Menu Plan ~ September 6, 2009

So I have been slacking a little on the menu plan this weekend!  LOL!  I guess that is what Holiday weekends are all about.  I hope that you all are having a great Holiday weekend.  We spent some time with family yesterday that we hadn’t seen in a long time and it was great to see everyone.  Everyone looked great! 

The kids are beginning to fall into their school year routines.  I just want to know when the heck they both grew up?  Where are my babies?  Soon we will be back into hockey & that will complicate our hectic schedules even more.  Gotta love life!! :) 

Sunday ~ Rotisserie Chicken (Meijer has a Lemon Roasted that is GF!), broccoli & salad

Monday ~ Thai Chile Salmon, roasted kabocha squash, green beans & salad

Tuesday ~Taco Tuesday!  Refried beans, corn & salad

Wednesday ~ BBQ pulled pork, yucca fries, asparagus & salad

Thursday ~ Chicken Fettucine Alfredo, broccoli & salad

Friday ~ Pizza night! 

Saturday ~ Leftovers

Baked Goods

PB Balls that I didn’t get to last week

Bread

Whatever strikes my fancy!

Asparagus Thin is hosting the GF Menu Swap this week and the choice ingredient of the week is tapioca/manioc/cassava/yucca.  I love yucca!!!  You can bet that I will be making some yucca fries this week!  Perhaps with my pulled pork!  Thanks for hosting!

Don’t forget to check out Orgjunkie for lots more menu planning ideas. 

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My nephews could still use some prayers & positive thoughts.  They have had a rough week.  The both have fought infections and they are still trying to get a PICC line in baby Wyatt.  Thank you!

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Watch for lots of reviews this week!  I have some great products that I can’t wait to share with you all!!

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Check out my review of Jeni’s Ice Creams.   They have the most unique flavors!  Can’t wait to go back!

 

Have a great week!!

 

 

Zpizza to Carry GF Breaded Chicken Chunks!!!

 

This just in from Nancy Baker at NFCA (www.celiaccentral.org)

Zpizza will be rolling out gluten-free breaded chicken chunks at select locations!

Each location serving the gluten-free chicken has been trained through GREAT Food service.

Call your local Zpizza to confirm if they are carrying these or not. 

 

 

Misc. Information

I am not sure how you are all liking these posts with multiple topics in them.  I feel silly posting just a small blip and then doing multiple posts a day when I can lump them all into one post.  I assume they are probably easier to read all in one post, too, especially if you are subscribed via email or google reader.  Please feel free to let me know how you feel about this.

I received a package the other day from Bob’s Red Mill full of their new line of gluten-free corn products!  WOOHOO!!!  There were 4 bags of flours/mixes:  Masa Harina, Corn Grits, Corn Meal & Corn Flour.  I can’t wait to dig into this stuff and make some fun treats!  I am a Southern girl at heart & love my grits. :)

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I was brainstorming the other day & came up with a new sandwich.  I wanted to have a Caprese salad style sandwich, but I didn’t have any fresh mozzarella.  So, I swapped in some Daisy Cottage Cheese  (gluten-free)  in place of the mozzarella! YUM!  I toasted a Trader Joe’s French Roll, topped with cottage cheese, fresh basil, sliced Roma tomato & pepper.  This turned out really good & is a great meatless option! 

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Yesterday I spent the day shopping with my Mom.  We had a great time.  We haven’t had a chance to have a day like this in a very long time.  We made sure to stop at Starbuck’s to get our first taste of the Pumpkin Spice Lattes for the season.  They were calling these “A Cup of Fall” on the news the other day!  LOL!  I totally agree!!  Love that they are gluten-free!!  I did express my disappointment of the Valencia Orange Cake not being available anymore.  The guy working said that when they had them, no one was buying them.  Now that they are gone, people are going nuts.  I pointed out that not everyone eats treats like that daily, but it is nice to have the option. 

My Mom & I decided to go to Marcella’s for lunch to give the gluten-free pasta a try.  It did not disappoint!  We each chose the half salad/half pasta option.  I had the gluten-free penne pasta with red clam sauce.  They did have to modify the sauce (left out the flour) to make it gluten-free.  It was very good.  It was a touch on the spicy side, but that is how I roll. ;)  Excellent meal. 

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After lunch we did some more shopping & then hit Jeni’s Ice Cream.  I have a review that will be posted shortly on Jeni’s.  Phenomenal is all I have to say.  Love all of the unique flavors.  Perfect end to a perfect day.  Mom, it was great to spend the day with you.  :)

                                                                                                                                                                        

In case you missed it, make sure to check out my interview with a gluten-free marathon runner.  Beth is getting ready to run her 14th marathon!  Go Beth!!   

 

Happy Thursday!!! 

 

Review: Bonefish Grill

Aaron & I had date night last night!!  It has been a long time since we have gone out on a “date”, so it was about time.  We chose to go to Bonefish Grill.  We have dined at Bonefish Grill many times since going gluten-free. 

For a drink, I ordered the Chocolate Martini.  I decided to be adventurous, as I normally order wine.  Well, I should have stuck with wine.  While the Chocolate Martini was very impressive looking, it was way too strong.  Aaron called me a light weight, I think the bartender has a heavy hand. ;) 

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I opted instead to go with a glass of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio.  It was much better!

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Bonefish Grill has a special running through the end of the month.  You can order off of a special menu for $18/person and you get the choice of appetizer (from 2, neither were GF, but they were nice enough to allow us to swap the Saucy Shrimp for the non-GF apps), choice of salad & choice of entree from 3 or 4 listed. 

Here is our Saucy Shrimp (shrimp sauteed in a lime tomato garlic sauce with kalamata olives, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes):

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This appetizer was amazing!  I loved the combo of flavors going on.  Even Aaron liked it! 

The house salad was great, too!  It included greens, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pine nuts, hearts of palm & citrus vinaigrette.  You can have feta or blue cheese added for an additional charge.  The salad is a nice, unique blend of vegetables, nuts & cheese that you don’t typically see.  The dressing has a nice zing to it and isn’t overly oily.

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For dinner I ordered the salmon with lemon butter (on the side) and haricot verts.  Aaron ordered the scallops & shrimp, herbed jasmine rice & garlic mashed potatoes.  We were fully intending on sharing our meals.  We went as far to ask for no seasonal garnish, because the garnish with the zucchini & tomatoes is not gluten-free per the menu.  Well, guess what?  Aaron’s came out with the garnish.  Sigh.  Not as big of a deal as if it were my plate, but still, they didn’t know that.  It was disappointing because we were really looking forward to sharing and it would take way too long to send his back & have it remade.  We had a movie to catch at 8:10.  The food was cooked well & tasted great, but I am growing more & more frustrated with issues like this.  I was so irritated that I forgot to take a picture of my entree!! LOL!! 

While the food at Bonefish is very good and the gluten-free menu fairly large, this seems to be a common theme for them.  Of all the times we have dined at Bonefish over the past year or so, we have never had a dish where the plate came out just as it was supposed to.  Most often the plate has had to be sent back because it was for someone with Celiac and just removing the item from the plate isn’t good enough.  It seems as if some brushing up on the gluten-free menu & procedures is in order.

After dinner we headed over to the movie theater and saw The Hangover.  OMG…that movie had me laughing the whole way through!  I haven’t laughed like that in a very long time. 

We had a great night out!  I am giving a shout out to my Mother-in-law & Father-in-law who watched our kids last night.  THANK YOU!! 

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I have also written a more “formal” review of Bonefish Grill on The Examiner if you want to check that out. 

 

School Starts Tomorrow

Today was a day of fun for the kids and I.  This was officially the last day of summer.  I had planned out a fun day for us all.  This morning we had pedicure time for the divas:

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Then we headed out to Chipotle for a super yummy lunch!  This was the first time that we have eaten there gluten-free and I was very impressed.  You can read more on The Examiner in my new article.  I will tease you with a picture of my yumminess…..

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The gluten-free boy is in heaven (see our bottle of Ortega Taco Sauce that we brought?):

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Hannah not liking her cheese quesadilla (not gluten-free) so much without ketchup.  Note to self:  bring ketchup next time, too!

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After our awesome lunch, we headed over to Cold Stone Creamery for dessert.  The kids each got love it sizes (way too much, but I had a buy 1 get 1 coupon from the entertainment book) with 4 mix-ins.  Hey, it was a special day. LOL!  I myself stuck with the smaller like it size and should have chose the kids size instead….that was still too much.  I had to have the dark chocolate with Heath bar mixed in.  So rich & satisfying! 

I had a great time today with the kids and I hope they had as much fun as I did.  :)  I think we just started a new tradition. 

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Heidi over at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom had a wonderful post that I have to talk about today.  She made her own GF Happy Meals!  What a brilliant idea!  Jon is a little old for this idea, but I know a lot of others have young kids that are gluten-free and can’t have the Happy Meals.  I wanted you all to see what Heidi came up with.  Please head over to her blog & read her amazing idea!  WTG Heidi! 

 

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Z Pizza – A Gluten-Free Party & Review

Last night I met up with a bunch of other Celiac/gluten-free people in Columbus.  These are all people that I have met online, either through the blog world or Twitter.  It was so great to put faces (and voices) with names and to meet some of their friends and/or family members.  Jay at The Gluten-free Post was nice enough to organize this function with Z Pizza for us. 

Once we all said “Hello” and sat down, we were given the gluten-free menu to browse over.  I was very impressed by the selection of items that were gluten-free.  Almost every style of pizza on the menu could be modified to be gluten-free.  Heaven!!  Also, they offered 2 different gluten-free beer choices!!  They had New Grist and Bard’s Tale

I started off with a Greek salad.  I was so excited about all the choices, I totally forgot to take a picture of it!  HA!  Aaron stayed home with the kids and I brought a co-worker of his who also has Celiac, Lindsay.  Lindsay has only been gluten-free for 4 months, so she had yet to experience gluten-free beer.  Lindsay & I decided on 2 different pizzas to share.  We ordered the Moroccan. (basil, eggplant, mozzarella, feta cheese, pesto & pine nuts) and the Mediterranean (mozzarella, feta, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, Greek olives, pili pili oil, and oregano. 

The Moroccan:

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The Mediterranean:

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The pizzas were amazing.  There is nothing like beer & pizza.  Lindsay said she was “in heaven”!  Lots of good sounds coming from the table at Z Pizza last night. 

As we were finishing up our chatting & dinner, the staff brought out some cookies for us.  We all looked around like wondering if they were gluten-free and sure enough, they were!  Coconut Macaroons & Peanut Butter cookies.  OMG…they were amazing!!  I asked where they got them from and turns out that they make them there!  This place just kept getting better & better.  This is a definite repeat visit place.  THANK YOU Z PIZZA & JAY!!!

After dinner some of us walked a few blocks down to Jeni’s Ice Creams.  I have never seen so many unique flavors!!  I had to sample several before I made up my mind.  I sampled the Sweet & Salty Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Lemon & Blueberries and a Pear & Riesling Sorbet.  They were all amazing, but the Dark Chocolate was amazing…so smooth & rich!  I got a kids size cup because I was already stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey.  I seriously could have done without the salad, but I had to have it! LOL! 

This was a great night!  Great company, conversation & food.  It was so nice to meet everyone and I hope to see you all again at the next dinner or get together. 

Gluten-free Restaurant Review: Marcella’s

Last night 2 of my BFF’s and I went out for our monthly dinner at Marcella’s.  Marcella’s is one of the many restaurants in the Cameron Mitchell Restaurant group.  We try to choose new places or ones that we don’t dine at frequently for our monthly dinners.  It is a great way to stay connected to each other; life is too short to not spend good times with your friends. 

Upon arriving, I asked the hostess if they had a printed gluten-free menu or if  the manager would be able to go over the menu with me.  While they didn’t have a gluten-free menu, the did have gluten-free pasta!!!  WHAT?  OMG!  I have  never eaten in a restaurant that serves gluten-free pasta.  I almost fainted right there and think that I did actually jump up & down and maybe even let out a little shriek.  I hope that I didn’t scare the hostess too much! LOL! 

Check out the menu:

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I looked at the menu for a long time.  I couldn’t decide what to have.  I was told that they could pretty much modify anything on the menu to be gluten-free (with the exception of the breads & fried stuff, obviously).  There were so many choices, which is odd, because normally there are only a handful of things that are gluten-free on the menu.  The pasta is penne style and is also soy-free.  I wanted to eat pasta because I had never had pasta out since going gluten-free, but the Seafood Risotto was calling my name.  Additionally, I had just had a tuna pasta creation for lunch because I was not expecting to have pasta as an option for dinner.  I settled on the Seafood Risotto.  For an appetizer we ordered the prosciutto & melon and then a chopped salad, too.

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The melon was perfect…crisp & flavorful and the proscuitto was the perfect pairing. 

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The salad was made up of mixed greens, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, gorgonzola & a yummy house vinaigrette. 

Here is my Seafood Risotto:

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Do you see the big, succulent pieces of shrimp & lobster?

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The Seafood Risotto has lobster, shrimp, white wine, parmesan reggiano and tomatoes.  Completely & totally amazing.  Super creamy.  Gordon Ramsay would be proud of this risotto!!  (Hell’s Kitchen fans will catch that reference.) ;)

Dessert offerings for the gluten-free crowd were a few flavors of gelato, including pistachio and chocolate.  Unfortunately I was too full to enjoy any.  Yes, I, Kim was too full.  That is not something that occurs frequently with me.  LOL!  I did finish all of my salad and most of that large bowl of risotto, though.

Marcella’s is definitely a place that I will be dining at frequently.  I can’t wait to go back now!  Only problem is that I want to have that risotto again, but I also want to try a bunch of other stuff! 

Once again, well done Cameron Mitchell, well done.  :)  Now if we could just get some gluten-free pizza there, I might just eat all of my meals there!  HA!  ;)

 

 

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