gluten-free italian

Italian Food

This week's gluten-free menu:

Sunday - Spaghetti and Meatballs, Green Salad
Monday - Minestrone Soup, Crispy Corn Tortillas
Tuesday - Chicken Cacciatore
Wednesday -Egg Plant Rolls
Thursday - Mediterranean Salmon Salad
Friday - Gluten-Free Pizza, Carrot Sticks and Cut Green Peppers

This month in the Gluten-free menu swap International Foods is the theme for the month. What fun! I love expanding my horizons with different foods and I am excited to try some new recipes. This week the focus is on Italian food. Italian food includes one obvious food that is not gluten-free : Pasta. Luckily there are a lot of nice gluten-free options these days. My favorite is Tikiyada brown rice pasta. I look for the ones with some nutritional value. The new mainstream brands look completely stripped of any nutrients so be on the look out for that.

About This Week
I managed to make the entire week Italian themed this week. This week starts with Spaghetti and Meatballs. In my experience meatballs do just fine without breadcrumbs. I have used a mixture of rice to make them sticky and that works well, but if I keep the meatballs small they stay together for me. I just spice them up and they're yummy. Monday is Minestrone soup and Corn Tortillas. I think I might add some Italian sausage to the soup for some extra flavor and protein. Tuesday is a crock pot night. I'm going to try Chicken Cacciatore in the slow cooker. I have started making Tuesday my crock pot night because I still have some energy and excitement for getting organized at the beginning of the week and I really enjoy coming home to a cooked pot of food. Wednesday and Thursday we are going to try some new recipes. Wednesday I'm going to try an Egg Plant Roll recipe that looks good and possibly kid friendly and Thursday we're having a Mediterranean Salmon Salad which looks pretty easy. Friday we're having Pizza! Mangiamo!

Make sure to check out the menu swap at hosted at Celiac Family this week or check out the menu swap at OrgJunkie (not all gluten-free). Have a great week!

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