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Well, this week I am on top of it. But only because after I posted last week’s (late) menu plan, I went ahead and wrote up this week’s menu plan since I already had it prepared.

I am not sure what the theme is over at this week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap, but be sure to go over and check it out for some added inspiration.

This week is focused on quick meals and make-ahead meals. With school and work now, I am trying to make dinner pretty uncomplicated. I’ve already made the soup and a batch of quinoa to get a jump start on things.

Here’s the line-up:

Red Beans and Rice – an old standby. Simple, with some rice and a green salad. A great one to stick in the frig for later in the week as ‘leftovers’.

Quinoa with Brussels Sprouts, Chickpeas, Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Pecans – it will be something along the lines of what I linked to, but I plan on modifying it a bit.

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup – a new-to-us recipe. This is a recipe that I had pinned on Pinterest (dangerously addicting!) and I gave hubby the choice of three soups that I had pinned and he chose this one. I subbed the chicken with two cans of drained and rinsed white beans.

Thai Quinoa – my brother and his girlfriend really liked this and she and I both had pinned it. So I decided it was time to try it out too. Yes, I know we have two quinoa recipes this week but that is just how it turned out. Quinoa is so versatile and easy to throw together as a quick meal.

What are your favorite quick meals?

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Meal Plan Friday…not Monday. This week has been crazy. I started my new part-time job working at the hospital as a diet aide. It’s kind of the starting point for clinical dietitians-in-training/schooling. I am sitting here with a nice glass of wine in me after being on my feet for 8+ hours today – the first time in years that I have done that (all day on my feet, that is, not the wine)!

And so, I have our belated meal plan for you, since I didn’t get around to posting it yet. This is the menu that we are working our way through now:

Mediterranean Salad with Socca – it’s been quite a while since we have had this salad and my husband claimed he loved it (I like it a lot too, I was just surprised that he did too). So, I guess I need to add this one back into our normal repertoire! And the socca I am still trying to perfect…I’ve tried multiple recipes and I am not happy with any one in particular yet, but I love the concept and will keep trying!

Rosemary Chickpea and Spinach Soup – recipe from Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian cookbook. This soup was okay, nothing to write home about so I probably won’t be making it again.

Last Minute Sesame Noodles – always tasty!

Chickpea Picatta over Mashed Potatoes and Arugula – yum, another one we haven’t had in a while. It is super! Even hubby liked the arugula. And I am sitting here drinking the rest of the wine I used in it.

What is hitting the spot at your house this week?

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Raw Kale and Avocado Salad with Lime-Sriracha Vinaigrette - we love our kale salads, and we love sriracha, so this is a big winner at our house! And of course, as I mentioned in the last post, we have fallen for the pizza crust too.

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Kale Tacos with Slaw – we didn’t get to this last week, so we’ll be having it this week. And I think I finally have the recipe the way I like it so hopefully I will get around to posting it this week.

Vindaloo Vegetables with Rice – from my favorite slow cooker cookbook, Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. A recipe to put in the frig for the week.

Potatoes and Peas in Red Curry – from another vegetarian slow cooker cookbook I found at Powell’s in Portland this summer called The Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker. Another meal to be made and placed in the frig for later in the week.

Curried Red Lentil Soup – a Deborah Madison recipe, from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

Roasted Tofu with Brussels Sprouts and Brown Rice – I like to take advantage of having the oven on and roast both the tofu and sprouts. Roasting tofu makes for a nice chewy texture. I will probably make some sort of peanut sauce for the tofu and rice, or just use some pre-made San-J brand peanut sauce.

This week’s theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap is beef. We don’t eat a whole lot of that around here (I do, sometimes), but if you do, be sure to check out the other menus posted over at Celiac Family. And even if not, there is plenty of inspiration for everyone!

What are you having this week?

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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted…and a couple of busy weeks it has been. (Oh wait, make that a month! Oops!)  One week my husband was out of town so I was busy holding down the fort as a ‘single mom’ and then I was out of town for a week for a wedding and other shenanigans with my high school gal pals. In between there we had some dog training issues, a broken garage door and a broken vacuum cleaner. And then I came home and decided I had to have two new baby chicks! So, it’s been a busy few weeks.

High School Besties!

Two little chickies!

And now we’re back to ‘normal’ life…or at least trying. First step, groceries! and in order to do the grocery run, a meal plan is required in this house! There are a few more dishes than normal listed below as not all of these make excessive leftovers and I am also trying to get back onto my ‘normal’ grocery shopping schedule.

After a week of eating out and about, indulging in nose-snorting laughter, good wine and gelato, and not cooking in my own kitchen, I am ready for lots of fresh veggies.

Spicy Ginger Noodles - one of our favorites!

Chickpea and Spinach Curry with rice - another tried and true favorite!

Chinese Noodle Salad with Sesame Dressing – a new one – it’s snow pea season!

Quinoa Pizza Bites – recipe in the works.

Mediterranean Wild Rice Salad – a new recipe in the works.

Socca Pizza with pesto, fresh mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes and salad

White Beans in Tomato Sauce with Sage – another favorite.

So, I hope to have a few new recipes for you in the next week or so. In the meantime…If you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out the Gluten Free Menu Swap. This week is being hosted by Heather at Celiac Family. The theme is spinach – which I have included above in the Chickpea and Spinach Curry, purely by accident! And unfortunately my spinach didn’t come up this year so no fresh garden spinach for us. Boo.

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This week’s theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap is garlic and the hostess is Wendy at Celiacs in the House. Unfortunately I did not plant any garlic last fall, so I won’t be harvesting any this summer. Last year’s crop didn’t do so well and then time got away from me and I never planted any last fall. So I have resorted to buying it at the farmer’s market from my favorite garlic and potato guy. He grows a lot of different varieties of both and we always enjoy chatting.

On deck for the week:

Green -Chile Cheese Tamales with refried beans and kale salad – from the most recent batch of frozen tamales.

Veggie Burgers with Kale Salad Wraps

Spicy Buffalo Chickpea Salad – an interesting salad I found on Pinterest.

Black Pepper Tofu with steamed snow peas and rice

What’s on your menu this week?

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This week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Heather at Celiac Family and this week’s theme is Avocado!! We love avocado! Almost always, there are  a couple sitting around the kitchen, whether on the counter or in the frig.

My husband grew up with avocados while living in Arizona and California as a kid, but I did not, not in Ohio. My mother-in-law even used them as baby food for my husband. I probably didn’t even touch guacamole until I was out of college, let alone avocado. Once I learned to like guacamole (thanks, Chipotle!) and then actually make guacamole, I still kind of kept my distance from them, because of all the fat. But these days, I am embracing the healthy fat in them and enjoying them frequently. Sometimes they can be expensive, but I have found that the price and quality of avocados at our local Trader Joe’s is pretty consistently good. But we are also relatively ‘close’ to the avocado farms of SoCal and Mexico, so that may factor in too. I am so glad I finally embraced them!

Lately I have been enjoying them mashed and spread on a piece of toast with a bit of salt, or mashed up with a bit of balsamic salad dressing in a wrap, or as a smashed chickpea-avocado sandwich. And of course made into guacamole with a bit of cumin. Yum. This week we will enjoy avocado with our Savory Pinto Beans.

Savory Pinto Beans with Avocado and Elana’s Classic Drop Biscuits

Chickpea Picatta with Mashed Potatoes and Kale – instead of arugula, I will put it over kale, which is growing like mad in our garden.

Curried Tofu with Soy Sauce over Rice with Sautéed Baby Bok Choy or Snow Peas (maybe these?)

Creamy Light Macaroni and Cheese – I saw this recipe a few months ago in Cooking Light magazine, one of my favorite sources of inspiration, but haven’t made it yet. I recently found some Kosher for Passover ‘panko’ flakes and they are begging to be used in this unique macaroni and cheese recipe. I will probably serve it up with either a massaged kale salad or some roasted broccoli.

Curried Lentils with Paneer and Indian Spiced Roasted Cauliflower – we are totally digging roasted cauliflower and broccoli right now.

Be sure to “hop” over to Celiac Family later this week and check out the other menu plans as they are posted.

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Here’s our plan for the week:

Roasted Tofu with Braised Brussels Sprouts in Mustard Sauce

Chana Dal with Indian Spiced Roasted Cauliflower and Rice – I will use all three cauliflower links as inspiration.

Malaysian-Inspired Tofu Curry with Roasted Broccoli and Rice – curry recipe from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Mujadara with Kale Salad – I have been wanting to try this easy (and inexpensive) lentil and rice dish for a while now. And yes, another recipe from Kalinda at Wheat Free Meat Free this week.

Oops! I am a week behind schedule. The theme is actually artichokes, and the swap is hosted by Heather at Celiac Family. I only recently began to enjoy artichokes, as you can see here and here.

This week’s theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap is Cookbook Inspirations and the swap is being hosted by Wendy at Celiacs in The House. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I am inspired by many cookbooks. Here is a  list of some of my favorite cookbooks. But it looks like I need to update that list as I have a few new ones!

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Well, it has been a few weeks since I have posted, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking! Although, we have had a variety of things going on, preventing me from experimenting too much in the kitchen.

Last week we had family visiting and we convinced them to help us make a new batch of tamales with my new stand mixer. Can you believe that in 16+ years of being gluten free that I have never owned a stand mixer? Some people probably think that’s a little strange. But if you know me, or have been around here long enough, you know that I am not much of a baker. If I make bread, I now make the no-knead boule which uses no mixer. And so it was the promise of more homemade tamales that finally led me to buy a stand mixer. Mixing masa by hand is not my idea of fun, and I had finally burnt up my hand mixer, after 16 years. So, off to Costco I went for a new mixer!

KitchenAid Pro-Line 575 watts with all-steel gears - for only $250 at Costco! Cheaper and more powerful than the 'Artisan' ones at BBB and Kohls. Woo-hoo!

We made another full batch of Green Chile-Cheese Tamales and a half a batch of sweet ones – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip. They were both wonderful. And now we have a bunch of frozen tamales to grab when needed. Yum.

This past week I was feeling under the weather – between the juniper and Siberian elm pollen – whew! And then I wasn’t sure whether I was getting a cold on top of it all. Turns out it was *just* allergies gone haywire. Whatever you do, don’t believe someone if they tell you to move to the Southwest “for your allergies”. It isn’t true!!! There are certain times of the year when our allergies here are waaay worse than they were back in Chicago and Ohio. So I didn’t feel much like doing anything except make this Miso Vegetable Noodle Soup. (Watch the ingredients in the miso paste, some contain barley! And so I use whatever ‘color’ of miso I can find that is gluten free.  I also just use GF brown rice spaghetti.)

Juniperus monosperma - One-seed Juniper - the evil one in this ecosystem we know as Pinyon-Juniper.

And it's prolific male pollen. ~ah-choo!~

This week I am back to cooking, as long as the juniper pollen stays at bay! I was rooting around in the deep freezer this afternoon and found a few things that could stand to be eaten up, so you’ll see those below. I also worked on our taxes and a revised monthly household budget this weekend so I am feeling especially frugal today!

How much do you spend on groceries and eating out every month? I am curious. I think we spend a lot for a two-person household, but then again we don’t eat out more than once or twice a month, unless we’re traveling or have company, so pretty much ALL of our food is purchased from the grocery store(s). I rarely bake and I don’t buy a whole lot of “prepackaged” gluten free items, I don’t eat much meat, and so I thought we were probably doing well. But in looking back over the past three months, we spend an average of $150 per week for two people, including household and personal items like toilet paper and deodorant. This seems like a lot to me. If you feel comfortable, share below how much you spend each week (or month) on groceries. I know I can reduce our monthly bill…any tips?

This week’s menu swap theme is eggs and Heather at Celiac Family is the host. Despite having our own hens, we don’t do a lot with eggs. I am allergic to them, except when baked. So, hubby eats the majority of our eggs, unless I do get the urge to bake something. Go on over and check things out for more meal planning inspiration.

And now, on to our plan for the week:

Three Bean Tacos – this favorite makes a lot and I think the leftovers are even better the next day as taco salad, nachos, etc.

Quinoa, Shrimp, Avocado and Lemon Salad – minus the shrimp for us, perhaps some chickpeas instead.

Sloppy Lentils with Napa Cabbage Salad with Red Bell Pepper and a Dijon-Ginger Dressing – the lentils are from Stephanie O’Dea’s cookbook, More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow, and pulled from my freezer. And I will need to use up the leftover napa cabbage from last week’s Miso Vegetable Noodle Soup I mentioned above.

Tofu Vegetable Stir-Fry with San-J Peanut Sauce over Rice – I love having the San-J GF sauces handy because I can whip up a quick vegetable stir-fry with frozen vegetables, maybe some tofu and sauce. (Did you see that there is a new-to-me sauce out called Asian BBQ? Sounds delicious!) The sauces are one of those prepackaged items I will buy, especially since I frequently find coupons for them. And since I found a stray package of frozen stir-fry vegetables in the deep freezer…

Pizza with salad or leftover Napa Salad from above – a frozen gluten-full pizza for the hubby and a Chebe one for me, perhaps with some barbecue chicken, balsamic onions, mozzarella cheese, and cilantro for me (my take on CPK’s BBQ chicken pizza). Chebe bread has been a stand-by for us for years. It was one of the first edible pizza crusts around. I just use their Original Cheese Bread mix as my crust. I haven’t tried their actual Pizza Crust Mix. Have you?

So, I am interested to hear…how much do you spend per week or month on groceries for how many people?

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This week I am just hurriedly posting my plan…my brain hasn’t been in meal planning mode, nor much of  a cooking mood. Not sure why. But we still have to eat and I still have to get groceries tomorrow night. So here it is, nothing too extravagant:

Veggie Burgers with Wild Rice Tabouli

Roasted Tofu with Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Asian Vinaigrette

Roasted Fennel, Tomato and Chickpea Soup

Potato and Green Bean Sambar with Brown Rice – from one of our tried and true cookbooks, one of the oldest in our ‘collection’, Indian Vegetarian Cooking from an American Kitchen by Vasantha Prasad.

Five Spice Chicken (Tofu) Noodle Salad

Pierogies with Salad

Be sure to jump over to Celiacs in the House to check out some other menu plans. The theme this week is cauliflower and I think I might have to add that roasted cauliflower with curry to a future plan – it looks delicious!

And in more exciting news, I am finally buying a Kitchenaid stand mixer since the hand mixer I have had since college, and my celiac diagnosis, has finally died after 16 happy years together. Hubby keeps asking for tamales, and I think last year when we made tamales, that it was the beginning of the end for my mixer. So there may be tamales in our (very near) future!

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This week’s theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap is Valentine Treats, and our hostess is Angela at Angela’s Kitchen. What kind of treats do you like for Valentine’s Day? Me, I love chocolate anything. But I also can say that I pretty much love anything sweet…

This weekend I made two sweet treats, sugar cookies from a mix (1-2-3 Gluten Free) that was in the cabinet and some mini Strawberry Cheesecakes. The cheesecakes aren’t really blog-worthy as they aren’t especially pretty, despite tasting great! But maybe if I can get a decent picture of them later this week, I will add them.

I have been trying to focus on what’s in the pantry and freezer (don’t I say this almost every week?) and use up some items that are just hanging around in there. This week, I want to use some of the frozen paneer. I also have a partial bag of potatoes that need to be eaten before they grow legs and some fresh broccoli.

Simla Mirch Paneer (Cashew Cheese with a Bell Pepper Sauce) with steamed broccoli and rice - paneer recipe from 660 Curries.

Rosemary Potato Soup – cooked up in the pressure cooker, with some grilled cheese on the side, maybe?

Roasted Tofu with Brussels Sprout and Apple Hash – probably will use Book of Yum’s marinade for the tofu.

Yellow Curry with Chickpeas and Rice

Pierogies and Salad

What sweet treats are you giving or hoping to receive this week?

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