Summer is a time for celebrations and special family togetherness…
… It’s warm, humid and maybe even punctuated by a quick afternoon thunder shower or two.
Special meals and picnics, sparklers and fireworks, vacations and trips to the mountains, beaches and grandma’s house are perfect for bringing out the best summertime has to offer. And, one way you can add to the celebration is by using colors to enhance your meals to make them exciting and enjoyable!
So, this week, I’m going to make my gluten-free menu plan shine by celebrating summer with…
Sitting on the porch thinking about this week’s menu plan, I’m enjoying the blooms of the day lilies and the newly-opened rose of sharon blossoms. It’s cool enough for a sweatshirt this morning, so I’m going to use my oven a few times this week.
Some of the recipes we like from the oven in cooler seasons are a special treat this time of year, when usually we're sweltering in Lake Erie heat and humidity.
Everything in this menu plan is gluten-free, but each recipe is good enough to serve to mixed groups. As I have mentioned in the past, this blog is about gluten-free food that even my husband likes!
Feeding a family where not everyone eats gluten-free may seem a little intimidating for a cook, but there are plenty of dishes to cook that everyone can enjoy. Actually, one of the easiest tips for finding gluten-free food for yourself is one that also works for feeding a mixed group, and that is to select from whole foods.
Whole foods are an excellent beginning to make everyone happy since there’s no concern about hidden ingredients that might be bad for the gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive. Buying food that is unprocessed and naturally raised — those would be whole foods – makes it easy to tell what is gluten-free since there are no hidden ingredients.
Hot and humid are the most frequent descriptions of life around here this week. With that in mind I’m happy with a hamburger cookout, a couple of slow cooker meals, a sandwich or two, a cool salad dinner and several 30 minute skillet dinners.
With the heat comes a tendency to want to move around less, so I am even more careful than usual to serve lean meats, plenty of vegetables and fruits and main dishes that often don’t need any carbs for side dishes.
Well, we survived another 4th of July weekend. We had a birthday party, fireworks and the usual visitors to the area that we live in. It’s hot and likely to stay so for another few days, so I’ve come up with a menu plan that is oriented towards one thing (besides being delicious and fun)…it’s easy.
There are three 30 minute meals, a slow cooker and an assortment of several fairly easy traditional dishes. I don’t like cooking when it’s so hot out and I expect that many of you feel the same way I do.
Two meals of note: Day 1 has a Paleo meal of Braised Pork Loin Chops in a somewhat traditional format. Day 4 also features a healthy Paleo 30 minute meal. I hope your family enjoys this week’s menu plan as much we do.