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Menu Monday March 17, 2008

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Third edit: Yep, it really is going to be one of those weeks.  First I forget it’s Easter, then I forget where the menu swap is being held.  I give up on the rest, declare the week to be a complete wash and will go off to take a nice long nap.   Pillow OK, that was a nice thought anyway.  Instead I’ll load the troops into the van and go off to piano lessons. Piano 


This is going to be one of those weeks when I just don’t get many naps.  Shoot, I’m even going to have to get up before 8 every day.  I don’t know how I’ll make it. hehehe. 

Monday–Tacos, Corn, Fruit Never got to the store.  Ended up with Cheepizza instead.

Tuesday–Widow’s Dinner–No, I’m not a widow but my dh is a Deacon so we attend a dinner they have for the widow’s (and widower’s) in our church. (Still debating this.  We’ll see how I feel at the end of the day.)

Wednesday–Drive-thru McD’s.  Yes, it’s gotten so bad we can’t even have a sit down meal at McD’s. lol. 

Thursday–Curry Tofu Crumble–my “borrowed” recipe for this week is from Adventures of a Digestive Diva.  Hey, she loves to dance so her food must be the best. 🙂

Friday–Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread

Saturday–We’re going to attempt last Saturday’s recipe again.  I’ve been so busy I am going to skip Tristan and Isolde (sniff) and just take it easy.

Sunday–Oh, that’s right, it’s Easter.  I guess we’ll do something Easter-ish.  Although, I’d prefer just take my two oldest to go see John Williams.  Why do they have all this stuff on a holiday weekend?

Check out all the other menus at Book of Yum.


Menu Monday March 10, 2008

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Airplane A week and a half ago I was called away suddenly and, as I was packing, I realized I hadn’t stayed home for a full week for nearly the whole month of February.  Fortunately, the rest of March looks clear.  Travelling doesn’t favor my digestive system and travelling to the middle of nowhere (Central AL) doesn’t favor a gluten-free diet.  Boy I sure feel for folks outside the city now.  I’m truly spoiled.  Fortunately, I did not have to take my Celiac on the trip.  Next time I will, but we’ll have time then to get to the Whole Foods near Birmingham so the kid won’t starve.  

 Chef Another way I’m spoiled is all the gluten-free blogs I have found.  I joke that I don’t need to buy any more cookbooks, I can just use the recipes I find online.  I tend to get overwhelmed easily, however, by all the recipes available and trying to figure out when to use which one.  I’ve decided the remedy for this is to just go down my GF Blog list and try a recipe from each blog.  To this end A Gluten Free Guide (and her new blogsite) will be my first.  I was tempted by her French Apple Pie recipe but I thought my dh might balk at buying a $150 pan just to make a pie.  (Is there a gift giving holiday coming up? lol)  Instead I thought I’d try her Seared Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Spice Rub.  I’ve always wanted an excuse to buy one of those fancy sea salts I see at Henry’s and Sprouts, and since sea salt seems to be less expensive than cooking pans…

 Take Out I’m also going to finally make Chop Suey.  I fell in love with this dish shortly before I discovered that the sodium intake of the restaurant food was causing me to poof up like the Goodyear blimp.  Seriously, I lost 20lbs just from water retention after we stopped eating out.  Scary, eh?  (I discovered as well, that, not unusually, the docs were wrong, I wasn’t carrying my weight in my gut and therefore predisposed to a heart attack, instead, I’m actually equally fat all over. :-D)

 Computing Well, enough chitter-chatter, the kids need the computer for school.  And I should really go and do something exciting like clean the kitchen.  Don’t forget to check out all the other GF Menu ideas this week at Gluten Free Mommy.

 Pasta Monday–Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread

 Cow Tuesday–Beef Stroganoff, Salad, Fruit

 Taco Wednesday–Tacos, Corn, Fruit

 Ni Hao Thursday–Chop Suey, Rice

 Chicken Friday–Crock-pot Chicken, Rice, Stir-Fry Veggies

 Pig 2 Saturday–Seared Pork Tenderloin, French Green Beans, Bread

 Church Sunday–Leftovers

Menu Monday January 28, 2008

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Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

An unexpected side-effect of all this eating in was noted over the weekend in the discovery of the reason why all my pants kept slipping.  Apparently, if you don’t eat half your meals at CFA or McD’s you lose weight.  Who’d’a thunk? 😉 

Another was noted this morning.  If I read all the menus posted at the Monday Menu thing, I may not need to buy any more cookbooks.  The recipes are very tempting.  Aprovechar has a link to a really delicious sounding stir-fry meal.  I’m going to have to try that one next week.  (Oh, and let’s just keep this idea of not buying books between us, eh?  I don’t want to get my husband’s hopes up. hehe)

Speaking of books, this weeks special recipes are taken from Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten-Free Eating.

Monday–Spaghetti & Salad (Gee, isn’t it time for another WF trip yet?  We’re dieing without the Glutino bread.)

Tuesday–Baked Marinated Chicken with Peppers & rice & corn

Wednesday–Leftovers, or possibly cold cereal.  I’m going out with friends and the guys are on their own. 😀

Thursday–Creole Crabmeat Casserole & spinach with a special dessert, Old Fashioned Rice Pudding.


Saturday–Chicken Scaloppini & rice & green bean casserole (which I actually found at GF Mommy via google).


Menu Monday January 15, 2008

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Last weeks menu went pretty well, at least until Thursday when we ran into a bit of a snag.  It seems our Thursday activity will now be on Friday for a while so the food I had planned to make on Friday I had to make on Saturday, which all would have worked out fine ‘cuz I’d just make the Saturday food on Sunday.  But then, as fate would have it, I was forced, yes with a gun to my head and my arm twisted behind my back ;-), to go to the Opera  Opera on Sunday afternoon.  I know, I have a hard life.  whine, whine, whine.  So last Saturday’s menu will be this Tuesday, but I will make it in increments–some before we go and some when we get back.  Timing in the kitchen has never been my forté so this should be very interesting.

With all due respect to this weeks ingredient (leeks), um, blech.  Not so much a leek fan.

Monday–Eat out night at CFA

Tuesday–See last Saturday.


Thursday–Black Pepper Salmon that I found at gfmommy, with rice.

Friday–Pizza.  Haven’t decided if it will be Amy’s or Chebe (the latter being my fave p.c.), it will depend on if I can convince my dh to take the kiddo to Friday night’s activity.

Saturday–Casserole.  I know this sounds like a quickie item but it takes 1.25 hrs to cook so it is relegated to Saturday.  If it’s tasty I’ll post the recipe and link to it from here.

Sunday–Leftovers, etc.

Don’t forget to check out the other nummy ideas at Gluten Free Mommy.

Chili’s January 11, 2008

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We were never fans of Chili’s.  In fact, we went once while we were dating and never returned.  That was nigh on 20 years ago…gosh I’m getting old.  Now, however, I have found out that we will be Chili’s fans if it kills us.  Thanks to Gluten Free Tiffany over at Make Mine Gluten Free for posting a link on her blog (which I just found through the tag surfer this evening) to Chili’s GF menu (PDF file).  I will have to look for a different Chili’s than the one closest to us though.  Our Chili’s is in the same shopping center as our CFA.  I’d have a riot on my hands if I tried to take the kids to Chili’s when there is a perfectly good play area five doors down.  Ain’t kids fun?

Menu Monday January 8, 2008

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I’ve decided, in the tradition of New Year’s oganizational resolutions, to participate in Gluten Free Mommy’s GF Menu Swap each Monday.  Now, my menus are never going to be as fancy as hers so hopefully she’ll have me. 😉  Due to our busy schedule we try to keep things simple around here.  Shoot, Wednesday’s I don’t even have time to cook. 😀 At this point we are free on Friday and Saturday so I try new recipes on those days.

Monday–cheepizza’s. Those would be quesadilla’s to the common man. We like to buy the x-large corn tortillas, add any fillings you like (but my kids will only eat cheese). The adults will have leftovers.

Tuesday–Spaghetti (we like Mrs. Leeper’s Corn Spaghetti best) & meat sauce, green beans, garlic bread (using Glutino’s baguette’s)

Wednesday–McD’s or dinner at church, depending on if they are having dinner at church.  If they are, we will take our own hot dogs.

Thursday–Tacos, corn, rice

Friday–Parmesan Fish (cod, coated with a mix of GF Italian breadcrumbs & Parmesan cheese, “fried” in olive oil), spinach, rice

Saturday–baked pork chops (coated with Kinnikinnick Chicken Coating Mix), on inspiration of this weeks ingredient (I always wondered what to do with a parsnip) I’m going to try Potatoes & Parsnips in Acorn Squash Bowls, I’ll make carrots, though, in case the kids aren’t too keen on it, &, of course, rice.

Sunday–Leftovers & Sandwiches. Maybe even some Tomato Soup from Pacific Foods.

More GF Blogs January 6, 2008

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Found two more yummy looking GF blogs this morning and added them to my links.  The first is Crazy Orange Turtle’s GF Kitchen.  It is a relatively new blog but she has quite a few chinese food recipes there.  Chinese food used to be pretty much our staple around here before our Celiac’s diagnosis so I am going to try out these recipes ASAP.  Do watch for the low-gluten recipes.  She kindly posted a subsitute on the one I read.

The other is Going Gluten-Free.  There is a recipe there for Layered Peanut Butter Bar (modified from a BC recipe) that makes me wish I had the ingredients in the house right now.