Lemon – Menu Plan Jan. 21

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LemonsLemon is the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap.
We know that lemon can provide a nice punch of flavor to dishes. The zest and citric juice provide a tart but pleasing acid to your dressings, sauces, and baked goods. But lemons can also be a good immune-booster, which sounds good to me with all the flus and viruses going around right now. Lemons contain vitamin C, have anti-bacterial qualities, and help aid in digestion. So, I’m boosting my use of lemons this season.

This month I’ve been making lemon water with my Infusion Pitcher, to try to stay away from the sugary drinks. I like to use the lemon water to make iced tea, too. This week, I’ll be using fresh lemon juice and/or zest in Indian Chicken, Sautéed Spinach, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad, a Lemon Meringue Pie, Salmon with Lemon and Dill, and Roasted Asparagus with a Lemon Vinaigrette. In the past, I’ve also made Cilantro Lime Shrimp using Basil and Lemon instead. It was delicious. I may need to try that with Cilantro Lime Rice, too.

Check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below for more gluten-free menus, meals, recipe links, and ideas for adding lemon to your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Indian Chicken with Quinoa

Indian Chicken with Quinoa

Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Salmon with Lemon & Dill

Salmon with Lemon & Dill

Monday — Indian Chicken with Quinoa, My Paleo Diet’s Lemony Garlic Spinach Saute

Tuesday — Hamburgers, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Wednesday (National Pie Day!) — Celebrating my husband’s birthday with a meal at PF Chang’s, Lemon Meringue Pie at home for dessert

Thursday — GFE’s Pork Tenderloin with a Maple Glaze, Roasted Potatoes, Spinach Salad

Friday — Salmon with Lemon and Dill, and Ten Dollar Dinner’s Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette

Saturday — Chicken Nuggets, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Sunday — leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free,  Dairy-Free Menu
Angela is having the cold weather we had last week, so she’s staying inside and baking and cooking warm meals. She has lots of meals with lemon to share, too: Grilled Lemon Angel Food Cake, Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles, Lemon & Spinach Stuffed Chicken, Tilapia with Lemony Spinach and Mushrooms, Lemon Berry Donut Holes, and still more! You need to check them all out. To keep her family warm this week, she will be using the slow-cooker to make Black Bean Salsa Chicken, Pork Chops with Apple Cranberry Sauce, and Beef and Sweet Potato StewLemon Chicken and Veggies with Capers and Gingerbread Pumpkin Waffles round out their meals this week. Be sure to check out her freezer cooking plan, as well as plans for breakfast and lunch this week, too.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee has a great way to make Gluten-free Lasagna for one. What a fun way to let everyone make their own some night. Might be a perfect solution for families who have to manage multiple food allergies. Also on her menu this week is Chicken and Black Bean Chili, Rosemary Roasted Chicken, Cheeseburgers, Greek Pasta Salad, and Baked Chicken. Kimberlee also has breakfast and lunch plans on her menu.

Awkward Girl Gets Fit: Grain Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free Menu
Samantha’s menu is full meals that work for anyone on a Paleo or Primal diet. She’s starting the week with Blackened Chicken and Avocado Sauce and Shredded Beef Taco Roast. Then finishes the week with Crockpot Chicken and Gravy, Grilled Tri Tip, Chocolate Chili and Omelettes. If you’re interested in how Sam plans her meals, check back with her on Wednesday when she’ll talk about her meal planning process. Then, on Thursday she’ll share how using Pinterest has also inspired her meal plans.

Mom’s Plan: Gluten-Free Menu for the family and Paleo Auto Immune Menu Plan for Melissa
Melissa shares a detailed breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu plan for herself. She is on a strict Paleo rotation diet due to a variety of food intolerances. But don’t let that make you think she’s not eating well! She has Flounder, Bison Patties, Pork Chops, White Fish, Pork Tenderloin, and plenty of fruit and vegetables to keep her going. Her family has lots of warm soups on the menu this week:  Beef and Cabbage Soup, White Bean Chicken and Pesto Soup, Taco Soup, and Black Eyed Pea Soup. Roasted Chicken and Meatloaf round out the meals for the family this week.

Our Frugal Happy Life: Gluten-Free Menu Plan
Emily is making Tacos this week using a recipe for a homemade taco seasoning mix. She’s also planning on Monterey Chicken, Pizza Pie, and Taco Dip. She also plans on celebrating her anniversary a little early by eating out this week.

Thanks for joining us this week. Join us next week at Angela’s Kitchen for recipes and ideas for using cabbage in your 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.
  • Next week’s roundup will be at Angela’s Kitchen. The theme will be Cabbage.
  • 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. She also has a recipe for a Quinoa Greek Salad this week that looks very tempting. And wouldn’t you know that it uses lemon juice. 🙂
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.


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Ooo… I can’t wait to try your lemony goodness. They all sound so good! Thanks for hosting and all you do each week to keep this going! That infusion pitcher is a great idea. I know what is going on my wish list, now…

My post is up: http://celiacfamily.com/lemon-menu-plan-jan-21/ Have a great week, Heather!


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Nothing too lemony in my menu plan this week, but I tried this recipe for lemon coconut eggplant fries last night: http://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/lemon-coconut-baked-eggplant-fries They were really nice and a different way to serve eggplant.

Here’s my menu plan for this week: http://wp.me/p2GN4Y-a7

Thanks for hosting!


Thanks so much for linking to my pork tenderloin with maple glaze recipe, Heather! Have you made it before? It’s well loved in our house, but admittedly I haven’t made it in a while. Adding pork tenderloin to the shopping list!

Loving all the lemon recipes, too! 🙂 Have a good week!


Shirley – I made it for the first time this week, and it turned out really good! I changed the cooking method a little by putting the pork tenderloin in the oven (350 for 30 min.) after searing it on the stove. It just freed up some cooking space on the stove and I didn’t have to think about it for 30 min. Still moist and tender. The glaze was great.


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