The Weekly Menu Jan. 18, 2016 #glutenfree #menuplanning

The Weekly Menu Jan 18

Another week, another weekly menu plan! How was your week friends?

We’ve had a really fun time with our new rescue pup Lizzy. She’s learning so much and is extremely agile and really smart. She’s getting used to the noises and a little braver and more confident every day. Her nicknames are quickly becoming “miss chompers” and “ninja dog” because she is teething and goes into full blown Pac-Man-esque chomp mode at night (we’ve got lots of chew toys but no old shoes because you know where that road leads…) and during the day when she’s exploring she’ll disappear then re-appear silently behind you. Stealthy little ninja dog.

She is already retrieving little tiny tennis balls and her stuffed duck and is going potty outside regularly. It’s so nice we have the backyard attached to our apartment and we don’t have to potty train with stairs. That was the worst!

She sleeps while we’re working during the day and is full on puppy mode at night around dinner time. Brett plays with her while I cook and I play with her while Brett cleans up the kitchen. And so far she has no interest in people food. Loves her Castor & Pollux Organix Grain-Free Puppy Dog Food and doesn’t seem understand why we won’t let her eat bugs.

She went from only sleeping in her little beds, to sitting closely next to us, then putting her little leg on mine and finally climbing into our laps to snuggle and sleep. She gives us kisses endlessly. We are totally in love with her and couldn’t be more grateful she is in our lives. We took her to Petsmart and her first vet visit last week but are looking forward to really getting her socialized and crate trained soon.

We talk about Benji, Cass and Sunny a lot. It’s fun to remember what it was like when they were puppies and their sweet personalities and the challenges with each dog’s idiosyncrasies. I didn’t think I would be able to handle the loss of my first fur babies but here we are and it’s actually okay. And really to sum it all up I’ll quote one of my friends who said, there is “Nothing more precious than the appreciation and love you see in the eyes of a rescue baby 🙂 ” SO true. Here is the puppy love pic of the week! ?


Oh so okay, since we still have to eat here is the mostly organic, non-GMO (to avoid glyphosate), dairy and casein free (except for the Parmesan cheese), totally gluten free, real food, veggie filled weekly menu for January 18 – 24:

Meatless Monday – Pad Thai Rice Noodles with Roasted Veggies

(we love the GF pad thai rice noodles even though it might not be the healthiest pasta, they are delicious with a little EVOO + a few spoonfuls of red sauce or a little tomato paste + Parmesan cheese (optional) + crushed red chili peppers + roasted organic veggies like eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, cremini mushrooms, Brussels sprouts sprinkled with Italian seasoning) 

Tuesday – Super Delicious & Healthy Salad

(mixed organic super greens, nuts and seeds, cukes, cranberries, jicama or kohlrabi, dried figs, roasted chicken and a cranberry pear vinaigrette)

Wednesday – Chicken Tortilla Soup

(since organic jalapeños aren’t available right now, we’re going to use the last of our homemade red jalapeño pepper sauce and an organic green bell pepper instead)

Thursday – Quiche Lorraine 

(blog post coming soon – it is basically a normal quiche Lorraine except that it is dairy/casein/gluten free because we use a Wholly Wholesome pie crust and organic almond milk instead of cream, and Field Roast Chao vegan cheese – I made a veggie quiche with a few slices of tomato cayenne and it was amazing then I tried it with an overload of original Chao cheese and although good, it wasn’t amazing, so we are doing it again with a lot less this time)

Friday – Orange Beef Stir Fry with Broccoli, Red Bell Pepper, Onions and Basmati Rice

(we’re using the McCormick’s recipe cut in half with 1 tbsp liquid aminos instead of GF soy sauce – we use white Basmati rice from India or Pakistan instead of brown rice because it has the least amount of arsenic contaminate)

Saturday – Asian Chicken Salad

Sunday – Chicken Stew with Mashies

Breakfast – Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins

Extras: Replenish Homemade Chicken Broth/Stock

(we use HEB natural antibiotic free bone-in chicken breasts for all our chicken dinners and sometimes I cut the chicken breast off the bone then freeze the bones/chicken meat scraps; then when I have 2-3 frozen pieces I’ll make a homemade chicken bone broth/stock with organic onions, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, a bay leaf and peppercorns)

So that is the menu for the week! I know it makes a world of difference for me, but have you started to plan out your meals? Are you thinking about cooking at home more to save money or get healthier? I thought I would publish the menus on Friday because we go grocery shopping over the weekend. What do you think – better on Friday, Saturday or Sunday?

Have a wonderful healthy, happy week everyone! Okay here’s one more cutie pie picture.


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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