There are many different approaches to eating… Low-carb, paleo, Atkins, whole foods, real foods, raw and many, many more. And of course a Gluten-Free Diet.
One of the nice things about many of these different approaches to eating is that they are often interchangeable with each other. I personally like to intermix Paleo and Low-Carb with my “foundational” Gluten-Free approach to eating.
For instance, in this week’s Gluten-Free Diet Menu I have three paleo and several low-carb dinners planned.
The first one is an easy skillet meal of Ground Beef Hash paired with Napa Cabbage Slaw. It’s a paleo selection that my family really enjoys.
The next paleo dinner is an easy slow cooker meal of Chicken Breasts in the Crockpot with Broccoli and Bell Peppers, where I’ll serve mine over a bed of fresh spinach to keep it low-carb. My husband can have his on a sub bun since this chicken also makes a great sandwich.
The third paleo dinner is a 30 minute meal of Pan-Grilled Ocean Perch along with Sweet Potato Hash Browns and sliced fresh Cucumbers. There are even more paleo dishes here this week, too.
Several of the week’s dinners have easy low-carb options. An example is the stir-fried Pork Fried Rice, where I’ll be making it more like Pork Fried Zucchini…with steamed rice on the side for the rest of the family.
Day 5’s Ocean Perch dinner can be gluten-free and paleo or low-carb. If I simply skip the Sweet Potato Hash Browns, I turn my plate into a delicious, gluten-free, paleo, low-carb treat while the rest of the family shovels paleo, high-carb hash browns, which they love, into their mouths. I often do that sort of thing since I cook for the whole family, not just myself… They really like their carbs 😉
And, finally, the Roasted Lemon-Garlic Picnic Chicken is low-carb (as well as paleo), so I’ll just avoid the Roasted Potatoes and the dessert to make that a low-carb meal for myself.
I always cook my food completely gluten-free, and most of the time I keep to a low-carb plan because I feel better when I do. When I do eat carbs I try to stay with the ones that have more nutrition in them, like sweet potatoes, And, when I do that, it keeps me paleo too!
I’m glad I’ve found that gluten-free living is the correct solution for so many of the health problems I’ve had in my life. I think that it’s marvelous that I no longer need to spend so much of my time sick due to gluten-reactions. Even though I have to eat gluten-free, I have many options for easy, delicious and fun foods to choose from.
The terrible reputation of gluten-free foods hasn’t affected me for years. I show you how you too can to do that in my third book “Eating & Living a Gluten-Free Diet… The Official Guide;” which is now available in MS-Word (.doc) and Adobe PDF (.pdf) formats.
Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan
For the Week of August 18, 2013
Day 1 – 30 Minute Meal
Day 2 – Stir-Fry, a 30 Minute Meal with Low-Carb Option
Zucchini added (I’ll use leftover Boneless Pork Loin Roast from my freezer for this) – for me to stay low-carb, extra Zucchini will replace some of the Rice which the rest of the family will have
Day 3 – 30 Minute Meal for a Paleo Diet
Day 4 – Slow Cooker Meal for a Paleo Diet + a Low-Carb Option
(I’ll sub Broccoli Florets for the celery and Bell Pepper strips for the carrots)
Fresh Spinach for me (to keep it low-carb), Sub Buns for the rest of the family
Pomegranate Sherbet from Shirley at GFE
Day 5 – 30 Minute Meal for a Paleo Diet
Sweet Potato Hash Brown Patties
Sliced Cucumbers with Garlic Pepper
Fresh Blackberries and Banana Slices
Day 6 – 30 Minute Meal
Tossed Salad with Romaine, Spinach, Onion and Radish
Vanilla Yogurt Cup with Caramel
Day 7 – Easy Oven Meal
Easy, Roasted Lemon Garlic Picnic Chicken – Paleo – From Tessa, the Domestic Diva
Chocolate Almond Ice Cream
This gluten-free menu plan is designed for those with gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, or celiac (coeliac) disease, but I’ve found that people who have no food allergies like these gluten-free recipes, too. They are wheat-free, barley-free and rye-free. Many are whole foods and are also suitable for a wheat-free diet or the paleo diet and may be casein-free, dairy-free, egg-free, lactose-free, low-carb, nut-free or refined sugar-free.
The Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find more menu planning resources.
Vegetarian Mamma’s Gluten-Free Fridays where there are lots of gluten-free recipes (not just vegetarian)