I have a hot cup of coffee in hand on this chilly evening as I organize my thoughts to plan this week’s dinners. The Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan for this week starts off with beef cube steaks in the crockpot for a stick-to-the-ribs dinner designed to satisfy the whole family.
There are also four 30 minute meals to make evenings easier: pan-grilled haddock, boneless pork chops, chicken and penne, and a chili dinner. The other two meals are meatballs with rotini, and some baked salmon with cauliflower “tater tots.” A number of these recipes are paleo-friendly.
Almost every meal has a low-carb option, most often found by avoiding the carb-laden side dishes (the ones my husband delights in). This is what works best for me, since I don’t do so well with a lot of carbs. Also, I avoid any thickened gravy that might be included, while unthickened cooking juices, also called “au jus,” are fair game for low carb living. While avoiding the high carb items, I take advantage of the other sides like steamed broccoli, sautéed onions and green beans, Brussels sprouts, salads and the like.
Of course, the rich desserts aren’t low carb; but, hey, I’m not saying you can’t have dessert.
Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan
For the Week of October 20, 2013
Day 1 – Slow Cooker Beef
Boiled Potatoes (for the carb-lovers)
Steamed Broccoli (for the low-carb people)
Day 2 – 30 Minute Meal
Rice Pilaf (that’s the carb-lover’s dish)
Sauteed Onions and Green Beans (for the low-carb people)
Day 3 – 30 Minute Meal for a Paleo Diet
Quinoa (for the carb-lovers)
Brussels Sprouts with Garlic (for the low-carb people)
Day 4 – 30 Minute Meal
(it’s hard to separate the penne from the chicken to make that truly low-carb)
Served over Rotini (that’s for the carb-lovers)
Tossed Salad with Italian Dressing
Cream of Pumpkin Soup (make with nut milk option to be low-carb)
Cauliflower Tater Tots from Oatmeal with a Fork (ideal for the low-carb)
Fresh Pineapple Chunks
Day 7 – 30 Minute Meal with a Tex-Mex Flair
Salad of Mixed Greens with Salsa Dressing (for me) or Ranch Dressing (for Al)
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. These are wheat-free recipes, as well as barley-free and rye-free, so they are suitable for a wheat-free diet. Many are whole foods and may also be suitable for the paleo diet and may be casein-free, dairy-free, egg-free, lactose-free, low-carb, nut-free or refined sugar-free. Be sure you check the ingredients carefully every time you buy, even if you’ve bought a product before. The manufacturers may change the ingredients without any warning or indication on the front of the label that gluten is now included.
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