Monday, March 24, 2008

This Week's Menu

Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

Welcome to the Gluten Free Menu Swap for the week of March 24th!!
If you would like to be a future host of the swap,
please visit Natalie's Menu Swap Headquarters for more information!

The ingredient of the week is almonds! I chose almonds because I always think of almonds at Easter! As a child I often received Jordan Almonds in my Easter basket! Chocolate covered almonds are a favorite as well!

In my kitchen I like adding raw sliced almonds to vegetables like green beans when cooking! The almonds give the vegetables a very unique flavor and a wonderful crunch! I'll be making green beans with almonds this week! I'm also looking forward to trying Natalie's Almond Honey Yeast Bread!

Almonds and most nuts are easy to store and have a long shelf life. I love having almonds, pecans, and walnuts in my freezer to use any time I need them when cooking!

Your Gluten Free Menus this week:

* Kara, at Gluten Free in the Greens has a delicious menu planned for this week! She will be serving Turkey Quinoa balls and has a great line up wonderful gluten free blogger recipes she made last week! (Including my Cheddar Baked Hominy! -- Thank you for including me Kara!)

*Ginger, from Fresh Ginger has an amazing International menu this week! A few of her dishes will include: orrechiette carbanara (with a recipe link) and fish tacos! She will also be making lemon bars with an almond crust!! Great menu Ginger! Thanks for participating!!

*Karen, from Gluten Free Sox Fan has her menu up for the week! She said it wasn't very exciting, but Eggplant Lasagna and Feta Topped Chicken with veggies sounds pretty exciting and delicious to me!! I think weeks we get creative with what we have in the pantry can be some of the best menus we have! Thanks Karen!!

*Please email me at gingerlemon_girl at yahoo dot com to add your gluten free menu this week!


Max found a new friend!
(Thanks for sending the bear to me for my birthday Angie! Max loves him!)

I have to admit, after such an extremely busy Easter weekend, I was reluctant to plan a menu this week!! But I know from previous experience, just having a basic menu plan (even if it's only simple foods) for the week will help me to be stress-free later!! And it also helps me to know what ingredients we have on hand!!

Canadian Bacon Pizza with spinach salad

Roast Chicken
Green Beans with Almonds
Baked Sweet Potatoes

Nan's Skillet Dinner
Sauteed Asparagus

Black Bean Enchiladas -or-
Taco Salad

Cheesy Chicken Primavera (recipe coming soon!)
Homemade Caesar Salad


Check back later in the week for the March Gluten Free Grill and several great tasting recipes!!

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