The Gluten Free Weekly Menu Nov. 30 #menuplanning

Bison Meatballs

And we’re heading into December! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. It’s been a little strange keeping track of time via these gluten free weekly menus, but they have been so good for reducing my stress and anxiety about what to make for dinner. We’ve come a long way with our food choices, too and had a lot of fun experimenting in the kitchen. Yesterday was a really great day – I had a lovely chat with my dad and had a great time with good friends. #uglychristmassweaterparty

This week we are going to have a little fun venturing out for dinner at Stinson’s University Park Private Opening. I’m looking forward to trying Stinson’s signature Tortilla Española (it’s gluten free and should be dairy free, too and will be my meatless meal this week). I’m also really looking forward to meeting some of Austin’s amazing food bloggers in person at the Austin Food Blogger Holiday Party!

I don’t think I mentioned that we also had dinner at District Kitchen + Cocktails for my husband’s birthday a couple weeks ago. And I don’t think I’ve yet raved about how good it was! The margaritas never end up on any “best of” lists but I think they are one of the best I ever had! They make the triple sec in house and are perfectly balanced and so smooth. We’ve been before for Sunday Funday Happy Hour on the patio but this time we had dinner in the restaurant with the in-laws. The staff was amazing and so fun. And it always puts me at ease when they are really knowledgeable and helpful with my dietary restrictions and just so nice about it.

So I had the bison burger (sans the bun for gluten, fries for cross contamination in the fryer, and cheese for dairy) but with added avocado and side salad with pomegranate vinaigrette. IT. Was. SO. Good! It was my first time to try bison and I loved it. My husband and father-in-law enjoyed the bison burgers with all the goodies and were so impressed. And yes, I do get major food envy sometimes. ??

That inspired our experimenting with bison this weekend. We were going to try Asian-inspired meatballs but ended up making meatballs with leftover gluten-free stuffing as the breading and they were awesome! ??It was the perfect way to keep eating the leftover gravy and cranberry sauce, too. And so much less work for me. We also made Parmesan Brussels Sprouts instead of the Asian version (we’ll try them soon).

So here is the casein free, gluten free weekly menu for November 30:


MondayChicken Andouille Sausage Gumbo and Basmati Rice

Tuesday – Dinner at Stinson’s University Park

Greek Salad

WednesdayGreek Salad & Homemade Dressing

Chicken Tortilla Soup

ThursdayChicken Tortilla Soup

Asian Chicken Salad

FridayAsian Chicken Salad

Saturday – ? + AFBA Holiday Party

Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti

SundayItalian Turkey Meatballs & Spaghetti

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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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