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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

Posted by glutenfreedance in Blogroll, Celiac Disease, Doctors, Eating Out, Food, Gluten Free, Other People's Blogs, Recipes, Shopping.

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

Dining at Chili’s–Gluten-Free February 22, 2008

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We took the whole family out on Tuesday to finally see how Chili’sGF menu was.  It’s actually not too bad for a non-picky 4 yo Celiac.  They had their kids’ burger & cheeseburger (sans bun, obviously) & ribs on the menu.  There were quite a few other interesting picks.  For the picky eater, however, there is corn, on or off the cob.  Dismay 

They were very accommodating, printing out the menu for us when we asked and making, maybe a bit too sure, we didn’t get anything that wasn’t on the menu.  The waitress was looking for the chocolate shake under “beverages” and wouldn’t let our son have one ‘cuz she couldn’t find it, it’s actually under “desserts.”

My dh will vouch for the taste of the loaded mashed potatoes & Memphis Dry-Rub ribs and I’ll do the same for the Salmon w/Garlic & Herbs.  Their veggies were also delish.  I asked for a side of butter ‘cuz sometimes restaurants like this have kinda gross veggies, but they didn’t need it.  They were steamed perfectly.

All in all, this is our new fave restaurant.  It’s too bad they don’t have one closer or we’d order ahead and eat there on our necessary Wednesday’s. 

Menu Monday February 5, 2008

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Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

Had the best shopping experience in my gluten-free life.  Went to Sprout’s on Friday and discovered that they have started carrying a whole lot more GF food.  Best of all, they are stocking K-Toos (both choco & van).  These are our Celiac’s fave.  He just loves being able to eat “Oreos” like everyone else.  I hope this trend continues.  If so, we may never have to make another trip to Whole Foods. 🙂

Alright, on with the menu…

Unless otherwise linked to, all special recipes this week come from The GF Gourmet Cooks Fast & Healthy by Bette Hagman.  Say, did you know she died last year?  I just found out.  It’s sad.  I hate it when people die. 😦

Monday–Tacos & rice

Tuesday–Stir-Fry Beef with Orange Sauce & rice & snow peas (and those bitty-corn things if I can find them)

Wednesday–I&O (our oldest has reached the age, finally, where his taste buds kick in and he hates McD’s so we have to trade off this week and eat at the only other close GF friendly place, In & Out)

Thursday–Spicy Pineapple Cashew Stir-Fry (although, with me making it, spicy is a relative term)

Friday–Salmon Baked with Sweet Ginger Sauce & rice & corn

Saturday–Rice and Vegetable Casserole


Don’t forget to check out all the other great menu ideas at Aprovechar this week.

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?