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

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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

GF Menu Swap, August 25 – 29

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Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

Tomorrow is the first dread day of meetings for teachers in my district.  And by dreaded, I’m not joking.  I may even be making an understatement.

Tomorrow at 7:45AM, 1,200 teachers will gather in our high school auditorium and watch several PowerPoint presentations. And every word on each slide will be read aloud to us… for the next FOUR HOURS.  OMG. OMG. OMG.

Shoot me now.

Okay – don’t shoot me.  Just have pity on me.

I am getting anxious for all that I have to get done in the next few weeks and my mind is not really wrapped around all of it.  That’s a problem.  However, after 4 hours suffocating in an auditorium (the fans/air circulation is ALWAYS turned off!), I will be shocked back into my working reality and hopefully the ideas will come flowing.

I’m set for lunch ideas. (See these posts if you want some ideas about packing lunches or what to put in your gluten free bag lunch).  Now I just need to get motivated to get back to work!  I’ve been enjoying my summer vacation and have become a whole, balanced human being.  Something rarely seen in the hallways of a high school (especially in June).

To finish up my summer, my sister and her boys have spent the weekend with us.  They showed up on Friday to deliver a crib and have spent every minute and night here since.  Fun, huh?  (To really comprehend this, you must know that she lives 3 miles from me.  LOL)  The Wii has gotten a workout this weekend!

All of this joy and happy kid sounds in the house make me excited to have our own child arrive soon!  I can’t wait… but we have to.  :)

Here’s the menu plan for the week:

Monday:  Leftover madness (Chicken tenders, ginger-spiced squash and onigiri)

Tuesday: Steamed fish and veggies

Wednesday:  Salmon Chowder

Thursday: Taco Salad

Friday:  Pozole

Thank you, Fresh Ginger for hosting the GF Menu Swap this week!  And I’m also submitting this to OrgJunkie.com for the Meal Plan Monday there.  It’s great to get ideas…. my brain is leaky with the return on school and 18+ hour days.  I can use all the help I can get!

Happy Monday, All.
-Kate