I 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:
Monday – Tilapia 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.