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Gluten Free Menu Swap 9/15-9/19 & the Autumn Moon Festival

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Finally the Full Moon, originally uploaded by jalalspages.

Happy Autumn Moon Festival, All!

Today we are celebrating the Autumn Moon Festival with a little pomelo, Asian pears and apple slices under the moonlight.  The paper lanterns are lit and glowing softly and our stone garden lantern is aglow with the flames of a tea light candle.  Oh, it is a beautiful night.  My love is gearing up to take some nibbles of his two-yolk moon cakes (Sadly, moon cakes are not gluten free.  I’m glad I got to try one in my previous gluten-filled life.  But right now?  I’m completely satisfied by the Asian pear and apple slices.)

Autumn Moon Festival is a harvest festival that is especially enjoyed by children.  My mother-in-law told me fun stories about her childhood when the adults would bring the kids to the park at night with paper lanterns that hung from a stick on a string.  Each lantern was a unique shape (her favorites were a rabbit and a butterfly).  And into each lantern, they would place a small candle.  The kids would then run and chase each other around the park with the glow of the lantern as their guide – and give away!  I asked her if the lanterns often caught fire as it seemed rather dangerous to me.  She laughed and said that yes, she remembers feeling mighty remorseful over a couple of her lanterns catching fire and quickly burning out.  (And she quickly reminded me that they were only allowed to play with these lanterns on THIS particular night and OUTSIDE only.  LOL)  Today you can still buy lanterns in a wide variety of fabulous shapes, but you are more likely to find them with LED lights that hang from a flashlight grip.  A tad more Smokey-The-Bear friendly, if you ask me!

Autumn Moon Festival has quite a wide variety of legends woven in to it.  The first thing you need to know is that Chinese people talk about a GIRL on the moon – not a man.  And she often has a rabbit (or hare) with her.  In my mother-in-law’s case, she remembers a version of the legend in which the girl has to run away to the moon to escape an excellent hunter/archer who also happened to be an emperor.  (You can read the legends here on Wikipedia.  My mother-in-law relates the legend found labeled as #5.)

We searched through several Chinese markets today but failed to find a rabbit lantern for the house.  I’m a little bummed, to be honest.  It was fun to hear the memories and joy that my mother-in-law had of this holiday as a child.  I guess my search for a rabbit lantern will have to continue a bit longer.

We’re also on the look out for a dragon’s gate – but that’s another story all together and you guys came here for the food, huh?  LOL  Ok ok… here’s the plan:

Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

Monday:

  • LunchNori-wraps with smoked turkey, avocado, cucumber and a salad.
  • Dinner:  Baked tostones and taco salad

Tuesday:

  • Lunch:  Crab & Cucumber salad
  • Dinner:  Roasted organic chicken with gingered-carrots

Wednesday:

  • Lunch: Cherry & Almond salad with banana chips, carrots and hummus
  • Dinner: Grilled chicken breasts, caesar salad

Thursday:

  • Lunch: Chicken salad wraps, Asian pear slices, almonds
  • Dinner: Roast pork loin with apples and fennel, rice and black bean salad

Friday:

Thank you, Asparagus Thin, for hosting the GF Menu Swap this week!  The chosen item for this week is plantain.  It’s a perfect excuse for me to make the plantain empanadas again – this time I will bake them.  Oh MAN they were so good!  I’ve been thinking about them lately too.  And the tostones are an easy plantain goodie that we enjoy frequently too.
And it is with thanks to Seamaiden that I found OrgJunkie who also has a FABULOUS menu swap!
Be sure to check them both out.

Happy Moon Festival, All!
And may you have many happy Gluten-free meals to share with your loved ones this year as well -
Kate

GF Menu Swap & Meal Plan Monday 9-8 through 9-12

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Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

Forgive this tardy post…. I’ve been awash in memories and faces of the new school year. Here’s my lunch & dinner menus for the week. :)

Thanks for hosting the GF Menu Swap, Natalie.
Sorry my post is so stinkin’ late! And thanks, Orgjunkie for hosting Meal Plan Mondays.
It really has been helpful to stay on top of my menu planning.

Monday:

  • Lunch: Caesar Salad with Shrimp, zuchinni muffin (mmm!), an asian pear
  • Dinner: Korean chicken thighs, brown rice, peas and strawberries for dessert!

Tuesday:

  • Lunch: Leftover chicken and rice, salad, apple-pear
  • Dinner: Flank steak with yam oven fries with cinnamon or curry (Undecided…LOL)

Wednesday:

  • Lunch: Salmon salad with cherries and pumpkin seeds, zuchinni muffin and a banana
  • Dinner: Roast Pork Loin with Garlic and Basil, corn and black bean salsa, mangoes for dessert

Thursday:

  • Lunch: Black bean and corn salsa (leftovers) with corn chips, shredded lettuce salad and fruit.
  • Dinner: Beef brisket with yams and carrots, slow roasted. Mango chutney.

Friday:

  • Lunch: Tuna & Egg Salad sandwich, apple slices with cinnamon peanut butter and a peach
  • Dinner: Grilled Chicken taco salads with mango-peach-jalapeño spicy salsa

Ahh…school/work. It always throws me for a loop in the beginning to be back balancing it all again. Sorry for getting this up so late!
I hope your week is going well!
-Kate

Gluten Free Menu Swap – Lunches! September 1 – 5, 2008

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Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

In honor of the first week of students, I not posting my dinner menu but rather my lunch menu.  This is, after all, the menus that are the most difficult to manage after a summer of coasting in/out of my kitchen at my own leisure.  (Not to mention the freedom of using the bathroom when biology tells me too rather than responding Pavlovian-style to a bell like at school.)

Here are a few teacher secrets for those of you have not ventured in to a classroom since your own school days or who have only ventured through the halls of school in parent-mode:

  • Most of us teachers have night-terrors and mini-freak outs in the days before school starts because we could swear that we’ve forgotten EVERYTHING about how to teach, etc.
  • If you hear heavy-breathing in the hallway on the first day of school, it’s more than likely NOT a couple kids sneaky around for a brief “snog” (love that word) but rather a teacher racing for the copier in the last minute or freaking out about the onslaught of the teenage masses/hormones that we haven’t been surrounded by in a few weeks.  It’s quite an energy change and rather exhausting to readjust to it all.
  • Parent Night, Open House, Meet the Teacher Night or whatever it is called where you live calls forth fear and anxiety in even the most veteran of teachers.  Even though teachers are, basically, public speakers for 6 or more hours of the day…. we do not spend that time talking to our peers.  And no matter how often Parent Night comes around, my knees still shake and I have no conscience memory of what is coming out of my mouth.  <Scary, huh?>
  • It will take us several days/weeks (depends on the teachers) to master the names of the 150 kids that fly through our classroom doors, but that doesn’t mean we don’t see their personalities and enjoy their humor.
  • Sometimes it’s the quiet classes that freak us out the most.  At least when they are talking, you know what they are thinking <usually>.
  • The end of August and the beginning of September are the times of year when we both relish our love of teaching and yet somehow we oft forget that we are competent.

Just to prove my point… as soon as I’m done with this post, I’m off to type up course syllabi and plan my first few days of school.  Despite the fact that I have been slowly stewing ideas in my brain all summer, I’m almost at a white-knuckle panic about it all.  The kids don’t arrive for classes until Wednesday <INSERT MONSTER-LARGE SIGH HERE>.  This gives me time to compare my ideas with colleagues and to set up my classroom a bit longer.

All of this made me want to ask you all about your first days of high school.  What do you remember about them?  What did you do in classes?  (I’m willing to bet that most of you remember picking out your first day of school outfit and checking out class schedules with buddies….but that you maybe don’t remember much about the actual class.  Am I right? LOL)

So here is my snack and lunch plan for the school week.  Forgive me, Gluten-Free Menu Swappers and Meal Plan Monday (OrgJunkie.com) for switching it up a bit.  I usually post our dinner menu, but I thought I would stick to my panic theme.  It seems to be working for me at the moment.    Thank you, Gluten-Free Goodness for hosting the swap this week and to OrgJunkie for hosting Meal Plan Monday as well.

Monday: (No School.  Lunch @ home)  Ham & Egg roll up sandwiches, white peaches and lemonade.

Tuesday:  Leftover Sausage & Zuchini lasagna, quinoa tabouleh, 2 plums and water

Wednesday: Ham & clover roll up sandwich, cherries, strawberry yogurt and lemonade.

Thursday: Ham & white bean soup, white peaches, hummus with veggies sticks and lemonade

Friday: Shrimp-Caesar salad, apple crisp (have to use those apples up!), pumpkin seeds and walnuts, and lemonade.

And for the roll-up sandwiches, I use this recipe. If I want really thin bread, I use one recipe but divide the dough in half and smooth it out as far as possible.  It makes an almost paper thin bread which works well if your sandwich fillings are light and not wet.

Happy Gluten Free Lunches, All!
-Kate

PS.  If you are looking for more GF Lunch ideas then check out these two posts:

  1. Packing up your Gluten Free Lunch (how to pack it up, what I use to pack my lunches)
  2. Gluten Free Lunch To Go:  Ideas for what to pack (a list of general lunch ideas that I have used)