The Weekly Menu Jan. 25, 2016 #glutenfree #menuplanning

The Weekly Menu Jan 25

Hello friends! Hope you had a good week and great start to the new year! I’m so excited to see so many people taking challenges to cook at home; eat clean and healthy and share it; embrace meal planning; and enjoy the bounty of local produce and products. And I love being a part of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance and living in such a great city! Good stuff!

There was a period of my life that I was in a very bad place after my mom’s passing but before the toxic mold exposure. Although I was in grad school and succeeding academically, I was very angry and depressed. Oprah convinced me to start a gratitude journal, basically just write down five things a day for which you are grateful. I did it for a long time until it became innate. And it truly changed my perspective. To this day, I am always looking for the things that make me grateful even after I lost almost everything I owned because of toxic mold contamination and have been sick for a very long time.

I believe that eating clean and purposefully, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, reducing my overall exposure to chemicals, living in an apartment with concrete floors instead of carpet (and definitely no mold) plus gratitude have helped take a lot of the stress off my immune system. And I’ve been very mindful to foster healthy gut bacteria, too. Although I still enjoy my red wine! I’m feeling so much better these days and my brain is working again.

So I’m very grateful for the week ahead. I start my online program in Bioinformatics and Genomics on Monday. Brett and I will celebrate 8 years together and our 5th wedding anniversary!  I love that our wedding anniversary comes right after the holidays, which are the hardest for us, because it reaffirms our love for each other and that we survived another holiday season together.


Our precious Lizzy is teething so she chomps a lot. And sleeps, eats, poops and runs crazy eights in the yard. It’s so funny and fun to have a little puppy again. We both love her to death! She is getting used to the sounds and stuff going on in the apartment complex and has been on a few walks. We are working on socializing her and took her to the ATX Trails and Boardwalk. She’s really good on the leash. She’s fast and can already retrieve a tiny tennis ball and her duck at home. I can’t wait to let her loose in the off-leash dog park by Town Lake. ?❤️

So it’s all good right now! And I couldn’t be more grateful. I hope you all find your peace, your voice, your happy place!

So here is the totally gluten free, casein/dairy free, mostly organic and non-GMO (because of glyphosate contamination), preservative free, additive free, chemical free, whole real foods weekly menu for January 25-31:

Meatless Monday – Tortilla Espanola

TuesdayGrass-Fed Steak Salad with Southwestern Vinaigrette

WednesdayAsian-ish Soup

Thursday – Anniversary Dinner at Counter 3.Five.VII ??

Friday – Bison Burgers with Homemade Hamburger Buns (using certified GF oat flour instead of brown rice flour) and Spiced Roasted Potatoes

SaturdayItalian Turkey Meatballs in Marinara Sauce with Quinoa Pasta

Sunday – Baked Potato & Steamed Broccoli Covered in Chili Con Carne (using ground turkey, black beans, and McCormick GF Chili Seasoning and Muir Glen tomato sauce in BPA free cans)

BreakfastHealthy Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies (using certified GF oat flour instead of brown rice flour)

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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