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Gluten-Free Menu Plan for the Week of September 28, 2014

Boneless Beef Short Ribs in Gravy for Dinner with Greens and Potatoes

Boneless Beef Short Ribs in Gravy for Dinner

Leftovers may seem boring, but…what if you don’t know they’re leftovers? For this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Plan I’ve paired dinners made from the same meat dish without it being obvious that the second one is “left over.”

Sometimes the same dish two days running makes people happy. Chili, for example, gets rave reviews at my table even on the second night.  On the other hand, lasagna might make one of my sons happy, but not my husband, Al.

Serving the same dish the next day can be okay with everyone, but if not, below are some follow-ups that are not so obvious.

The most apparent benefit to “leftovers” is that there is not as much cooking to do the second time around, but even better than that is that sometimes the second version tastes better!

The plan depends on cooking double portions one day and having a different meal the next night with what was left over.  Of course, it’s important the first night to put the extra away before it all disappears, which can be a difficult task if there are hungry teenagers in the house.

Naturally, the left over dinner doesn’t need to be the very next day. By popping them in the freezer, the leftovers can be served much later, and no one would even realize they’re actually “left over.”

Do you have a favorite dish you like to serve a different way the second day?

Here are a few combinations of planned leftovers to make a whole week full of “Leftover Mania!”

Gluten-Free Menu Plan

For the Week of September 28, 2014

Day 1

Boneless Beef Short Ribs with Gravy Dinner

Boneless Beef Short Ribs in Gravy for Dinner with Greens and Potatoes

Boneless Beef Short Ribs in Gravy for Dinner

Beet Greens

Potatoes

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Day 2 – 30 Minute Meal

Boneless Beef Short Ribs Sandwich

Boneless Beef Short Ribs - Decked Out And Ready To Eat!

Gluten-Free Boneless Beef Short Ribs – Decked Out And Ready To Eat!

Ciabatta, like Schar’s Parbaked Ciabatta Rolls, split

Sliced Onion

Pepperoncini Peppers

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Day 3 – Low Carb, Paleo Oven Dinner

Roasted Boneless Pork Loin au Jus

Boneless Pork Loin and Vegetables - Oven-Roasted

Boneless Pork Loin and Vegetables – Oven-Roasted

Carrots, Celery, Cauliflower and Cabbage Roasted Alongside

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Day 4 – 30 Minute Meal, Low Carb Option

Roast Pork Stir Fry with Celery and Onion

Gluten-Free Chicken Stir-Fry with Celery & Onion

Gluten-Free Stir-Fry with Celery & Onion

Zucchini “noodles” or your favorite Gluten-Free Noodles

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Day 5 – Low Carb, Paleo Slow Cooker Dinner

Turkey in the Crock Pot

Sliced Gluten-Free Turkey Breast in the Crock Pot

Sliced Gluten-Free Turkey Breast in the Crock Pot

Kale, Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Mushrooms (added the last 30 minutes)

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Day 6 – Wrap or Sandwich Supper

Turkey Salad Wraps (scroll down to the Wrap) or

Turkey Sandwich

Gluten-Free Pastrami Sandwich

The Sandwich is Pastrami but the Plan Calls for Turkey

with Onion, Tomato and Lettuce on a sliced loaf like Canyon Bakehouse 7-Grain

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Day 7 – Low Carb, Paleo Oven Meal

Beef Round Eye Roast

Gluten-Free Beef Round Eye Roast, Hot from the Oven and Ready to Eat

Gluten-Free Beef Round Eye Roast, Hot from the Oven and Ready to Eat

Roasted Veggies, like Cauliflower Florets, Parsnips, Bell Peppers, Zucchini or Yellow Squash, Asparagus, Eggplant or Tomatoes

(Be sure to freeze some roast beef for a dinner next week.)

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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.  Many are also suitable for the paleo diet or may be casein-free, dairy-free, egg-free, lactose-free, nut-free or refined sugar-free.

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