The Weekly Menu April 11, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan April 11

It’s time for the weekly menu plan April 11 edition! 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 in the gut.

So what is the microbiome?

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…

Salad Nicoise with Deli Turkey and Homemade Dressing

The Weekly Menu April 11

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…

Meatless Monday – Asian Fried Rice

Tuesday – Chili Con Carne (with ground turkey, black beans and 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 – Asian Turkey Burgers on Homemade Buns & Roasted Spiced Potatoes

Sunday – Salad Niçoise with Homemade Dressing

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

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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