Mar
07

Menu Plan March 7 – Celery

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The Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup is here this week, and the theme is celery. It’s one of those vegetables that I always have in the refrigerator. My son has started to really enjoy eating it raw with his lunch and for snacks. But what about meals? Celery is not often the star ingredient in a meal, but it is a common ingredient in so many meals. We always add it in to tossed green salads and stir-fries. It adds wonderful flavor and texture to dishes. Can you imagine soups and stocks without celery? Just wouldn’t be the same, in my opinion.

This week, you’ll find celery in my Red Beans and Rice, tossed green salad, and Gumbo. If the weather warms up a bit, I may even make some Potato Salad. Check below for the roundup of what other gluten-free bloggers are planning to eat this week.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Red Beans and Rice, GF French Bread

Taco Tuesday with Shredded Southwest Chicken

Wednesday - Flank Steak, Potato Wedges, Green Salad

Thursday - Gumbo served with Rice or leftover GF Bread

Friday - Shredded Chicken Pizza with Avocado

Saturday - Baked Salmon with Dill, Rice, Asparagus

Sunday – I think I may have to try a couple recipes from Amy’s new cookbook: Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free. There are so many tempting recipes to choose from, but I think I’ll start with a couple recipes that my kids will have no trouble trying: Roasted Chicken and Green Beans with [Sweet] Red Peppers.

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness likes to grow celery in her garden, with much success based on the picture she shares. And she likes her celery stewed! Now that’s one I don’t think I’ve tried. She also has other stews on her menu this week: Nightshade Stew and Sniffle Stew. She plans to try some recipes from a couple new cookbooks she got.

Wendy at Celiacs in the House says celery is in her menu plan every week. And this week’s menu is no exception. It will be in her Pesto Minestrone and Chicken Fried Rice. She also shares a link to her Celery Root Soup. Looks like Wendy will be trying recipes from Amy’s new cookbook, too. I think I see a trend here. :)

Soups and stews also seem to be a popular choice this week. Esther at The Lilac Kitchen has Leek and Potato Soup and Beef Stew on her menu this week. She also has spare ribs, pasta and birthday cake on her menu. Yum! And, she’s reminded us that Tuesday is Pancake Day! (You may know it as Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.)

Nicola at G-Free Mom is starting the week with her Homemade Hummus served with celery sticks and chickpea flour bread. And, to continue the soup/stew trend, she has Tuscan Bean Soup and Goulash on her menu this week, too. Risotto and Pizza rounds out her week of delicious meals.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness manages the headquarters of Gluten-Free Menu Swap. There you will find the rules, the current and upcoming schedule, and links to past roundups.

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.
Categories : Menu Plan

9 Comments

1

Hi not done a menu in a while but i have done this week so here it is.
http://lilackitchen.blogspot.com/2011/03/quick-menu-post.html

You have a great sounding selection of dishes and I live the photos of them all.

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Hi Heather, your week looks great! ;-).Do you make your own GF French bread, or do you buy it?

My menu plan just went up at: http://gfreemom.com/2011/gluten-free-menu-plan-monday-march-7th/

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Esther – Nice to hear from you again! Glad you could join us this week.

4

Nicola – Good question. Sometimes I am able to pick up GF baguettes (Against the Grain) at the store . This week I’m planning to make a larger loaf of French bread using The Gluten-Free Pantry French Bread Mix.

5

Hi Heather,
thanks for hosting! I didn’t think of celery in red beans and rice, and gumbo is most likely my favorite celery dish–I make it so seldom that I forgot! I should make it before it gets warm…
have a lovely week.

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Celery is one of those vegetables that adds just the right flavor to some recipes. For example, celery in chicken salad is much needed (IMHO). And, then other times, dependent upon the other flavors, it doesn’t stand out, but is still good. I accidentally added it to a breakfast casserole once, thinking that it was green pepper (had it already chopped from the night before and dumped it in before I took a good look). I thought the recipe would be a disaster, but then I added the green pepper as well and the casserole turned out wonderfully and we got more veggies in the mix. ;-) I love adding in to skillet meals, too, to up the nutritional profile. I just chop it fairly small so it melds in with other ingredients in texture as well as flavor. Love all your meals this week! Lots of avocados there, too–yum!

Hugs,
Shirley

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Wow, that’s a week of good eating, Heather. Yes, there does seem to be a trend this week of sampling some of Amy’s recipes. So far everything I’ve tried has been delicious. Great to see Esther back in the GF menu planning gang.

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Heather! I wish I was dining at your house this week! Everything looks so darn good. :) It’s been helter-skleter at our house – the food is great but the presentation…well, it’s grab-and-go. Some days are like that.

Big hugs!
Amy

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