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Gluten-Free Menu Plan for the Week of February 15, 2015

Here’s this week’s gluten-free menu plan. I hope you all enjoy what I’ve planned for you to prepare for you and your loved ones.

I really look forward to my weekly planning because it helps me to be able to serve meals that are both interesting and served on time. And, that helps my family want to eat together, when possible.

I’ve learned that meal times are very important for strengthening family communication and cohesiveness just by the regular, daily reinforcement of sharing time and resources and of showing respect and consideration for everyone, big or small.

As I have grown older, I’ve come to realize just how important the act of sharing can be after seeing the negative effect that not sharing meals had on me when I first went gluten-free. It was terribly difficult for me…. And, I’m glad that I finally got it right! :)

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How to Make Marshmallows

… and, we tell visitors who ask that question that they need to talk to the marshmallow manufacturer to find out whether their favorite brand is, in fact, gluten free.

That, of course, is a less than satisfactory answer for many people even though it is the truth.

So, what Al and I decided to do was explain how YOU can become the manufacturer by making your own marshmallows with a fairly easy marshmallow recipe that I found on the internet. That way, if you have a gluten reaction because of the marshmallows, you can fix the problem yourself.

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Gluten-Free Menu Plan for the Week of February 8, 2015

I hope that this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Plan will encourage you to plan your menus in the future. I have found that when I plan my meals not only does the week seem to work better, it also helps to bring variety to our meals as well lower food costs.

If I ask my family what they want for dinner, I’ll usually get a very small list of suggestions…

… Generally something like spaghetti, meat loaf or hamburgers. I think they’d get tired of that short list really fast! So, I try to help them out.

Planning helps me combine what they want with what I know they need AND it helps me avoid going shopping again mid-week when I discover 4 or 5 things that I forgot to buy.

If I can make do with what is in my kitchen, I’m happier, but having everything that I need is much better. A good plan helps me do that; and do it well! 😉

Here’s this week’s menu…

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Gluten-Free Menu Plan for the Week of February 1, 2015

… So this Gluten-Free Menu Plan is going to be just what “the Doctor ordered”…

… Plenty of cold weather-type, “snowed-in” foods like GF Carne Guisada with Pico de Gallo and warm Tortillas or Chips… on Sunday…

… And which, by the way, should go quite well with this year’s SuperBowl on Sunday Evening.

Then on Monday, as the storm begins to wind down, Crock Pot Gluten Free Split Pea Soup with Carrots, Celery, Onion and Ham accompanied by homemade
gluten-free flat bread will be just the thing to warm us up as the front behind the storm passes by and the temperatures begin to tank.

Which will remind us that while Monday may be Groundhog Day a few miles across the border…

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Power Greens Omelet for an Easy Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is an important meal for me, but I don’t like to spend much time preparing it. That’s why when I find an easy healthy breakfast, I really like it.

This gluten-free recipe is one of the recent healthy breakfast ideas I have found that is also dairy-free, nut-free and paleo.

”Power greens” might be what you’d call a combination of several of those leafy antioxidant-, fiber- and vitamin-rich “powerhouse veggies” like kale, spinach, chard, beet greens and the like.

A combination of them makes a wonderful salad, and they add a variety of textures and flavor to a stir-fry. They also “wilt” deliciously to be folded into an omelet…so in this recipe they become part of a “power greens omelet.”

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Gluten-Free Menu Plan for the Week of January 18, 2015

Welcome to another week’s Gluten-Free Menu Plan!

This week I’m featuring a mid-winter variety of soups, roasted vegetables and baked quick breads to go with our hot meals.

Grab a cup of coffee and join me for a little menu planning. It always makes the week go more easily…

…and enjoy!

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