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Menu Plan Dec 14 – Cinnamon

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menu-swap-009I am the lucky host for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. I chose cinnamon as the theme ingredient because it seems to surround us during the holiday season. I enjoy the cinnamon-scented pine cones placed around my house, and the cinnamon ornaments and gingerbread houses I make with the kids. Like so many other people do during the holiday season, I willl be baking with cinnamon this week: cookies for a school party and apple crisp for dessert. Although I think of cinnamon mostly for baking, I actually use it throughout the year in plenty of recipes. Here are some of them:

Celiac Family’s menu this week:

MondayTilapia Parmesan
A quick and easy dish with white fish and a Parmesan sauce that tastes great on vegetables, too. Serving with rice and Brussels sprouts.

Tuesday – Cheeseburgers
Cheeseburgers are on the menu for another quick meal. Serving with French fries and green beans.

Wednesday – Rotisserie Chicken
Serving rotisserie chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and fruit salad.

Thursday – Spaghetti
I don’t serve pasta at our house very often. It’s one food neither of my kids will eat, so it’s often left off the menu plan. But sometimes I just have to cook what my husband and I would like to eat. So the kids will be eating leftovers while we enjoy spaghetti with a homemade meat sauce. I’ll also make a tossed green salad that we all can enjoy.

Friday – Leftover Buffet
A busy day of holiday parties, leads me to think that I’ll be too worn out to cook dinner. So, it will be leftovers or frozen meals tonight.

Saturday – Pork Chops
Boneless pork chops cooked with sauteed mushrooms. Served with cornbread and green beans.

Sunday – Steaks
Grilling steaks and serving with fingerling potatoes and broccoli.

Here’s what some other gluten-free friends are doing this week:

Kim at Gluten Free is Life has been busy baking cookies this month. In fact, she’s posting a new cookie recipe every day this month. She said she had some recipes flop on her this past weekend, but her previously-posted cinnamon Snickerdoodles look great! I look forward to seeing what new cookie recipes she posts this week.

It sounds like Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is also busy with baking this month. She has a wonderful list of treats, including some very tempting Chestnut Fudge, that she’s making to give as gifts. She also writes that cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar. I knew it had to be good for more than just taste and smell. Thanks for the knowledge, Cheryl.

Deb at Green V-Neck says she’s finding more time to cook this week, since her holiday activities are slowing down. Slowing down??! And, she’s celebrating Christmas a little early with a dinner this weekend, so I guess she’ll have to get some cooking done this week. Be sure to check out her menu; the Black Bean Soup and sweet potato fries sound perfect for a chilly December evening.

This week, you’ll find black beans and sweet potatoes at A Modern Gal, too. Elizabeth combines them in a chili with turkey or ground beef. For recipes for her Salmon Chili, Swiss Chard and White Bean Stew, and other exciting dishes check out her full menu this week.

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.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness manages the temporary headquarters of Gluten-Free Menu Swap. There you will find the rules, the current and upcoming schedule, and links to past roundups. For this week, email the link of your gluten-free menu to me at celiacfamily[at]gmail[dot]dom.

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9 Comments

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I have been reading your blog for a month now. My Intolerance is only newly discovered but I’m getting along very well. I just wonder, your menu seems so normal. When you say you are having Hamburgers so you not serve with Rolls? I make my own bread and go to the health food store in our small town for the pizza crusts and pasta.

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Thanks for stopping by, Lisa. Glad you found me.

Well, I guess that’s why I post my menu. So others can see that a gluten-free meal can be normal, just without the gluten. :) It doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. I find it’s easier (and cheaper) to build your meals with naturally gluten-free foods: meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy, rice, potatoes, etc.

As for the buns, I don’t usually bother. We usually just eat burgers as patties, though I sometimes buy GF buns (Kinnikinnick, Glutino or Schar) at the store. I don’t bother making buns, though there are some good recipes (like The Gluten-Free Homemaker’s) You can wrap burgers with lettuce if you want to eat with your hands, but what’s the point when you can just eat them with a fork? My daughter won’t eat the bun anyway.

We’ve tried lots of different things for pizza: made crust, bought crust mixes, bought frozen crusts, bought frozen pizzas, and tried at restaurants (Uno’s and zPizza). There are lots of options, just have to find what works for you. And as for pasta… well, my kids don’t eat it, so I don’t cook it very often. Maybe it’s because my son was so young when he was diagnosed, but neither of them will eat it. And, since it isn’t necessary to have in their diets, I don’t push it.

Like you, I do bake bread twice a week, and buy some gluten-free foods to keep in the pantry (like crackers and cereal). It seems normal to me. Do feel like your GF meals are not normal?

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I’ve been lax on the meal planning for the last few weeks but am back on the wagon. I just posted my menu at http://greenvneck.blogspot.com/2009/12/menu-plan-monday.html. I think there’s cinnamon in the Indian carrots and I usually sprinkle some on the sweet potato fries.

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Ooh, I love cinnamon. I always put a lot in oatmeal or cold cereal, and there’s ample cinnamon in this week’s baked oatmeal. My favorite though is cinnamon in savory dishes like a Moroccan chicken stew (recipe later). Here’s my menu:

Menu for Week of Dec 13

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Heather,
as always, thanks for hosting. I love cinnamon and the ornaments look great!

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Heather,

My blog should be called confessions of a carb-aholic. I miss sub/hoagie rolls. I miss hamburgers on buns and up until I found Tinkyada pasta, I missed pasta. Sometimes I start to feel sorry for myself. My mom is 100% italian, need I say more? LOL. But then I found your blog and my outlook changed. Thank you for blogging. For me at least, it makes a difference.

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Lisa – Thanks for your kind words. Have you tried making cheese bread rolls . I actually made them last week for hamburgers and they were so good. They were pretty quick and easy to make, too.

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