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Weekly Menu Plan – Week of May 9 and GF Happenings

Welcome back to another week of my gluten-free, grain-free, dairy/casein-free and refined sugar-free menu planning attempts, I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! :-D

Before I share my menu plan, there are a couple of things I would like to share with you.  First, I took the plunge this week and launched my own Twitter paper!  The Adventuresgfmom Daily is a compilation of my favorite gluten-free and food allergy bloggers’ tweets from the day, as well as the tweets from:

Dr. Rodney Ford

Dr. Vikki Petersen

The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

The University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America

Gluten Free Living Magazine

So if you are not on Twitter yet and have been reluctant to take the plunge, subscribing to my paper will be a great way to keep up on all the latest and greatest gluten-free happenings in the Twitterverse! :-D

Last Wednesday, May 4th, was the big day for the first Gluten-Free Labeling Summit and I would like give a BIG thank you shout out to the two amazing and passionate gluten-free activists who are behind the 1 in 133 projectJules Shepard, author of The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (a great book!) and her own gluten-free blog, Jules Speaks (Jules also has an extensive line of gluten-free flours and mixes) and John Forberger, a triathlete who has been to the hospital over a dozen times due to accidental glutenings.  Check out this article in The Washington City Paper for all gluten-free cake details!  If you want to wear your support for the 1 in 133 project, why not get a T-shirt or an iPhone skin? :-D

Here are some photos from the Gluten-Free Labeling Summit:

The winner of last week’s Dr. Vikki Prize Package is:

#7 Jill!

Congratulations Jill, I will email you for your shipping information. :-D

Monday:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie (my friend Heather wrote a fantastic recipe template for making smoothies over at Gluten Free Cat) and Homemade Lean Country-Style Breakfast Sausage from The Mayo Clinic (I’ll make enough for the entire week and freeze)

My boys’ Lunch: Applegate Farms Soppressata Rollups, Raw Veggies with Homemade Hummus from Six Food Intolerance Living (I omit the Tahini), Apple Slices, Homemade Roasted and Salted Sunflower Seeds (there is a recipe template for roasting your own nuts on Comfy Belly, I do this so I can make sure the salt is corn-free)

Dinner: Thai Chicken and Bok Choy in Sweet Red Chili Sauce from Gluten Free Diva

Dessert: Peach Sorbet from Gluten Free Easily

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie and Breakfast Sausage

My Boys’ Lunch: Applegate Farms Organic Turkey Burger “Sticks” (I pan-grill the burgers, then cut into sticks so they will fit in the thermos.  Before adding the burgers to the thermos, I fill it with boiling hot water, screw on the lid and let it hang out while I make the burgers, this heats up the thermos and helps to keep the burgers warm until lunchtime.  Once the burgers are ready, I pour out the hot water and then add the burger sticks), Homemade Ketchup for dipping, Carrot Sticks with Herbamare (my kids LOVE this stuff!), Homemade No Sugar Added Applesauce from Allrecipes.com

Dinner: Pan Seared Scallops from Use Real Butter (I know what your thinking and no I won’t be using real butter, olive oil is an equally good substitute for dairy allergies or if ghee is allowed on your diet, you could use that), Grilled Tomatoes from Simply Recipes (I will also grill some zucchini and yellow squash)

Dessert: Fruit Sundaes with Coconut Whipped Cream from The W.H.O.L.E. Gang (I will use 1/2 cup of Coconut Nectar after seeing Shirley’s beautiful Honey version of the whipped cream on GFE)

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie and Breakfast Sausage

My Boys’ Lunch: Tuna Salad Boats (I will use this recipe for a mayo-free tuna salad from Cate’s World Kitchen and serve in Belgium Endive “boats.” I use Wild Skipjack Light Tuna from Wild Planet, it’s soy-free and the cans are BPA-free)

Dinner: Barbecue Chicken, Cucumber Chickpea Salad from The Welcoming Kitchen

Dessert: Chocolate Pudding from Comfy Belly (I will use Carob Powder in place of the Chocolate) topped with Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream

Thursday:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie and Breakfast Sausage

My Boys’ Lunch: Leftover BBQ Chicken and Cucumber Chickpea Salad, Honeydew Melon

Dinner: Roasted Chicken and Jerusalem Artichokes (a.k.a Sunchokes, I hear they’re a good substitute for potatoes) from Martha Stewart, Roasted Green Beans, Salad

Dessert: Fresh Berries w/Coconut Whipped Cream

Friday:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie and Breakfast Sausage

My Boys’ Lunch: Shrimp Cocktail with Homemade Cocktail Sauce (I will use homemade Ketchup and homemade Worcestershire Sauce), Salad, Grapes

Dinner: Fish Sticks from Comfy Belly, Oven-Roasted Broccoli from Rachael Ray

Dessert: Strawberries and Ice Cream with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction from the Whole Foods website (I will use So Delicious Vanilla Bean Ice Cream)

Saturday:

Breakfast: Grain-free Lemony Almond Pancakes from Ricki Heller’s Good Morning: Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy e-book , Wellshire Farms Bacon (it’s gluten-free, casein-free, corn-free and soy-free), fresh squeezed orange juice (this is a once a month treat for my boys since they go hog-wild on juice)

Lunch: Leftovers from the week

Dinner: Gluten-Free Roast Beef Beast from Gluten-Free Fitness, Roasted Green Beans, Baked Sweet Potatoes

Dessert: Dairy-Free, Grain-Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake (this will be an experimental variation of the Upside Down Apple Cake on Comfy Belly, I’ll let you know how it turns out)

Sunday:

Breakfast: Almond Flour Donuts from Comfy Belly (we’ve been trialing Luke on eggs, but in baked goods only)

Lunch: Leftovers from the week

Dinner: Pesto Chicken over Spaghetti Squash from Life as a Plate (I will use walnuts instead of pine nuts and omit the Parmesan), Salad

Dessert: Raw Banana Ice Cream from Daily Unadventures in Cooking

Menu Planning Resources

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Be sure to check out this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap, being hosted by Heather over at Celiac Family.

And for more menu plan ideas, be sure to visit Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura of I’m an Organizing Junkie

 

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Comments

  1. Patti S says:

    Thank you for posting your menu plans. Where do you find the energy to cook so many amazing yummy things in one day?

    • Hi Patti!

      Oh, believe you me, there are definitely days that go awry and I have to scrap "the plan" and pull out my standby of baked or grilled chicken breasts, baked sweet potatoes and a salad. we're fortunate that I don't work outside of the home and when the kids are in school, I try to maximize the quiet time and do as much prep work for the week as possible.

      I'm new to making meal plans but I needed to do it for the strict diet we are currently on (literally, there are no processed foods in our house)…if I don't cook, we don't eat. It's a lot of pressure sometimes but I'm slowly but surely getting used to it, and figuring out a few time-saving tricks along the way. Baby steps. :-D

      Hugs,

      Heidi

  2. Heather says:

    Sounds like a yummy week! Thanks for the link love!

    • You're very welcome Heather, I've taped your smoothie template to the inside of my cupboard so my hubby can assist in smoothie making duties…and so they'll be drinkable, LOL!

  3. Dana says:

    once again, this is awesome! Interested to hear about the egg trial… did his labs come down? My daughter was ultra low positive in Dec. we took eggs out, and wondering if I should trial or get labs redone….hmmmmm

  4. I seriously have no idea how you get these detailed posts up – you kick my ass, girl! Thanks for so much info!

  5. Katerina says:

    I am very impressed by anyone who can post menu plans, or make them! Glad to see to my banana ice cream recipe. I am so addicted to that stuff, its like healthy crack.

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