Gluten Free Menu Swap- March 10, 2008

 Gluten Free Menu Swap  March 10, 2008

I am back to menu planning again this week. Thank goodness. I suffered without my menu plan last week. When I have planned a menu, I rarely have to throw away food that has gone bad. My menu keeps me fairly organized and veggies are eaten fresh and leftovers are eaten on time. In other words, I have a fairly good idea what my pantry inventory is and when I need to use certain foods. Last week I had to throw away chicken that went bad. Ugh. I really hate wasting food, so I am glad to be back on track this week.

The ingredient of the week is the herb THYME.

Varieties: Thyme is one of the most commonly used herbs. There are over a hundred varieties, notably Garden Thyme and Lemon Thyme (great with fish).

Selection: Fresh and dried thyme are available year-round. If you are growing the herb in your garden, pick thyme just as the flowers appear.

Storage: Store thyme leaves in a plastic bag in the refrigerator OR stand sprigs of thyme in a cup of water in the refrigerator.

Fun Facts: Thyme contains thymol, which has antiseptic and antifungal properties. Oh, and Thyme repels insects.

My Gluten Free Menu

Monday: Leftover Pot Roast (it may be eaten at lunch) or Spaghetti (using Tinkyada pasta)

Tuesday: Mahi Mahi Tacos with Chipotle flavored slaw(or maybe seared mahi- I haven’t quite decided)

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Pesto Penne with Mushrooms, Bacon, and Kale

Friday: Stir Fry Shrimp with Fried Noodles


Sea at Book of Yum has her gluten free menu up. She has a beautiful picture of homemade corn tortillas with her menu. Her menu features cuisines from around the globe, including an Indian dish, Cauliflower Potato Curry.

One Beggar’s Bread has her delicious-sounding menu up. She has ideas for every meal of the day, which helps me a lot. Sometimes coming up with gluten-free ideas for breakfast and dinner is the hardest.

Sally at Aprovechar’s gluten free menu is inspiring as always. I might have to put vegetarian tamales on my menu this week! Her grilled hamburgers with carmelized onions also sound like a great way to celebrate the first signs of spring.

Cris at Conviviality’s menu looks great. She is making a Jamaican fish recipe, tomato soup, homemade bread, and a potato kale soup. Her beautiful little blond baby girl looks like she is getting around pretty good these days!

Karen at Gluten Free Red Sox Fan has a yummy gluten free menu. I can’t stop thinking about roast pork after reading her menu! I will have to make roast pork next week. Karen is hoping to have step by step instructions for her chicken pot pie in the upcoming weeks.

Sara at Gluten Free Dance is sharing her menu this week. Sara is making a pork tenderloin, beef stroganoff, and some yummy sounding tacos.

Fresh Ginger also has a delightful gluten free menu. Her broccoli gratin and Hot and Sour Soup sound pretty fantastic.

Kara at Gluten Free in the Greens menu finally made it up here!

If you have a gluten-free menu to share, email me at natalie (at) glutenfreemommy (dot) com or leave a comment.

My Monday Mommy Brag:

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Dan is 8 months old this week!

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10 Responses to “Gluten Free Menu Swap- March 10, 2008”

  1. [...] week Gluten Free Mommy is featuring thyme as an ingredient.  Along with rosemary, thyme is one of my favorite herbs.  It [...]

  2. Hi Natalie! Here’s my menu for the week:


  3. Natalie – my friends make the BEST roast pork. It’s a tenderloin that is pounded out then wrapped around figs and blue cheese. YUM! (by the way, according to Athenos’ website, their blue cheese crumbles are gluten free. yeah! In fact, all their cheese is gluten free.) I’ll have to make that sometime and post the recipe. Or at least take pictures next time I’m at their house when they make it. :)

  4. [...] 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 [...]

  5. I’m the same way about having a menu plan. I had to be out of town from Sat-Tues last week and didn’t get a menu planned. What a mess. I never knew what we were going to eat for dinner and we ended up eating out a lot. Now it will take my stomach a few days to recover from that. Blech.

    Here’s my menu:

  6. My menu is up and running! It is kind of ironic as I use thyme all the time, but this week I am using less than usual, but still using it!
    Thanks for hosting the menu swap! Those mahi mahi tacos sound summery and fresh!

  7. Natalie,

    Thank you so much for including me this week! I have been scatter-brained lately and not keeping up with where the gluten free menus are being posted each week.

    Honestly, between your blog and the others I have found, I am overwhelmed with great recipes to try! Who ever said eating gluten-free wasn’t yummy and exciting?? I feel like I have found a whole new world!

    We made your lasagna again a week or so ago — scrumptious! I don’t think ANYONE would guess it was gluten free. Thanks for organizing all this info and SHARING it!


  8. I had this fantastic idea! I think you should challenge someone (me) – a relatively inexperienced cook with a notoriously picky-eater boyfriend to make a complete gluten-free meal from scratch – to highlight how manageable and normal gluten-free living can be. What do you think?

  9. Karen- That pork sounds amazing. Thanks for the tip on the blue cheese! I will look for that post.

    Sara- There is no place like home (and home cooked meals). :)

    Ginger- Speaking of summer, the weather has been beautiful in our neck of the woods.. Your menu looks delish as always.

    Deborah- I am sorry if I missed one of your menus. My spam box eats some of them, so if I have missed you, always leave me a comment with your link! I enjoy reading your menus very much! I am glad you liked the lasagna! It is my little boy’s favorite.

    Meg- Sounds good, but you will need to come up with a camera. Didn’t I read on facebook that it was eaten by sharks in Mexico or something? Anyway, there is plenty of man food that is gluten-free, so I am sure you could come up with something great ;)

  10. It was either eaten by a shark, or I left it at the bar. One of the two. Anyway, I bought a new one a few weeks ago!

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