Oct
20

Gluten-Free Fennel — Menu Plan October 20

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GFFennelFennel is the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. Fennel is new to me. Well, not exactly new. I’m familiar with the mild licorice or anise flavor. And, I’m not new to using Fennel Seed in recipes. But, I can’t recall ever buying fresh fennel. So, I figured it was about time I tried it.

I went looking for some inspirational gluten-free recipes, and I found plenty of them online. Some of the recipes I found call for fresh fennel, and some call for using fennel seeds. I even found some recipes that were a a little surprising. I’m looking forward to trying some of them this week and throughout the season.

Recipes using fresh, raw fennel:

Recipes that cook fresh fennel:

Recipes with Fennel Seeds only:

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for including fennel in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Easy, Hearty Gumbo

Easy, Hearty Gumbo

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

MondayWhite Chicken Chili with rice

Tuesday – Greek MeatballsFennel, Cucumber, and Mint Salad

WednesdayGumbo with Rice and Garlic Bread

Thursday – Fennel and Sausage Pasta Salad

Friday – French Bread Pizza, Celery, Fennel, and Green Apple Salad

Saturday – Pigs In a Blanket with leftovers

Sunday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders, Caramelized Fennel and Onion Risotto, Roasted Broccoli

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa has a delicious menu lined up for this week. She’s starting the week with Smoky Chipotle Chili Cheese Mac, Mongolian Beef, and a Rice Bake. She’ll continue the week with Bean and Cheese Enchiladas, Salmon Patties, Honey Lime Chicken Tacos, and a warming Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth says she doesn’t use fresh fennel, but has used fennel seed to season sausage. For dinners this week, she’ll be making Paleo Pumpkin Waffles, Easy Clam Chowder, Sweet Potato and Bean Enchiladas,  Chipotle Copy Cat Beans and Rice, and Pizza.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Corn-Free
Melissa is working with a tight grocery budget, but still manages to come up with tasty, filling meals. This week it will be Rustic Bacon and Pumpkin Soup, Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joe’s, Chicken Pot Pie, Paleo Chili, Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili, and Tuna Noodle Casserole.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Fennel this week.

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 gluten-free menus and ideas for gluten-free meals with Pumpkin.
  • 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.

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
13

Gluten-Free Apples — Menu Plan Oct. 13

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ApplesThe cool fall weather blew in this weekend at my house, and all I can think of is warm, comfort foods. Fortunately, with Apples as the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week, that fits right into my menu plan.

This week I’ll be eating raw apples for snacks and salads this week, but I’m also cooking it up — Sautéed Spinach with Apples and Onions, Chicken and Apple Sausage, Pork and Apple Curry, and Honey Apple Cider Glazed Salmon. Yum!

I also found lots of Breakfast and Dessert recipes I need to start trying (double Yum!):

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for including apples in your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Monday – Pork Chops with Sautéed Spinach with Apples and Onions from Vegalicious

Tuesday – Chicken Apple Sausage with Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Wednesday – Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Broccoli

Thursday – Angela’s Pork and Apple Curry with Jasmine Rice

Friday – Honey Apple Cider Glazed Salmon, Rice, Spinach

Saturday – Pizza, Rainbow Apple Salad

Sunday – Beef Stew, GF dinner rolls

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa is still thinking about Sweet Potatoes this week, and said she used them to make soup and Sweet Potato Pie. [again, Yum!] On her menu this week, is Amish Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole, Honey Rosemary Chicken, Sweet n Sour Chicken, Baked Tacos, Chilaquiles, and Southwest White Chili.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Corn-Free
Melissa spent some time over the weekend stocking her freezer, so she has half of her meals already prepped this week. Her family will be enjoying Cabbage and Beef Soup, Beef Stew, Paleo Beef and Veggie Soup, Chicken Pot Pie, and Italian Wedding Soup. Stop by MomsPlans.com for all the recipe links.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
This week, Elisabeth is planning to make Apple Dumplings and Apple Cider Donuts. She’s also working on a recipe with Apples and Sweet Potatoes. Can’t wait to see it. Her dinners this week will be Omelets with Veggies, Lentil Potato Soup, Chicken Nuggets and Butternut Squash Nuggets, Cauliflower Alfredo, Sweet Potato/Bean Enchiladas, and Pizza. Find all the recipe links at her menu post this week.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for yummy Apples this week.

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 gluten-free menus and ideas for gluten-free meals with Fennel.
  • 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.

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
08

Foster Farms Gluten-Free Corn Dogs Review

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Gluten-Free Corn Dogs are a Treat at my house. A treat for the kids because they love them. A treat for me, too, if they are pre-made and frozen, so I can offer them for a quick meal at my house. ;)

I have made my own gluten-free corn dogs. They turned out very tasty, but took some time and effort to get them just right. It seems simple enough: You dip and coat hot dogs with cornbread batter, then deep fry. But, sometimes it takes a little practice at getting the batter to stay on the hot dog, the hot dog to stay on the stick, and frying it with the stick.  Anyway, that’s another story. This story is about the new Foster Farms Gluten-Free Corn Dogs you can find in the freezers of your local grocery stores.

FFCornDogBoxI was recently contacted to try the new Foster Farms Gluten-Free Corn Dogs. In case it isn’t clear by the Foster Farms brand name, these corn dogs are made with chicken franks. The chicken franks are “double-dipped in a honey-crunchy” cornbread batter. And, Yes!, they are as good as they sound. I baked them according to the directions on the box. From frozen, 18 minutes at 350º F. (For faster results, you can microwave in 40 seconds or deep fry for 9 minutes. Those are times for cooking from frozen. If thawed, cooking times are even faster.)

FFCornDogHow did they taste? Great! The hot dog was tender, not too chewy, and had a good flavor. The cornbread coating was lightly crunchy on the outside but still soft on the inside. The cornbread coating is also lightly sweetened. Really yummy. My daughter was a little hesitant to try it, but once she did she wanted another one. So did my son. They had to stop at two corn dogs each because I didn’t cook the whole box, which contains 12 corn dogs.

Now for the ingredients. Like I mentioned, these corn dogs are made of chicken. There are no added hormones or steroids. No trans fats. And, each corn dog contains 7 grams of protein and 180 calories. Each corn dog also contains 530 mg of sodium (22% of the recommended daily value). You’ll find sodium phosphate, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, and the dreaded sodium nitrite on the ingredients label. Also contains soy and egg.

Would I buy them for my family? Yes, on occasion. I’m not going to go looking for them to add to our menus on a regular basis. However, it would be nice to have in the freezer for those crazy nights when I really need something quick and easy for dinner. Something my kids could fix for themselves. And, wouldn’t this be an easy item to cook for a kids’ birthday party or a play date? Something everyone could enjoy. You don’t even need to tell your guests that it’s gluten-free because they won’t know the difference.

It is important to note that these are Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. Foster Farms also makes Gluten-Free Breasts Strips and Gluten-Free Breast Nuggets now, too. If you’ve tried any of them, I’d love to know what you think.

 ***The Foster Farms Corn Dogs were sent to me free of charge to share my honest opinion with CeliacFamily.com readers.***
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Oct
06

Gluten-Free Sweet Potatoes — Menu Plan Oct. 6

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SweetPotatoesThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re discovering old and new ways to enjoy Fall Produce. This week, we’re exploring ways to add Sweet Potatoes to our meals.

What variety of Sweet Potato do you buy and eat?
I usually buy the standard Sweet Potatoes (rosy skin color, orange flesh), but I’ve been intrigued by the Golden Sweet Potatoes and Garnet Red Sweet Potatoes I’ve been finding at the stores and the farmers’ markets. I’ve been told that the darker skin colors are sweeter, and the lighter skin colors are more mild. I may have to do a taste test this week and see for myself.

Nutritionally, Sweet Potatoes are packed with good stuff. They are an excellent source of Vitamin A and Beta Carotene, as well as a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamins B, Manganese, Copper, Potassium, and fiber. So eat it up this fall!

For more ideas of eating sweet potatoes, check out the Menu Swap roundup this week at Mom’s Plans and my Pinterest Page of Sweet Potato Recipes.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Shredded Chicken for Tacos

Shredded Chicken for Tacos

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Monday – Fried Chicken, Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges (peeled and cut, tossed with olive oil and salt, baked at 375º for 30 min.), Green Beans

Tuesday – Trying Papa Murphy’s new Gluten-Free Pizza, Salad

Wednesday – leftovers

Thursday – Chicken Tacos, Corn and Black Bean Salad, Guacamole

Friday – Carrie’s Slow-Cooker Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes, Udi’s Dinner Rolls

Saturday – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spinach Salad

Sunday – Roasted Turkey Breast, Sweet Potato Casserole, Broccoli

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

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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Sep
29

Gluten-Free Chinese Food — Menu Plan Sept. 29

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GFWorldChinaAnother Monday, another Gluten-Free Menu Swap with plenty of tempting gluten-free meals. Chinese Food is the last theme of Tastes of the World this month. 

When eating Chinese food, there are a few common things you need to check for gluten. First, and most common problem is soy sauce. Yes, most soy sauce is made with wheat. Fortunately, there are several brands of gluten-free Soy Sauce alternatives:

Crispy Fried Entrees, Tempura
Most of these meals are battered, which means flour and gluten. To make your own, use cornstarch and egg whites.

WonTons, Dumplings, Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls, etc.
The wrappers used to make these are made with flour (gluten). To make your own, try Spring Roll Rice Paper Wrappers like I do for Gluten-Free Egg Rolls.

Don’t Feel Like Making Your Own?
Try P.F. Chang’s and Pei Wei restaurants. Both have menus with many gluten-free options.

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for Chinese Gluten-Free Meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Seven-Layer Salad with Dill Dressing

Seven-Layer Salad

Pork Egg Rolls

Gluten-Free Egg Rolls

Beef Marinade

Marinade for Chinese Beef

Monday – leftovers

Tuesday – Seven Layer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing, gluten-free Dinner Rolls

Wednesday – Chicken Teriyaki, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Thursday – Pizza, Spinach Salad

Friday – Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura, Rice Noodles

Saturday – Gluten-Free Egg Rolls with Ground Pork and Shredded Vegetables

Sunday – Beef (using this marinade) and Broccoli, Rice

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
No Chinese food on Melissa’s plan this week. Instead, her family will be eating a couple slow cooker meals — Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili and Beef and Cabbage Soup. They will also be enjoying Tuna Noodle Casserole, BLTs, Roasted Chicken, Salmon, and a Foil Dinner with Hamburger, Potatoes, and Carrots. Check out her menu post for recipe links and lunch ideas, too.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth says she uses the Coconut Aminos to replace soy sauce at her house. And, I have to say that it is well-received at my house, too. Elisabeth also found frozen gluten-free Egg Rolls and Dumplings made by Feel Good Foods to purchase. Looks like the company is coming out with frozen gluten-free Asian meals, too. Can’t wait to give them a try! For dinners this week, Elisabeth’s family will be eating French Toast Roll-Ups, Chipotle Beans and Rice, Butternut Squash Smoothie, Tomato Soup, Stuffed Squash, and Pizza.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee isn’t planning any Chinese meals this week. She does have some Tex-Mex meals on her menu: Black Bean Chicken Chili, Chicken Enchiladas, and Spicy Black Beans. Her family will also be eating BBQ Pork Sliders, Pizza, BBQ Pepper Jack Bacon Burgers, and Bacon and Eggs for dinners this week.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori isn’t limiting herself to Chinese food this week. She’s including all types of Asian food, including Vietnamese and Thai food, too. Lori reminds us to be careful about eating imitation crab and fish in prepared sushi because some of it contains gluten. Lori enjoys making Asian Peanut PastaChicken Stir FryAsian Beef SkewersBok Choy Stir Fry, and Chicken Pho. To fill in her week’s menu, she’s also planning for Gluten-Free Apple Sausages, Veggie-Packed Pizza Wraps, and Turkey Burgers.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Chinese Meals this week.

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 at Moms Plans for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for gluten-free meals with Sweet Potatoes.
  • 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.

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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