Jicama Week

This week's gluten-free menu:

Sunday - Baked Fried Chicken, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes ,
Jicima Watermelon Salad
Monday - Tostadas
Tuesday - Beef Stir Fry
Wednesday - Cobb Salad, Corn Muffins
Thursday - Turkey Burgers, Sweet Potato Wedges, Green Salad
Friday - GF Pizza, Jicama Salad




I'm fairly new to Jicama, but I am enjoying experimenting with it. It has a nice sweet flavor and a crunchy texture when used fresh which makes it great for salads. I have used it in the Jicama Watermelon Salad which I have on the menu this week and also I have another salad on the menu that includes oranges, jicama and avocado. Another way I'm going to use it is in stir fry. Why not? It adds crunch like water chestnuts or peanuts would to a stir fry and I think its sweet flavor might work well with beef. It's worth a try!

For other gluten-free ideas using Jicama check out The Gluten-Free Menu Swap at Celiac Family.
Or you can check out the Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie for other ideas ( not all gluten-free )

Cilantro Week

This week's gluten-free menu:

Sunday - Roasted Chicken, Lime Cilantro Rice , Steamed Zucchini
Monday - Bean Burritos
Tuesday - Chicken Pho
Wednesday - Chef Salad
Thursday - Asian Peanut Pasta
Friday - Fish Tacos




Cilantro - you either love it or hate it. I used to have a co-worker who disliked cilantro so much that he set his icon on instant messaging to a cilantro leaf with a red line through it. Apparently to a certain percentage of the population it tastes like soap. Luckily I fall on the side that really likes it. I think it adds so much freshness to meals and I cook with it a lot.

About This Week's Menu
This week the Lime Cilantro Rice, Bean Burritos, Chicken Pho and Fish Tacos all have cilantro in them. The lime cilantro rice is easy but flavorful. It just takes a couple more steps than regular white rice. Bean Burritos are a great week night meal. Very fast - maybe 15 minutes if you have a solid block of time without being interrupted. Chicken Pho is something I've been working on for a while. I love it in Vietnamese restaurants and keep trying to replicate it. The fish tacos are very popular in my house. I really liked them too and I'm not the biggest fish lover in general.

For more gluten-free cilantro ideas check out The Gluten-Free Menu Swap is hosted by Celiac Family or check out the Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie for other menu planning ideas (not all gluten-free).

Summer Squash

This week's gluten-free menu:

Sunday - Lasagna , Green Beans, Green Salad
Monday - Chicken Fried Rice
Tuesday -Lamb Burgers with Yogurt Sauce, Tomatoes and Cucumbers, Rice
Wednesday - Baked Salmon , Rice Pilaf, Sauteed Squash
Thursday - Turkey and Squash Pasta
Friday - Baked Chicken Taquitos, Quacamole


What to say about summer squash? First of all, what is summer squash? Summer squash are types of squashes that are harvested when they are young and the rind is still tender and edible. Zucchini and yellow squash are among these squashes. Okay, now that I understand what summer squash is, I can say that I do cook with them!

Two dishes I cook with squash are Turkey and Squash Pasta and Minestrone Soup. I also like to saute them with a little olive oil and some basil or herb de Provence.

About This Week's Menu
This week's menu starts with Lasagna. This is a great meal to start off the week because it creates extra food for leftovers. Sometimes when I come home from work I'm really tired and a night off of cooking is welcome. Lasagna usually takes me over an hour to make so I'm going to make it on Sunday while there's more time allotted for cooking. Monday night an old stand-by, chicken fried rice, is on the menu. Tuesday is a family favorite - Lamb Burgers. I serve this with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and rice, and make a lot of yogurt sauce that we put on everything in the meal. Yum! The Yogurt Sauce definitely makes this meal. Wednesday we will have salmon and sauteed squash. Thursday we'll have Turkey and Squash Pasta. Friday we'll relax with some finger food with Baked Chicken Taquitos.

Check out the Gluten Free Menu Swap hosted by Celiac Family this week.
Or check out OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Monday (not all gluten-free).

Peaches Week

This week's gluten-free menu:

Sunday - Pork Tenderloin with Peaches, Green Beans, Red Potatoes
Monday - Chicken Salad, Summer Fruit Salad
Tuesday - Turkey Pasta
Wednesday - Almond Crusted Salmon , Rice Pilaf, Asparagus
Thursday - Chicken and Rice Soup, Apples and Cheese
Friday - Gluten-Free Pizza


Last week I went for a walk in our neighborhood and I saw a beautiful tree filled with fruit. I said to my husband excitedly, "Is that a peach tree!?". My neighbor who owned the tree heard me and said they would be ready in a few days and that I was welcome to come back and take some then. Unfortunately, I can't remember exactly where he lived, but it is evidence that peaches are in season!

Need some ideas for how to use your peaches? Here are some gluten-free recipes that I found online that looked good:

Peach Melba
Grilled Peaches
Peach Margaritas
Peach Smoothies


About This Week's Menu
This week's menu includes peaches in the Summer Fruit Salad and cooked with the Pork Tenderloin. I've tried to make the rest of the week fairly simple and light because it sure is getting hot in Texas. Enjoy your week and stay cool!

Be sure to check out this week's Gluten-Free Menu Swap hosted by Celiac Family.
Or check out Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie for other menu planning ideas ( not all gluten-free ).

Eating Out on Summer Vacation

Sunday - Chicken Pot Pie , Broccoli
Monday - Chicken and Mango Salad
Tuesday - Turkey Burgers, Sweet Potato Wedges, Green Beans
Wednesday - Baked Salmon , Rice Pilaf
Thursday - Swimming Angel Chicken
Friday - Tacos

We tend to eat out a lot when we're on summer vacation. Eating out in general can be tricky for someone on a gluten-free diet. It has, however, gotten so much easier than it used to be. The first thing you can ask is "Do you have a gluten-free menu?". This may not work everywhere but it's common enough now to give it a try. Many restaurants either have a gluten-free menu or mark gluten-free options on the menu.

There is a bit of skill involved in navigating a menu that does not cater to people on a gluten-free diet. One trick that seems to work well is to order a basic entree such as steak, grilled chicken, or fish with simple sides. Of course, always make sure to ask if any sauces are used and ask about soy sauce in particular. Also if you think that bread may be served with your meal ask for them to leave it off or if someone else in your party wants it make sure that they serve it on the side and don't put it on top of the meal.

Mexican restaurants have a lot of gluten-free options. Most Mexican restaurants have a corn tortilla option for fajitas and tacos. Indian restaurants also have a lot of gluten-free dishes. Pretty much everything but the bread or naan is gluten-free. Greek and Mediterranean restaurants also have a lot of gluten-free entrees with rice being a big part of the diet. Sushi works well if you bring your own soy sauce. We've ordered our own gluten-free soy sauce packets in the past. They are inconspicuous and easy to put in a purse or pocket before heading out to sushi. Make sure to avoid imitation crab that is used sometimes in the rolls though as it contains wheat.

You can buy the soy sauce packets online. Here are the links :



For more ideas on the topic Eating out on Summer Vacation check out the round up at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap hosted by Celiac Family this week.
Or Check out the Monday Menu Planning round up at OrgJunkie ( not all gluten-free ).

Picnic Week

This week's gluten-free menu:

Sunday - Chicken Marsala
Monday - Jumbalaya
Tuesday - Salmon, Greek Salad, Banana Muffins
Wednesday - California Wrap
Thursday - "Fried" Chicken, Green Beans, Fingerling Potatoes
Friday - Chicken Rice Soup, Fruit and Cheese Plate, Green Salad
I love picnics and so does my family. Somehow whenever it's time to pack a picnic my mind draws a blank. A turkey or ham sandwich on some gluten-free bread will work and that's what we do a lot of the time but I always feel a little let down when I haven't come up with something more interesting. I've been brainstorming about gluten-free picnic ideas. Here is my list so far :

Cold Pasta - Gluten-free pasta salads are a good solution for picnics.

Sandwiches and Wraps - Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Grilled Chicken Pesto, and BLT Sandwiches are all ways to put a little excitement into your gluten-free sandwich. You could also try a Veggie Wrap or California Wrap.

Cold Meats - Baked Fried Chicken tastes so yummy that you don't have to heat it up for it to be enjoyable. Pâtés would work well on some gluten-free crackers or corn tortillas.

Muffins or Biscuits - Prepare ahead and throw some drop biscuits or banana muffins in the basket or cooler.

Fruit and Cheese - Pick up some tasty cheeses and fresh fruit. Apples and goat cheese is one of my favorite combinations.

Cookies - After everyone's had their protein and greens it's time for dessert! Cookies are an easy solution on picnics. You can eat them with your hands so no need to bring extra plates or forks for dessert. I'm going to suggest something that isn't chocolate due to the summer heat. Maybe an oatmeal cookie?

Now that I've taken some time to think about it hopefully I'll have some ideas for my next gluten-free summer outing.

This week GlutenFreeWeek is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap. Check back later to see who has joined the round-up this week.

Mom's Plan - Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
Melissa at Mom's Plan is still getting through her freezer food before the big move. Her menu this week includes Tuna Noodle Casserole, Spanish Rice with Sausage, and Crockpot Italian Turkey Breasts.

The Peaceful Mom - Gluten-Free
Kendra at The Peaceful Mom has several easy gluten-free meals on her menu this week. Her menu includes Delicious Steak Fajitas (served with corn tortillas), Potato Kielbasa Skillet, and BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas.

Celiac Family - Gluten-Free
Heather at Celiac Family has her weekly menu up and she has provided yummy Meringue and Sugar Cookie recipes that would work well for picnics. She has also suggests bringing salads on picnics if you have access to a cooler such as Greek Pasta Salad with Chicken and Berry Fruit Salad with a Balsamic Glaze. Her menu this week includes Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Salmon with Lemon & Dill, and Seven Layer Salad.

For more ideas (not all gluten-free) check out Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.

Grilling Week

This week's gluten-free week :

Sunday - Hamburgers , Corn, Green Salad
Monday - Lentil Shepard's Pie, Steamed Asparagus
Tuesday - Chicken Mango Salad , Crispy Corn Tortillas
Wednesday - Hobo Packs
Thursday - Fish Tacos, Black Beans, and Rice
Friday - Chicken Kebabs , Rice

Grilling
The weather has warmed up and people are out in their backyards grilling! There are so many wonderful ways to cook up a meal on the grill. One of my favorite grilling books is License to Grill. The recipes are so delicious. The results are amazing. It's not a gluten-free cookbook, but it's easy enough to make modifications, like using gluten-free barbecue sauce. Barbecue sauce is one of those products that is not always gluten-free. It often has modified food starch in its ingredients which is made out of either corn or wheat and often doesn't clarify on the label. Stubbs Barbecue Sauce and Sweet Baby Rays are among those that are actually labelled gluten-free. Another gluten-free grilling issue that could come up is using a communal grill. If you are gluten intolerant and using a communal grill at a park or at an apartment or condominium complex this could pose a problem. People often cook their bread directly on the grill. One way to solve this problem is by cooking hobo packs. You make hobo packs by putting meat, potatoes and vegetables in individual aluminum foil pouches and throwing them on the grill. We have also used a grilling wok before. This would also solve the problem of grilling on a communal grill and is also just something different to try.

About This week's Menu
Sunday is a grilling night. Hamburgers, Corn and Salad are on the menu. Monday is a meatless dinner, but it's hearty and satisfying : Lentil Shepard's Pie. Tuesday we're having Chicken Mango Salad. I'll serve this with crispy corn tortillas. Wednesday we're having Hobo Packs on the grill. Thursday is Fish Taco night. Friday night's meal is Chicken Kebabs. These can also be cooked on the grill.

This week the Gluten Free Menu Swap is hosted at Celiac Family. Also check out Menu Plan Monday at Org Junkie for more menu ideas ( not all gluten-free ).

Be sure to come back next week when The Gluten Free Menu Swap will be hosted here at GlutenFreeWeek with Picnics as the theme.

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