Is anyone else feeling a tad overwhelmed with the holiday season? I am sure no one feels like cooking (or planning to cook) anything this week. I have been gone for almost a week, so I am actually eager to get back in my own gluten-free kitchen. I never eat very well when I am traveling.
The ingredient of the week is Ginger. The menu swap has finally made its way back to my blog! Email or leave a comment below if you have a menu up!
If you are interested in hosting (again or for the first time), email me with your ingredient of the week and let me know if there is any week you can’t host. I will try and be more timely with posting this information/tags on the swap page. Things can get a little crazy with two kids under two!
A Few Fun Facts About Ginger
Varieties: The ginger we find in stores is True Ginger or Zingiber officinale.
Selection: Ginger can be found year-round. Choose ginger that is unblemished and feels crisp. Never buy ginger that feels limp or has wrinkled skin.
Storage: Ginger will keep for a week at room temperature, a month (in plastic wrap) in the refrigerator, or for about six months (in freezer bag) in the freezer.
- Ginger is known for easing nausea and mild stomach upset. I was desperate for relief from my nausea when I was pregnant with my first baby and my doctor told me to try ginger. I would put ginger slices in my tea with a little bit of honey. I was still sick for 22 weeks, but I am probably abnormal! Some doctors feel the risk of ginger outweigh the benefits in pregnancy, but it depends on your situation. I was terribly ill, so my doctor felt it was worth the risk. I still ended up having to take an anti-nausea medicine-yuck. [My second pregnancy was much better - thanks to good food and good sleep]
- Ginger is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Some people claim that consuming ginger regularly will provide relief from arthritis (Source: WH Foods)
- Ginger is a known immune booster.
OUR GLUTEN FREE MENUS
One Beggar’s Bread joins the menu swap this week. She has breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned out for the entire week. This is a great idea! Please go check out her blog for some great recipe and menu ideas.
The Lilac Kitchen has some yummy things on the menu this week. Esther is using quinoa instead of couscous in her Moroccan style chicken. I will have to try that soon.
Ornery’s Wife at Thoughts from Miller Manor has great plans for all those turkey leftovers. She is making a turkey, broccoli, and brown rice casserole this week.
Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl has her menu up! She also has a delicious-looking cornbread recipe to share. Carrie is hosting the menu swap next week.
Sally at Aprovechar has her menu posted. She is making an Indian curry this week with ginger.
My Gluten Free Menu
Monday: Chicken Scaloppine
Tuesday: Bean, Rice, and Cheese Burritos
Wednesday: Fish (whatever I find at the store) and a Quinoa salad
Thursday: Spicy Shrimp Penne and Mixed Greens Salad
Friday: Beef Bourguignon
My Monday Mommy Brag:
More Posts Like This:
- Gluten Free Menu Swap- November 5th
- Gluten Free Menu Swap- February 25, 2008
- Gluten Free Menu Swap- November 19th
- Gluten Free Menu Swap- November 12
- Gluten Free Menu Swap- October 29th