Menu Plan Oct 26 – Cilantro

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I’m hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week with the theme ingredient of cilantro, or other fresh herbs. I don’t cook with a large variety of fresh herbs, but maybe that will change. I have hopes of bringing my sadly, neglected herb garden back to life next spring. Currently, cilantro is the fresh herb I’m most likely to cook with. What herb do you use most? Dill? Basil?

Here are some recipes I’ve posted that have cilantro in them:

Celiac Family’s menu this week:

MondayParmesan Chicken Nuggets
Serving with red potato and green bean salad.

Tuesday – Rice Bowls
Using up leftover slow-cooked Mexican chicken to top cilantro rice. We’ll add black beans, green chiles, corn, shredded cheese, avocado salsa or whatever sounds good to complete our rice bowls.

Wednesday – Zpizza
Picking up some tasty pizzas at zPizza. Last time we went, we had the Tuscan and the Mexican on gluten-free crusts. They were both very good.

Thursday – Chicken Vindaloo
Using up the last of the Vindaloo curry paste for a flavorful dish over basmati rice. Anyone have a recipe for gluten-free naan bread?

Friday – Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Serving garlic shrimp over flat wide rice noodles with steamed asparagus.

Saturday – Happy Halloween!
In keeping with our Halloween tradition, we’ll be having chili and gluten-free cornbread for dinner. If you’re sorting out the gluten-free candy tonight and need some help, check out the gluten-free candy list I posted.

Sunday – Leftover Buffet
Time to start eating up what’s left in the refrigerator.

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

It sounds like Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness had a great party over the weekend and made salsamole with cilantro. I’d love to see that recipe. She also has Lemony Mint Quinoa and Arugula Pesto on her menu this week. Good luck to Cheryl while she works on a Celiac education grant.

Trish at Gluten Free in Salt Lake City says of all fresh herbs, she uses basil most. She has a great looking pizza on the menu with oven-roasted tomatoes and fresh basil. She’s also planning to make gluten-free foccacia bread for BBQ chicken sandwiches this week.

Sorry to hear that Kim and her family at Gluten Free is Life were sick last week. My daughter had a fever over the weekend, too. ‘Tis the season, I guess. This week, Kim’s Butternut Squash Fries got my attention. Sounds like a perfect fall dish to serve with burgers. Hope you’re all feeling better this week, Kim.

If you have any interest in herbs, you need to check out Manda’s post at Asparagus Thin. She is currently taking an herbology course for her studies. In her post, she provides a list of culinary herbs that also have medicinal value. She also has some fun, but tasty meals planned for Halloween.

Deb at Green V-Neck has two weeks of menus posted, last week’s and this week’s. This week she’ll be using cilantro in Tortilla Soup and Rajma Masala. Deb is also serving her family No-Chicken Noodle Soup and orange slices to try and beat the cold season. I hope it works for you, Deb.

At The Lilac Kitchen, Esther seems to have an abundance of pears this week. She is poaching them, making creme brulee with them, and making Pear and Feta Pie this week. She may also make a coriander (cilantro) pesto to serve with the polenta terrine on her menu this week.

In this week’s menu, Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is using cilantro in her fish tacos, guacamole, and cilantro-lime dressing. Sounds good to me. Visit her site Friday to see what recipe she’ll be posting for Gluten Free-zer Friday.

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.



thyme is my favorite, but there is a rabbit living in my thyme. literally. and she gets nervous when I’m there so I’ve been using much less than usual.
Thanks so much for hosting!!


The menu looks great. There is a gf naan bread in Carol Fenster’s 1000 Gluten Free Recipes. I’d email it to you, but I loaned it to a friend in June and have to get it back. I’ve been wanting to try that recipe myself.


Thanks for the tip, Wendy. I’ll have to look for Carol Fenster’s recipe.


Looks like you have a yummy week planned.
Have a great Halloween or Harvest Festival!


Here’s my menu: http://greenvneck.blogspot.com/2009/10/menu-plan-monday-except-that-its-sunday.html

I don’t use a lot of fresh herbs, either, but I do always have Italian parsley and cilantro on hand and often basil as well.

I saw a recipe for gluten-free naan here but haven’t had a chance to make it yet. Maybe I’ll get a chance this week and we’ll have it with rajma masala.


Deb, thanks for the link to the naan bread. I’ll check it out.


Yummy menu. I’ve gotta try the cilantro rice! thanks for sharing!

Thank you for hosting. I finally got my menu up: http://angelaskitchen.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/menu-plan-monday-october-26-2009/

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