Dec
23

Gluten-Free Entertaining — Menu Plan Dec. 23

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The theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Entertaining. With Christmas and New Year parties this month, entertaining with gluten-free foods may cause you concern. Whether you are gluten-free, or want to prepare gluten-free meals for friends and family, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Stick with whole foods and recipes with simple ingredients. Here are some of the recipes we’ve used when entertaining friends and family.

Cocktails:

Chocolate Martinis

Chocolate Martinis

Appetizers:

Main Dish:

Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Quinoa with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Sides:

Desserts:

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Breakfast/Brunch:

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below will have more gluten-free menus and recipe links for Gluten-Free Entertaining. We’d love to hear your ideas for entertaining with gluten-free foods, too. Please share them in the comments below or link up your menu post.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Marinated Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Monday –  Chicken Tacos  with Corn Tortillas and Guacamole

Christmas Eve – Roasted Turkey Breast, Sweet Potato Casserole, Broccoli and Mushroom CasseroleApple Crumb Pie

Christmas Day – Smoked Beef Brisket, Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Spinach Salad, Pumpkin Pie

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta with Green Beans

Saturday – Grilled Flank Steak, Steak Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Sunday – Chicken Chili served over rice

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa is planning for holiday parties, by making Banana Bread (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free) and gluten-free pretzels dipped in melted chocolate chips (allergen-free Enjoy Life brand). She’s also planning a special breakfast for Christmas morning with a Blueberry Buckle and Sausage. For dinners this week, her family with be eating Salmon, Pork Chops, Hamburger Soup, Sausage and Peppers, Ham for Christmas, Ground Beef Goulash, and Cabbage and Ham Sauté.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth has found some great recipes at Gluten-Free on a Shoestring that are perfect to make this holiday: Dairy-Free Egg NogReally Nice Dairy-Free FudgeGluten-Free Gingerbread Men Cookies, and Quickest Yeast-Free Cinnamon Buns. She also plans to make the Apple Clafoutis from The Nourishing Gourmet for breakfast this week. Dinners for her family this week will be Waffles, Shepherd’s Pie, Clam Chowder, Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Grilled Shrimp with Fruit Salsa, Salmon BLT, Pizza, Fish, and Mac & Cheese. Looks like a busy week of cooking and baking at her house!

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela entertained friends this month with what looks like it was a very fun cookie decorating party. I love that idea! In addition to the cookies, she says she keeps the slow-cookers going with soup and chili to keep everyone fed. For dinners this week, she’ll be making Slow-Cooker Island Pork Roast, Herbed Roast Beef for Christmas Eve dinner, and Thai Thighs. Christmas morning, her family will be enjoying  Caramel Pecan French Toast Casserole with Homemade Turkey Sausage.

Check back later to see who else may be joining the menu swap 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 again next week for sharing gluten-free menus.
  • 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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Dec
21

New Gluten-Free Cookbooks Make Great Last-Minute Gifts

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Yes! There’s still time to order last-minute Christmas gifts!  All of these cookbooks are available on Amazon, and can be shipped in time for Christmas. In fact, if you are a Prime Member on Amazon* (as I have been for several years), you can get free two-day shipping and still get your packages there by Christmas. You just need to order your gifts by Sunday (Dec. 22, 2013)! So, on to the cookbooks….


The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes: 100% Gluten-Free
If you’ve been interested in trying a Paleo diet, but were worried about how much time and effort it would take to do it, this may be just the cookbook you need to get started. Who doesn’t love the convenience of a slow-cooker dinner? This cookbook has a variety of intriguing meals to try. Try recipes for Spicy Tamari Almonds, African-Style Chicken in Onion Gravy, Mussels in Lemongrass Tomato Broth, Chinese-Style Braised Pork, and Chocolate Flan with Toasted Almonds.


Easy Everyday Gluten-Free Cooking: Includes 250 Delicious Recipes
Heather Butt and Donna Washburn put together another fabulous gluten-free cookbook. This large, and very thick paperback cookbook is filled with 250 recipes including Breakfast, Quick Breads, Soups, Salads, Main Entrées, Bread Machine Recipes, and Desserts. I love the format of the book, with each recipe including tips and nutritional values per serving in the margin. I’m looking forward to trying the Almond Sponge Cake!


Gluten Free Goes Gourmet
In this beautiful hardback cookbook, author Vicky Pearl creates elegant recipes that are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, Low Glycemic, and Kosher. I LOVE that each recipe includes a full-page photo of the finished product. I love to see how a recipe is supposed to look, and also get ideas for a nice presentation. There’s nothing missing from this cookbook: Drinks, Salads, Soups, Meat & Poultry, Fish, Sides, Breads, and Desserts. I am personally excited to try out the  ”Magnificent Mock Dairy” recipes.


Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread: (Biscuits, Bagels, Buns, and More)
This paperback book was written by Nicole Hunn, author of her first cookbook Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap and website blog of the same name. This cookbook gives great details to help you recreate the mouth-watering breads pictured in the book. It also includes information about different flours to use, and a whole chapter on what to expect from gluten-free bread. I just got a copy of this in the mail, and I can’t wait to give it a try!


Green Smoothies for Every Season: A Year of Farmers Market–Fresh Super Drinks
This small hardcover book would be a great gift for someone who likes to detox after the holidays and make healthy New Year Resolutions. The book begins with an introduction to drinking green smoothies, the health benefits, and the importance of rotating the greens you eat. The variety of recipes is incredible, and is organized by the season you can find the produce. Try the Strawberry Fields or Star Fruit smoothie in the Spring or the Pomegranate Pop in the Fall. There are also recipes for the Stomach Soother, Brain Booster, Honeymoon Healer, Lemon Liver Cleanser, Heart Starter, Bone Builder, and some many more!


Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free: Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts: 100 Recipes Without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Refined Sugar
This paperback cookbook is comprised entirely of sweet treats made without gluten, eggs, dairy, or refined sugar. Author Ricki Heller also shares recipes at RickiHeller.com (formerly Diet, Dessert and Dogs) and in her last cookbook called Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar.


Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes
Elana Amsterdam has created another wonderful cookbook for the gluten-free community. And this one is also grain-free, dairy-free, and perfect for a paleo diet. Like her past cookbooks, it is a smaller paperback book, but full of wonderful recipes. You’ll find a variety of recipes for Breads and Breakfast, Vegetables, Entrées, Desserts including pastries and cookies, and drinks. The Rosemary Lemon Chicken has been a winner at our house, and we’ve even modified it to make Cilantro Lime Chicken.


Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle
Author Kyra Bussanich is a pastry chef and owner of the gluten-free bakery, Kyra’s Bake Shop. She was also the first gluten-free contestant and winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. This hardback cookbook begins with a guide to the ingredients, and discusses possible egg and dairy substitutions in her recipes. It also reviews the different gluten-free flours, and offers some baking tips. Besides all the wonderfully sweet recipes, I appreciate how this cookbook  labels each recipe as one of three different levels of difficulty: easy, intermediate, and advanced. Most of the recipes are either easy or intermediate, so you’ll have plenty of practice time to work up to the advanced recipes. :)

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Dec
16

Gluten-Free Christmas Favorites — Weekly Menu Plan Dec. 16

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HolidayFavesIt’s less than two weeks until Christmas! I’m wondering what everyone’s favorite things are to cook, bake, and eat during the holidays. Since it is the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap, please share with us your favorite meals and recipes this season!

Our Gluten-Free Christmas Favorites:

More Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Roundups:

What are your favorite things for the holidays? The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below will have more gluten-free menus and recipe links for Christmas/Holiday Favorites.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Monday –  Eating Out

Tuesday – Pork Chops with Black Beans and Salsa, Rice, Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Thursday – Party Dogs and Chili, leftover rice

Friday – Kimberlee’s Ranch Chicken Casserole made with Follow Your Heart’s dairy-free substitutes

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Grilled Steaks, Sweet Potato Casserole, Sautéed Spinach

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa says she’s spending too much time cooking these days, so she’s pulling out the slow-cooker to make better use of her time this week. For this week’s menu, she’ll be making Roast Beef with Vegetables, Bratwurst Stew, Sloppy Joes with Nacho Chips, and Paleo Chili with Veggies. She also has Halibut and Stuffed Acorn Squash on her menu, as well as plans for filling the freezer with make-ahead meals.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee’s menu this week is filled with yummy meals to warm you up this season.  Beef and Veggie Soup, Taco Bowls, BBQ Chicken, Cheeseburger Pasta, Easy Potato Soup, Mexican Burgers, and one night of breakfast for dinner. She also has meal plans for breakfast and lunch. The Baked Oatmeal and Crunchy Chicken Salad got my attention.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is keeping the meals simple for Christmas this year, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the day. She’s planning quick and simple Cinnamon Buns for breakfast and her favorite Grilled Shrimp (which my family enjoyed, too) for dinner. This week, she’ll be making Pumpkin Molasses Cookie Dough Balls, and Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puppy Treats. The remainder of her meals this week will include Pancakes, Grilled Cheese, Sloppy Joe’s (Sloppy Lentil Joe’s), Veggie Soup, Pizza, Spiced Salmon, and Smoothies with Popcorn.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela’s Christmas Favorites begin with a variety of cookies. Check out her recipes for Allergen-Free Brownie Bites, Jam-Filled Thumbprints, Russian Tea Cakes, Spritz Cookies, and more. Other holiday favorites at their house include Potato Pudding, Lefse, Swedish “Rye” BreadMaple-Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped SmokiesFresh Spinach SaladChicken (or Turkey) Wild Rice Soup, Dairy-Free Eggnog, and Slow-Cooker, Dairy Free Hot Chocolate. For dinner this week, Angela’s family will enjoy Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Shrimp Pad Thai with Broccoli, Beef and Butternut Stew, Braised Mediterranean Chicken, and Taco Pizza. Be sure to check out her full menu for all the recipe links.

Thanks for joining us this week, come back next week to see what gluten-free meals we’re serving when Entertaining Friends and Family.

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 again next week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for meals to serve when entertaining friends and family.
  • 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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Dec
09

Gluten-Free Sweet Potatoes — Weekly Menu Plan December 9

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SweetPotatoes

Hard to believe there is less than three weeks until Christmas! With Thanksgiving arriving so late this year, Christmas seems to be coming even faster than usual. Thank goodness for menu plans to make sure I don’t forget about healthy meals.

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap theme this week is Sweet Potatoes. Visit Lori at GlutenFreeWeek for the roundup of gluten-free menus. This week our family will be eating baked sweet potatoes topped with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. I may even add a few marshmallows to make the kids happy. We’ll also be having Sweet Potato Fries this week. Sweet Potato Casserole will have to wait until later this month…maybe for Christmas.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Parmesan Tilapia

Parmesan Tilapia

Monday – Roasted Turkey Breast, Baked Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday – Chicken Chili served over rice

Wednesday – Baked Chicken Nuggets, Sweet Potato Fries, Green Beans sautéed with bacon and garlic

Thursday – Pizza, Rainbow Apple Salad

Friday – Parmesan Tilapia with Spaghetti Squash and steamed Broccoli

Saturday – Hamburger Stroganoff, Brussels sprouts

Sunday – Beef and Broccoli with Rice

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, visit GlutenFreeWeek.
  • Next week’s roundup will be back here at CeliacFamily with Christmas/Holiday Favorites as the theme. Share with us your favorite Holiday meals, menus, and dishes, and we’ll share ours.
  • 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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Dec
02

Gluten-Free Cookies & Baked Goodies — Menu Plan December 2

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Hard to believe, I know, but it is already December!!! I don’t know about you, but my week is looking very, very busy. I’ve created an easy meal plan for the week to help manage our crazy evening schedule this week.

As for the Gluten-Free Menu  Swap theme this week, I’m sharing recipe links for gluten-free Cookies, Baked Goods, and Treats. Make one batch for yourself to enjoy, or make several batches to share them with friends and family for the holidays.

Christmas Tree Meringues

Christmas Tree Meringues

Gluten-Free Cookies:

Poppyseed Bread perfect for gift-giving

Poppyseed Bread

Gluten-Free Cakes:

Gluten-Free Treats:

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Candy

Chocolate Macadamia Nuts

For more ideas check the roundup below and All Gluten-Free Desserts, where Shirley is celebrating its one-year anniversary with the Top 50 Desserts.

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup will be included below. Don’t forget to check it for more gluten-free menus and maybe more recipe links for gluten-free cookies, baked goods, and treats.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Chicken Rice Bowl with Avocado Salsa

Chicken Rice Bowl with Avocado Salsa

Indian Chicken served over Basmati Rice

Indian Chicken served over Basmati Rice

Broccoli and Mushroom Casserole

Broccoli and Mushroom Casserole

Monday –  Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Green Beans

Tuesday – Rice Bowls with Mexican Shredded Chicken and Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – Beef Stew and Schar Ciabatta Rolls

Thursday – Rotisserie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – Indian Chicken over Basmati Rice, Sautéed Spinach and Garlic

Sunday – Clay Pot Roasted Turkey Breast, Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Broccoli Casserole

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa says she has a busy week, too. I’m jealous that she has turkey leftovers still to use. With it, she’ll be making Turkey Meatball Soup, Turkey Noodle Soup, and Turkey Fried Rice. Her family will also be having Pork and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie, Slow-Cooker Polish Sausage, and Ham and Cabbage Bake.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu

Kimberlee has lots of easy, but delicious dinners on her menu this week: Garlic Shrimp Radiatore, Black Bean Chicken Chili, Pork Chops, Steak and Rice Burritos, Sausage Skillet, Parmesan Chicken Strips, and Loaded Baked Potatoes. Don’t forget to check her full menu for gluten-free breakfast and lunch ideas, too.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
The logo and motto at Angela’s Kitchen reads “Because Everyone Deserves a Cookie.” So, it’s no surprise that Angela has a variety of recipe links to share this week: Biscotti, Shortbread, Bars, Cupcakes, Muffins, Candy, and so much more! Her dinner menu this week starts with Bison Sweet Potato Stew and Chicken Cacciatore. Pumpkin Waffles with Turkey Sausage, Cabbage Roll Casserole, and Buffalo Chicken Pizza finish off her yummy week.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
This season, Elisabeth is planning to make Pumpkin Molasses Cookie Dough Balls, as well as molasses crinkles, spritz, and sugar cookies. For meals this week, she’ll be having Vegan Waffles, Spaghetti with Lentil Meatballs, Tacos with Mushrooms, Grilled Cheese, Tuna Apple Salad, Pizza, and Fish.

Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas, menus, and recipe links with us this week. Join us next week at Gluten Free Week, when we’ll be sharing more menus and ideas for using sweet potatoes in our meals.

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 Gluten Free Week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for 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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