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 the gorgeous colors displayed by the dishes that I have selected to serve. Their medley of rich visual excitement will help bring life to each meal and complement your gluten-free dinners delightfully.
Two weeks ago in my Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan for the Week of July 21, 2013, I focused on whole foods in a week’s worth of menus to show how easy it is to include them in your everyday eating.
Whole foods are so often rich in color…reds, oranges, greens, yellows, blues.
And, even better, they’re rich in nutrients and marvelous textures that will give your children extra energy that they can use to enjoy playing outside this summer and will delight your pallet, taste buds and eyes as you enjoy their wonderful flavors, delicate aromas and visually stimulating colors.
I love natural foods, so this week I’m taking advantage of their eye appeal to wake up lazy appetites and encourage my family to eat more of what’s good for them. I have put together a colorful menu full of more whole foods that you and your family can enjoy as you and they celebrate this year’s marvelous summertime weather.
This week’s gluten-free diet menu plan starts off with a perfectly lovely red sauce on pasta offset by the rich greens of green beans and spinach and moderated by the succulent yellows of newly picked, young and tender squash… Plus, the delicate, frosty red of the Strawberry Sorbet desert, featured by Elana’s Pantry, caps off this delightful meal…
Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan
For the Week of August 4, 2013
Day 1 – 30 Minute Meal
Day 2 – Sandwich Supper
Mixed Melon Bowl
Day 4 –Paleo Diet
with Red Potatoes Roasted alongside the Pork (and save some roasted pork for tomorrow)
Day 5 – Stir-Fry
but I’ll sub the leftover Pork Loin from yesterday for the shrimp (and slice it thin or cut it in bite-size cubes) and also add some cherry tomato halves
Rice or Roasted Sweet Potatoes (I like these sweet potatoes with the pork — scroll down to find them)
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Day 6 – 30 Minute Meal
Flatbread for Wraps
Steamed Swiss Chard
Raspberries, Sliced Banana and Blueberries Cup
Day 7 – Slow Cooker Meal
Mashed Golden Yukon Potatoes
Red Romaine, Arugula, Carrot and Radish Salad with Oil & Wine Vinegar Dressing
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. These wheat-free recipes are suitable for a wheat-free diet, and many are suitable for the paleo diet or may be casein-free, dairy-free, egg-free, lactose-free, low-carb, nut-free or refined sugar-free.
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The Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find more menu planning resources.
Vegetarian Mamma’s Gluten-Free Fridays where there are many more terrific gluten-free recipes (not just vegetarian)