Category: Lifestyle

Gluten Free Weekly Menu Dec. 21 #menuplanning

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...

The Gluten Free Weekly Menu Oct. 26 #menuplanning

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great week. Our little staycation has come to an end since the husband’s project starts up again this week, but it has been a lot of fun. We even made it out to the Zilker Botanical Gardens last week. There were so many steps to climb it was a great outdoor “workout”. We found a few butterflies and enjoyed the historical buildings and dinosaur information – who knew? I’m...

Meet ‘n Greet The Casual Veggie Cookbook

My journey with food has evolved over a lifetime, but dramatically changed about five years ago when I finally figured out that gluten (then eventually casein/dairy) were making me really sick on top of other processed foods, chemicals and additives in the food my husband and I were eating. So we made a lot of changes to our diet. Not only did we get rid of the gluten but we started reading labels on everything. This led to...

The Serendipitous Cucumber Experiment

I’ve always loved the concept of serendipity – a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. In science, I’ve known it to mean “chance favors the prepared mind”. Many great discoveries were serendipitous – the discovery of penicillin, x-rays, Velcro and even the not so great discovery of saccharine (ya know it’s really bad for you, right?). As a scientist, I loved working in the lab. One of the best things about being a scientist is that you...

The Gluten Free Menu Plan for Aug. 24 #menuplanning

I have FREE promo codes for copies of my eCookbooks made for iBooks on the Mac or iPad! Email me at deana@theweeklymenubook.com if you are interested!!! I haven’t figured out how to do the promos for Google Play and Google Books yet. The last few years have been quite a journey into this mad world of food. My husband and I went from eating out often to cooking at home almost all the time. We...

The Gluten Free Weekly Menu June 1 #menuplanning

Hello Summer! And welcome new followers on Twitter, Pinterest and the Facebook Fan page! Take a look around the blog to find lots of clean eating but flavorful recipes. I love to use spices. The weekly menus are a great round up of recipes, too. This week I’m going to try a couple new recipes. I really want to try the chili pork tenderloin and mango salsa recipe McCormick’s has been sponsoring on Facebook. Have...

Spiced Roasted Chicken #glutenfree

Spiced Roasted Chicken (seasoned salt & sumac) with Roasted Veggies Roasted chicken is such an easy, tasty dinner dish and it takes very minimal prep.  Especially, if you also roast some seasonal vegetables in the oven with a little EVOO, salt and pepper.  Doesn’t that look delish?  The red color comes from the spice sumac.  There are so many different ways to season chicken and I’m going to share a couple of my absolute favorite...

The Gluten free Weekly Menu May 4

May is Celiac Awareness Month! Celiac Disease Symptoms – Courtesy of Gluten Dude I will say that removing gluten from my diet changed my life. I’ll share more of my story soon, but in a nutshell I went from an ambitious, smart chic who landed her dream job as a biotech patent attorney, moved to Chicago, passed the bar and was ready to rock n’ roll – to a very, very sick girl who people/doctors...

The Gluten-Free Weekly Menu April 27

This weekend we attended the Austin Wine & Food Festival and it was such an amazing time #foodie! Over the course of three days, including a pre-festival get together on Friday, we got to spend time with so many of our good friends, ate some amazing bites (there were lots of gluten-free and dairy-free options) and tasted some fabulous new wines and fun drinks! And the DJ kills it – I haven’t danced like that...

The Gluten-Free Weekly Menu Feb. 16

Oh my old bones are sore today #lifeafter40! This weekend we took another long walk (5 miles) around Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake/Colorado River on the Boardwalk/Butler Trail. We explored the east side of the lake and did an entire loop crossing over at both the dam and Interstate 35. I have to admit crossing the dam was pretty scary for me – I’m not really scared of heights but a little vertigo kicks in when...