To start the year off, here is a gluten-free menu plan for the week, complete with main dishes, sides and even a couple of sweets for lunches, desserts and snacking.
While this is a complete, family-style menu, many of these recipes have options for healthier low carb eating. Sometimes these are sauces and gravies that are not thickened. To do that, I will remove my portion of a dish before thickening a sauce, and I’ll just keep it warm while I finish preparing the regular thickened sauce or gravy that the family is expecting.
Rocky Road Candy is one of my favorite sweets. Since it uses only a few ingredients and doesn’t take a lot of kitchen equipment, it’s also easy to make gluten-free rocky road candy without a lot of extra trouble.
Different kinds of chocolate may be used, like chocolate chips – semisweet or milk chocolate flavor — or Hershey’s milk chocolate bars or even a lower-sugar cacao bar, if you like. Just be sure that the chocolate is gluten-free. (You can check my pantry list for some gluten-free brands.) For this easy gluten-free recipe post I used Hershey’s milk chocolate chips.
For the Gluten-Free Menu Plan this week the attention is on comfort food –all gluten-free and also family-pleasing. Since I cook for a mixed group – I’m gluten-free, the others are not – it’s important that the recipes are not just gluten-free but also family-pleasing.
Many of these dishes have other options, too, such as dairy-free or low carb.
They all qualify in my family as comfort food.
This gluten-free menu plan includes a whole week’s worth of dinners that will satisfy you and your family. It includes low carb dishes for me, plus “regular” side dishes for others in the family—but it’s all gluten-free.
There is even an apple tart for dessert, which is not in the least bit low carb (so I will be passing that up), but it is entirely gluten-free, and my family will enjoy every bite of it! They need to have a dessert now and then, even if I don’t eat it.
Except for the first day with its sweet dessert, I won’t have time to cook two different meals, so I’ve kept the double-focus of low carb and “regular” to be as simple as possible – so it isn’t really like cooking two different meals. It’s more like fixing one simple extra dish – like baked potatoes or steamed rice.
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