A Gluten-Free Autumn Menu Plan

What says Autumn?  Apples, pears, cinnamon, cloves, pumpkins, oh my!  So since we haven’t had cinnamon in the rotation for a bit, I thought I’d throw some in.  Many of my recipes do feature cinnamon because DH adores it.  Just a few:

And, of course, I love garam masala, which includes cinnamon as one of its spices for a perfect blend.

Just to wear my dietitian hat for a minute, cinnamon is an especially fabulous spice because it’s extremely high in antioxidants, and some studies show that it may help balance blood sugar, too!  Talk about a sweet deal.

I’ve also put up an Autumn/Halloween newsletter with tips and idea for gluten-free trick-or-treating, and I also did a guest post on nutrition and depression. I also posted a Lentil stew recipe, and made fantastic sweet potato pie that I need to re-make to blog about. What yum!.

Looking at next week, I’ll be trying to get things ready for our annual pumpkin carving party in addition to taking things a bit easy–I sprained my ankle, and am in the midst of a few projects, such as this fun  Celiac Disease Video project, which I’m eagerly anticipating.  But seriously, come mid November, I really need to commit to some hard-core vegging out to make up for all these deadlines!

And to all you lovelies…calling new hosts/hostesses! Info here

So onto the meal plan:
Monday:
Malaysian Curry with broccoli (does contain cinnamon)

Tues:
Kalamata hummus and garden-fresh lettuce

Weds:
I have bison and I need to figure out a good recipe, so I need to hunt down a good recipe

Thurs:
Roasted rosemary salmon with roasted cauli. This keeps getting bumped off the menu, so it’s time to get serious!

Friday:
Leftovers

To make:
okay, this is party food made in advance, mind you, or there wouldn’t be so much sugar overload:
pralines
meringues
our DB challenge
whatever else I can premake!b

Garden brag:

basil. Gobs of basil
a few tomatoes
an obscene quantity of kale
pumpkins (little guys)

And everyone else?
Joyce of Annotated Food joins us with a great menu, including goulash and a chicken dish in creamy tomato sauce, and I can’t help wondering if I can liberate if of dairy.

Wendy of Celiacs in the House and her gang has been under the weather, so she’s been taking it easy.  And yet she still has a lovely menu plan, with lamb, arepas and more!  She has a bunch of goodies for serving as a gluten-free ambassador.

Renee of Beyond Rice and Tofu has Smokey Mountain Lasagne on the menu, and is looking for a heriloom bean recipe.  I can’t wait.  And here’s to hoping she posts some garden pics!

Heather of Celiac Family has been having a hectic time, but as usual she’s got great food on the menu.  The Mexican Pizza looks delish, and she links to a Banana Coffee Cake that really caught my eye.

Scrumptious of In My Box has a great gluten-free vegan meal plan.  She’s helping a friend celebrate his 10th “veginaversary” and pondering making rum balls.  Though everything looks delicious, the Tofu Aloo Golbi looks uber yummy.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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11 Responses to A Gluten-Free Autumn Menu Plan

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  3. Renee says:

    Hi Cheryl – thanks for hosting. I posted my plan just now.
    http://beyondriceandtofu.com/2010/10/17/meal-plan-monday-october-18-2010/
    Renee

  4. Joyce says:

    Hemp milk, maybe? Or silken tofu? Vegan cream cheese? The milk wouldn’t be as silk, but I think it’d do all right.

  5. It all looks good to me! Gobs of basil? Still? How long does it usually last outside? I’m about to start my AeroGarden again, so I have it fresh on my kitchen counter. But, if I ever get my garden going next year, I hope to have plenty of basil in it.

  6. Michelle says:

    Mmmmmm, bison! My boyfriend loves bison. Is it steak or ground? If it’s a steak, we generally marinate it in our favourite sauce (honey garlic with lots of ginger and garlic) and grill it. I’ve used ground bison to make meatloaf too or in tacos/burritoes.

  7. Mine is posted. It’s short and sweet and easy this week. If I felt better, I’d be jealous of your garden bragging, your party and your menu. Obscene amounts of kale and gobs of basil, indeed.
    http://celiacsinthehouse.blogspot.com/2010/10/gluten-free-menu-swapmenu-plan-monday_18.html
    I’ll email and volunteer to host later this week. Hope my post makes sense and doesn’t have any glaring typos.
    Wendy

  8. Hi Renee,
    Thanks, can’t wait to see it!
    Joyce,
    Allergic to all those, too. I was thinking of trying macadamia nut cream, we shall see.

    Heather,
    My basil is good to me and as you can see, still going strong (I can’t risk bragging, my garden is my baby!) It dies below 40 or there abouts.
    http://www.gfgoodness.com/2010/10/18/gobs-of-basil/

    Michelle, it’s ground bison, and that sounds yummy.

    Wendy, I hope you feel better soon!

  9. Hi Cheryl.

    Thanks so much for the great guest post you did on my blog!
    Love your blog!

    -Michelle.

  10. Chaya says:

    Would someone be kind enough to explain how this works? How does anyone know that cinnamon has been chosen and is there a place to share cinnamon recipes?

    What are the details of the meal plan? I am interested in this but I am not sure what to do.

    Thanks.

  11. I like the fact that you like cinnamon. I tend to think of it as the long lost spice that many people forget about – good to see that another person likes it.

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