The Gluten-Free Weekly Menu Aug 31

Time for the gluten-free weekly menu Aug 31, 2015.

I can’t tell you how excited I am that college football starts up again this weekend!!! Woohoo!  I’m a Texas Ex Life Member and bleed burnt orange, as they say.  And I love being back in Austin for football season!

I went to UT during the Mackovic years (’90s) so my expectations are never that high because we rarely won a game. So I’m a hopeful and optimistic fan. I forget that most of kids from the Mack Brown era are actually used to the Horns winning all the time.

We were recently at a tailgate for the UCLA game and people were crying – CRYING! because they lost the game. I hope they have a great season! Hook ’em Horns! \m/

Anyway, we are celebrating the coming of fall with a beautiful pot roast, carrots, mashies and gravy! And this pot roast is NOT cooked in a slow cooker.

I started out using a slow cooker years ago, but after investing in a good Dutch oven (Le Creuset) and making a perfect pot roast – I pitched the slow cooker (well I donated it to goodwill with all the other stuff we rarely used when we moved).

I know busy moms live by them, but keep the pot roast away from that slow cooker.  The meat needs to be seasoned with salt and pepper and seared at high heat. Then braised in a Dutch oven with wine, beef broth and herbs to really bring out all its beauty.

We also use the Dutch oven to make the Cajun Dirty Rice.  Makes an easy one-pot dish.  Just cook up the bison and veggies.  Then add in the spices, rice and broth.  Super simple but quite delicious.  And it is perfect for the turkey & veggie chili, too.  Such a great investment.

The Weekly Menu Aug 31

Meatless Monday – Pasta Primavera

Tuesday – Salad Niçoise 

Wednesday – Cajun Bison Dirty Rice

Thursday – Spicy Cajun Chicken with Jalapeño Creamed Sweet Corn (recipe in the weekly menu cookbook)

Friday – Turkey & Veggie Chili

Saturday – Perfect Pot Roast with Carrots, Mashies & Gravy

Sunday – Dinner Out!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So 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 had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So 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. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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