The Weekly Menu Jan 2, 2017

healthy comfort food weekly menu jan 2

Hello 2017!

Time for a new healthy comfort food weekly menu Jan 2-8 that is also gluten-free and dairy-free.  Plus we have a lot to look forward to this year!

My last two classes start next week – Food Microbiology and Genomic Sequencing and Analysis.  I’m really excited.  I should finish the certificate in May.

I really loved my phylogenetics class (and actually got a perfect score of 100+).

In the beginning, I wasn’t really sure where this certificate was going to take me in the world of genomics.  But I’m so happy that I enrolled in the program because I’ve learned so much!

So much has changed since I earned the PhD and it feels really good to be updated and upgraded.  I’m so excited about where it will take me this year…

Brett is so happy with his job.  The Itty Bitty is pure joy!  What a smart, sweet, fun little dog.

They finally just replaced our AC unit, which kept breaking down.  No bueno in Texas even in December.

And I’ve found an exercise program that I love so I’ve been sticking to it!  We really couldn’t ask for more.

Healthy Comfort Food

So part of the ongoing goal for us is keeping life simple and honestly, eating as clean as possible.  We have been focusing on keeping our gut microbiome happy and healthy!

And we really do enjoy comfort food.  So it’s “healthified” comfort food balancing decadent cravings with lots of nutrients.

Avoiding trace contaminants (that we know of) and potential sources of food poisoning without freaking out or becoming overwhelmed and just giving up.  This is definitely a journey and we are always learning along the way.

For the most part, diversity is key.  Eating as many different types of foods and colors as possible! #eattherainbow

This week’s menu plan and recipes are gluten free (as always) and mostly dairy/casein free (except for Parmesan or goat cheese).

We use mostly lean, antibiotic free, additive free, organic and non GMO (because of glyphosate and pesticides not the technology) ingredients.

~ The Weekly Menu Jan 2 ~

Monday – Red Lentil Wild Rice Chicken Soup

Tuesday – Veggie Southwestern Egg Rolls

Wednesday – Southwestern Grass Fed Sirloin Steak Salad

Thursday – Salt Lick BBQ 

Friday – Spicy Jalapeño Chicken Spaghetti 

Saturday – Turkey Chili & Broccoli on Baked Potatoes

Sunday –  Perfect Pot Roast

Breakfast – Carrot Cake Muffins

Have a great week everyone!  I hope that you all have or find your peace and happiness and lots of goodness this year!

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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