The Gluten-Free Weekly Menu Feb. 16

Oh my old bones are sore today #lifeafter40! This weekend we took another long walk (5 miles) around Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake/Colorado River on the Boardwalk/Butler Trail. We explored the east side of the lake and did an entire loop crossing over at both the dam and Interstate 35. I have to admit crossing the dam was pretty scary for me – I’m not really scared of heights but a little vertigo kicks in when I’m up too high and look down. So I don’t like that feeling. But aside from that it was a great walk with my hubby on a gorgeous day. Such positive energy to be around so many people just out enjoying life!

Steak and Lobster Dinner

Then we treated ourselves to a homemade Valentine’s Day dinner of roasted spiced potatoes, asparagus, grass-fed steak and wild caught lobster drizzled in faux Béarnaise sauce (click the link for the gluten-free casein-free recipe) followed by some of our favorite organic wine.

Last week I also dusted off the sewing machine and started planning out a few new projects. It’s so fun to get that creativity going again. I learned to sew from my mother – she was very talented and made most of our clothes when we were little kids. I used to sit next to her while she was sewing and use fabric scraps to make fabulous gowns for my barbie dolls. I’m not a very skilled tailor but I can make simple things. I’ve got a few dresses that I rarely wear so I’m repurposing them by turning them into skirts. I bought a new pattern and I’ve got a bunch of fabric that I’ll turn into a few simple skirts, tops and maybe a dress or two.

We ate a lot of Asian-inspired dishes last week and this week we are going with more Southwestern flavors, including a new Puerto Rican dish. I was really pleased with how the recipe for the PF Chang-y lettuce wraps turned out so I’ll blog it soon. Here is the casein-free, gluten-free weekly menu for February 16:

Roasted and Steamed Veggies Prep

#MeatlessMonday – Roasted & Steamed Veggies Drizzled in EVOO & Balsamic Vinegar (this is quickly becoming one of my favorites)

Tuesday – Shepherd’s Pie
(we are going to try some of the cheese they are selling at Whole Foods made from nuts – say what?)

Grass-fed Steak Salad Loaded with Veggies

Wednesday – Southwestern Steak Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette (red wine vinegar, EVOO, fajita seasoning and agave)

Thursday – Puerto Rican Lasagna from The Noshery
(I’m so excited about this one! Fried plantains instead of noodles, exotic spices… yum – I’m going to convert it into a gluten-free, casein-free, dairy-free version of the original and use some of the nut cheese)

Cilantro Lime Rice

Friday – Ancho Chili Lime Roasted Chicken Breasts, Cilantro Lime Rice and Roasted Pineapple Mango Salsa (variations in The Weekly Menu eCookbook & will blog the rice recipe, too)

SaturdayTaco Bowls with Refried Black Beans, Friday’s Leftovers, Avocado and Shredded Lettuce

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Sunday – Chicken Tortilla Soup (in The Weekly Menu eCookbook and The Weekly Menu I); Banana Oat Muffins (new recipe)

Hope you have a positive, fun and happy week!

Deana Larkin Evans

Hi! I’m Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I also create weekly menus to save time and money while reducing stress and food waste. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010 and dairy/casein-free (except for the occasional Parmesan or goat cheese) in 2014. I’m kind of a science nerd, too. In the ’90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook ’em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course.

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