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.
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.
Here is a week’s worth of family-pleasing meals that are always gluten-free and are often low carb, too.
And, I have options to satisfy any “not-so-low-carb” people who might be hungry, too.
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.
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!
This week the Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan begins with a dinner fit for a celebration, at least in our house… we all like it that much.
Tender, juicy salmon fillets with spinach on the side is one of my family’s favorite dinners. And, to make it even better, it includes a Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert, which is always good for a party. The cake takes advanced preparation and then it needs time to cool. But, the rest of the dinner takes only 30 minutes to cook.
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