The Gluten-Free Weekly Menu April 6

I love April! Spring is my favorite time of year! Our patio garden (herbs, cherry tomatoes, jalapeños and cucumbers) is looking good and my grapevine is growing. It’s a zinfandel vine I bought a few years ago and it should fruit this season. We’ve made our own wine before from juice concentrate, but I want to learn how to make it from the grapes. Right now I’m just observing how this vine thrives and what kind of fruit it produces. We hope to have a small vineyard (at least in our backyard) at some point. We love our wine! We even spent our honeymoon in northern California wine country and rented a house deep in the Dry Creek Valley. It was amazing – I need to make a picture gallery of the pics to reminisce.

Dry Creek Valley February 2011

Dry Creek Valley February 2011

So of course, it shouldn’t be a surprise that one of my favorite April activities is the Wine & Food Festival! It comes to Austin on my birthday weekend every year. A group of us have gone for the last 7 years – there have been marriages, babies born, happy new couples, new jobs and businesses… you know, life. But we all try to get together for this fabulous & fun weekend! A friend is flying in again this year and we are really looking forward to catching up, adult day drinking and tasting all that great food. I usually eat something before I go, but there are lots of food trucks and gluten-free options for the tastings. So fun!

Anyway, here is the casein-free (except for the Parmesan), gluten-free weekly menu for April 6:

Avocado Kale Salad

Meatless Monday – Kale, Avocado & Toasted Nut Salad with Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette

TuesdayCheeseburger with Caramelized Onions (using our favorite new casein-free vegan Chao cheese) & Roasted Spiced Potatoes

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Wednesday – Chicken Tortilla Soup (in The Weekly Menu I & Cookbook)

Thursday – Ancho Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Avocado, Mango and Grilled Poblano & Jalapeño Peppers (for the chicken just roast it then shred and sprinkle with Ancho chili powder and lime juice)

Pasta Carbonara

FridayPasta Carbonara (this is not casein-free because I use Parmesan cheese)

Carnitas Tacos

Saturday – Carnitas Tacos, Grilled Onions, Avocado Verde Sauce and Cilantro Lime Rice (in The Weekly Menu Cookbook) – there will be lots of leftovers

Sunday – Thai Beef Salad (in The Weekly Menu Cookbook & will blog the recipe soon); Sweet Potato Brownies

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The Weekly Menu Cookbook Cover

Here is The Shopping List for April 6! Have a happy, healthy, sunshiny week! 🙂

Deana Larkin Evans

Hi! I'm Deana. Thanks for stopping by. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food, developing gluten free recipes and creating weekly menus to save time and money while reducing stress and food waste. I had to start eating gluten-free in November of 2010 and dairy/casein-free January 2014 (except for the occasional Parmesan cheese). I'm kind of a nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! \m/ Then followed up with a PhD in Biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I'm currently learning about bioinformatics and genomics from Johns Hopkins University online program.

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