Gluten Free Weekly Menu Dec. 21 #menuplanning

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Well Christmas is upon us… We’ve really had a very low key holiday season this year, which has been wonderful! This week’s gluten free weekly menu is going to be festive and delicious without going over the top (well maybe a little)…

Usually, this time of year is really hard on me because of painful memories – my mother was told she only had a few months to live just days before Christmas then died February 1, 1993. So what was once my favorite time of year became a horrible reminder and very painful, especially when I was around people who hadn’t suffered that kind of loss and just couldn’t relate. It’s a wonderful time of year for some and not so much for others for so many reasons. I really just try to avoid the fuss and stress of the season and reflect on how far I’ve come and focus on gratitude. And I’ve learned that cooking certain dishes remind me of beautiful memories so that really helps me, too. And watching lots of movies instead of going to a bunch of parties.

Last night we went to the Alamo Draft House to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Just. So. Awesome! It’s the first time we’ve been to the South Lamar Location since it was redone and it’s a really cool venue. There is now a huge parking garage; it’s next to Highball Cocktail Lounge where you can hang out before the movie; and there are literally no lines if you pre-purchase tickets and use the Skip the Line feature. Just walk in and seat yourself. Your server takes your ticket and you can order dinner, snacks or drinks.

The Alamo Draft House menu is fun and they are always doing something interesting. For Star Wars The Force Awakens – there were some off menu themed dishes like Nerf Strips, Trash Compactor Pizza, Yoda Soba Noodle Salad and some other fun stuff. I love that they support local businesses, too. Food is made to order and they can accommodate dietary restrictions:

“Alamo Drafthouse proudly supports these local vendors: Aquasana, Austin Scoops Ice Cream, Goodseed Burgers, Saint Arnold’s Root Beer, Smart Flour Foods, Texas Coffee Traders, Zhi Tea, El Milagro and a ton of local breweries! All items are made to order. Salad dressings, cookies, pizza dough and sauces are made in-house.”

BUT they do not have dedicated fryers, so if you have celiac disease or are super sensitive to gluten I would not eat anything fried. I ordered the popcorn with clarified butter (it was a huge bowl) and a steak salad (without cheese or tortilla strips). It was tasty and I didn’t get sick. So Yay! And the movie was so great! We’re going back on Wednesday to see Mockingjay Part 2.

So here is the mostly organic, non-GMO, casein free (except for the Parmesan cheese) and totally gluten free weekly menu for Christmas week:

Meatless Monday – Rainbow Chard or Kale, Candied Pecans, Pomegranate & Pear Salad with Cranberry Pear Balsamic Vinaigrette
(I’ve seen a few recipes and pictures of this lately and I’m drooling – so pretty, healthy and festive!)

Tuesday – Turkey & Squash Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers, Carrot Rice, Green Beans

Wednesday – Quiche Lorraine
(with Wholly Wholesome Gluten Free Pie Shell, Field Roast Chao Original Vegan “Cheese”, Organic Almond Milk)

Cajun Chicken & Creamed Corn

ThursdayRoasted Cajun Chicken, Jalapeño Creamed Corn, Fresh Avocado, Cranberry Jalapeño Tequila Relish

Friday – 🎄 Grass-Fed Steaks with Faux Blender Béarnaise Sauce, Parmesan Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Turkey & Veggie Chili

SaturdayTurkey & Veggie Chili

Sunday – Grilled Chicken Kabob Bowls with Cucumber Salad and Tzatziki (recipe from I Will Not Eat Oysters, using So Delicious Yogurt instead of Greek Yogurt)

Most of these recipes are in my eCookbooks, which will be on sale for 99 cents and $1.99 until the New Year!

The Weekly Menu eCookbooks

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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