Gluten Free Menu Swap- January 7

Menu planning has returned! I am breathing a sigh of relief- clearly waiting until everyone is hungry and grumpy at 5 to think about dinner is a bad plan for me. So I have cleaned out the fridge, done an inventory of the pantry, planned a menu, and made my list for the grocery store. I am organized, aka sane, for the week ahead. It is not too June Cleaver to do any of these things I swear…. Anyone who has met me knows I could never be accused of this! haha

In blog buddy news, Carrie sent me an email interview about “my gluten free style,” so look for the interview at Ginger Lemon Girl later this week.

And the ingredient of the week is parsnips!

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Family: Parsnips belong to the umbelliferae family whose other members include carrots, parsley, celery, and fennel.

Selection: Choose parsnips the way you choose carrots. Parsnips should be firm. Select small, med., or large parsnips, but avoid overly large parsnips as they may have a woody core.

Storage: Store parsnips in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag. They will keep for approximately three weeks.

Preparation: You can eat parsnips raw, boiled, sauteed, or roasted.

Nutrition: Parsnips are low in calories and contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. Parsnips are an excellent source of fiber, folic acid, calcium, and potassium. Parsnips contain lesser amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, vitamin C, iron, and zinc.


Elise’s Pureed Roasted Parsnips Recipe

By the Bay’s Confetti Latkes: Carrots and Parsnips

Veggie Venture’s Parsnip Fries

FYI, Bon Appetit has a few parsnip recipes in their Feb. 2008 issue. I am going to try and adapt one this week for my family- we will see how well it is received!


Book of Yum’s Gluten Free Menu- she is making a rutabaga gratin this week. Now that is something I haven’t tried! I bet it will be delicious.

Gluten Free Cooking School’s Menu- Mary Frances is going to try her hand at Braised Carrots and Parsnips. I wonder what her little one will think of parsnips!

One Beggar’s Bread- Check out her recipe for Lentil Soup with Sausage. I have bookmarked this soup recipe to try out for Jude.

Esther over at the Lilac Kitchen- she is preparing a curried carrot and parsnip soup this week. Parsnips are a favorite at her house!

Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl’s Menu- Her sugar-free menu looks tasty for her on-going Sugar free January challenge. I admire her discipline!

Sara at Gluten Free Dance- she joins us for the first time! Her parmesan fish with spinach and rice sounds delicious to me.

Katie at Gluten Free Katie- she also joins us for the first time! She is going to P.F. Changs this week. They have a gluten-free menu. Sorry I missed you the first round!

The Gluti Girls’ Menu- She has included a great looking fish recipe!

My Gluten Free Menu:

Monday: Salmon and Spinach with roasted parsnips

Tuesday: Chicken Wild Rice Soup and Salad

Wednesday: Shrimp, Spinach, and Feta Casserole

Thursday: Pot Roast with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Friday: Almond Crusted Chicken with Coconut Rice and a Frozen Veggie

My Monday Mommy Brag:

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