Weekly Menu Plan April 11, 2016 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Weekly Menu Plan April 11

It’s time for the weekly menu plan! And we will get to that as always. But you might be wondering why I’ve been talking about the microbiome so much lately and trying to eat mindfully to encourage the growth of good bacteria.

So what am I talking about? 

This is a pretty new field of research and it is exciting and fascinating and it is going to answer so many questions about our health, disease, mental illness, food related issues, etc.  The microbiome is essentially all of the bacteria that live on us and in us and have evolved to work with us. Scientists are just scratching the surface of figuring out who’s who in this synergy unique to all of us. The focus has shifted from our genetic predisposition and chemical exposures to what is going on with our microbiome!

It is all connected, but I tend to focus on gut bacteria research because it is pretty pertinent to what we worry about on a daily basis – what to eat that benefits us and what to avoid that could hurt us by way of what our bacteria do with what we feed them. And it’s all so new. And really exciting!

Here are some of the latest research topics and articles I’ve come across and find very interesting:

Incredible, right?! Like I said, this is just scratching the surface, too!!! A whole new learning curve for us all…

So this weekly menu plan is the same as the last week in that we are trying our best to keep it organic, non-GMO and clean from chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, additives, gluten, glyphosate, BPA, arsenic, dairy fats, casein, bad fats, unnecessary ingredients, etc…

Here is the weekly menu plan for April 11-17, 2016:

Meatless Monday – A Meatless Mediterranean Platter of Stuff

Tuesday – Chili Con Carne (with ground turkey, black beans and Muir Glen tomato sauce), Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli & Chives (from the patio garden)

Wednesday – Carnitas Burrito Bowls!!!!

Thursday – Yes, more please!

Friday – Roasted Cajun Chicken & Mango Salsa (maybe with some left over cilantro lime rice from the burrito bowls)

Saturday – GUMBO

Sunday- Asian Turkey Burgers on Homemade Buns & Fried Zucchini

Have a great week everyone! And stay tuned because my birthday week of April 26 – the eCookbooks are going on sale again! And because we live in Texas – one more pic of the BLUEBONNETS and my itty bitty Lizzy dog!


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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