Jan
04

Gluten-Free Menu Plan January 4th — Happy & Healthy New Year

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HealthyThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we are sharing meals and menus for healthier eating and living. That can mean different things to different people: no grain, no meat, low sugar, low salt, various allergens, etc.

I always indulge in sweets over the holidays. Never gluten, and never dairy. But I bake cookies, cakes, and candy for friends and neighbors and can’t help but eat some of it…OK, a lot of it! I’ve eaten way too much sugar this season, and I know that I need to eliminate it from my diet.

That’s how I’m starting my “Healthy Eating” for January: This week, I’m taking sugar out of my diet. Even as I’m writing this, I’m not sure I can do it. It won’t be in any of my meals. That isn’t too difficult for me. It’s the snacking that gets me. Too many cookies and sugary snacks are still sitting around. So, I’m going to have to make some healthy snacks to replace the sugary ones. Then maybe I’ll work on eliminating reducing the snacking…maybe.

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Snacks

Did you make some goals for 2016? Healthier eating, perhaps? I’d love to know what healthier means to you and your family. Please share with us in the comments!

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad

Rainbow Veggie/Fruit Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Monday – Grilled Chicken Breasts, Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and GarlicStir-Fried Kale

Tuesday – Tilapia, Wild Rice Salad, steamed Green Beans

Wednesday – Beef Stew

Thursday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken TendersOrange Spiced Carrots

Friday –Hamburgers, French Fries, Garlic & Dill Zucchini

Saturday – Grilled Chicken Strips, Rainbow Apple Salad

Sunday – leftovers with Corn and Black Bean Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has found that she and her son do best on a Paleo diet. So this week, her menu has many Quick Paleo Meals on it. Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Garlic Honey Ginger Glazed Salmon, Chili with Black Beans, Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl, Salisbury Steak, Italian Sausage Potato Quick Skillet Meal, and Kung Pao Chicken are on her menu this week.

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free nuts and snacks for holiday gifts or entertaining.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for healthy gluten-free meals.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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Dec
28

Gluten-Free Nuts & Snacks for the Holidays — Menu Plan December 28

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HolidaySnacksThe Gluten-Free Menu Swap finishes off the month with one more roundup of Gluten-Free Holiday Food Gift ideas. This week, the theme is Gluten-Free Nuts & Snacks.

Just because Christmas is over, doesn’t mean that you can’t still give gifts to friends and neighbors. Make it a gift to celebrate the New Year!

Nuts and Snacks are great to give as holiday gifts or hostess gifts. They are pretty quick and easy to mix up, and they last longer than baked goods. Place them in a nice jar or dish to present as a gift, or just bag it up with a nice bow.

They are also great to serve at Holiday parties, New Year celebrations, Superbowl parties, Cocktail parties, etc. Of course, if you’re giving nuts, I suggest you check to make sure the recipient doesn’t have nut allergies.

Gluten-Free Nuts:

Gluten-Free Snacks:

Other Gluten-Free Recipe Roundups for Food Gifts this month:

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Indian Chicken

Indian Chicken

Monday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Tuesday – Indian Chicken with Jasmine Rice, roasted Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday – leftovers

Christmas Eve – Hamburgers, French Fries, roasted broccoli

Christmas Day – Eating Out

Saturday – Beef Stew

SundayBaked Salmon with a Balsamic Glaze, Spinach Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has some great meals on her family’s menu this week: Turkey Pot Pie, Slow-Cooker Chicken Fajitas, Parker’s Split Pea Soup, Paleo Beef Stew, and Omelets. She also has recipe links for Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry and Tuna Noodle Casserole. Check out her full menu plan for all the links.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth cleaned out her pantry and freezer, and found food to use up in meals this week. He family will be eating Hamburgers and BBQ Chicken Legs, Waffles, Cheeseburger Soup, Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese, Smoothies, Popcorn, and Pizza. For lunch ideas and recipe links, check out the full menu plan.

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free nuts and snacks for holiday gifts or entertaining.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for DIY gluten-free mixes.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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Dec
21

Gluten-Free Mixes for DIY Holiday Gifts — Menu Plan Dec. 21

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HolidayMixesThe Gluten-Free Menu Swap continues with more Homemade Gluten-Free Holiday Food Gift ideas. This week, the theme is Homemade Gluten-Free Mixes.

There are still a few days left before Christmas. That’s plenty of time to make some homemade gifts for friends and neighbors.

We’ve shared recipe links this month for Gluten-Free Cakes & Muffins and Gluten-Free Candy & Cookies for gift giving. If you aren’t sure it will get eaten right away, or you need something that won’t perish in shipping, consider a homemade mix to give to family and friends.

You can put the ingredients in just about anything to make it festive. Jars are always a nice way to offer the mixes. Most of the recipe links below were created with the right amount of ingredients to fit perfectly into a mason jar. But you can easily put the mix into a sealed bag, and place it in a ceramic dish or festive treat bag like I did in the photo above. I’ve also seen mixes put into ornament balls, which is fun!

Don’t forget to include the directions for cooking, baking, etc. And, it’s nice to add a list of ingredients if you aren’t sure about the recipient’s food allergies.

Gluten-Free Bars and Cookies Mixes:

Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate Mixes:

Gluten-Free Soup Mixes:

 

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Cream Cheese w/Pepper Jelly

Cream Cheese w/Pepper Jelly

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday – Chicken Chili with corn tortillas

Tuesday – Fish & Chips, roasted Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday – Teriyaki Chicken, Rice, steamed Green Beans

Christmas Eve – Lamb, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Mushroom Bake

Christmas Day – Ham, Potato Skins, Rainbow Salad, Cream Cheese w/Pepper Jelly, Poppyseed Bread

Saturday – Beef Stew, Toasted Garlic Bread

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for homemade gluten-free baking mixes for holiday gifts.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for DIY gluten-free mixes.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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Dec
14

Homemade Gluten-Free Cookies and Candy for Holiday Gifts — Menu Plan Dec. 14

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HolidayCookiesThe Gluten-Free Menu Swap is continuing this week with more Homemade Gluten-Free Food Gift ideas. 

It’s the ever-popular Gluten-Free Cookies and Candy theme this week!

Sweets are always a fun gift to give and receive at the holidays. Don’t let gluten-free food restrictions stop you from making cookies or candy this year. Whether they are for gifts, a cookie exchange party, or just to enjoy during the holidays, there are lots of gluten-free recipes on the internet for some sweet treats. Here are some of the favorites I found:

Gluten-Free Candy:

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Candy

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Candy

Gluten-Free Cookies:

Christmas Tree Meringues

Christmas Tree Meringues

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Wild Rice Salad

Wild Rice Salad

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Indian Chicken

Indian Chicken

Monday – Pork Tenderloin, Spaghetti Squash, Berry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Tuesday – Pizza for a busy concert night!

Wednesday – Grilled Chicken, Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Thursday – Chicken Chili

Friday – Hamburgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Zucchini

SaturdayIndian Chicken with rice and spinach

Sunday – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free cakes and muffins for holiday gifts.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free Candy and Cookies.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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Dec
07

Gluten-Free Cakes and Muffins for Holiday Gifts — Menu Plan Dec. 7

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HolidayCakeThe Gluten-Free Menu Swap is celebrating the holidays this month with Gluten-Free Food Gift ideas. 

Do you like to bake goodies for Holiday Gifts? Make them gluten-free with the Gluten-Free Cakes and Muffins recipe links below.

Don’t be afraid to make them ahead and freeze until needed for gift giving.  Make plenty, and have gifts ready for teachers, bus drivers, neighbors, co-workers, mail delivery persons, host/hostesses, etc. They’re also great for parties, brunches, and celebrations of any kind.

Poppyseed Bread perfect for gift-giving

Poppyseed Bread perfect for gift-giving

Gluten-Free Cakes:

Gluten-Free Muffins:

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
We’ve got a busy week with evening activities, so lots of easy meals for us.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Salmon w/Balsamic Glaze

Monday – Chili, Cornbread Muffins

Tuesday – Jambalaya with Chicken and Apple Sausage, Green Beans

Wednesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Thursday – Chicken Nuggets, French Fries, Sautéed Zucchini

FridayPulled Pork Sandwiches, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Kale

Saturday – leftovers

SundaySalmon with Balsamic Glaze, Rice Pilaf, Asparagus

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa isn’t baking gifts this year. Instead, she’s doing some sewing. For meals this month, she’s trying to find a balance of frugal meals and meals that work for visiting family members, too. This week, they’ll be having Cabbage and Beef Bake, Spaghetti, Meatloaf, Tuna Noodle Casserole, 10 Bean Soup, Lamb and Spaghetti Squash, and Beef and Bean Chili.

Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free cakes and muffins for holiday gifts.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free Candy and Cookies.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura 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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