The Gluten-Free Weekly Menu July 6 #menuplanning

Zinfandel Grapevine 2015

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend! The patio garden is doing well – so I dehydrated a bunch of basil, pickled jalapeños and I’m waiting for the tomatoes to ripen. The zinfandel grapevine is growing but I guess we aren’t getting grapes this year. It’s still a young vine so maybe next year!

Dehydrating Garden Basil

We were pretty low key this weekend and spent some time looking for apartments and scouting out Costco to see if there are enough gluten-free options to make it worth joining (there were so many!). So we may be moving to north Austin and much closer to my husband’s job soon… We also took a nice long walk from Town Lake at Congress down to the Barton Springs Pool, probably a little more than 5 miles. Have you ever noticed all the wild grapevines growing around that area spreading throughout the trees?

This week I’m going to try a bunch of new recipes. I want to use up a jar of GF mango chutney in the fridge and a couple of them just sounded ridiculous delish. I’m really excited to try the Kabob Koobideh (grilled minced meat kabobs), too.

My mom was Persian so we ate a lot of Iranian food growing up – and of course, kabobs. I’m very limited in my Persian food cooking repertoire but I really want to learn to recreate some of my favorite dishes. I was pleased with how the Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Herb Stew) turned out after trying several different recipes and coming up with my own version.

Persian Herb Stew & Rice

I recently found a great tutorial from Persian Mama for Kabob Koobideh via Fae’s Twist and Tango. So we are going to make it! Even though we usually do a Meatless Monday, my husband has the day off so we’ll go meatless on Tuesday instead. We don’t have skewers or a grill so I’m going to try to cook them like my aunt used to under the broiler in the oven but following all the other techniques. They won’t be perfection but I really hope they come out well. It’s worth trying, regardless.

So here is the casein-free, gluten-free weekly menu for July 6:

Monday – Kabob Koobideh (grilled minced meat kabobs – you should check out the beautiful pictures from Persian Mama, too) with Grass-fed Ground Beef, Basmati Rice, Roasted Tomatoes, Sumac, etc.

Plate Full O' Roasted Veggies

Tuesday – Plate Full O’ Roasted, Steamed & Blanched Veggies

Wednesday –  Libyan Embattan (fried potatoes stuffed with grass-fed ground beef)

ThursdayBombay Chicken Salad (making a gluten-free version with Stonewall Kitchen GF mango chutney and make sure all the other ingredients are safe, too)

Friday – Aidells Andouille Sausage (roasted over steam); German Potato Salad (with raw cane sugar, nitrate- nitrite-, antibiotic- free bacon, cider vinegar); and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Saturday – Turkey Meatloaf; Roasted Zucchini Chips (still trying to get these right)

SundayPork Ribs with Mango Chutney BBQ Sauce (OMG!); Red Cabbage Slaw; Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Hope you have a great week!

And on a very personal note: As I’m grieving the loss of Benji, it helps immensely that I still have Cassidy and the apartment isn’t quiet. And she is so funny and sweet and as bossy as a minipin can get. It is just going to take time but I know that he had a great life. He had really bad separation anxiety so I’m so glad I could be home with him these last few years and that he was rarely alone as I worked on developing the recipes, eCookbooks and starting this blog. That helps. And as we were looking for apartments we drove by the old places I used to live on the north side and it brought back so many fun memories. Oh sweet Benji dog. RIP.  

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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2 Responses

  1. Thank you so much Fae! I love having a little patio garden, especially all of the fresh herbs. I have updated the link. Thanks again! :)
  2. Hi Deana, Your patio vine looks healthy, and how wonderful to have your own little patio garden. Isn't Persian Mama's blog wonderful, and her kababs scrumptious? Thank you for the mention. However, before I saw this post, I updated my FB posts and the link you used here does not exist anymore. When you have a chance, please add this url instead to the link > http://persianmama.com/kabob-koobideh-grilled-minced-meat-kabobs/ Thank you! :)