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Gluten Free Menu Swap – August 4, 2008

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Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

This week instead of just planning our evening meals, I’m also gearing up to go back to school. This means that the “Back to School” sections at Target are no longer making me flee (like they did in July… especially on July 3rd when the sales flyers came out! OH MY!! Back to school??? I’d only been OUT of school for a week by then! lol).

Ah well. I still have time to finish reading that 10th Grade English list. Egads is it killing me! I’ve had nightmares (Thank you, Lord of the Flies), developed paranoia (Thank you, 1984) and questioned my family and destiny (Thank you, Oedipus). Gosh. Can’t wait to see what comes next. Well… not so much. The next book – while everyone swears it is their favorite – has so far left me sound asleep by page 13. That can’t be a good sign, can it?

So in honor of my need for more brain food to outwit these last few novels and readings, I’m attempting to fill our weekly menu with more fish and omega-3s. I’d love to hear what your ideas are for upping my staying power…. when the reading JUST won’t keep me glued in.

What are your study-snacks?
What are your brain foods?
What do you feed your kids – or eat! – during those times when you need a little more mental power?

I’m putting together a list of goodies for my students too this year. I usually spend some time talking to them about studying (how to, etc) and practice at home. This year we’re going to chat about their favorite study snacks and plans. I’m impressed by the fact that the majority of my students are super smart about what they eat – healthy drinks (mostly water!) and snacks are usually what I see. But I’m curious to see what they will call “study food” or what they eat before tests/finals.

Thanks for hosting the GF Menu Swap, Natalie! I’m also posting this to the OrgJunkie.com Menu Plan Monday group that I found via Seamaiden at Book Of Yum. I’m looking forward to inspiration from everyone else’s menus to carry me through the school year a bit too! :)

I’m sorry my post is a bit tardy. I have been contemplating my menu for a while. The ingredient Natalie suggested we include this week is mint. I’m not really a big mint fan, to be honest. However, I do enjoy it in the brown rice salad (along with dill) and I will make mint-lemonade, lavender-mint lemonade and raspberry-mint-lemonades for our evening meals in honor of the chosen ingredient.

Along with those delicious beverages to replace our banned-beloved Coke/Diet Cokes, we will be making:

Monday: Grilled ginger salmon with brown rice salad (with mint and dill).
Baked Falafel in Pita/Wrap Sandwiches

Tuesday: Grilled chicken with roasted cauliflower.

Wednesday: Cherry burgers with Strawberry-spinach salad.

Thursday: Grilled pork loin, zuchini and sweet potatoes

Friday: Miso-glazed brown rice onigiri with salmon and tuna

Happy Gluten-Free Eating, All!

Gluten Free Menu Swap – July 28

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Gray's Harbor Light House

Oh, man!  What am I going to make this week?  Bah!  I, honestly, am not sure. My menu plan is much like this lighthouse – ONE mile AWAY from the water.  (Think I’m kidding?  Read this.)

And my menu plan?  AT LEAST a mile away from my brain and creativity.  You see, being the end of the month, this means reaching back in to the cupboards and figuring it out from there.  As I mentioned before, I menu plan after I peek at the contents of my fridge first.  This week is no different.

What makes this more interesting, however, is this:  I can easily see what I purchased because it either (1) looked good or (2) was on sale (like my 2 for 1 honeydew melons in the fridge now) and NOT because they were on a previous menu plan.  Are you seeing the problem yet?

Yes.  I have a fridge with orphaned veggies and fruit… and random other things.  And hardly a creative whimpering thought to be had.

Ah well.  Better get it together, right?

A million thanks to M-Elle from Cooking & Uncooking who is hosting this week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap.  You, my friend, are obviously feeling more organized than am I.  And for that, I thank you!

So what’s for dinner this week?  After a brief review of ideas (which are few and very, VERY far between tonight), here’s the “plan” (And yes, I’m using those quotation marks with great liberal abandon!):

Monday: Wild Rice and Ham Soup

Tuesday: Coconut Shrimp with Stuffed Bell Peppers

Wednesday: Lettuce Wraps OR Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches…or BBQ pork pizza?  I dunno!

Thursday: Red Chile Chicken Enchiladas with homemade corn tortillas

Friday: Chinese Homestyle Chicken and Rice

Gluten Free Menu Plan – July 21, 2008

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Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

So last week I joined the Menu Swappers.  And I blew it.  LOL.  I didn’t really follow my menu (explanation to follow) and I ended up at the grocery store withOUT my list!  ACK!  Thus… no plan following and a weird grocery list ensued.

Remember when your mom (and others) told you NOT to grocery shop when you were hungry?

Mmm Hmm. They were so right!

And boy, howdy, do I have the grocery receipt to show you how right they are!

I did manage to make the meals I planned for:

Honey, Mustard and Wasabi Grilled Chicken Sandwich

  • Tuesday (Chile-spiced flank steak and saffron rice)

Chile-rubbed flank steak with saffron rice

Korean BBQ Short Ribs

  • And from the idea list, I made Fresh Mushroom Pizza with Garlic.  MMM!  (Although my love asked where the meat was, of course!  LOL)

Fresh mushroom pizza

However, I scored an awesome deal on some fresh salmon ($8/pound!) and fresh halibut ($9/pound!) which are great deals… and I couldn’t resist.  We LOVE fresh fish.  And while it didn’t help my grocery budget, I promised to balance it out this week.  (Bring on the rice and beans, babee!)  I made fresh salmon burgers (oh-so-good!) and the next night we had halibut fish-and-chips with honey vinegar.  Dang!  They were good!  And.. so good that I forgot to take a picture.  (Sorry!)

Now you all see why this menu planning thing is hard for me.  LOL.

Anyway, here is the “plan” (a word in quotations to indict that I shall follow it loosely.  LOL):  This week’s Gluten Free Menu Plan is hosted by Asparagus Thin(Thank you for hosting!)

Monday: Curried Shrimp with Pineapple Vietnamese Salad Bowls with Shrimp and Pineapple

Tuesday: Teriyaki Pork Chops

Wednesday: Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork (no gym classes that day…LOL – I can stay home with the smoker!)

Thursday:  Baked spaghetti

Friday:  Pitas, Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Sauce

Ideas:  Ack.. pretty much the same as last week.  To be honest… I’m not happy with the Thursday nor Friday plan (ruh roh), but I know that I have the ingredients to make those things on hand. Hopefully, that will spare me the frightening shopping trip again.

I can’t wait to read everyone else’s menus.  I need some inspiration!

Happy Gluten Free Eating, All!

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