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Gluten Free Menu Plan – Week of March 19 (and a Gluten Free Chicken Broth Primer)

The Kelly’s New Guest Resident

So the other day I decided to take advantage of the relatively windless day here in New Mexico and tackle some outdoor spring cleaning, starting with my light fixtures (am I the only one who does this?).  While I had the top piece inside for cleaning, a beautiful little dove (at least I think that’s what it is, I can really only recognize hummingbirds) promptly took residence, building a nest for her little baby-to-be.  I have to keep my porch light off at night for fear of catching the nest (and my house) on fire!

Cookbook Giveaway Winners

The following three people will each receive a free copy of How to Cook Gluten Free by Elizabeth Barbone:

1. Caroline

2. Janet

3. KFowler

Congratulations ladies, I will send each of you an email for your shipping information. 😀

Heidi’s Weekly Menu Plan: Naturally Gluten Free, Mostly Grain Free and Easily Dairy Free, Egg Free and Soy Free

Monday: Not Beanie Weenies and Salad

Tuesday: Moroccan Chicken Brochettes, Baked Sweet Potatoes and Salad

Wednesday: Grilled Rosemary and Garlic Pork Chops, Tuscan Kale with Shallots and Crisp Salami (I will use coconut oil instead of butter and Applegate Farms Genoa Salami) and Fresh Berries

Thursday: Baked Salmon, Pan Seared Asparagus with Lemon Caper Mayonnaise (I will use Soy-Free Vegenaise) and Salad

Friday: Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Chops, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes* (see note below about commercial gluten free chicken broths) and Salad

Saturday: Mark Bittman’s Spicy Grilled Shrimp, Green Bean “Fries” and Salad

Sunday: (I’m hosting an Extended Family BBQ so there will be a few dairy and GF grain filled options for my guests) Barbecue Chicken and Ribs, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw (I will use soy free Vegenaise), Creamy Cucumber Salad, Banana Cream Pie, Cherry Cheesecake and Dairy Free/Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

A Few “Just” Gluten Free Recipe Ideas

Burrito Bowls

Kicked Up Baked Mac and Cheese

“Wendy’s” Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Beef Stroganoff  (if you’d like a flat egg-style noodle similar to the glutonium-filled “No Yolks,” try Schar Gluten Free Tagliatelle Pasta)

Cannellini Beans with Lemon, Roasted Red Peppers and Bacon

Commercial Gluten Free Broths and Stocks

If you are brand new to the gluten free lifestyle, you may be surprised to learn that not all commercial broths and stocks are not gluten free.

I know.  WHY in the world do they have to put wheat in chicken broth?!  What exact purpose does it serve?

I digress.

Be cautious of Swanson’s Broths and Stocks

According to Campbell’s, some Swanson Broths are gluten free…but not all of them. 

The Swanson Certified Organic Chicken Broth contains wheat in the “flavoring” (see ingredient list here).

The following Swanson broths are listed as gluten free on the Campbell’s website:

Swanson® Gluten Free Broth & Stock (Aseptic)

Natural GoodnessTM Chicken Broth Chicken Stock
Chicken Broth
Beef Stock

Swanson® Gluten Free Broth (Canned)
Natural GoodnessTM Chicken Broth
Chicken Broth
Vegetable Broth

More on Gluten Free Broths and Stocks

Alison over at Sure Foods Living wrote a comprehensive article on gluten free chicken broth (including a list of brands) and I highly recommend reading it (please note that the article is 3 years old and product ingredients may have since changed.  ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS check ingredient labels!).

Homemade Stocks

I prefer to use homemade chicken broth/stock and beef broth/stock whenever possible.  Not only do they taste better, but they also have some amazing intestinal healing properties!
When I happen to be in short supply of homemade stocks though, I like to use Kitchen Basics, they taste great and are free of: gluten, MSG, eggs, dairy, soy and corn, all ingredients my family needs to avoid.

Have you discovered a product containing a gluten derived ingredient that surprised you?  If so, what was it?



  1. Thanks to your blog, you saved me a Gluten mishap!!! I went to my pantry and there it was, just like the picture, a carton of Organic Chicken Broth with WHEAT in the ingredients…. I am almost a year into this journey and I get surprised all the time even when I think I am getting the hang of this! I am asymptomatic so the damage is done without me knowing it! Thanks so much for you diligence!

  2. When I first began my gluten free diet I was overwhelmed at the sheer amount of wheat in things you would least expect to see it in, ie. my toothpaste…seriously?! I had a severe GI reaction to gluten so there was no cheating, no matter how much I wanted to. I am so used to reading labels and knowing what brands are ok and what to stay away from not much surprises me with gluten now. I get more angry then surprised especially when there is something I need to buy and find gluten in it =/ I almost made that same mistake with the chicken broth. Does anyone else get inpatient looks at the grocery store while your reading labels lol.

  3. Congratulation for the winner.. And thanks for this great review of Organic Chicken Broth.. Being healthy is really great! 🙂

  4. I discovered your site via style and grace and was a bit shocked as I too live in New Mexico :). I’m in Rio Rancho, what part of NM are you in?


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