Before I share this week’s menu plan, I’d like to share some fun gluten free highlights from this past week.
Have you been following along with Wendy’s fun (and functional) blog series called “In My Gluten-Free Kitchen” over at Celiacs in the House? If not, I definitely recommend you check it out. Every Friday in 2012, a different gluten free activist, author and/or blogger will be giving you a peek inside their gluten free kitchens!
Wendy has lined up college students, singles, empty nesters, new moms, moms cooking for large families and even chefs to show us how they’ve setup up their gluten free kitchens. A great resource not only for those new to the gluten free lifestyle, but for seasoned glutadoodles as well – I know I am ALWAYS on the lookout for ideas on how to do things better in my own kitchen.
In case you’ve missed the first three kitchen tours, you can find them here:
1/20: Johnna of 52 Sweets
I’ll be sharing my own kitchen with you on Friday, June 1st! 😀
Free Teleseminar on Probiotics and Gut Health
On Wednesday, February 1, 2012; join gastroenterologist Dr. Daniel Leffler and Shelley Case, R.D. for an informative teleseminar on the role of probiotics and gut health. The teleseminar is free to join, but you will need to register beforehand. Once you register, you will receive an email with all the information you need to tune in!
Do you have a gluten free kiddo?
Katie Chalmers, author of Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? (I LOVE this book and you can read my review here) is putting the finishing touches on a new website for parents about gluten-free kids! She will be including a unique, online photo album of gluten-free kids so kids can see a bunch of faces of other kids (and their interests) who are on the same diet as they are (how cool is that?). If you’d like your child to be included, please email a headshot of your child to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with: first name, last initial, city & state, and things he or she enjoys doing in 75 characters or less, as shown in graphic.
Sam and Luke are participating too and they hope your child will too! 😀
A big thank you to my very dear friend Alexa over at Lexie’s Kitchen for designing my new Weekly Menu Plan Badge, isn’t it fun?
Weekly Menu Plan
The following recipes are naturally free of: gluten, dairy, grains, eggs and soy. For the few recipes that call for butter, I will either use olive oil or homemade dairy-free, corn-free and soy-free “butter.”
Monday: Mahi Mahi with Tomato, Olive and Caper Sauce and Salad
Wednesday: Chicken Under a Brick, Baked Sweet Potatoes and Sauteed Green Beans
Friday: Cassoulet with Lots of Vegetables and Salad
Allergy-Friendly Dessert of the week: Valerie’s Homemade Sunbutter Cups over at City|Life|Eats.
“Just” Gluten Free Recipes
The following recipes are those I would have made for my family a couple years ago, back when we were “only” gluten free (ahh, the good ol’ days!). I will attach notes next to the recipe links if there is an ingredient of concern for those following a gluten free diet (I’ll also include my substitute ideas for other allergens where applicable).
This recipe calls for 2 Tbs. of flour as a thickening agent, you can either use your favorite gluten-free AP flour blend,
straight rice flour or a starch like arrowroot, cornstarch, potato starch, tapioca and so on. Visit Cook’s Thesaurus to learn more about using starch thickeners.
Gluten Free Soy Sauce and Soy-Free Alternatives
My personal favorite is San-J Organic Reduced Sodium Tamari (it’s been certified non-GMO too) but Kikkoman now has a labeled gluten-free soy sauce. La Choy soy sauce is not labeled gluten-free, but the ingredient label does not include any gluten containing ingredients, click here to learn more.
Are you Soy-Free and Feeling Adventurous?
You can also make your own soy sauce substitute, just be sure the beef bouillon is free of gluten and soy (if there is such a thing). Herb Ox Granulated Beef, Sodium Free appears to fit the bill but it does contain MSG and other undesirable chemical additives. BUT, where there’s a will, there is a way, no? 😀
Homemade Beef Bouillon
Homemade Chicken Bouillon Cubes (sub the chicken bones for beef marrow bones and use beef stock)
As for gluten free jarred spaghetti sauces, I can’t recall ever seeing a jarred sauce that contained gluten ingredients (but I’m sure they’re out there!) so be sure to read ingredient labels. One mainstream brand that comes to mind (and is labeled gluten free) is Classico.
For even MORE gluten free menu ideas, visit Heather over at Celiac Family for the Gluten Free Menu Swap schedule!
Lastly, I hope to be back up and running on a more frequent basis over the next week or so. Between painting a nearly 4,000 sq. ft. house (I’ve needed a mind-numbing distraction lately) and frantically trying to figure out a peculiar health issue my husband’s been having (I’m betting on hypoglycemia at this point but the 14 vials of blood he had drawn last week should tell us more…and yes, I banned myself from the computer during this process because I’m not above being affected by hypochondria, LOL!). 😉
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