Menu Plan Oct 11 – Potatoes

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menu-swap-009I chose potatoes as the theme ingredient for the Gluten Free Menu Swap this week. The weather is getting cooler and I’m thinking about potatoes a lot: steaming-hot baked potatoes, warm potato soup, garlic mashed potatoes, and bubbly scalloped potatoes.

Do you love mashed potatoes, but hate to spend time peeling potatoes? Here’s a tip I discovered accidentally when I forgot to peel the potatoes. Clean the potatoes, and cut them in half lengthwise. Then cut them horizontally one or two more times, depending on the size of the potato. Then put the potatoes in a pot of boiling water. Boil for about 20 minutes or until a fork easily pierces them. Once they are fork-tender, drain the hot water and put the potatoes into a bowl of ice-cold water. This cools the potatoes down quickly so you can work with them with your hands. At this point, the peeling may have already come off some of the potato pieces. If not, pull up a corner of the peeling and pull it off with your fingers. I was amazed how easily it came right off without a knife or a vegetable peeler.

For potato recipes and other ideas for preparing potatoes, check my menu and the menu swap roundup below.

Celiac Family’s menu this week:

Monday – Cheeseburgers
My daughter requests cheeseburgers every week, but I try to keep it to twice a month. I’ll be serving them this week with Red Potato and Green Bean Salad.

Tuesday – Fish Fry
I’ll coat haddock with Louisiana Fish Fry mix. (Check their website for recipes and a list of their gluten-free products.) I tried it a couple weeks ago, and it was so good I couldn’t get enough of it. Once again, the kids were reluctant to try it, but I’m not giving up! I’ll serve it with leftover potato salad from Monday.

Wednesday – White Chicken Chili
I’ll make a chicken chili with white beans and plenty of spice. I’ll serve it with warm tortillas, shredded cheese, sliced black olives, and chopped avocado. I’ll reserve some of the chicken without the spices for the kids, and serve it to them with tortillas. (Leftover chili tastes great served over a baked potato.)

Thursday – Leftovers Buffet
Everyone gets to choose their own meal from the leftovers in the frig.

Friday – Baked Ham
Baking a ham and serving with Irish Potato Farls and glazed carrots.

Saturday – Indian Chicken with Quinoa
This is a very flavorful chicken dish with garlic, onion, cinnamon, curry, ginger, mango chutney and peaches. I serve it over rice or quinoa.

Sunday – Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
I’ll marinate sirloin strips and stir-fry with broccoli, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, onion, garlic, celery, etc. I’ll serve it over rice.

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness sprained her ankle this week, so she made Bittersweet Chestnut Fudge to cheer herself up. Works for me! She also reminded me of grilled potatoes. Slices brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with a little salt and pepper, and cooked on the grill is another great way to fix potatoes. She’s also fixing Turkey Parm, Kalamata Hummus, and Oven Roasted Rosemary Salmon. Check it all out on her menu this week.

Check out the wonderful vegan menu plan at In My Box this week. Scrumptious has fingerling potatoes that she’s putting in a Nicoise Salad. She’s also planning to make Tofu Aloo Gobi with potatoes and cauliflower this week. Other favorites she lists are Wasabi Mashed Potatoes (gotta try that!) and Decadent Breakfast Tacos. Sound interesting? See what else in on her menu this week.

This week, Esther at The Lilac Kitchen, has been making lots of apple jelly. It looks beautiful with the sunlight shining through the jars. She’s also digging up the last of the potatoes to eat and store. She’ll be having Anya potatoes with a Braised Lamb Shoulder, and has a Potato Bake on the menu that sounds fabulous.

Michelle at Gluten-Free Smiles is celebrating the Canadian Thanksgiving this week with a roasted Turkey. She’ll be serving it with veggies, potatoes, and popovers. After Thanksgiving, she’s beginning a cleansing diet this week that eliminates a lot of my favorite foods and drinks. I should probably look into that a little more, but maybe I can wait until after our Thanksgiving in the U.S. 🙂 In spite of her restricted diet, Michelle has planned plenty of good meals on her 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 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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Heather. Can I just use your menu this week? My head is still spinning from four days in San Franciso at BlogHer Food and meeting all the fabulous gf food bloggers I only know online and visiting with the ones who have become friends. I got home at midnight and haven’t even looked in the refrigerator yet. Guess I’ve got to get back to reality in a hurry. Or, we could just do Adopt A Gluten-Free Menu week. My family would eat everything on your menu.


Heather–I’m not sure how I missed your Irish Potato Farls before. That looks like a really, really good recipe! Of course, everything else looks and sounds great, too. I have no idea what I am making this evening. Something simple for sure. San Francisco and BHF was so amazing (I’m one of the lucky gals who got to spend time with Wendy!), but now back to reality. 😉

Have a great week, dear!


So glad you can get your hands on the fish fry, it really is the best stuff ever! By the way, it is also great on eggplant (we do little spears of it), sliced squash/zucchini, and dill pickle slices!


[…] of Celiac Family is our kind hostess, and our ingredient for this week is the magnificent potato.  I LOVE […]


Absolutely, Wendy! Should I send you a shopping list? 🙂 Hope it’s an easy week of relaxation for you.


Sounds like you and Wendy had a great time at BlogHer. I look forward to reading about it on your sites!


Michelle – Thanks for the tip about the eggplant, zucchini, etc. I bet it would be great for fried okra, too. I just might have to do some experimenting.


I love your white bean chili! (so does DH). thanks for hosting and my post is up


[…] week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap is hosted by Heather of Celiac Family with the theme of potatoes. I try not to eat too many white potatoes, but they are a marvelous […]


Hi Heather,

Thanks for hosting this week! Your menu sounds delicious. Those Irish potato farls look INCREDIBLE!

I’m also making a salad with potatoes and green beans this week! Here’s the link to my post:



Yes, Heather. A shopping list would be good. I’ve emptied the fridge of decomposing veggies, moldy bread and leftovers from last week and need some guidance.


Here is the link to my menu, a little late as it’s very early Tuesday here and I’m off to bed. I agree with others those Farls look great and it is something I keep forgetting it should make



[…] week’s host is Celiac Family, who always has some wonderful menus planned for the week.  The ingredient is potatoes and I think […]


Hi Heather,

Thank you for hosting – your menu sounds yummy, as always. My menu is up at http://glutenfreesmiles.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/menu-swap-potatoes/

Sorry, it’s a little late!


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