Nov
07

Gluten-Free & Healthy Through the Holidays — Menu Plan November 7

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healthynovWe’re starting a new theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. From now through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing meals, ideas, and recipe links to focus on staying healthy this holiday season. 

The holidays are always a wonderful time for getting together with family and friends. And that also means lots of eating and drinking while celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, etc.  After a busy, and sometimes stressful, holiday season with a lot of indulgent foods, I usually end up feeling fatigued and sluggish with an irritable digestive system. Every year I say I’m going to do better, but somehow I still end up feeling the effects of too much stress, too much sugar, too much fat, too many carbs, etc.

Last year, to make it even worse, I found myself relying on old recipes with lots of sugar. This year, I am getting prepared with healthier recipes and ingredients to keep cravings to a minimum. I want to feel the satisfaction of comfort foods without feeling the bloat and uncomfortable feeling of overindulging. This week, I’ll start by making sure I have some alternative ingredients available for making holiday favorites, treats, and sweets. Here are some of the products I sometimes buy as replacements for the usual ingredients to help us stay gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.

Gluten-Free Flour Products:

Gluten-Free Alternative Dairy-Free Products:

Gluten-Free Sweeteners without Refined Sugar:

Allergen-Free Chocolate: Energy Life Dark Morsels, Mini Chips, and Mega Chunks for baking and melting

 

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Grilled Flank Steak

Grilled Flank Steak

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Monday – Grilled Flank Steak, Roasted Root Veggies and Cauliflower

Tuesday – Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa

WednesdayPulled Pork Sandwiches, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini

Thursday – Chili and Cornbread

Friday – Crispy Fish Sticks, Pumpkin Fries, Peas

Saturday – Pork Tenderloin, Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elizabeth’s menu plan this week has dairy-free soups, using Daiya cheeze as her favorite alternative. She’ll be making Potato Soup, Pancakes with apple butter, Cheddar Chowder, and Roasted Salmon.

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 winter produce.

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.
  • 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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Oct
31

Gluten-Free Turnips and Happy Halloween — Menu Plan October 31

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GF Halloween Candy

GF Halloween Candy

Fun Halloween Drinks

Fun Halloween Drinks

Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats

Happy Halloween! If you are still looking for some last minute ideas to celebrate the occasion with gluten-free candy and food, check out some of our past posts.

 

fallturnipsThis week, we’re finishing our monthly theme of Fall Produce at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week we’re sharing some fun gluten-free recipe links for Turnips. 

Turnips are not commonly eaten at our house. It’s just not the root vegetable I reach for when I’m shopping. This week, however, we’re going to give it a try with some of the yummy recipes I found.

Gluten-Free Turnip Recipe links:

(GF= Gluten-Free, DF= Dairy-Free, P= Paleo, V= Vegan)

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Party Dogs

Mummy Hot Dogs

Indian Chicken

Indian Chicken

Rainbow Veggie/Fruit Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Halloween Night – Mummy Party Dogs (hot dogs wrapped in strips of pizza dough), Crispy Curried Turnip Chips

Tuesday – Grilled Chicken, Roasted Turnips with Balsamic Vinegar

Wednesday – Indian Chicken with quinoa, asparagus

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Shrimp and Veggie Tempura, rice

Saturday – Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders, Rainbow Apple Salad

Sunday – Wild Rice Chicken and Turnip Soup

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 winter produce.

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.
  • 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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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Oct
24

Gluten-Free Mushroom — Menu Plan October 24

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fallmushroomWe’re sharing ideas for using Fall Produce in our menus this month for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week, I’m looking at gluten-free recipes with Mushroom.

Are Mushrooms Gluten-Free? Being fresh produce, they certainly should be! But, surprisingly, there are some concerns about gluten being used in the process of growing mushrooms. According to this article at VeryWell, rye and wheat bran can be used in the early growth of mushroom spores. But even with mushrooms that are exposed to gluten, the actual amount of gluten is far lower than 20 parts per million. Jennifer at Gluten-Free School further researched the issue, and found that all mushrooms tested below 5 parts per million of gluten.

Mushrooms are widely accepted as safe for celiacs to eat. But since we all have varying levels of gluten sensitivity… If you are frequently eating mushrooms on a regular basis, you should be aware of the possibility of ingesting gluten.  I’ve never noticed my own bad reaction to mushrooms. But, since I have a few meals with mushrooms planned for this week, I’ll be watching for reactions from everyone in our family.

Gluten-Free Mushroom Recipe links:

(GF= Gluten-Free, DF= Dairy-Free, P= Paleo, V= Vegan)

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

MondayPortobello Mushroom Burgers, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Tuesday – Hamburger  and Mushroom Stroganoff over Egg Noodles, Green Beans

Wednesday – Spaghetti Squash, Chicken and Apple Sausage, Kale

Thursday – Beef Stew with Potatoes and Carrots

Friday – Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Broccoli and Mushroom Quinoa

SaturdayPulled Pork Sandwiches, Roasted Cauliflower, Fries

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
This week, Melissa’s menu plan starts with Mac and Cheese, Steak, and Roast Chicken with Veggies. It finishes with Chicken Enchilada Bake, Burgers, Chicken Fried Rice, and 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 winter produce.

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.
  • 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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Oct
17

Gluten-Free Garlic — Menu Plan October 17

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fallgarlicWe’re sharing ideas for using Fall Produce in our menus this month for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week, I’m looking at gluten-free recipes with Garlic.

Five years ago today, I started hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap at Celiac Family. At that time, we had eight other bloggers joining us to share their own gluten-free menu plans to inspire us. During those years, many additional gluten-free bloggers have shared their menu plans with us, and several of those gluten-free bloggers have taken turns to host the GF Menu Swap, too.

Things have changed, and menu planning doesn’t seem to be as trendy as it used to be.  Even though we don’t have as many gluten-free menus to share and review, we’ll continue to post our gluten-free menus for anyone needing ideas for how to feed their family a tasty gluten-free meal. We’re also happy to provide a place for anyone who wants to share their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and meal ideas. I hope you find these weekly posts helpful, and will continue to join us with your own menus, ideas, recipe links, and comments. The themes are optional, chosen simply to give us something to talk about and recipes to focus on.

This week, our theme is garlic. Even when it isn’t the feature of a meal, it often gets added to so many recipes for flavor. On our menu last week was Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta. This week, we’ve got garlic planned for several meals, including our Chili. If I’ve got time, I’ll try the Bacon Garlic Knots. Otherwise, it will be garlic toast made with Schar’s Baguettes. What will you add garlic to this week?

Gluten-Free Garlic Recipe links:

(GF= Gluten-Free, DF= Dairy-Free, P= Paleo, V= Vegan)

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Gluten-Free Egg Rolls

Gluten-Free Egg Rolls

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

Pork Chops w/Black Beans

MondaySlow-Cooker Lemon & Garlic Chicken, Red Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Tuesday – Chicken Fried Rice, Egg Rolls

Wednesday – Chicken Tacos

Thursday – Chili, Garlic Toast

Friday – Pork Chops with Black Beans, Rice, Green Beans

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Balsamic Salmon, Mashed Garlic Cauliflower

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
One of Melissa’s favorite recipes with garlic is Lemon Garlic Thyme Chicken. One her menu this week is Spaghetti and Meatballs, Teriyaki Chicken, Tacos, Lemon Rosemary Chicken, Bacon Wrapped Chicken, and Lasagna Soup. For more ideas from Melissa, you’ll find her blog at Gluten Free Always Blog.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elizabeth’s menu this week starts with grilled BBQ Chicken, Egg salad (with garlic powder), and One Pot Taco Spaghetti, and finishes with Pizza, Fish, and Hamburgers. Elizabeth shares lots of gluten-free meal ideas on her menu plan this week, including breakfast and lunch, so check it all out at her menu post.

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 winter produce.

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.
  • 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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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Oct
10

Gluten-Free Cranberry — Menu Plan October 10

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fallcranberryWe’re sharing ideas for using Fall Produce in our menus this month. I am especially focused on gluten-free recipes with Cranberries this week.

I’ve been wanting to make some Cashew Cherry Chocolate Energy Snack Bars to help me with my frequent afternoon slump. We were out of dried cherries, but I was happy to see we had just enough dried cranberries to make them. I also added some flax seed and had to sub in some quinoa pops for some of the rice cereal. It turned out very yummy, and it should get me through a couple weeks.

I haven’t seen fresh cranberries in the grocery stores yet, but I’m sure they’ll be stocked soon enough! Just over a month until Thanksgiving when so many of us will be making cranberry sauce, right? In the meantime, I’ve got to replenish my own stock of dried cranberries and maybe pick up some frozen ones to use in some of these gluten-free recipes.

Gluten-Free Cranberry Recipe links:

(GF= Gluten-Free, DF= Dairy-Free, P= Paleo, V= Vegan)

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Monday – Rotisserie Chicken, Wild Rice, Kale, and Cranberry Pilaf

Tuesday – Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta, Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday – Red Beans and Rice, Green Beans

Thursday – Chicken ChiliAvocado Salsa

Friday – Meatloaf, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Slow Cooker Cranberry ChickenQuinoa Pilaf with Cranberries and Almond

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 winter produce.

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.
  • 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.
Categories : Menu Plan
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