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Weekly Menu Plan 2/28/2010 – 3/6/2010

Getting excited for the Team USA vs. Team Canada Men’s Hockey Game that is going to be on here shortly. There is sure to be excitement this afternoon in our house.

Here is hoping that with the end of February also comes the end of the snow. LOL! Wishful thinking, huh? I just want to see the grass again. I want to see how much it needs mowed. ;) I want to see the tulips & daffodils poke up through the soil. I want to not have to wear gloves everytime I go outside. I know, be patient, it will come.

Onto the meal plan -

Sunday – Turkey burgers, sweet potato puffs (thick cut “fries” that puff up & get all soft & gooey in the center), green beans & salad.

Monday -Spaghetti & marinutta, roasted broccoli & salad

Tuesday-Turkey tacos or Mexican Pizza, cilantro/lime rice, refried beans & salad

Wednesday-Holiday Baking Company lasagna (review to come soon!), asparagus & salad

Thursday-BBQ Chicken Breast, Cheese Chili Potatoes (recipe to come this week), broccoli & salad

Friday-Pizza on a new pizza crust to review and salad

Saturday-Leftovers or take out

Baked Goods

Testing out a new bread mix that I will review this week (in the oven now)

Brownies (a new, super healthy recipe – hope to share this week, too)

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Weekly Recap:

Several new posts up on the Examiner site – info on Wendy’s new GF menu, P.F.Chang’s rolling out a new menu & an article about Lactose Intolerance & Celiac Disease being confused.

A couple new articles up on Celiac-Disease.com: Quick, weeknight meals, Chicken Finger Breading ideas, and a Review of Shabtai Gourmet Gluten-free Supermoist Brownies.

French Meadow Bakery Coupons

Snikiddy Products Review

Biscottea Cookies review

News & Notes, specifically that today (2/28) is the last day to order your Zing Bars for a $10/box discount: use code gflife.

Amazing Maple Pecan Sables recipe.

Anne, at Gluten-free Musings wrote a very interesting post on a woman she met this past week. The woman she met was a diagnosed Celiac, but went on to explain to Anne that she still had her old gluten-filled favorites once a week or so. Head over to Anne’s blog & read all about it for yourself & make sure to share your thoughts.

Check out the lengths that Heidi, at Adventures of a Gluten-free Mom, goes to for her son Sam. Sam is 6 (I think) and was feeling left out because he couldn’t have lunchables like his friends. Heidi goes above & beyond to solve Sam’s problem. I believe she is getting the “Mom of the Year” award this year. ;)

Don’t forget to check out Orgjunkie for many more menu ideas.

Have a wonderful week!!!

15 comments to Weekly Menu Plan 2/28/2010 – 3/6/2010

  • Great looking menu plan! Can't wait to hear your reviews and see the healthy brownie recipe! :)

  • Kim,

    I was reading that post Anne made, it gave me goosebumps. I can certainly understand how someone can convince themselves that a little here and there can't hurt, but if you have celiac disease (as you know!) you cannot introduce gluten back into your diet… EVER (at least not at this point in medical science). I have celiac disease but I do not get the "classic" symptoms. I do not get stomach aches or diarrhea but the lack of physical symptoms DOES NOT mean that my immune system is not reacting none the less. I can get "glutened" accidentally and unless I know it for sure, I just keep on moving (if I do know it, I can get so worked up that I literally make myself sick from the stress! Or I find myself "looking" for a symptom). ;-) Zero physical reaction does not equal zero damage. Unfortunately, there can be many emotional issues that can hinder one's acceptance of a celiac diagnosis. My heart breaks for that woman because one's life is a heavy price to pay for something like gluten containing foods.

    Thank you for your kind words by the way, it actually ties very well with the above statement. My own denial at the beginning of my journey and the rejection (and ensuing depression) I felt socially because of my dietary restrictions has driven me (albeit obsessively at times) to make Sam's journey (hopefully) with celiac disease an easier one. Hopefully the ideas I have found can help someone else too. :-)

    Your meal plan does look awesome, I may fly out to Columbus and eat at your house this week! :-)

  • Kim

    Heidi, you are welcome anytime. :) Just bring us some Lunchables! ;)

    I hate to say this, but in a way I am glad that Jon gets sick when & if he gets any spec of gluten. Sure it is frustrating & I hate to see him suffer, but I think it would be much tougher to get him to comply at this age if he had no symptoms. I hope that doesn't seem cruel, b/c I don't mean it that way at all.

    Kim

  • Kim, I know exactly what you mean, trust me on that one! I feel "connected" to Jon in some ways, I was just like him at that age (and beyond!). Having a physical consequence to eating gluten, whether on accident or intentionally cheating, can certainly put food in its proper context. We should eat to NOURISH our bodies so we can live. Eating gluten is the equivalent of poison to celiacs, there is no nourishment to be had and it can certainly take our lives.

    Jon is so lucky to have such a great mom who is willing to fight the good fight during these teenage years, he will thank you on the other side, I promise, I thank my parents every day! :-)

  • I so appreciate your weekly menus :) Your meal ideas are simple and down to earth..which is my family! Thanks!

  • Heidi – Thank you so much. I know that one day he will thank me. It is the "thankless" days that are rough.

    Iowa Mom – I am glad I can help. :)

    Kim

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