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Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan for the Weeks of April 1 and April 8, 2012

My Sincere Apologies!  My Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan post of last week, April 1, 2012 contained quite a few errors in links and no text to speak of.  Just too many heavy things were happening last week and I didn’t check my work properly… My bad :-(.  So, the corrected post will be my Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan for this week.  Hope you like it.

Here’s the corrected post.  I believe that all the links work this time :-)!

I hope you are enjoying some sunshine today.  Our daffodils and forsythia have been so refreshing this past 2 weeks – earlier than usual – so we’re eager to see if we’ll have milder weather for the rest of April.  Unfortunately, it’s dreary today and started raining shortly after I walked the dog early this morning.

Here’s my revised Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan:

 

1.  Lunch:  Hummus with Crackers and Raw Cucumber Slices.

You can serve this as an appetizer with a relish tray of celery and carrot sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets, pepper strips, blue corn tortilla chips, G.F. rice crackers and G.F. pita chips. Or, put some in a lunch box with any of those to accompany it (and don’t forget the ice pack!) — it’s naturally gluten-free, healthy and full of flavor!

 

Gluten-Free Hummus with Blue Corn Chips

Gluten-Free Hummus with Blue Corn Chips

 

Dinner: Shrimp Stir-fry With Bok Choy, Mushrooms and Spinach.  Yummy is the only word to describe this tasty dinner treat.  My husband and I both love it!

 

Gluten-Free Shrimp Stir-Fry with Bok Choy, Mushrooms and Spinach

Gluten-Free Shrimp Stir-Fry with Bok Choy, Mushrooms and Spinach

 

 

Dessert: Marshmallow Crispy Treats Dressed up a Little

Although this may not seem such an exciting recipe for many cooks, for me this is an exceptional treat.

 

Gluten-Free Marshmallow Crispy Treats Dressed Up a Little

Gluten-Free Marshmallow Crispy Treats Dressed Up a Little

 

2.  Lunch:  Chicken Vegetable Soup with Spinach

Are you looking for a light soup for lunch that still has the fiber and protein to last you for hours?  A few days ago I made this soup for lunch and found it lasted me well through the afternoon, even though it’s without noodles or rice.  It was also soothing for a tender tummy when I was a little under the weather recently.  There’s plenty of flavor without being overpowering.

 

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Spinach, Gluten-Free

 

Dinner:  Stuffed Peppers

The balance of flavors in a forkful of this never fails to entice us. What a great gluten-free meal to pull out of the oven …

 

Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan for the Week of Feb. 24, 2013, Features Stuffed Peppers

 

Dinner Salad: Put Together A Salad That You Will Enjoy.  I Suggest Mixed Greens with Carrot, Radish and Tomato with Ranch Dressing.

 

Dessert:  My husband and I almost always enjoy a dessert made with berries, bananas and pears. I usually put a dab of gluten-free whipped cream on top of my husband because he’s a confirmed sugar-holic.  Not only will it look good but I think that it tastes great!

 

3.  Lunch:  Greek yogurt and pecans (2 Tbsp.).  Sometimes I’m on the go and a quick lunch of Greek yogurt is just what I need.  You can usually find it in your grocer’s dairy case.  I stir in some broken pecans for a different flavor treat.

Dinner:  Alaska Salmon Tacos from the Alaska Seafood website using salmon from a can or a pouch.

Dessert: Butterscotch Bars

“Yum!” I heard as I was setting up a photo of the Butterscotch Bars I’d just baked.  I turned around to see my husband grabbing a whole handful of them from the pan as he was finishing his first mouthful.  He’s usually not so interested in my gluten-free cookies, but these really were outstanding.

So often it’s the simpler recipes that are best.  This gluten-free recipe for butterscotch bars is like that.  Tender, chewy – with the delicate flavor of butter and brown sugar and vanilla.

 

Gluten-Free Butterscotch Bars

Gluten-Free Butterscotch Bars

 

4.  Lunch:  Mixed Lettuce & Veggies Salad with French Dressing.  Just throw together a salad full of your favorites and you’ll have a great break and enjoyable, light meal for lunch.

Dinner: Easy Beef Cube Steak in the Crockpot

I really appreciate a gluten-free meal that is quick and easy to prepare. Even when I’m at home, some days I like to have dinner started and simmering away on its own while I work elsewhere. In a crockpot or slow cooker, these Beef Cube Steaks cook on their own without any attention until it’s almost time to eat. Then we have a frugal meal that my husband thinks is awesome, and there’s not too much to clean up.

Easy, Gluten-Free Beef Cube Steak for Two, in the Crockpot with Potatoes and Green Beans

Easy, Gluten-Free Beef Cube Steak Fresh From the Crockpot with Potatoes and Green Beans

 

Dessert: Greek yogurt with strawberries

5.  Lunch:  Multibean Soup

Full-flavored, eye-appealing, nutrition in a bowl.

Gluten-Free Multibean Soup with Parsley Garnish

Gluten-Free Multibean Soup with Parsley Garnish

 

Dinner:  Avocado, Tomato and Cheese-topped Chicken

Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, form the base of the delicate but entrancing flavors in this dish.  Mild yet memorable, this Mexican-inspired dish doesn’t need any adjustment to become gluten-free — like many Mexican combinations, it already is that.  More than being gluten-free, there are also the heart-healthy benefits of the avocado and tomato, such as fiber, potassium, vitamins (A, C, E and K, B-vitamins and folic acid, just to name a few).

Gluten-Free Chicken with Avocado, Tomato & Colby-Jack

Gluten-Free Chicken with Avocado, Tomato & Colby-Jack

The optional sides are refried beans, rice and guacamole.  I always have shredded or torn lettuce with mine, too.

Dessert:  Grapefruit halves.  Just halve your favorite variety of grapefruit, add sugar if that’s for you and enjoy.

 

6.  Lunch: Asparagus, Carrots, Celery…with Lemony Black-Eyed Pea Hummus by Valerie at City|Life|Eats in her guest post on The Balanced Platter. The recipe is several screens down in the post… But, I think that you’ll be glad that you took the trouble to find it. :-)

Dinner:  Lasagna With Spinach

Today, I baked some true comfort food … Believe it or not we are having a wintery mix here in northern Ohio today, in April, as I’m doing this meal plan. It’s my opinion that that Lasagna is a perfect response to a chilly, dreary day. So,…

 

Gluten-Free Lasagna with Spinach

Gluten-Free Lasagna with Spinach

 

Dinner Salad: Red Cabbage Slaw with Vinaigrette

Dessert: Sorbet

 

7.  Dinner Appetizer:  Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots and Cauliflower Relish Tray

Dinner:  Turkey Breast for the Crockpot, Green Beans with Bacon and Onion, Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges With Chili Powder

No matter what time of year it is – holidays or in between – I can always use an easy, healthy meal.  Even better, I like when it works for a “company” meal like this turkey breast for the crockpot!  While I wouldn’t really call a crockpot meal “quick,” this one certainly is easy compared to some other ways to cook turkey.

While I like this way to serve turkey dinner with all the trimmings for guests, I also like this method to have some turkey for dinner and some left over for great lunch and freezer options.  It fits so many ways into a gluten-free diet.

 

Gluten-Free Turkey Breast for the Crockpot, Sliced

Gluten-Free Turkey Breast for the Crockpot, Sliced and Ready to Eat

 

Side Dish: Green Beans With Bacon and Onion

… so I was willing to make whatever the hostess asked me to bring.  I would even have been happy to make a gluten-free version of that traditional green bean casserole that “everyone” likes.  Green beans are my favorite in many dishes, including that one.  But, when I asked the hostess who had just invited us, her answer of “Green Beans with Bacon and Onion” was a wonderful surprise!  I like that even better!

Gluten-Free Green Beans with Bacon and Onion

Gluten-Free Green Beans with Bacon and Onion

 

Side Dish: Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges With Chili Powder or maybe cinnamon

Roasted vegetables have a more intense flavor and a denser texture than many methods of gluten-free cooking.  They are as easy to prepare as the steamed or braised method.  I especially like the bit of crusty surface they develop, sort of like on a fried potato, but without the fat.

 

Gluten-Free Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Chili Powder

Gluten-Free Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Chili Powder

 

Dessert: Chocolate Potato Cake (made with King Arthur Flour Gluten-free Multipurpose Flour, although your favorite baking mix will work, too)

A Two-Layer Cake Recipe

An old-fashioned chocolate cake that treats your mouth to a memorable combination of sweet, tender cake, crunchy nuts and a bit of cinnamon, this recipe of my grandmother’s adapted well to using gluten-free flours.

 

Chocolate Potato Cake - made with King Arthur Flour's Gluten-Free Multipurpose Flour - one of the layers frosted with Dark Cocoa Espresso Frosting

Chocolate Potato Cake – made with King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free Multipurpose Flour – one of the layers frosted with Dark Cocoa Espresso Frosting.

 

And a Special Easter Treat:  Almond Bark with Dried Cranberries.  Would you substitute something else for the cranberries in this bark?

Gluten-Free Almond Bark with Dried Cranberries

Gluten-Free Almond Bark with Dried Cranberries

 

For the upcoming holiday weekend, I wish you all a blessed and happy Easter holiday.

 

You can find the Menu Plan for March 25 here, for March 11 here and  for March 5 here.

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