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.
My husband did not like chicken or sour cream much at all when I met him, but he has since become a fan of them both, especially when they are together in dishes like this saucy gluten-free chicken and vegetable combination.
I especially like how easy this is to put together – it has simple ingredients that don’t take much preparation except to add to the crock pot. I could easily throw it together before rushing out the door to work or to an appointment, and then later I can come home to a delicious dinner.
This week’s gluten-free menu plan has a couple of quick and easy days, a scrumptious braised Tex Mex meal, a casserole, a crock pot dinner that makes enough for sandwiches the next day, and a pot roast dinner.
With a menu plan like this it’s easier to do my shopping, and I need that help even more since gluten-free shopping can take longer with all those labels to read. The manufacturers sometimes change things without any notice, and I hate finding out after I’ve eaten something that it was not gluten-free anymore!
This Gluten Free Menu Plan features some of my favorite meals and goodies
However, I’m changing my focus for the Elegantly, Gluten-Free blog a bit a bit.
In addition to traditional gluten-free family-friendly recipes, I’ll be including more recipes that are also low carb and refined sugar-free.
That’s what I’ll be eating, although the rest of my family doesn’t always follow such guidelines. At times I’ll share dishes they love that may be gluten-free but not necessarily low in carbs or refined sugars.
I hope you’ll enjoy the change. Not only will it improve the variety of the recipes I’ll be sharing with you, it will also be healthier.
Now, let’s get on with this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Plan!
Smoothies are among my favorite treats!
Even my husband, Al, loves this Gluten-Free Banana Strawberry Smoothie… almost beyond reason. If I forget and set mine down and walk away…leaving it momentarily unguarded… Well, I guess you can imagine what happens then …
… He’d probably say something quite male like: “If you snooze, you lose” or “You got what you deserved”… The bottom line? I don’t usually do that… EVER! But, that’s enough about Al.
Not only is the flavor of this smoothie like a dessert but… It’s good for me, too… For breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. It’s full of powerhouse nutrients, vitamins and minerals!
There are many different ways to make smoothies, but this is a good way to start if you’ve never done it before…
… Or, if you love smoothies, I want you to know that this is my favorite smoothie recipe of all time!!!
Here is a delicious meal that has more than meets the eye. Each forkful of this gluten-free casserole is rich, flavorful and saucy, and more than that, it’s also full of veggies and healthy stuff, too.
Vegetables are wonderful… I love them. But some of my family members are hard to convince that they’re worth eating… especially eggplant!
However, that is not a problem with this moussaka. It looks good, it tastes good and everyone at my dinner table has always liked it, even though it’s full of meat plus eggplant, onion, potatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes.
Just for the record, I have found…
This recipe came about one evening as I was looking for something I could do with eggs and the growing seasonal abundance of vegetables in my refrigerator. I put them all together and, voilà, hybrid frittata on steroids!
At first I was considering a neat, organized frittata, which is a seasoned mixture of beaten eggs with sautéed vegetables added, cooked slowly in a skillet without stirring and then turned as a whole at the end… similar to what you might do with an omelet.
But, what I had in mind was much more than that. I wanted a skillet heaped with scrambled eggs, which are cooked differently than frittatas. I wanted it vibrantly alive because of the scrumptious, savory sautéed veggies in it. And, I had absolutely the right idea… it was delicious!
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