Gluten Free Menu Swap- April 21, 2008

My good friend, Nilda, gave me a beautiful present for my kitchen this weekend. She made me an herb garden for my kitchen! What a sweet gift! Nilda knew how much I wanted some of her oregano from Puerto Rico, so she planted some along with several other herbs. It is not often that someone thinks of you in such a thoughtful way, so I was truly touched! I am including a picture, in case you would like to make an kitchen herb garden for someone. Isn’t it beautiful? herbgarden Gluten Free Menu Swap  April 21, 2008

As far as diet progress goes, I think I am going to have to send sugar a “Dear John” letter. I have lost ten pounds and I have never felt so energetic and happy! It feels good to have made so much progress so quickly. The South Beach diet really does wean you from some of your unhealthy eating habits. Any pitfalls I might have had were really helped by the discipline I have learned from following a Gluten Free Diet. My husband has also lost a lot of weight with me. When you are married, I guess you lose or gain weight together!

Now on to the menu planning! Remember the idea is to be realistic and practical when you menu plan. Keeping yourself gluten-free is the idea, so it doesn’t matter how fancy your menu is! I was out of town all weekend helping my mom, so my meal planning is rather last minute this week (and no tag). This is unfortunate because cilantro is my absolute favorite herb and luckily, my husband is equally enthusiastic. Cilantro is packed with important nutrition such as Vitamin A and lutein. In the alternative medicine world, cilantro is also known to have a detoxing effect on the body. Enjoy those salsas!

My Gluten Free Menu Plan

Monday: Broiled Salmon with Steamed Vegetables

Tuesday: Lemon Chicken and Asparagus Salad

Wednesday: Pork Chops with Green Bean Salad

Thursday: Marinated Flank Steak and Stir Fried Cabbage

Friday: Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mixed Green Salad


Cooking Illustrated- Jacki is making a pulled pork recipe in the slow cooker and a delicious-sounding Lemon Rosemary chicken.

Gluten Free Goodness- Cheryl joins us for the very first time. Her menu is impressive this week! She is making grilled lamb with roasted red peppers and quinoa. Yum!

Ginger Lemon Girl- Go check out Carrie’s menu post and enter to win the new edition of the Triumph Dining Guide! She is boycotting cilantro this week, so we are going to have to give her a hard time for not liking it!

Book of Yum- Seamaiden has my mouth watering with her picture of homemade peanut soup. Go check out her gluten free menu!

Gluten Free Sox Fan- Karen is planting her herb garden this weekend. (Hopefully, Hubs and I will be gardening this weekend too!) She is making Fish Tacos, which is one of my favorite dinners!

Asparagus Thin- Amanda is making cilantro potato latkes, sweet and sour vegan fishballs, and egg pakora. Her cooking week sounds busy and I am a bit envious!

Angela’s Kitchen- Angela has great ideas for surviving a busy gluten-free week! Her freezer is low so she will be replenishing her banana muffins and pumpkin waffles supply!

Faking It GF Style- Terri has some great information on free radicals and a great meal plan for the week ahead.

Fresh Ginger- Ginger has a great menu and her appetizer of the week is Gruyere Pinwheels with Herbs. Sounds fabulous!

My Monday Mommy Brag:

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6 Responses to “Gluten Free Menu Swap- April 21, 2008”

  1. here is my menu for the week

    also i would love to host the swap one week

  2. [...] my first time submitting to the menu swap, and it’s forcing me to be more organized. Sure, I generally have a rough idea of what [...]

  3. Having an herb garden is wonderful!
    I’m 4 months preggo and this baby does not like sugar, so I’m unintentionally dieting, lol.

  4. I’d love to know which South Beach books have been most helpful to you. I live in Miami (don’t ever go near S. Beach–not the most family friendly!), and I’ve always been curious about this diet. The only thing is that I find that there is ALOT of variety of recipes which would become very expensive for a family of 6. Any ideas?

    I just had my endoscopy done to confirm celiac. While most people have weight loss as a symptom of celiac, I have weight gain. Unexplained weight gain. I live on very little calories and keep away from sugar (except for my 1 cup of coffee), I just started exercising, but have noticed swelling in my extremeties and abdomen which my doctor said was a result of the celiac. Today is my first official gluten-free day!! I’m so happy.

    I’d love to hear what you do in your weight lifting. I don’t have a clue. But I know I need to do something. Your blog is very encouraging to me!


  5. I just found your site and had a quick glance at some of your recipes – yum! My daughter has celiac and is vegetarian. I can’t wait to try your Quinoa Enchiladas on her – they sound delicious! And those peanut butter cookies!

    By the way, we live in Ontario, Canada and my daughter has researched and compiled a list of restaurants and bakeries which specify gluten free options for dining out. It is helpful for those who live in, or are travelling in Ontario:

    For myself, I lost about 35 pounds 3 years ago on the South Beach diet and have kept it off using the principles of the diet. It sounds like you’re doing well with it – all the best!

  6. Natalie,

    As Betty previously mentioned, I also am very interested in which South Beach books you found most helpful and any ideas you have on weightlifting. Thank you so much for all that you share. It is so very helpful!!


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