This week I started off my gluten-free diet menu plan with a family favorite… gluten-free cabbage rolls. Most people that I have served them to thought they were great. I hope you do too!
I think that it’s really important that everybody in the family likes the gluten-free food that I make… It’s really important to me that they enjoy it. And, to make it even better, I only have to prepare one meal at a time. That saves me time, energy, frustration, and I know that it will for you to.
Along that line, one of my primary objectives as “chief cook and bottle washer” is for my cooking as well as my meal planning to be easy. This is why I have so many crock pot meals… They are easy. Crockpot meals may not be quick (since they cook all day), but they sure are easy!
Also, I’m really concerned about my family’s health. One of the biggest problems that most people have, especially in the United States of America and the Western European countries, is poor nutrition.
And it’s even worse for gluten intolerant and gluten sensitive individuals. This is because the diseases that typically cause gluten intolerance tend to damage the lining of the small intestines. And, when that lining is damaged, a person’s ability to “take up” nutrition from the food that they eat can be dramatically reduced.
This leads to chronic exhaustion, sickness, and, I guess, in some extreme cases even death due to malnutrition.
Now, I’m not what could generally be called a “health food fanatic,” but if you wanted to call me a “gluten-free health-food fanatic” you’d have me pegged right in the center of the “ol’ bull’s-eye! In fact, Al and I I will be starting a nutritional section of ElegantlyGlutenFree.com in the next few weeks. I haven’t yet formally announced that so I guess this is the formal announcement.
Most people don’t realize it, but malnutrition is a major problem with those who are afflicted with gluten intolerance and, I’d like to begin helping with that situation… Watch for it!
Today’s gluten-free diet menu plan is about “old favorites.” So, whatever gluten-free recipes you’re looking for right now, I hope you’ll find some old favorites of yours in this plan…
Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan
For the Week of September 8, 2013
Day 3 – 30 Minute Meal
Steamed Rice or Gluten Free Toast Points
Day 4 – 30 Minute Meal for a Paleo Diet
(be sure you check your soy sauce for wheat – San-J Organic Wheat-Free Tamari is a safe one to use)
Steamed Rice or Sautéed Shoestring-Cut Zucchini
Day 5 – 30 Minute Meal
Fresh Squeeze of Lemon or Quick Salsa
Bean Salad with Dijon Dressing (made with Cannellini Beans)
Day 6 – Sandwich Night
(always check the labels on deli meat, and if you buy at the deli, be sure they clean the slicer, etc., carefully before cutting your order)
Day 7 – Slow Cooker Meal
(save some roast for a sandwich the next day)
Mashed Kohlrabi like Poor and Gluten-Free’s version
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. They are suitable for a wheat-free diet. Many are whole foods and are also 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.
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)