Thursday, September 13, 2007

Autumn Menu Ideas 1

I thought it might be useful, especially for those just starting the GFCF diet, to see my menus for the week. I usually do create a menu, it makes shopping easier. I plan on two days of leftovers, so I come up with 5 meals per week. I doubt I will be able to keep up with posting all the recipes, but will as I have time. I hope it gives you some ideas.

Also, I wanted to “share the love” with all the bloggers whose sites I raid for recipes each week! I’ll post all the links for you GFCF Mommies and Daddies. As I have said in the past, one can always hope our little ones will eat the main courses we prepare, but I have included ideas for picky, younger, and/or ASD palates too. These are not in any particular order:

Baked Chicken Chili Brown Rice Casserole (Gluten-Free Goddess)
Baked Apples
Parallel kids’ meal: separate the rice and chili; if baked apples do not appeal, try applesauce or sliced apples

Colorful Cacciatore (Mom’s Guide to Meal Makeovers, adapted)
Roasted green beans, Mashed potatoes with Kale
Parallel kids’ meal: chicken fingers with tomato sauce or ketchup, steamed green beans, mashed potatoes, hold the kale; can try "hiding" pureed veggies in tomato sauce.

Pesto Zucchini Tomato Gratin (Gluten-free Goddess)
Parallel kids’ meal: Imagine Tomato Soup with Glutino crackers, choice of fruit

Purple Potato Quiche (Gluten-Free Goddess but replace cream with soy yogurt, hold the cheese or use soy or almond cheese)
Mixed Herb Salad
Parallel kids’ meal: scrambled eggs, bacon or ham, fruit of choice

Chicken Salad Wraps with pecans and Baby Spinach
Apple, Grape and Celery “Waldorf Salad” (Martha Stewart’s Every Day Food )
Sweet potato and beet chips (The Terra brand has a nice combination)
Parallel kids’ meal: if the wrap concept does not appeal, offer roast chicken slices alone with apples, grapes on the side (not in a salad, no dressing).


Karina said...

Thanks for choosing some of my recipes- cool. :)

I like the parallel kids meal ideas- what a fab way to support your child!

As a kid (well, even as an adult) I had sensory/texture issues with food (not welcomed or understood). Not to mention- the whole metal fork issue. ;)

Natalie said...

I am so glad you are doing the menu thing too. We all need inspiration for what to cook! I love the parallel menu idea- as Jude gets older he gets pickier, so I have to slightly modify dinner for him.

GFCF Mommy said...

Karina, it always means so much to me to have you visit! Your recipes really openend up a whole new food world for me and my family!

I think a lot of people have sensory/texture issues and I am so sorry as a child yours were not understood. I have them too. The Catholic nuns didn't understand mine either!

It's funny, but having my son has taught me to think "out of the box" about many things and I've learned a lot about myself in the process.


GFCF Mommy said...


Your menus and your food photograpny always look so fabulous! I am still new at this. I am sure some of your recipes will show up on my menu, maybe even next week!


P.S. Have you been able to get the tomato sauce off the walls yet? LOL!

Natalie said...

Still working on those walls! I linked to this post this week for menu of the week. I love looking at other gf menus!