Weekly Menu Plan – March 10, 2014

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.

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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

Friday- Take-out

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!



Switch to Turkey

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.

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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
  • 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.

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Rudi’s Gluten-Free Summer “Happy Camper” Contest + Giveaway

Summer. No, it isn’t summer yet, but I know I wouldn’t mind some summer weather here in Ohio. This snow is for the birds!

When I was a child my family would take a week-long vacation every summer. My sister and I would pile into the back seat of our family car (I believe it was a brown Buick Skylark at the time). We would fight about who was crossing the “line” and not staying on her side. The fighting quickly ended once we reached our destination, though. Of the many different places we went over the years, our first trip to Kennebunkport, Maine is the one that sticks out most in my mind. Looking back on that trip, it may have been “the perfect summer vacation”, though we may not have realized it at the time. My parents rented this small cabin right across the street from the beach. This was in the early part of the 80s, so the area wasn’t overly populated and the cabin sat back off of the road. I remember my sister and I slept on the second floor (or it may have been the attic) and the only way up was a narrow, twisted staircase. There was no television in the cabin, so we were “forced” to entertain ourselves. Imagine that!? Our days were spent on the private beach, which we pretty much had to ourselves. My sister and I found a part of a small, yellow/orange buoy or nautical float that we named “Mr. Tidy Bowl”. We played with it all day long and somehow it was there every day when we came out to play. I remember we would toss it out into the waves and watch it return to us, hour after hour, day after day. Our nights were spent reading books late into the night in the attic, long after our parents had fallen asleep. I will never forget that summer. Things seemed so much simpler then, though maybe it only seems that way because I was a child.

Rudi’s Gluten-Free has just launched a Gluten-Free Camp Scholarship Contest. More about the contest:

From February 18 – March 18, Rudi’s Gluten-Free fans are encouraged to submit a 100-word essay from their child explaining, “what makes them special” for a chance to win a one-week scholarship to attend a gluten-free overnight camp. Based on the essays, Rudi’s will select 10 winners, ages 8-17, to have a camp experience they’ll always remember.

Rudi’s Gluten-Free has generously offered to give one lucky reader one of the following prizes worth $100 and 5 free product coupons.




All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment below telling me  about your favorite summer memory. I will randomly select a winner on the morning of March 1, 2014.

*The prizes mentioned in this post are being provided courtesy of Rudi’s Gluten-Free at no cost to me. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.


Valentine’s Day – Gluten-Free Treats

Valetine’s Day is tomorrow. Are you prepared? There are a great deal of gluten-free candies on the market, like some of the following:

If candy isn’t your thing, consider Glutino’s Fudge Covered Pretzels.

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These gems are a favorite in our house. I don’t often get many out of a bag, as Jon inhales them. They are the perfect combination of sweet & salty. Glutino Fudge Pretzels can be found in grocery and health food stores across the US and online. They also offer Yogurt Covered Pretzels, but we are in love with the fudge. 

*The Glutino product mentioned in this post was sent to me free of charge for review/blog purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 

Larabar #glutenfreakout Package Fun

The other day I received a super-cool package from Larabar that made my day! It was a box full of Larabar goodness.  

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In the box were some of my all-time favorites like the Lemon Poundcake ALT bar and Blueberry Muffin Larabar along with a couple of new Uber bars

I have been carrying Larabars in my purse, car or gym bag for years, so I love the new campaign “#glutenfreakout”.  

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Don’t gluten-freak out! Carry a Larabar!” Brilliant!  

What is your favorite Larabar variety? There is truly one for everyone. If you haven’t tried Larabars, you are really missing out. 

*The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts an opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

The Biggest Loser – Gone Too Far?

I have been watching The Biggest Loser for years. I love watching the transformations that happen on the show. People who thought that they were hopeless, stuck and destined to be miserable get to the root of their issues and come out on the other side armed with tools to live a healthy life. 

As I was watching the finale last night, I saw something that made my heart drop. As the final member of the final three stepped out on stage, it was immediately clear that she had crossed over the line. Rachel didn’t look healthy and trim, she looked aged and dangerously thin. I say “dangerously thin” because while she may only be a few pounds underweight now, it is what is going on in her head that is the real danger. From what I can find online, Rachel is 5’4” and 105 pounds. The minimum someone her height should weigh is 108 pounds. The nature of the show, the winner having the largest percentage of weight loss, is such that the only way Rachel could win against the two other finalists, and the weight they lost, is to lose the amount of weight she lost and left her weighing only 105 pounds.  

If you watched, and saw the look on all three trainers faces, you know they were shocked at how Rachel looked, too. Where does the line get drawn? How much is too much? Should the winner be ineligible if they are underweight at the finale? 

I am not judging Rachel, I am genuinely concerned. Having struggled with anorexia for as long as I have, I understand how easy it is to fall into the patterns that can quickly turn dangerous. Just one more pound and I’ll stop. Just another mile and it’ll be enough. Just one more. 

Glutino Honey Mustard Pretzels GIveaway

It was just a couple of weeks ago when I shared my thoughts on the new gluten-free Honey Mustard Pretzels from Glutino. I am thrilled to announce that Glutino has graciously offered to give 5 lucky readers each a bag of the new pretzels!  How cool is that?

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All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment below telling me what your favorite way to eat gluten-free pretzels is.  Do you like them alone, with a sandwich, dipped in something, in a mix with other crunchy snacks?  Please only leave 1 comment.  

I will choose a winner on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.  Good luck!  

Pot Roast – AKA Comfort Food City

It has been a long time since I have made a pot roast in this house. When Hannah was little, I would make it all of the time because it was easy to toss into the crock pot and forget about it for the rest of the day. After having it weekly for close to a year, the family grew tired of it and no one, except me, liked the potatoes and carrots cooked along with the roast in the pot.  

I bought a roast on sale to make a pot roast a few weeks back. When the kids and hubby first heard of my plan, they weren’t too pleased, but unless they want to make dinner themselves, they will eat what is served. In hopes of winning them over, I decided to cook only the roast in the crock pot and make mashed potatoes and steamed carrots to go on the side.  

I seasoned my roast with sea salt and pepper and browned on both side in a hot pan with a touch of olive oil.


After the roast is seared on both sides, simply place it in the crock pot into roughly 2 cups of liquid. This time I used Pacific Simply Stock (vegetable) + water, but I have used all water in the past.  


Cover the crock pot with a lid and resist the urge to peek! If you do want to add potatoes, carrots and/or onions, try doing so half way through the cooking time so they don’t get as mushy. Or, if you like them mushy, add right away. Cook for 8+ hours on low.  

This meal turned out just about perfect! Hannah wasn’t overly pleased when she found out what we were having, but she loves mashed potatoes, so I convinced her to dip her roast in the potatoes. She quickly became a fan! I paired my meal with a nice glass of cabernet and took my time savoring every bite. 

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Weekly Menu Plan – January 27, 2013

Welcome to the last week of January. I’d like to thank Mother Nature for reminding us it is winter.  I tolerate cold decently until it gets below 20.  After that, I whine and moan about cold toes and frozen noses. Tomorrow the wind chill is predicted to be -25 to -35  Sounds fun, huh?

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Pretty, but I am ready for some warmer temps.

The menu plan for this week:

Monday – Ribeye, baked potato and steamed broccoli

Tuesday – Pot roast, potatoes and carrots (crock pot)

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – Chicken fettuccine Alfredo with salad

Friday – Make your own pizza night and salad

Saturday – Take-out

Week in Review:

GFCO: Recall of sorts on two Boulder Canyon products that contain malt vinegar.  Those products include MALT VINEGAR AND SEA SALT, WAVY POTATO CHIPS , KETTLE COOKED IN 100% AVOCADO OIL and MALT VINEGAR AND SEA SALT KETTLE CHIPS.

Review: Glutino Honey Mustard Pretzels

The Melting Pot – Gluten-Free Review

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