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Menu Plan Jan. 11

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menu-swap-009This week, the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Kimberly at Gluten-Free Is Life. She chose Gluten-Free Pizza as the theme for the week. I have to tell you I have tried a lot of gluten-free pizzas: frozen, made with mixes, made from scratch, and at restaurants. A few have been awful, most have been pretty good, but I still haven’t found my favorite.

For frozen pizzas, I have had good luck with Foods by George and Amy’s rice crust pizzas, but my favorite frozen pizza to buy is Glutino’s cheese pizza. It is a small, personal-size pizza to which we add toppings before baking.

And the pizza crust mixes I’ve tried? Chebe, Namaste, Schar Bread Mix, Bob’s Red Mill, and probably some others I can’t remember. If I had to pick my favorite mix, it would probably be Namaste. It has a great flavor and aroma, and is quick and easy to make. One package makes two large pizzas so we can eat one and freeze the other.

I’ve also made pizza crusts from scratch, most recently from Robert Landolfi’s Gluten Free Every Day Cookbook. It was a very good pizza crust. The only downside to the recipe is that there are so many ingredients, it takes longer than I want to spend on making a pizza. Remember when pizza was what you had on nights when you didn’t have the time and energy to cook?

Last week, I tried going to zPizza to try their gluten-free pizza, but was disappointed to find that the restaurant near us had been closed. I was very disappointed with the gluten-free pizza at Uno’s. I should probably give it another try, but the one I tried was cold, and fell apart when I tried to pick it up. So far, my favorite restaurant gf pizza is Godfathers found in the midwest.

MondayWhite, Chicken Chili
Cooking up some chili made with chicken, white beans, chicken broth, etc. Serving with arepas.

Tuesday – Leftovers
I already have too many leftovers in the refrigerator. I think I’m going to have to start eating more leftovers for lunch.

Wednesday – McDonald’s
I’ve promised to take the kids to McDonald’s this week (though I can’t remember why). They always get a Happy Meal with a burger (served without a bun).

Thursday – Rice Bowls
I’ll be using slow-cooked Mexican chicken to top Cilantro Rice, black beans, and green chiles. I’ll garnish with shredded cheese and guacamole.

Friday – Pizza!
I think I’ll try a couple new gluten-free pizza crusts I found at Wegmans: Schar shelf-stable Pizza Crust and Nature’s Hilights frozen pizza crust.

Saturday – Saucy Shrimp
I’ll be making a recipe I got from the Bonefish Grill website. I’ll serve it with leftover Cilantro Rice.

Sunday – Leftovers
More leftovers to eat up.

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.

11 Comments

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Finding great gluten free pizza crust is so hard! I do however absolutely LOVE the glutino frozen pizzas! i’ve only tried the bbq chicken pizza but it’s my favorite! i’ll have to try the plain cheese one. I also love GlutenFreeMama’s pizza crust that you make yourself using her mix. That one is pretty close to normal pizza crust, but it does take time to mix it, let it rise, cook it, then you add toppings and finish cooking. so it takes about an hour from start to finish before we can actually eat.
I just bought the Chebe pizza crust mix to try. Is it any good?

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Hi Heather. I’ve tried several gluten free pizza crust recipes including Robert Landolfi’s. I liked his better than others that I’ve made but agree that the number of ingredients make me not so excited to make it again. I googled gluten free pizza crust and found one on Epicurious.com. It is easy and by far the best one that I’ve made. Their directions use a pizza stone but I don’t have one. I just make individual size crusts. I put the dough on parchment paper and use an offset spatula to spread the dough in a circle. I can fit two on a cookie sheet. Then I parbake the crusts for about 10 minutes. I use the parchment paper to separate them in a ziplock bag and freeze them when they are cooled. It’s great for an easy meal when we need to fix something fast.

By the way, we love your parmesan tilapia. It’s become a favorite meal at our house. Thanks for the great recipe!

Janine

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I also like Amy’s Rice Crust Pizza. I put it in the preheated oven on the rack and cook it for 5 minutes. I then add sliced raw onions and spinach and top with 2% shredded mozzarella cheese. I think the trick is to eat it right as it comes out of the oven.
Blessings,
Nikki

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Heather – Thanks for your comments. The Chebe pizza crust is pretty quick and easy. The best part is the flavor and aroma of the herbs in it. However, it does sometimes get a little gummy in the middle.

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Janine- Thanks for your input. I’ll have to take a look at the pizza crust at Epicurious. Glad you’re enjoying the tilapia recipe.

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Nikki – Thanks for adding your comments on Amy’s pizza. Sounds great!

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I’m so sorry to hear that the Z Pizza near you Closed! That is the only GF Pizza I have found that I am happy with! Don’t bother trying Uno’s again. I gave it a second try and it is just icky.
I just ordered a pizza crust from Udi’s. A group of us from the area got together and made a group order to try the Udi’s breads since everyone has been talking about how great they are. I’ll let you know how it is.

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