Menu of the Week: Menu Plan Monday and Gluten Free Menu Swap

japanesetrio.jpgPictured: Grilled Ginger Sesame Tofu Recipe, Onigiri with a simple GF soy sauce drizzled avocado cube filling, and the sesame spinach recipe below. It was all absolutely delish!

This week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap is hosted by a relative newcomer to gluten-free blogging, Cooking Illustrated so I hope you’ll all go visit her blog and say hello. This week’s theme ingredient is the potato, one of my favorite things in the world! And as always, I enjoy posting my menu over at Org Junkie. But without further ado… here’s my menu for this week!

Monday: Italian, the boy cooks
DH’s mushroom risotto
Roasted Asparagus

Tuesday: Mexican, Fast
Vegetarian Nachos and/or Vegetarian Tacos

Wednesday: European, Fast
Potato and Sweet Potato Knishes

Thursday: Chinese
Szechuan Green Beans
Tofu Strips with sauce
Brown Rice

Friday: Korean
Spicy Vegetarian Rice Cake Kim Chi Soup

This week I was a busy girl, posting two lengthy articles- one
Review of Mariposa Gluten-Free Bakery in the Bay Area and
a special Gluten Free Raw Foods Company in the Bay Area with a roundup of gluten-free raw recipes.

(*if you’re not listed yet, now is a great time to join in by posting links to your GF raw recipe posts!*)

Please don’t forget to ADOPT A GLUTEN FREE BLOGGER over at Rachel’s Blog. There’s still time to participate! The deadline to post is MAY 11th, so get those posting, adopting fingers ready! I adopted the never Gobsmacked Kate at Gluten-Free Gobsmacked, of course!

And now for our Weekly Feature….
For this salad of the week I chose a traditional Japanese spinach dish that is somewhere between a salad and a tasty, cold vegetable side dish. DH has always been lukewarm about spinach at best, and the happiest thing about this Japanese recipe is that he actually liked it so much he gobbled it up and nibbled at leftovers, without even a comment about “yicky spinach.” He even said… shock… it was YUMMY. so there! The perfect recipe for spinach skeptics. I think it’s the magic of sesame.

Japanese Cold Sesame Spinach Salad Recipe
2 bunches fresh spinach OR 1 med- lg. bag baby spinach
1/3 cup white sesame seeds
2 tbsp. agave nectar(vegan) or honey (non-vegan) (or more, to taste)
1/4 scant cup GF low sodium tamari, like San-j

Wash and prepare spinach. Bring pot of water to boil and blanch your spinach, rinsing under cool water and then draining. Chop and reserve.

Take your sesame seeds and toast or heat them until they start to release their fragrance. Grind in a suribachi/mortar or in a blender, crushing the seeds until they release their oils and start to become like a nut flour, but stopping before they become a paste. Combine ground nuts with your sweetener and tamari, mix, and pour over your chopped, drained spinach. Serve.

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14 Responses to “Menu of the Week: Menu Plan Monday and Gluten Free Menu Swap”

  1. A new onigiri filling?? I should just go ahead and put that on next weeks menu because there is no way I’ll be able to resist. And the spinach looks yummy. You do the best things with greens!

  2. can the boy come over and cook for us? Maybe he could give my sweet hubby a few tips!! Sounds really delicious this week Sea!

  3. Hi Mary Frances! You guys are so cute with your onigiri cravings! Have you tried any recipes from the book, btw? It really is a great spinach recipe- good both for the converted and the spinach haters in the family.

    Hi Carrie! Thanks for coming by! I’m looking forward to his risotto tonight. (We switched the schedule around when my class got canceled). :)

  4. Wow that looks very tasty! :)

  5. Oops I commented on the wrong post, not the most recent. Sorry about that!

  6. Hi Wheeler, Thanks!

    No worries, Org Junkie! I’m glad to see you coming by any of my posts. :)


  7. Hmmm, how do you think this would work with raw spinach? I might try it for lunch today!


  8. Sea,
    Thanks for stopping by my website. I’m excited to see more of your blog! The Onigiri looks great!

  9. I put up a post about the “yummy toppings” I put on my baked potato. Check it out!

  10. You have been busy. This looks delish!

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  12. Hey Yum!

    Would this awesome looking spinach salad with sesame work with black sesame seeds? Spinach is on sale this week, and this looks awesome!


  13. M- It IS an awesome salad. I just bought 3 beautiful spinach bunches at our local Korean grocery store myself. I don’t see why you couldn’t use black sesame seeds- I think the flavor might be slightly different but still VERY yummy. Please tell me how it turns out!!! :)


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