Gluten Free Menu Swap- June 23, 2008

I just went to the grocery store and bought food for the week. I was out of town this weekend and we were completely out of food. Rather than sit down and plan a menu, I went straight to Target and bought my groceries. I thought I would blog about the experience because this happens to a lot of busy gluten-free moms!

When I first went gluten-free, I had a tough time walking into a grocery store and bringing home food for the week. I needed a menu to rely on. Now that I have been menu-planning for awhile, it is MUCH EASIER to go unprepared to the grocery store because I have weeks and weeks of menus in my head!

This is the menu I came up with on the fly!

Monday: Gluten Free Spaghetti

Reasoning: The Target in my area has just started carrying Mrs. Leeper’s Brown Rice Spaghetti (located on the very bottom shelf), so even though I was out of Tinkyada pasta (my favorite gluten free pasta) I could still grab some organic spaghetti sauce for a very quick gluten free meal. When I headed over to the meat section (no vegetarians among my boys) I discovered ground beef was on sale. Assorted red peppers were on sale so I bought a pack of those to go in the sauce. This is a quick meal that everyone in my house will eat. It is a good Monday meal because between going to the grocery store and caring for two toddlers there is not a lot of time for meal preparation (and I also workout on Mondays)! Since many of you buy Tinkyada pasta in bulk, this is a meal you can make in a hurry.

Tuesday: Black Bean Soup with Quesadillas

Reasoning: Inexpensive, quick, easy, and naturally gluten free! I make the Quesadillas with corn tortillas. I make an enormous amount of this soup and freeze it. Since I make the soup with red bell peppers, I thought of this meal when I saw that red bell peppers were on sale.

Wednesday: Sesame Chicken with Jasmine Rice

Reasoning: We loved this last week, but I wanted to tweak the recipe before I posted it. I still had some of the ingredients left over in my pantry, so it would be easy to prepare it again this week. I had some frozen chicken in the freezer (bought when chicken went on sale) so I had to buy very little for this dinner.

Thursday: Flank Steak with Spicy Asian Rice Noodles

Reasoning: With Asian food on the brain, I thought of this dinner. I had sweet chili sauce and tamari sauce at home, so I grabbed a flank steak and a cucumber that was on sale. I still have some ginger root in the freezer in case I want to add that flavor too.

Friday: Gluten Free Pizza

Reasoning: I have gotten really good at making a gluten free pizza crust. It is much faster than making a gluten crust in my opinion. Jude and Dan love pizza, so I make it a lot! It is very simple to make pizza sauce but I keep Muir Glen’s Organic Pizza sauce on hand in case I don’t feel like making the sauce homemade. Shredded Mozzarella cheese was $1.87 this week too.

Other easy gluten free recipes:

Chicken and Rice (good enough for company!)


Thai Chicken Wraps (I make this whenever broccoli slaw goes on sale)

A Simple Paella

Mahi Mahi with Coconut Rice (made simple by making coconut rice in a rice cooker)

Karen of Gluten Free Sox is hosting the gluten free menu swap this week. Everyone is cooking with oregano, which is just overflowing in gardens right now!

My Monday Mommy Brag:

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Dan swimming!

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