Eggs Week

This week's gluten-free menu:

Sunday - Broccoli and Cheese Quiche, Apples and Cheese
Monday - Chicken Fried Rice
Tuesday - Chicken, Sausage, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday - Egg Salad, Potato Chips, Carrot and Celery Sticks
Thursday - Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas
Friday - Pizza, Green Salad

This week is Eggs Week. Spring is here and eggs represent new life and a new beginnings. Speaking of new beginnings, my family has moved from the very urban west side of Los Angeles to a suburban area outside of Dallas. Here people raise chickens. In fact, my neighbors have several chickens in a chicken coup under their tree house. They are not the only ones either. The father of my son's friend brought over eggs from their chickens when they came over for a play date. This story isn't going anywhere but it is on the subject of eggs. It's been just a bit of culture shock and I still need to talk about it. (On a side note, another neighbor walks his goat every night.)

I am not ready to raise hens yet, but I do cook with plenty of eggs. At our house we celebrate Easter which is this Sunday, so we are always trying to figure out what to do with the eggs come Easter morning. My favorite tradition is to make a sauce with vinegar and mashed yolk and dip Polish sausage and the hard-boiled egg whites into it. My mom's side of the family is Polish and she always knew of a little deli in one part of town that made a special Easter Polish sausage once a year. Hopefully I will be able to find a special, gluten-free, Easter Polish sausage this year in my new town.

This week's menu is starting with a Quiche. For this quiche I am making a brown-rice crust. Monday we are having Chicken Fried Rice. Chicken Fried Rice is such an easy meal and does have egg in it so it fits the theme. Of course I think the recommended amount of eggs per week is 7 so we can't have all egg dishes this week. On Tuesday we're having Chicken Sausage and Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. On Wednesday we're having Egg Salad. Thursday night is Quesadilla Night and Friday is Pizza Night. Grandparents will be in town so we will have a big dinner for everyone. Hope you have a great week.

For more ideas check out the Gluten Free Menu Swap hosted by Heather at Celiac Family. Also Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie has a menu plan round up although they are not all gluten-free.
For some mid-week ideas check out Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Gluten Free Homemaker.

Beets Week

This week's gluten-free menu:

Sunday - Sirloin Steak, Smoked Beets, Rice Pilaf
Monday - Chicken Pho
Tuesday - Beef Stir Fry
Wednesday - Black Bean Soup, Hummus and Veggie Wrap
Thursday - Baked Potatoes, Broccoli Cole Slaw
Friday - Fish Sticks, Tartar Sauce, Peas and Carrots, GF Mac and Cheese

This week's theme is beets and although I really like the theme as inspiration for the week it doesn't always dictate the week. I like the theme because it always stretches me to try new recipes and flavors and definitely expands who I am as a cook. Beets are not something I always use in cooking, however, they are really good for us so I'm excited to try some new recipes. After doing some research online I found that beets are good at lowering blood pressure and have all sorts of other health benefits.

This week I have only posted one recipe that has beets, but I will be experimenting and I hope that you will too. Sunday we will start the week with Beef Sirloin and Smoked Beets. I am sending you over to Jaimie Oliver for this recipe because I have never made them. Tuesday is Chicken Pho. Wednesday is Black Bean Soup and Hummus and Veggie Wraps. I may try to use some leftover beets to make some sort of beet spread or maybe I'll add the beets in the hummus to make a beet hummus. On Thursday we are having a Baked Potato night where we can use all sorts of leftover meat and vegetables to pile on the potato. Friday is Fish Stick Night. I'm going to make a simple breaded cornmeal based Fish Stick. I'm serving it with steamed peas and carrots, and GF Mac and Cheese. I'm going to just buy the Annie's GF Mac and Cheese instead of making it from scratch this time to give myself a break on Friday. Hope you have a great week!

For more ideas check out the Gluten Free Menu Swap with Heather at Celiac Family. Also check out the Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie or Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Gluten-Free Homemaker .

Seven Ways to Be Supportive of Someone with Celiac Disease

Welcome to my first blog on GlutenFreeWeek! It’s about living with or around someone you
know who has celiac disease.

It’s an important topic, so from time to time when I discover a new tip or trick to make life easier,
I’ll blog about it. I also welcome any comments or information you would like to share.
You yourself may not have celiac disease; maybe you’re a family member, like me, or a
companion, or just a friend who cares about someone and wants to help. As such, you probably
don’t really understand how difficult it is for someone with celiac, but you know it’s not easy.
In this first blog, I wanted to start with the most important things first since living gluten free is a
marathon and not a sprint. So, the number one most important thing you can do is to be
supportive.

That said, here are seven ways you can be supportive:

1) Listen to how celiac disease has had, and will always have, an impact on his or her life.

2) Learn as much as you can about gluten and celiac disease and share that knowledge.

3) Understand that eating gluten free is imperative to the health and well being of the person.

4) Learn what foods are and are not gluten free.

5) Don’t complain about extra effort in finding and preparing gluten-free
food or seeking gluten-free restaurants and establishments.

6) Be flexible and open in trying out new methods, recipes, and tastes.

7) Be empathetic and never ever say, “you’re lucky it can be treated with diet."

Living with celiac disease is a challenge for everyone, so get with the program.

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