Chocolate Martini. I had forgotten about that recipe, but now I’ve added it to All Gluten-Free Desserts! It’s definitely my kind of drink and I’m sure tons of AGFD readers will love it, too. 🙂

Merry Christmas!


Thanks, Shirley! Chocolate just makes everything better, don’t you think? 🙂


Those egg rolls look interesting! I think I might put them on my new years menu. I’ve been pretty jealous of my husband all the Chinese food he’s been eating lately!


Your menu is delicious, as always! Love the tasty links you shared. I can’t wait to pick something from the list for our New Year’s celebration. 🙂 Here is my menu:

Have a WONDERFUL Christmas!!


The beignets look delicious! Maybe I’ll have to try that some time.

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