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Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan for the Week of October 20, 2013

Easy, Gluten-Free Beef Cube Steak for Two, in the Crockpot

Easy, Gluten-Free Beef Cube Steak for Two, in the Crockpot

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

Easy Beef Cube Steaks in the Crock Pot

Boiled Potatoes (for the carb-lovers)

Steamed Broccoli (for the low-carb people)

Fudge Brownies with Lentil and Cocoa


Day 2 – 30 Minute Meal

Easy Pan-Grilled Haddock, cooked like this salmon

Rice Pilaf (that’s the carb-lover’s dish)

Sauteed Onions and Green Beans (for the low-carb people)

Sliced Melon


Day 3 – 30 Minute Meal for a Paleo Diet

Pan-Grilled Boneless Pork Chops for a Quick Meal

Quinoa (for the carb-lovers)

Brussels Sprouts with Garlic (for the low-carb people)

Strawberry-Mango Sorbet


Day 4 – 30 Minute Meal

Chicken and Penne with Kale and Tomatoes

(it’s hard to separate the penne from the chicken to make that truly low-carb)

Blueberry Yogurt


Day 5

Easy Meatballs

Served over Rotini (that’s for the carb-lovers)

Tossed Salad with Italian Dressing

Oatmeal Apple Crisp from Go Dairy Free


Day 6

Cream of Pumpkin Soup (make with nut milk option to be low-carb)

Salmon Fillets Baked with Garlic and Butter

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

Chili with Tomatoes

Crusty Whole-Grain Cornbread (definitely for the carb-lovers)

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.



Linked to:

Vegetarian Mamma’s Gluten-Free Fridays

The Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday