Head over to Laura’s for Menu Plan Monday.  M-elle of La Cocina de Michelle is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap this week.  She has picked quinoa for the theme ingredient.  Quinoa (besides being a nutrition powerhouse) is a life saver for the busy family.  It cooks up quickly for those busy school nights, make a fabulous tabouli, and I love it in any pilaf.

Wednesday I will be posting photos of what my kids brought for their school lunches last week.  Hopefully it will give some ideas on what to pack for a gluten and dairy free lunch if you are stuck for ideas.  I may continue to post lunches periodically if there is an interest in it, such as a monthly “lunch round up” of any that were particularly yummy and well received by the kiddos…

Last Friday for Gluten Free-zer Friday I adapted the September 2009 breakfast and lunch portion of Once a Month Mom’s menu to gluten and dairy free.  This Friday the dinner recipes will be posted.  It may be something I continue each month if there is a need for it.  Please let me know if it is helpful in the comments so I know if it is something I should continue.  Thank you!

Gluten Free Menu Swap Mondayorgjunkiempm1

Monday: orthodontist apt./prep for upcoming class/make dinner for tomorrow

Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes, salad, apple wedges

Tuesday:  Piano lessons (bring a portable dinner)/Mom volunteer in school library/teach gluten and dairy free bread class

crunchy chicken bites, grapes,carrot sticks

Wednesday: bake banana muffins (double recipe – freeze most for breakfasts) dance class/youth group/mom drama meeting

spaghetti with garden veggies and meatballs, salad and French bread (all gluten free)   

Thursday: possible harvest potatoes (may to Wednesday)/soccer practice/back to school night at the middle school/bake gluten free roll up bread for lunches

hamburgers, salad, sliced tomatoes from the garden

Friday: clean one garden bed (top dress with compost, etc) plant more hardy greens/big guy leaves for Order of the Arrow weekend

Stir fry (the kind will be determined by my garden and what needs to be cooked up in the freezer) over quinoa