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September 8, 2014

This Week’s Menu – Back in the Blogosphere

Filed under: Cooking Light, menu planning, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 14:38
squirrel sitting in grass surrounded by fallen leaves

image from Tim Horn (slinkydog) via http://www.freeimages.com/photo/1369442

It’s funny how the rest of the world thinks of New Year’s Day as the time for new beginnings, but when I plan a do-over I look to September.

Here in the northern hemisphere January is cold, the days are short and I seem to spend a lot of time shoveling snow or raking my roof and planning big projects isn’t something that I have the energy for.

On the other hand, September is the perfect time to take on new challenges.

The nights are cool, the days still sunny and warm and it’s a perfect setting to start new projects and gain the momentum you need to take you through winter.  On top of all that most of us have spent at least twelve years associating autumn and the start of the school year with new beginnings so the habit is already ingrained.

So what do you think?

Do you find that projects started in the autumn fare better than those started in January?

Menu 9/7/14 – 9/13/14

Sunday: GF Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes, Summer Squash and Onions and Peccorino-Black pepper Breadsticks (from Cooking Light – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pecorino-black-pepper-breadsticks-10000001654655/)

Monday: Baked Louisiana Dirty Rice and Beans (from Cooking Light – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/baked-louisiana-dirty-rice-beans-10000001662873/)

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Corn and Two-Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup (from Cooking Light – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/corn-two-bean-burgers-with-chipotle-ketchup-10000000689962/) with Simple Tomato and Avocado Salad (from southern chef in Louisiana – http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-tomato-and-avocado-salad-94520)

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: chef’s choice

Saturday: out

Misc.: GF Glazed Cinnamon-Raisin Tea Bread (from Cooking Light – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/glazed-cinnamon-raisin-tea-bread-10000001654679/), Ginger Cookies (from Cooking Light – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/ginger-cookies-10000001654714/)

Lunch: leftover GF Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes, Summer Squash and Onions, Easy Lemon Lentil Soup (from Angela Thompson – http://vegangela.com/2013/06/06/easy-lemon-lentil-soup/)

Note:

GF Glazed Cinnamon-Raisin Tea Bread: This quick bread was amazing.  Even substituting my usual GF flour blend the bread came out very light and airy and the apple glaze supplied just the right amount of sweetness.  I didn’t have time to take a pic, but it’s definitely worth your time follow the link and try the recipe.

Peccorino-Black pepper Breadsticks:  I made this recipe last night and while it did not turn out as expected, it was still quite good.

It only made nine 6″ breadstickes and the GF flour didn’t have enough elasticity to make ropes, but the small breadsticks we ended up with were flavorful and had a surprisingly nice texture that was crisp on the outside and slightly chewy inside.  I would make this again, but would double the recipe and slice it like crostini instead of trying to force it into slender breadsticks.

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July 29, 2013

This Week’s Menu – We’re Still Here…

Filed under: gluten-free, menu planning, Uncategorized — Tags: , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 19:04

I wish my tomatoes looked like this.  Between the excessive rain and aggressive bees I haven’t been near my plants for a couple weeks.   The few plants that haven’t been trapped behind the bee line (a couple rows of plants that the bees seem to swarm to and get really testy if you get too close) lost all their blossoms in the last series of storms.  Oh well, I haven’t had time to work in the garden anyway.  At least the bees and squirrels should be happy.

Menu 7/2813 – 8/3/13

Sunday: Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes

Monday: Ham & Potato Salad

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: GF Pizza Rolls (love, love, love this recipe!!!)

Thursday: Chicken & Avocado Wraps

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: leftovers

Misc.: GF Blueberry Muffins for coffee/tea

June 2, 2013

This Week’s Menu – Guess who got a Lodge pan

Filed under: Cooking Light, menu planning, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 10:08

large cast iron skillet

Cooking in a very hot kitchen!

Can you tell that we wrote this week’s menu on day three of 90o temps?   Everything can either be cooked quickly on the stovetop or out on the grill, which is really appealing when you live in a house without central air conditioning.  Even better, it gives me a chance to test my brand new cast iron skillet!

Yes, I did it.  I finally bought a Lodge pan.  After Mr. GF’s last attempt to “help” with dinner, my favorite non-stick skillet is no longer non-stick and possibly permanently fused with charcoaled bits of burnt chicken.  (He only cooks on high heat.)  I’ll keep trying to clean it up and re-season it, but it’s not looking good.  In fact, it’s bad enough that I was able justify replacing it.

Mr. GF was dubious about my choice of cast iron over modern ceramic or teflon, but how can you not love a pan that is Made in USA, can be used (with care) on my ceramic cooktop, in the oven or on the grill, is virtually indestructible and only costs about $20?   I’ll admit that it’s really heavy, it’s kind of inconvenient that it can’t be soaked in water, but it’s worth it.   At least I hope it is.   Worst case scenario is that I hate it and it is relegated to grill duty.

Keep cool!  Tomorrow we are testing a recipe for Blackberry Sorbet.  (lactose free of course)

Menu 6/2/13 – 6/8/13

Sunday:  Grilled Cheddar Sausage Patties

Monday: Olive-Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2005, p. 204) – The olive part is a tapenade and is quite good!

Tuesday: Chicken and Blue Cheese Slaw (Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2005, p. 212)

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Corn and Two Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup (Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2005, p. 324)

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: leftovers

Misc.: GF Blueberry Muffins for coffee/tea, Blackberry-Buttermilk Sherbet (Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2008, p. 159) and Oil & Vinegar Potato Salad

May 28, 2013

This Week’s Menu – Where the Heck Have I Been?

Filed under: menu planning, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 08:30

baked beans

In case you can’t tell, I’m not a prolific blogger…

It’s 8:30 AM and the baked beans have been in the slow cooker for an hour and a half.  I don’t have the time to be a super blogger, but I do  manage to make homemade,  non-processed, low sodium, gluten-free with minimal dairy meals on a daily basis.  If I had more free time I’d be all over the blog-post-a-day thing, but I don’t.

Things are busy with work, I’m trying to tame the urban wilderness that I call a garden and thanks to a generous gift of new flooring, we have decided to move up the kitchen demo plan.  (It was on the calendar for fall, but I can’t live with the stacks of wood that have morphed into stacks of wood and tile taking up half the space in my dining/kitchen areas.)

I won’t bore you with the minutiae of my day-to-day world, suffice it to say that some days I have more on my plate than others and that right now that plate is overflowing.

Looking ahead, summer is creeping up on us and with all the fresh veg it’s a great time to share easy to make, budget friendly gluten free recipes.  In the mean time here is this week’s menu.  As you can see, I didn’t even finish it.

Menu 5/26/13 – 6/1/13

Sunday: Cookout

Monday: Leftover Sloppy Joe (from Saturday)

Tuesday: Roasted Chicken with Slow Cooked Baked Beans and Oven Fries

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Pork Chops

Friday: TBD

Saturday: leftovers

Misc.: GF Chocolate Chip Muffins for coffee/tea

April 9, 2013

This Week’s Menu – Spring Clean Up

Filed under: menu planning, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 11:32

tulip bulb peeking up through the ground

A quick peek out the window is all I need to know that it’s time to start cleaning up the yard for spring.  This week’s menu reflects easy prep so that I can spend some extra time outside.

Menu 4/7/13 – 4/13/13

Sunday: Spaghetti with Sausage and homemade marinara

Monday: leftovers

Tuesday: Chicken and Avocado Sandwiches (Bake the chicken the day before, it’s much easier to handle and slice when it’s had ample time to cool)

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Pork Chops with Baby Sweet Potatoes (Rub the chops with mustard and spices and pop in the oven)

Friday: Turkey Burgers with Oven Fries (Make the patties the night before and you can just toss them on the grill or in the broiler.  Same for the fries.  Prep and half bake the night before.  If you’re feeling ambitious you can even half-bake and freeze a few batches for later.)

Saturday: leftovers

Misc.: GF Blueberry Muffins for coffee/tea

March 17, 2013

This Week’s Menu – Happy Spring!

Filed under: menu planning, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 13:04

nuthatch on bare branch

Menu 3/17/13 – 3/23/13

Sunday: Tuna Wraps

Monday: Lentil & Rice Stew (yes, another version of this recipe)

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Beef Stir Fry

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Tex-Mex Corn Chowder (from Sharon Fleming’s blog: Around the Table )

Saturday: leftovers

Misc.: GF Blueberry Muffins for coffee/tea

March 10, 2013

This Week’s Menu – Easy Classics

Filed under: menu planning, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 13:25

green grapes

Menu 3/10/13 – 3/16/13

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: Omelette with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Tuesday: Baked Chicken and Quinoa with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Wednesday: Turkey Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Dinner Out – Corned Beef and Cabbage

Saturday: leftovers

Misc.: GF Blueberry Muffins for coffee/tea, GF Chunky Monkey Cookies

 

About the grapes…

I recently realized that other than the bananas I use for baking, I almost never buy fresh fruit in the winter.  Once I realized the error of my ways I started adding fruit to the shopping list.  We started with honey tangerines.  They were tasty, but oh so messy.  Definitely not the sort of thing you can eat on the go or at your desk.  This week’s fruit is the green grape.

Conveniently packaged in self-contained, bite sized portions, the grape may be the perfect fruit snack.  In the car, at the mall or even in front of the computer they are easy to carry, easy eat and easy to share.  No peel, no sticky juice dribbling down your chin and no smell.  Even better, all the stores had grapes on sale this week.

March 8, 2013

This Week’s Menu – Leftover Heaven

Filed under: menu planning, Uncategorized — Tags: — glutenfreebymarriage @ 16:18

red casserole dish

What would I do without leftovers?

I know people who refuse to eat the same meal twice in a week.  I guess it’s okay if you eat out every night, but between eating GF and that pesky little thing called a budget we don’t eat a lot of dinners out.

It’s okay.  I like to cook and as long as I plan ahead I usually have time to do it.  But not always.

It’s just the two of us and since most recipes make between 4 and 6 servings being able to cook once and eat twice is a huge time saver for me.  (It doesn’t hurt that many things, like soup, benefit from a reheat.)  The alternative is to get Mr. GF to cook, which wouldn’t be much of a help or a time saver.  Don’t get me wrong, he makes a hell of a meatloaf, but that’s about the only recipe he will make if I don’t do the prep.  There is also the small issue that he generally only cooks on Sundays.

Needless to say, we’ll probably want to eat at least a few days this week and since I’ve got a few work deadlines of my own we are maximizing our leftover opportunities.

Menu 3/3/13 – 3/9/13

Sunday: leftovers as Pork Sandwich with Honey Mustard Sauce and Mashed Potatoes

Monday: leftovers – last of the Bean Burritos

Tuesday: BLT with Turkey Bacon

Wednesday: Spaghetti with Sausage and homemade marinara

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Kielbassa

Saturday: leftovers

Misc.: GF Blueberry Muffins for coffee/tea

February 26, 2013

This Week’s Menu – Glowing Birthday Cake

Filed under: menu planning, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 01:55

empty fridge with bright pink birthday cake

It’s my birthday and yes, that is an unnaturally pink cake in the fridge…

This week’s menu is a return to life before gluten sensitivity.  Back in the day my birthday dinner meant seafood.  Mr. GF doesn’t really like fish and it tends to make the house smell bad so it was the one day a year that I could get it.   Nowadays, it’s the normalcy of a giant roll filled with meat, a.k.a. a Hoagie that I crave.  Okay, crave might be a little strong, but we both miss the convenience of picking up a sub on a Friday night so that is what I wanted for my birthday dinner.

It’s possible I used a little too much food coloring on the frosting.  This is what I saw when I opened the fridge this morning.   The frosting is actually brighter in person, it may even be glowing.

Menu 2/24/13 – 3/2/13

Sunday (Birthday): GF Italian Hoagies

Monday: leftovers

Tuesday: Chicken and Biscuits

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Veggie Wraps Bean Burritos

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: Dinner out

Misc.: GF Chocolate Chip Muffins for coffee/tea, GF Lemon Pudding Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Note: If my mother-in-law is reading this, don’t worry, the fridge isn’t really this empty.  Call it artistic license, but I had to put a few things on the counter to get a better picture.  If you look closely you can still see plenty of fresh veg in the drawer,  lactose free milk,  juice and raisins on the shelves.  If you have really sharp eyes you might even notice the primer brush I keep in the fridge.  It’s murder on the brush, but a lot easier than cleaning it every time I use it.

February 18, 2013

This Week’s Menu – Time to Raid the Freezer

Filed under: menu planning, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 15:27

basement freezer

Someone blew this month’s food budget…

After spending almost $100 at the supermarket last week, I realized that I was out of money and hadn’t bought any food.

Raisins, carrots, bananas, tangerines, potatoes, two pounds of chicken, a $3 steak and a ham steak, that’s about it.  That part of the bill only accounted for about $15.

So where did the rest go?

Most of the budget went to replenishing the pantry and other miscellaneous supplies, think soap, paper towels, tissues and other essentials.  Needless to say, it’s time to take a peek in the freezer.

Menu 2/17/13 – 2/23/13

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: Mexican Rubbed Pork Roast with Potatoes, Carrots and Onions

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Kale and Butternut Squash Soup

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Pot Roast

Saturday: leftovers

Misc.: GF Blueberry Muffins for coffee/tea, Makeover Oatmeal Cake

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