Menu Plan Feb. 1 – Chocolate!

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menu-swap-009January is finally behind us, and I’m happy to be the host this week of the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. Since it’s February, the month of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d choose chocolate for the theme ingredient. Now, honestly, I don’t usually serve chocolate for dinner, but it’s in plenty of my desserts! Like so many others, I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic. I always have chocolate in the house, and probably eat it every day. I prefer dark chocolate, but I don’t think I’ve ever turned down milk chocolate (unless it had gluten in it). Here are some chocolate recipes to get you started. I hope to post more later this month.

Celiac Family’s menu this week:

MondayEgg Rolls
Ground pork and julienne vegetables rolled in rice paper and quickly fried. Serving with rice.

Tuesday – Clay Pot Chicken
Do you have a clay pot for cooking? I found mine hidden in my cabinet last week, and thought it was time I put it to use. So, I’ll cook a whole chicken in it and serve it with scalloped potatoes and asparagus.

Wednesday – Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
This recipe from Elizabeth at Modern Gal has been on my mind since she posted it last fall. I thought it seemed like an interesting combination, and I really wanted to try it, but never got around to it. With the weather being so cold, I thought it seemed like good timing to try the recipe. So, when I went to look at the ingredients last night, I found that it has cocoa in it. Are you kidding? What a perfect meal to try this week. 🙂

Thursday – Roast Beef
Using the slow-cooker to cook roast beef. Serving with broccoli and leftover scalloped potatoes.

Friday – Pupusas
I finally got masa to try making pupusas again, but with the more traditional masa flour. This time I’ll try filling it with beans and cheese. Serving with spicy slaw.

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

Sunday – Leftovers
Cleaning out the refrigerator to eat up the leftovers. Or, is that eating up the leftovers to clean out the refrigerator?

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

Another chocolate lover, Kim at Gluten Free is Life, is making Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf this week. Yum! She also has filet mignon and a link to a good-looking recipe for Perfect Pork Tenderloin on her menu this week. Not that you need an excuse, Kim, but anyone who ran 10 miles on Sunday should definitely be allowed to incorporate chocolate into every meal this week. Am I right?

Yadi at The Gluten-Free Diaries is craving gluten free mac and cheese this week. She also has recipes for Papa al Pomodoro and Spanish-Style Pork Roast to share. Friday it’s going to be pizza at her house and Betty Crocker’s gluten free brownies.

Amanda at Asparagus Thin is lamenting the snow we got in Virginia this weekend. The snow doesn’t bother me as much as the 40 degree drop in the temperature. Normally I would recommend hot chocolate for these situations, but I’ll bet that Buffalo Style Chowder on her menu will warm her up just as well. Her Grilled Salmon with Vanilla Chili sauce really sounds great, but not as much as the Chocoholic Muffins. Recipe, please!

So, I haven’t actually tried the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili, yet, but it must be good. Both Elizabeth @Modern Gal and Angela @Angela’s Kitchen have it on their menus this week, too! How funny. It’s busy as usual (or maybe busier than usual?) at Angela’s Kitchen. In addition to the chili this week, she has Roasted Fish with Potatoes, Tomatoes and Olives and Peanut-Marinated Chicken Leg Quarters on the menu. She also plans on making gluten free dark chocolate-walnut-ginger biscotti for a treat. Sounds good to me.

Besides her intriguing chili, Elizabeth’s menu this week includes some more dishes I may have to try later: Easy Enchiladas, Aztec Vegetables, and Chipotle Sweet Potatoes.

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. This week, Laura talks about accommodating her son’s food allergies (dairy, gluten, eggs, fish and nuts).
  • 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]com.

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Well, you lured me in with the chocolate theme, Heather! 😉 LOL So much good stuff here–wow! I’ve had a sweet potato chili before and it was great, but didn’t have cocoa. This one has to be even better. 🙂 Chocolate Eggs in a Cookie Basket? I’m definitely checking that out. I was already smitten with your Chocolate Creme Brulee and Chocolate Martinis.

Yes, I so agree regarding Kim. 10 miles in bone-chilling temps, no less!

Have a good week!



Thanks for the link to the sweet potato and black bean chili recipe. Hope you like it. It’s on my menu this week too:
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Oh, my goodness the chili is on my menu too! Funny!!

Thank you for hosting this week.

My post is up: http://angelaskitchen.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/menu-plan-monday-february-1-2010/


Thanks for sharing the chili recipe. I don’t know how my kids will like it, but my husband and I think it sounds good.

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