I hope everyone had a nice weekend. We had a fun Easter celebration with family, a good spring break, and now are ready to get back to our regular schedule. Well…I am ready to get back to it. And I’m starting with a menu plan.
This week’s theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Avocado. Since taking dairy out of my diet, I seem to be using avocado more often. I find that avocado slices can be a good substitute for cheese when I feel like my sandwich or salad is missing a little flavor. And apparently, I’m not the only one: I found this great nutritional comparison of a few slices of avocado with a couple TBSP of butter and a slice of cheddar. The California Avocados website also has some interesting recipes, including desserts which I’ve never really considered for avocados.
Thinking about all the hard-boiled, and colored Easter eggs I have in my refrigerator, I’m planning on making egg salad sandwiches with slices of avocado this week. I also like to make up guacamole frequently. I may spread it on sandwiches or add it to a plate of chips with tomatoes and refried beans. Can I call that nachos if it doesn’t have cheese on it? Pizza with fresh slices of avocado, Avocado Salsa, or just half an avocado with a scoop of salsa in the middle…it all sounds good to me. For more ideas of including avocados in your meals, check out the roundup of gluten-free menus below.
Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Monday - Starting out this week with Easter meal leftovers! Ham, Potato and Green Bean Salad, etc.
Tuesday – Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry. We didn’t get to eat this last week, so I’ll try again this week.
Thursday – California Chicken (grilled chicken breasts with slices of Monterey cheese (for some) and avocado) served with twice-baked potatoes
Saturday - Baked Chicken Nuggets, steamed green beans, and French fries
Sunday – Leftover Buffet
Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup
Wendy and her family at Celiacs in the House indulged in avocados over the last few weeks when she found them on sale. She made lots of guacamole that she added to tacos, omelets, and salads, including an Avocado and Grapefruit Salad from Elizabeth Barbone’s new cookbook. Wendy even made a raw chocolate pudding with avocados! This week, her menu includes Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Grilled Chicken Thighs, Beef and Black Bean Tacos, Turkey Meatloaf, and more.
Renee at Beyond Rice and Tofu says she didn’t grow up eating avocados, but has learned to love them as an adult. She likes to eat them mashed and spread on a piece of toast or in a wrap with a little balsamic dressing. This week, she’ll be eating avocados with Savory Pinto Beans. Also on her menu this week is Chickpea Picatta, Curried Tofu, Creamy and Light Macaroni and Cheese, and Curried Lentils with Paneer.
Samantha at So Simply Good is another fan of avocados. She likes to eat it diced with chicken salad, sliced on burgers, blended into smoothies, mashed in guacamole, or just raw with salt and pepper. On her menu this week is Kale, Olive and Ham frittata from Eat Like a Dinosaur, Balsamic and Onion Pot Roast, Pork and Cabbage Stir Fry, Primal Chicken Tikka Masala, and even more yummy meals.
Angela at Angela’s Kitchen also finds the creaminess of avocados to be a good substitute for cheese, sour cream, and other dairy products. Like Wendy, Angela likes to use avocado in chocolate pudding. On her menu this week is Glazed Chicken Breasts, Pizza, GF Wrap Sandwiches, Nachos, and Hamburgers.
Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life isn’t eating avocados this week. However, her meal plan does have some tasty gluten-free meals planned: Carnitas, Cheeseburger Meatloaf, Roasted Potatoes, and Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos.
Debbi at Debbi Does Dinner…Healthy and Low Calorie has a flavorful menu planned this week. I don’t see avocado on the menu, but you could easily add it to her Asian Broccoli Slaw Turkey Wrap or the Chickpea Salad Wrap on her menu. She will also be making Garlic Cheddar Chicken, Bacon Butternut Risotto, slow-cooked Orange Chicken, and more.
Thanks to everyone who joined us this week. Check the schedule later this week as it is updated with the upcoming themes.
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 them is still being determined, but will be updated soon.
- 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.