For the Gluten-Free Menu Plan this week the attention is on comfort food –all gluten-free and also family-pleasing. Since I cook for a mixed group – I’m gluten-free, the others are not – it’s important that the recipes are not just gluten-free but also family-pleasing.
Many of these dishes have other options, too, such as dairy-free or low carb.
They all qualify in my family as comfort food.
This gluten-free menu plan includes a whole week’s worth of dinners that will satisfy you and your family. It includes low carb dishes for me, plus “regular” side dishes for others in the family—but it’s all gluten-free.
There is even an apple tart for dessert, which is not in the least bit low carb (so I will be passing that up), but it is entirely gluten-free, and my family will enjoy every bite of it! They need to have a dessert now and then, even if I don’t eat it.
Except for the first day with its sweet dessert, I won’t have time to cook two different meals, so I’ve kept the double-focus of low carb and “regular” to be as simple as possible – so it isn’t really like cooking two different meals. It’s more like fixing one simple extra dish – like baked potatoes or steamed rice.
Here is a week’s worth of family-pleasing meals that are always gluten-free and are often low carb, too.
And, I have options to satisfy any “not-so-low-carb” people who might be hungry, too.
Well, another week is already here, and this gluten-free menu plan will help get you through it with a lot less stress and healthier eating, too!
It’s a whole week full of low carb dishes that I think you’ll enjoy from start to finish. Since I am stricter about eating low carb meals than my husband Al is, I do fix him starchy sides when he wants.
I know from first-hand experience that these meals are good just as they are. But, it is easy to add a side of rice, potatoes or pasta if someone in your family would enjoy it, without a lot of extra fuss… Just like I do for my husband, Al.
Leftovers may seem boring, but…what if you don’t know they’re leftovers? For this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Plan I’ve paired dinners made from the same meat dish without it being obvious that the second one is “left over.”
Sometimes the same dish two days running makes people happy. Chili, for example, gets rave reviews at my table even on the second night. On the other hand, lasagna might make one of my sons happy, but not my husband, Al.
Serving the same dish the next day can be okay with everyone, but if not, below are some follow-ups that are not so obvious.
This week’s gluten-free menu plan has a couple of quick and easy days, a scrumptious braised Tex Mex meal, a casserole, a crock pot dinner that makes enough for sandwiches the next day, and a pot roast dinner.
With a menu plan like this it’s easier to do my shopping, and I need that help even more since gluten-free shopping can take longer with all those labels to read. The manufacturers sometimes change things without any notice, and I hate finding out after I’ve eaten something that it was not gluten-free anymore!
This Gluten Free Menu Plan features some of my favorite meals and goodies 🙂
However, I’m changing my focus for the Elegantly, Gluten-Free blog a bit a bit.
In addition to traditional gluten-free family-friendly recipes, I’ll be including more recipes that are also low carb and refined sugar-free.
That’s what I’ll be eating, although the rest of my family doesn’t always follow such guidelines. At times I’ll share dishes they love that may be gluten-free but not necessarily low in carbs or refined sugars.
I hope you’ll enjoy the change. Not only will it improve the variety of the recipes I’ll be sharing with you, it will also be healthier.
Now, let’s get on with this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Plan!