Head on over to Menu Plan Monday, hosted by Laura. You’ll see some great menus and recipes over there. There are even a couple of gluten free ones now. Also, this week Laura put the recipe for her son’s gluten, dairy and egg free birthday cake on this week’s Menu Plan Monday. Ya-hoo!
Monday: Talapia and steamed veggies
Tuesday: Meatloaf in the crock pot, roasted sweet and yellow potatoes, and salad
Wednesday: Sloppy Joes (doubled for my family and made with ground turkey) from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook – Review and recipe here.
Sloppy Joes, Slow Cooker
Cooker: Medium round or oval
Setting and Cook Time: LOW for 6 to 7 hours
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
1/2 large bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 large rib celery, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar, or more if needed
2 Tbsp. firmly packed light or dark brown sugar, or more if needed
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder, or to taste
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (be sure gluten free)
dash of hot sauce (be sure gluten free)
dash of cayenne pepper
hamburger buns or other soft sandwich rolls for serving (We will be using gluten free buns)
In a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the beef with the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic, stirring to break up the meat.
When the meat is cooked through, transfer the meat and vegetables to the slow cooker.
Add the remaining Sloppy Joe ingredients and stir to combine well.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours.
Taste and add more vinegar or sugar, if desired.
Serve the meat mixture spooned on to the buns.
Variation: This was very tasty serving this on top of cooked spaghetti squash. This could also be served on mash potatoes.
Thursday: Gluten and Dairy free pizza
Friday: The big boy is off to Boy Scout Camperie, so we are having a girly sleep over that night. I think I will plan something fun the girlies can cook up and decorate themselves. Maybe sesame chicken kabobs with different veggie chunks to skewer? And some kind of treat to decorate also. Maybe fruit animals or something. Hmmm…
This weekend will also be the great gluten free fortune cookie experiment. I will let you know how it goes. My big girl was feeling a bit pouty about her allergies lately and we figured out it was because there are some things that look kind of fun that she will never be able to have. Fortune cookies were not even on my radar of things to replace, because, let’s face it, they taste like sweet cardboard. But they are fun to snap open, even I remember the fun of that! So, we are going to try. I think I will be printing off some jokes and silly sayings for the fortunes and we will see how it goes. Like I told my daughter, the great thing about experimenting with food is that you get to EAT your mistakes!!
At familyfun.go.com there is a great “Month of Meals” If you are GFCF, you will need to alter some ingredients, but they have some really fun menus put together for the season. Check it out here. Below is a copy in case it disappears from the other site.
Menu Plan Monday
Monday, October 8, 2007