Feb
01

Gluten-Free Menu Plan February 1 — Winter Produce

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Winter2016This month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we are sharing meals, menus, and recipe links that include various Winter Produce. This week, I’m looking to try some new gluten-free recipes for Squash: spaghetti, acorn, butternut, and delicata.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Marinated Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

Rainbow Veggie/Fruit Salad

Rainbow Veggie/Apple Salad

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Monday – Chicken and Apple Sausage, Maple-Garlic Delicata Squash Oven Fries

TuesdayGarlicky Chicken Over Spaghetti Squash, Wilted Spinach

WednesdayFlank SteakGarlicky Baked Butternut Squash, Steamed Broccoli

Thursday – leftovers with Rainbow Apple Salad

Friday – Salmon, Stuffed Acorn Squash with Spanish Quinoa

Saturday – Eating Out

SundayWhite Chicken Chili with rice

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elizabeth says it is already looking like spring at her farmers’ market, so no winter squash on her menu this week. But, she says we may see some butternut squash on her menu later this month. We’ll be watching her blog for it. 🙂 For this week, her menu includes Garlic Chili Pasta with Cauliflower, Beef Stroganoff, Shrimp fried Rice with egg rolls (gluten-free for me and the Princess), Cinnamon Vanilla Gluten-free Waffles with sausages and fresh berries, Smoothie and Popcorn, and Pizza.

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.
  • Join us next week for sharing more gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free winter squash and other winter produce.
  • 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. This week, she talks about how eating a Paleo diet has changed her life for the better. Check out what she and others are doing to live a healthier and happier life on her post this week.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Jan
25

Gluten-Free Menu Plan January 25 — Paleo Diet & Detox

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HealthyThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we are sharing meals, menus, and recipe links for healthier eating and living. So far this month, we’ve shared ideas for sugar-free snacks, detoxing smoothies, and sugar-free sweeteners.

This week, I’m upgrading to a Paleo diet. I’ll let the rest of family eat what they want for breakfast and lunch, but our dinners will be Paleo. I received a couple books in the mail last week that are inspiring my meal choices this week: DASH Diet Detox and Sheet Pan Paleo.

Just so there is no confusion, DASH Diet Detox is not a gluten-free cookbook. A lot of the recipes in it are gluten-free, but it is not intended to be a gluten-free cookbook. The front of the book says “14-Day Quick Start Plan to lower blood pressure and lose weight the healthy way.” I plan to use the book, and its recipes, to help me continue detoxing this week, by adding recommended herbs and spices to our meals. Cardamom, Cayenne, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Cumin, Garlic, Ginger, Horseradish, Peppermint, Rosemary, Saffron, and Turmeric are all promoted in the book as being beneficial for detoxing. So, I’ll be attempting to add plenty of those to our meals this week.

I also received Sheet Pan Paleo in the mail last week. “200 One-Tray Recipes for quick prepping, easy roasting and hassle-free clean up.” Sounds good to me! The book provides an introduction to the Paleo diet and explains the basics, but the bulk of the book is recipes. And, don’t think it’s just dinners. It includes recipes for appetizers, desserts, and sauces. Recipes for entrees include sections for Vegetarian, Fish & Seafood, Poultry, Pork, Beef Bison & Veal, Lamb & Goat, and Game & Offal. Lots of choices for paleo meals, and all made on a half sheet pan in the oven. I love simple options for busy nights!

My meal plan this week starts with some meals I can make with what we have in the frig and freezer. We’ve been snowed in by Winter Storm Jonas with almost 3 feet of snow.  Our fresh meat and produce will probably run out mid-week, so I’m hoping to go grocery shopping by Wednesday.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday – Chicken and Apple Sausage, Mashed Cauliflower

TuesdayShredded Mexican Chicken Bowls with Spaghetti Squash, Guacamole

Wednesday – Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin (from Dash Diet Detox), Pesto Roasted Zucchini (from Sheet Pan Paleo)

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – Cherry-Apple Roasted Turkey Breast, Steamed Broccoli (from Dash Diet Detox)

Saturday – Crown Roast of Lamb with Parsnip Puree (from Sheet Pan Paleo)

Sunday – Roasted Chicken with Bacon-Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Onions (from Sheet Pan Paleo)

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 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. This week, she talks about how eating a Paleo diet has changed her life for the better. Check out what she and others are doing to live a healthier and happier life on her post this week.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Jan
18

Gluten-Free Healthy Menu Plan January 18 — Sugar-Free Sweeteners

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HealthyThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we are sharing meals, menus, and recipe links for healthier eating and living. So far this month, we’ve shared ideas for sugar-free snacks and detoxing smoothies. This week, I’m sharing ideas for Sugar-Free Sweeteners.

I was much more successful last week at taking sugar out of my diet. I had some very low-energy days and some headaches as I detoxed from the sugar, but I’m feeling much better now. Now my energy is back, I’m not feeling lethargic and bloated, and my cravings have subsided.

Oh, why do I ever buy sugar? I know it tastes good, but I have found that using other natural sweeteners really does the trick for me. Most of the time, I don’t even miss sugar. Honestly, once I’ve taken refined sugar out of my diet, I don’t need as much of it in recipes. Everything tastes sweeter.

However, I still need some sweetness to satisfy my taste buds. Here are some of the alternative sweeteners I use to replace refined sugar at my house. You’ll find that most of these are more expensive than white sugar, but fortunately, you don’t need to use as much.
Gluten-Free Sweeteners, Sugar-Free Substitutes:

  • Agave Syrup — You can usually use a smaller amount than called for in recipes.
  • Coconut Sugar and Coconut Nectar — Most brands have little or no coconut flavor at all. I use it in recipes for baked goods and sauces.
  • Fresh Fruit and Juice — I don’t add any sweeteners to smoothies. The fruit is enough for me! Add fruit to salads and other dishes for a little added sweetness.
  • Honey — I use locally-sourced honey in my tea and some recipes (marinades, dressings, baked goods, etc.).
  • Maple Syrup — Buy the real stuff, not the “maple-flavored table syrup.” This will add some maple flavoring to your recipes. Yummy.
  • Stevia — Comes in different forms: liquid drops, powder, granules. Easy to add to drinks and recipes, needing just a few drops or sprinkled granules. A little goes a long way because it is very sweet. Be sure to read the packaging for how much to add.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Monday – Chili, Sweet Potato Biscuits with Coconut Palm Sugar

Tuesday – Shredded Chicken TacosAvocado Salsa

Wednesday – Roasted Turkey Breast, Brussels Sprouts with Maple and Cayenne, Roasted Potatoes

Thursday – Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Green Beans

Friday – Pizza, Spinach Salad with Berries and Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Saturday – Eating Out

Sunday – leftover meat and veggies used to make Fried Rice

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 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. This week, she talks about how eating a Paleo diet has changed her life for the better. Check out what she and others are doing to live a healthier and happier life on her post this week.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Jan
11

Gluten-Free Healthy New Year Menu Plan January 11 — Detox Smoothies

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HealthyThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we are sharing meals, menus, and recipe links for healthier eating and living.

Last week, I was hoping that finding some yummy-looking sugar-free snacks would help me get through the week sugar free. I did better than the week before, but honestly, I cheated. 🙁  I’m going to try to lose the sugar again this week. I’m also working on detoxing this week with some energizing smoothies. Do you have some favorites, to share?

Gluten-Free Detox Smoothies

I found some new ones to add to my Pinterest Board of Smoothies.

Follow Heather’s board “Green” Smoothies on Pinterest.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Potato & Green Bean Salad

Potato & Green Bean Salad

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Indian Chicken

Quinoa Indian Chicken

Monday – Roasted Chicken, Spaghetti Squash, Stir-Fried Kale with Bacon

Tuesday – Chicken Apple Sausage, Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Wednesday – White Chicken Chili with rice

Thursday – Quinoa Indian Chicken, Steamed Broccolini

Friday –Hamburger Patties, Roasted Potatoes, Garlic & Dill Zucchini

Saturday – Chicken Wings, Raw Veggies and Hummus

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has more great meals on her menu this week. She said her family loved the Garlic Honey Ginger Glazed Salmon, so they’re having it again this week. She also has a couple Paleo slow-cooker meals on the menu: Paleo Polish Sausage, Sauerkraut, Apple, and Onion and Paleo Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken. Italian Sausage Potato Quick Skillet Meal, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and Asian Zucchini Noodle Bowl finish out the dinner meals at Mom’s Plans this week.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
The healthy dessert at Elisabeth’s home this week is Egg Nog Protein Bites. Elisabeth says they finally got some cold weather in Florida, and is making warm meals this week. Her husband’s Veggie Soup and Chili are on the menu, as well as Sticky Chicken, Make-Ahead Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce, Pizza, and Popcorn and Smoothies.

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. This week, she talks about how eating a Paleo diet has changed her life for the better. Check out what she and others are doing to live a healthier and happier life on her post this week.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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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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