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

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An unexpectedly lovely combination- homemade corn tortillas used in goat cheese quesadillas topped with a version of this red chard caper saute, smoky salsa, goat yogurt and chopped fresh veggies including fresh torn basil. Nothing like a homemade tortilla, mmm.

The swap is hosted this week by Natalie, the Gluten Free Mommy herself, with thyme as our theme ingredient. And of course, I always love to post my menu plans with Org Junkie. Here it is!

Monday: Italian
Foccacia with Caramelized Onion Marmalade
a rif on this homage recipe inspired by thisEggplant Pesto “Crostini

Wednesday: Venezuelan
Arepa Venezuelan Corn Cakes
with refried beans
salsa or pico de gallo and
guacamole

Thursday: Japanese
Fried Tofu Balls
Soba Buckwheat noodles
Spinach

Saturday: Indian
Cauliflower Potato Curry
Teff Flatbread or Wild Rice

Snack: Indian Rice Idli with Chutney, Homemade Corn Tortillas

This week I fell in love with cauliflower and posted
a fabulous roasted garlic rosemary cauliflower recipe
and
reviewed my adopted blogger Karina’s Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe

And continuing my new feature, the Dressing of the Week, last week we enjoyed a sweet and fruity STRAWBERRY DRESSING, adapted from Vegetarian Times. If you haven’t added strawberries to your salad, I highly recommend it. It really adds a whole new dimension to the salad experience!

Strawberry Dressing
Ingredients
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp. sugar
1/2 medium shallot or equivalent red onion
1/2 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
Directions
Blend all ingredients except the olive oil and water. Add your water, combine, and then slowly add your olive oil and let emulsify. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe originally contained an entire CUP of olive oil. Since I don’t really want to consume that much oil in a week (cough cough) I lightened it. You can play with the olive oil and water mixture, or add more vinegar to taste.

Yummy additions to a salad with this dressing:
Avocado
Goat Cheese
Pine Nuts

Definitely add some fresh strawberries to your salad to celebrate the strawberry dressing!


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

  1. Looks Yum, as usual :P I love strawberries on salad with balsamic, especially with avocado and maybe some radicchio and spinach.

    Which brand of buckwheat soba noodles do you use? Thanks!

  2. [...] Sea at Book of Yum has her gluten free menu up. She has a beautiful picture of homemade corn tortillas with her menu. Her menu features cuisines from around the globe, including an Indian dish, Cauliflower Potato Curry. [...]

  3. The homemade corn tortillas look amazing!

  4. Looks awesome and exotic too!

  5. The strawberry dressing look divine!

    Is gluten free eating expensive? I was just at a natural foods store today, and it seemed pretty pricey!

  6. Hi M! Thanks! Here’s another post (comment #2)where I talk about the brand of soba that I use, with a link showing you a pic of the package:
    http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/the-quick-and-easy-vegetarian-spa-meal-at-home-473.html#comments
    Hope this helps! I really ought to try to make my own sometime, but that just seems like so much work. Mmm, spinach, great idea!

    Hi Queen, Thank you!

    CanadianSaver- exotic, tee hee. cool! thanks.

    Hi Amanda, Thanks! Gluten-free eating can be pricey if you rely on pre-packaged foods. But, if you purchase your gluten-free flours in bulk online, you can really cut costs. The cheapest way to go about it is probably to shop for GF flours in international markets or just go flour-free. Personally, I think the only time a GF diet is necessary is if you have a gluten intolerance, extensive allergies or something like Celiac disease. That being said, it can be fun to experiment with some different flours sometimes, and it’s always healthy to play with your veggies… :D

    Thanks for commenting, all!

    -Sea

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