Sep
21

Gluten-Free Quince — Menu Plan Sept. 21

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FallQuinceQuince is the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. I am familiar with Okra and Pomegranate, but Quince is new for me, so I had to do some research on it.

I found quince at the grocery store recently and was intrigued. I probably would’ve assumed it was a variety of apple if it didn’t have a sign above it explaining the fruit.

Similar in looks to a pear or apple, it is actually too hard and tart to eat raw. Instead it needs to be poached or stewed to soften the flesh and mellow the acidity. It is often made into jam or paste. Most recipes I found were desserts made with poached quince. I thought it was interesting to find out that the flesh will turn pink after cooking.

Here are some gluten-free quince recipes I found online:

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, recipes, and ideas for eating quince from our gluten-free blogging friends.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week: 

Monday – Chili and Cornbread

Tuesday – Teriyaki Chicken, Rice, Broccoli

Wednesday – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Poached Quince Salad

Thursday – Chicken Tacos, Avocado Salsa

Friday – Hamburgers, Fries, Poached Quince

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Chicken Wings, Baked Potatoes

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
If your weather is starting to cool down (or not!), and you’re looking for some soup recipes, Melissa has them this week. She’s making Polish Sausage Dump Soup, Easy Smoked Spinach Bean Soup, Slow Simmer Beef Stew, and Oxtail Soup. She’s also planning on Eye of Round Roast, Spaghetti, and Hidden Liver Meatloaf. Check out her site for all the recipe links.

 

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 eating quince.

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, recipes, and ideas for eating quince.
  • 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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Sep
14

Gluten-Free Pomegranate — Menu Plan Sept. 14

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FallPomPomegranate is the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. 

I have a love/hate relationship with pomegranates. I love the sweet, juicy arils, but hate it when the seeds are too hard to chew. I love the bright red color it add to recipes, but hate the time it takes to peel and separate the arils.

Fortunately, you can often find pomegranate arils already separated in the produce section of your grocery store. You can also easily find pomegranate juice. So, I guess I better quit complaining, and just start cooking.

I’m starting with these gluten-free pomegranate recipes that got my attention this week.

Made with Fresh Pomegranate Arils (seeds):

Made with Pomegranate Juice:

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, recipes, and ideas for eating pomegranate from our gluten-free blogging friends.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week: 

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

Rainbow Veggie/Fruit Salad

Rainbow Veggie/Fruit Salad

Monday – Chicken Fajitas (didn’t get to this last week, so we’ll try again this week), Corn and Black Bean Salad

Tuesday – Slow-cooker Beef in Pomegranate Sauce, Roasted Cauliflower & Broccoli

Wednesday –Sweet and Sticky Chicken PiecesKale Salad with Pomegranate and Maple Pecans

Thursday – Pulled Pork (easy slow-cooker recipe), sweet potato fries, green beans

Friday – Pizza, Rainbow Apple Salad (with pomegranate arils, perhaps)

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Grilled Salmon with Pomegranate Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Roasted Asparagus

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
I don’t see pomegranates on Melissa’s menu plan this week, but she does have some yummy meals planned! She’s starting with Quesadillas, Roasted Chicken, and Bean and Bacon Soup. Her menu continues with Chicken Pot Pie, Spaghetti with Bison meat sauce, Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili, and Polish Sausage Veggie Dump Soup. Check out her full menu post for recipe links as well as lunch ideas.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth prefers to use pomegranate juice in smoothies. For dinners this week, she’s making Beef Stroganoff over Rice, Bacon/Mushroom Frittata, Fried Rice, Beans and Rice, Tomato Soup, Pizza, Smoothie and Popcorn. Check out her full menu for breakfast and healthy dessert ideas.

Gluten Free Detroit Metro: Gluten-Free Menu
Amanda doesn’t usually buy fresh pomegranates, so she’s done some searching on the Internet for some tips. She shares a link for a great way to Easily Remove Pomegranate Seeds. This week, her menu includes Meatloaf, Lettuce Wraps, Salmon and Quinoa, Italian Wedding Soup, Hawaiian Pork Chops, and Burgers.

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 eating pomegranate.

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, recipes, and ideas for eating pomegranates.
  • 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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Sep
07

Gluten-Free Okra — Menu Plan Sept. 7

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FallOkra2Thanks to last month’s quick and easy dinners, we made it through the first weeks of school, and are starting to settle into a routine.

Now it’s time to shake things up with a few new foods and recipes so we don’t get bored. We’re starting the month with Okra as the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap.

Recently, I saw a man sifting and sorting through a basket of okra at a local market. I wondered what he was going to do with the okra –Bread it and fry it, maybe? Pickle it? Add it to some Gumbo? I didn’t get around to asking him, but it got me wondering what more you could do with this veggie. So, I did some looking around the internet again.

Here are some gluten-free recipes with Okra that I found:

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, recipes, and ideas for eating okra from our gluten-free blogging friends.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week: 

MondayChicken, Sausage, and Shrimp Gumbo with Okra, rice

Tuesday –Chicken Fajitas with marinated chicken, onions, and peppers, corn tortillas

Wednesday – Grilled Flank Steak,Crispy Spiced Cauliflower and Okra

Thursday – Broiled Parmesan Tilapia, sautéed squash with basil

Friday – Pizza, Summer Succotash

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – BBQ Chicken Wings, Okra Popcorn

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth says she’s only eaten okra in veggie soup mixes. I don’t see any in her menu this week, but she has plenty of other interesting meals to share: Burgers, Spaghetti & Meat sauce, Bacon/Mushroom Frittata, Clam Chowder, Steak Sandwiches, Balsamic Pork Chops, and Pizza. Check out her full menu for lunch and breakfast ideas, too!

Gluten Free Detroit Metro: Gluten-Free Menu
Amanda has some bad childhood memories of eating okra, so she’s a little apprehensive about trying it again. But she found a recipe for Beef and Okra that she’s going to try. She’s also looking for tips for ways to keep the veggie from getting slimy. (Feel free to share your tips in the comments!) Also on her menu this week is Sausage and Peppers, Baked Chicken, Slow-cooker Pork Loin and Apples, Hawaiian Sliders, and eating out at Wild Red Wings.

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 eating okra.

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, recipes, and ideas for eating pomegranates.
  • 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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Aug
24

Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Dinners — Menu Plan August 24

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SchoolDinner

This week, along with menu plans, we’re sharing ideas for quick and easy dinners to help with an easy transition to a new school schedule.

There are lots of ways to keep your evening meals quick and easy. And, I’ve probably said this many times before, but…Start with a meal plan! Check your calendar and use your quickest meals for those really busy nights. My best tips:

  • Prepare as much of the meal in advance — Chop veggies, mix spices, thaw meat, etc. when you have some extra time the night before, or even in the morning.
  • Frozen Meals — Make double batches of dishes when you have the time, so you can put one in the freezer for those busy nights when you don’t have the time. Or, purchase ready-made frozen meals at the grocery store (GF pizza, burritos, casseroles, etc.). This week, I’m using Pacific Seafood’s gluten-free battered frozen Cod for fish and chips.
  • Purchase gluten-free packaged mixes — To cut out a few steps and save a little time this week, I’m using Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix and Daiya’s Cheezy Mac.
  • Slow-Cooker Meals — Easy, quick prep in the morning is all you need for a ready-made dinner in the evening. This week, I’ll be making slow-cooked Mexican chicken for taquitos.
  • Picnic Foods — Consider an easy dinner of sandwiches or lunchmeat, raw fruits and vegetables, cheese, crackers, salads, etc.
  • Quick and Easy Breakfast foods for dinner — Pancakes, bacon, and eggs all cook up very quickly, and fill you up, too.
  • Restaurants — Pick up fast food or order ahead from your favorite restaurant and just pick it up on your way home. Choose the restaurant carefully, so that it works for all of your diet restrictions.
  • Grocery Stores Prepared Food — Pick up Salads, Roasted Chickens, etc. at your grocery store or local deli. Just be careful about ingredients and cross-contamination issues.
  • Make it easy — Meals don’t have to be elaborate. Just because it has to be gluten-free, doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. Simple meat and veggies is just fine for a safe, nutritious, and tasty meal.

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, recipes, and ideas for quick and easy dinners from our gluten-free blogging friends.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week: 

Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Monday – Chicken Apple Sausage cut up and cooked with Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix, Green Beans

Tuesday – Chicken Taquitos (made with slow-cooked Mexican Chicken), GuacamoleCorn and Black Bean Salad

Wednesday – Fish (Pacific Seafood brand Cod, frozen) and Chips, Rainbow Apple Salad

Thursday – Baked Ham, Daiya Cheezy Mac, Steamed Broccoli

Friday – Pizza, Spinach Salad

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Hamburgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Corn

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa has a great menu this week. She’s starting with a quick and easy Bean & Cheese Enchilada, then on to John Wayne Casserole, Chicken Piccata with pasta, Freezer to Crockpot – Coconut Lime Chicken, Garlic & Parsley Kebobs, Pizza, and Beef Stew.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has Fried Rice on her menu this week. And, if you have some leftover rice and veggies in your refrigerator, Fried Rice is a yummy quick and easy meal. Also on her meal this week is Homemade Sushi, Oxtail Soup, Poorman’s Meal, Polish Sausage & Veggie Soup, Spaghetti, and Chicken Pot Pie.

Gluten Free Detroit Metro: Gluten-Free Menu
Amanda’s menu this week was derailed by a large tree branch that broke off and covered her backyard last week. She mentioned a busy night where they ate an easy breakfast meal for dinner. That’s always a great way to take a night off, and get back to your menu plan the next day. This week, she’s put together some quick and easy meals while they get that branch cut up and removed. Salmon Packets, Pasta and Meatballs, Pizza with Salad, Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs, White Chicken Chili, and Messina’s Sausage and Peppers.

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 quick and easy dinners.

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, recipes, and ideas for staying gluten-free as the kids head back to school.
  • 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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Aug
17

Gluten-Free Snacks — Menu Plan Aug. 17

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We’re going Back to School this month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. This week’s theme is Snacks, and Melissa is hosting the roundup of menus and snack ideas at Mom’s PlansSchoolSnacks.

My kids are at new schools this year, so I’m not sure what the policy on snacks in school is going to be. In the past, my kids were allowed to eat snacks in the classroom, so we always sent extra food to school. We also sent a box of snacks to be stored in the classroom in case they were needed for unexpected celebrations or rewards.

We also need snacks after school for sports and other activities. So, here are some ideas for making and buying gluten-free snacks for any occasion.

Gluten-Free Snack Recipes:

More Snack Lists:

Don’t forget to check Mom’s Plans this week for more gluten-free menus, meals, and Snack Ideas from our gluten-free blogging friends.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Monday – Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Strawberry Spinach Salad

Tuesday –Hamburgers, French Fries, Tropical Fruit Salad

Wednesday – Chicken Nachos with Shredded Chicken and Avocado Salsa

Thursday – Taking Potato Salad and Cookies to share at a Picnic

Friday – Grilled Shrimp, Jasmine Rice, Roasted Broccoli

Saturday – Hamburger Stroganoff with gluten-free noodles, Steamed Green Beans

Sunday – Parmesan Chicken Tenders (making a big batch so we have leftovers for school lunches next week), Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Peas

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

  • For this week’s roundup and more gluten-free menus, meals, and Snack Ideas, visit Mom’s Plans.SchoolDinner
  • Join us next week back at CeliacFamily.com for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Quick and Easy Dinners.
  • 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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