Menu Plan October 24 – Spooky Delights

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We’re getting ready for Halloween at my house. The kids got their costumes figured out, and we finally pulled out some decorations for the kids to play around with.  We also made some fun meringue cookies in the shape of ghosts, which I thought was perfect for this week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap.

The theme this week is Spooky Delights. Thanks to Angela for designing the fun menu swap logo button this week! Do you make any special or fun foods for Halloween? Here are some of the fun things we’ve done in the past:

Fun Pancakes

Ghost Meringue Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Now on to the Menus.  I’m starting the week with another slow-cooker meal. It’s great way to start the week. It frees me up to get a lot of work done and not worry about dinner. Check below to see what others have on their gluten-free menus. Next Week’s Menu Swap will be Soups and Chilis.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday – Angela’s Slow-Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice

TuesdayTaquitos with Southwestern Shredded Chicken, Guacamole, and tossed salad

Wednesday – Pizza using Bob’s Red Mill Mix for the crust and tossed salad

Thursday – Grilled Steaks with steamed broccoli and corn

FridaySpaghetti and Meatballs

Saturday – Trying Grilled Pork Satay and Fried Rice from The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen cookbook

Sunday – Leftover Buffet

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness has plenty of Halloween goodness to share with friends this week: Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Pineapple Raspberry Crisp, and a Chocolate Banana Bread, which must be put on my list of recipes to make next. Also on her menu this week is Curried Collard with Beef, Herb Salad with Salmon, and my very own White Bean Chili.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life is making some very fun mummy wrapped hot dogs and worms in dirt to celebrate Halloween. She’s also sharing some new recipes she’s trying from some of her favorite bloggers: Diane’s Chicken Croquettes, Linda’s favorite Chicken Breasts, and my pork and vegetable Egg Rolls. She also her own Salisbury Steak with mushroom gravy that looks very rich and yummy.

At So Simply Good, you’ll find more links to great gluten-free and paleo dishes this week. Samantha has Curried Cauliflower, Savory Almond Muffins, and Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon on the menu. Oh, and a Leek and Sweet Potato Soup that looks good, too!

Renee at Beyond Rice and Tofu is still harvesting vegetables from their garden, and it sounds like the Kale is plentiful! Along with lots of kale, her menu includes veggie burgers with okra, Tofu Stir Fry, Poblano Pinto Stew, and Pupusas.

Check out the adorable Mummy and Ghost cupcakes at Angela’s Kitchen. Angela made them for Halloween last year. This year she’s making pumpkin whoopie pies, roasted pumpkin seeds, and sweet and spicy pepita popcorn balls. On her menu this week is Spinach Burgers, Mashed Cauliflower, and Pumpkin Waffles with homemade Sausage.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! is back this week with what looks like another busy week. On her menu is Chili and Cornbread, Slow-Cooker Cashew Chicken Teriyaki, Pizza, and more. This weekend, her family is also planning on eating at Pei Wei’s, which she says is kid-friendly and has a selection of gluten-free items from which to order.

This week, Amanda at Gluten Free Detroit Metro has Meatballs and Pasta, Baked Chicken, Chicken and Broccoli Crepes, and more. I’ve never made crepes myself, so I was happy to see that she had a gluten-free crepe recipe and directions for making them.

Rachel at Rachel Cooks is going to try making some spider cookies for her son’s class this week. Can’t wait to hear how they turn out. Her menu this week includes Pork Chops, Tacos, Baked Potato Soup, Chicken Stroganoff, and more.

Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life has Pizza Chicken (not to be confused with Chicken Pizza) on her menu this week. She’s also making homemade Hamburger Helper, Shepherd’s Pie, and Spanish Rice with hamburger.

Alta at Tasty Eats at Home has Pumpkin Spice Chicken Cacciatore on her menu this week, as well as Pulled Pork, Fresh Black-eyed Peas, and Buffalo Chicken Wings. She also has some great ideas for breakfast and lunch — like acorn squash breakfast porridge.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

Information about the Gluten-Free Menu Swap can be found at Celiac Family’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page. There you’ll find what you need to know about participating and hosting. We’re still working out some of the details, so if you have questions, send an email Heather at celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

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.


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[…] Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Heather of Celiac Family.  The theme is “Spooky Delights.”  Fun!  A couple of cute, spooky things I have on […]


Hi! Thanks for hosting! My post is up: http://angelaskitchen.com/2011/10/24/menu-plan-monday-october-24-2011/

I LOVE the treats you shared. Can’t wait to make those pancakes for the kids. So fun! Have a great week.


I’m really looking forward to next week. I’m a chili/crock pot junkie.


[…] of Celiac Family has picked a theme of Spooky Delights.  I don’t have any this week but I love her ideas.  I’m not sure how we could pull […]


I love starting the week off with a crockpot meal – it seems to make Mondays a little less…Mondayish =]
So looking forward to next week. Our weather finally seems to have turned for good and I’m anxious for soup!


We’re having pizza chicken, homemade Spanish rice, and more this week:



I use the Bob’s Red Mill pizza crust mix too. So far it’s the best ‘from scratch’ pizza crust I have found. Even the kids like it, which is saying a lot. 🙂 We also like the Udi’s crusts, but they are on the small side, and my family loves pizza, so we need a lot, lol! 🙂


I have no spooky delight this week, unless you count a pumpkin spice chicken cacciatore. Yeah, that’s stretching it. You reminded me that I need to break out the Gluten-Free Asian Cookbook and make something from it though – I got it last week and then neglected to include it in my menu planning.



Pumpkin Spice Chicken Cacciatore sounds good to me. We’ll have to compare notes on the GF Asian Cookbook. Lots of good-looking recipes in it, but I think I’m a little intimidated by some of them. I’m starting with what seems simple, fairly easy, and most likely to get my kids to eat.


Dropping into say HI and check out your meal plan 🙂 Saw your link up at Org Junkie 🙂 Happy Meal Planning!


Wow, impressive listing from everyone! I love the badge and all your photos, Heather. You did an amazing job on those ghost meringue cookies!



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