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Gluten-Free Menu Plan for the Week of January 4, 2015

To start the year off, here is a gluten-free menu plan for the week, complete with main dishes, sides and even a couple of sweets for lunches, desserts and snacking.

While this is a complete, family-style menu, many of these recipes have options for healthier low carb eating. Sometimes these are sauces and gravies that are not thickened. To do that, I will remove my portion of a dish before thickening a sauce, and I’ll just keep it warm while I finish preparing the regular thickened sauce or gravy that the family is expecting.

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Butternut Squash Soup in the Slow Cooker, Naturally Gluten-Free

Nourishing and warming Butternut Squash Soup in the Slow Cooker is naturally gluten-free.

Butternut squash is easy to cook several different ways, including the slow cooker, the stove top, the microwave or the oven. I’ve used each method in the past and found that they all have their advantages.

For this recipe I focused more on the set-it-and-forget aspect of a crock pot to cook the squash while I went about doing other things for a while.

All I did before putting it in the crockpot was to halve it and seed it.

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Gluten-Free Roasted Chicken

Gluten-free roasted chicken with spice rub is a great way to perk up your dinner.

The aroma…the texture…and the taste are different, even if the same seasonings are used, as your favorite chicken breast recipes. Of course, chicken pieces are often easy to make and usually quick to cook, which makes them popular for a weeknight meal in a busy schedule.

I know because I often have gluten-free chicken on my menu. Everyone in the family enjoys eating it.

However, a whole chicken roasting in the oven is an entirely different dish than just chicken breasts or thighs. As I said, the aroma is different. The texture is different. And the taste is different, so…

…try a whole roasted chicken, unstuffed, with a spice rub for dinner. It takes a little longer to cook than chicken pieces, but once it is in the oven, it is easy from there on. A whole chicken can also be stuffed, but that adds to the cooking time, so I’m going with the simpler, shorter option with this recipe.

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