It’s been a while since I have posted a weekly menu plan. I can make excuses, tell you all I have been cooking, but the fact of the matter is I have been busy and take-out has become a closer friend than I would like. Hopefully I can get back on track and make some more meals at home this week.
Last week my “baby” boy turned 18! He is officially an adult and will be heading off to college this fall. He will be navigating college gluten-free, so I will be sharing some of that process here for those who may be going through something similar.
Let’s get down to the plan, shall we?
Monday – Spaghetti with marinara and meatballs, salad
Tuesday – Turkey tacos, black beans, corn
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Dinner out – belated b-day celebration
Friday – Make your own pizza, salad
Saturday – Breakfast for dinner, fruit salad
Holey Bread…What Gives, Udi’s?
California Pizza Kitchen…Beyond the Pizza
Jules Shepard…The Real Story
Have a great week!
Late last week I discovered Kashi now had two cereals that are gluten-free. I quickly put them both on my grocery list so I could sample and review for you guys. When I was at Meijer on Maxtown Rd. yesterday, I spotted the Kashi Indigo Morning cereal.
I couldn’t wait to dig into this for Monday morning breakfast. While Mondays are usually my day off, they are usually busy and there is nothing like a bowl full of yumminess to help shake off the “Mondays”.
I poured some Silk Vanilla Almondmilk + Protein & Fiber over the Indigo Morning cereal. I can’t begin to explain how much I like this cereal! Crunchy with berries and just a kiss of sweetness.
What is your favorite gluten-free cereal?
It was almost two years ago that I first reviewed The Gluten Free Bar on my blog. Since then, they have added three new bars for a total of six varieties. I was thrilled when I received a box of bars to sample and review.
The new varieties include:
Coconut Cashew Crunch -organic brown rice syrup, toasted cashews, complete protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), organic agave nectar, toasted coconut, organic crisped brown rice, dates, organic sunflower seeds, golden flaxseed, natural coconut flavor, safflower oil, sea salt. contains cashews.
Oatmeal Raisin – organic sunflower seeds, protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), organic brown rice syrup, dates, certified gluten-free oats, organic agave nectar, california raisins, organic crisped brown rice, golden flaxseed, vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt.
Dark Chocolate Coconut - dates, organic brown rice syrup, complete protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), toasted coconut, organic agave nectar, organic dark chocolate (organic chocolate liquor, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic cocoa powder), organic crisped brown rice, cocoa powder, vanilla, organic sunﬂower seeds, natural coconut ﬂavor, golden ﬂaxseed, sea salt.
All of The Gluten Free Bars are:
The Gluten Free Bar can be purchased in select stores across the US or online. Gluten-Free is Life readers can use the code: GFISLIFE to receive 15% off of their order.
I have fallen in love with the new bars, especially the Coconut Cashew Crunch and Oatmeal Raisin varieties. If you would like a chance to win a box of The Gluten Free Bars, leave me a comment below sharing which bar you would most like to try. I will randomly choose a winner on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
*The bars mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. The bars given away to a lucky reader are being provided by The Gluten Free Bar.
Today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Hannah told me that I was only saying that because I eat PB & J daily, but while that may be true, today is definitely the right day. I wasted no time preparing my lunch and getting down to business.
Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread (the large version purchased at Costco), Skippy Natural Peanut Butter and Smucker’s Simply Fruit Strawberry with a side of Snyder’s Gluten-Free Pretzel Twists.You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy PB & J.
Did you celebrate National PB & J Day today?
*PS…Don’t forget to enter to win the Tyson Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Breast Strips giveaway!
Finding quick gluten-free food items on busy weeknights is a constant battle, especially with picky eaters. Both of my children are extremely picky eaters so this is a struggle we face often. Tyson Foods now offers Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets and Gluten-Free Chicken Breast Strips that have the same great taste kids love, but without the gluten.
I like to keep a bag of each on hand in the freezer, as they can be easily prepared by my kids in the microwave in under 5 minutes. This really helps us out on nights where I have clients in the evening and Dad is working late. Hannah enjoys these just as much as the “real” chicken nuggets she eats, and she doesn’t have to eat gluten-free. These aren’t just for kids, I enjoy Tyson® Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets from time to time, too.
More about Tyson® Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Breast Strips:
Tyson® Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Breast Strips offer the same great taste that kids love, without the gluten! Available in the freezer aisle at local grocers, it’s the great tasting, gluten free option that everyone’s been waiting for.
Chicken nuggets are a go-to meal moms enjoy giving to their kids and kids love eating. Tyson® Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Breast Strips are made with all white meat chicken and 100 percent all natural ingredients. Each serving contains 10 grams of protein, giving kids the fuel they need to conquer the day.
Tyson® Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Breast Strips allow moms to prepare meals for children with Celiac disease or gluten allergies, and give her piece of mind by insuring she is serving a meal that will address specific dietary needs.
Whether it’s snack or dinner time, Tyson® Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Breast Strips are a go-to and convenient food staple for every family to enjoy.
Tyson® Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets and Gluten Free Chicken Breast Strips are available at local grocery stores nationwide. Click here for more information on these products.
I am thrilled to announce that I am able to offer one lucky reader 2 product vouchers to try Tyson® Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets and Gluten-Free Chicken Breast Strips. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite meal is that includes chicken nuggets or chicken breast strips. The winner will be selected randomly on Friday, April 4, 2014.
*The products and vouchers mentioned in this post are being provided to me and the winner free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and haven’t been influenced by anyone or anything.
Gluten-free bread is not easy to perfect. Often times the gluten-free bread that is found in grocery stores is small in size and crumbly. Glutino fans loved their bread, but they have made it even better! The White and Multigrain breads got a recipe and packaging makeover.
These loaves of bread arrived on my doorstep last week. I left them on my counter and decided the best way to sample them was to eat them at room temperature, straight from the bag. I was very impressed with both the White and Multigrain varieties; they are both soft and flavorful and pretty darn close to what I remember gluten-full bread tasting and feeling like. The instructions say to freeze the bread unless it will be eaten within the next week and a half, so I haven’t tried the bread toasted from the freezer yet. I really enjoyed an old fashioned PB & J without having to toast and cool the bread.
White Bread Ingredients: Water, potato starch, cornstarch, canola oil, tapioca starch,egg white, rice bran, carboxy methyl cellulose, sugar, yeast, xanthan gum, white rice flour, salt. Contains eggs.
Multigrain Bread Ingredients: Water, modified tapioca starch, corn starch, potato starch, canola oil and/or safflower oil, egg whites, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, sugar, molasses, salt, yeast, xanthan gum, glucano-delta-lactone, flax seed, sunflower seeds, sodium bicarbonate, caramelized sugar, modified cellulose, calcium sulphate, enzymes. Contains eggs.
The new & improved Glutino Bread can be found in your grocer’s freezer. To find a store close by, visit the store locator on the Glutino website.
*The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.
Spring is technically 10 days away, but it is making short appearances here every few days or so. We have been above freezing for the past few days, but will dip below again, with possible snow on Wednesday. As frustrating as this is, I am trying to look at the forecast with a positive attitude, and the fact that it will be above freezing again by the weekend.
Warmer weather, being able to see the grass and not being buried under snow and ice has me thinking about grilling out. We still have some steaks in the freezer and there is nothing better than a steak on the grill with a baked potato and salad.
Naturally gluten-free and totally yummy!
The menu for the week:
Monday – Grilled chicken fettuccine Alfredo and salad
Tuesday- Turkey tacos, refried beans, corn and salad
Wednesday- Breakfast for dinner (pancakes and fruit salad)
Thursday-Pulled pork sandwiches, steak fries and salad
Saturday- Steak, baked potato and salad
The week in review:
Olive Garden – new gluten-free pasta
Switch to Turkey
Gluten-Free Whoopie Pies from Inglorious Monk Bakery
Review: Yehuda Crumb Cake
Have a great week!
Over the past few years I have been gradually switching over to ground turkey from ground beef. We still eat ground beef on occasion, especially for burgers, but when I make tacos, lasagna or the like, I use ground turkey. Jennie-O’s Lean Ground Turkey is easy to find in our local grocery store and is always tender and juicy.
Jennie-O maintains a list of their products that don’t contain gluten, so browse away to see what else they make that can make meal time fun and easy.
Check out this kid-friendly recipe for Chipotle Turkey Tacos that can be easy prepared on a busy weeknight.
- ½ cup fat-free sour cream
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- 1 (20-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
- 1 (1.25-ounce) taco seasoning mix (check label for gluten)
- ½ cup water
- PICO DE GALLO
- 1 cup chopped plum tomatoes
- ¼ cup chopped white onion
- 3 tablespoons cilantro
- 1 jalapeño, diced
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- salt and freshly ground pepper, if desired
- 12 soft taco-size tortillas
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese
In blender, combine sour cream and chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. Blend until combined. Set aside.
In large skillet, cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer. Add taco seasoning mix and water. Cook until water is evaporated, stirring occasionally.
To make the pico de gallo, combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, salt and freshly ground pepper, if desired.
Spread each taco shell with sour cream mixture. Fill tacos with lettuce, turkey, pico de gallo and cheese.
If the recipe above isn’t enticing enough to get your to switch to turkey, check out these reasons:
1. It’s delicious.
2. You can feel good about it.
3. It’s easy to find.
4. It’s versatile.
Lean ground turkey is an excellent source of protein and a great way to fuel your body. For more information from Jennie-O, view this short video on making a better taco, just in time for Taco Tuesday!
*Jennie-O provided me with coupons for free products to use in a variety of recipes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.