Gluten Free Menu Swap- April 7th

7 years ago today, when I was a freshman at Baylor, my Dad died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam while on assignment looking for POWs/MIAs from the Vietnam War. Here is the archived story in Newsweek- my dad was Lt. Col. Rennie Cory, Jr. So every year on April 7th I try and remember everything I can about him, even the little things that used to drive me crazy. I will probably call my siblings and each one will remember something about Dad that I had forgotten or maybe never knew. Oddly, that will make me feel better. Knowing that there are memories out there that I can relive and remember my Dad for who he was and not just as some army action hero. He was a great dad. And I miss him everyday.

I guess I just felt the need to remind everyone that wars don’t just last for a couple years, they last for decades. And American soldiers are heroes, even if you don’t agree with the war they are fighting. My dad died as a result of the Vietnam War in 2001.

Oddly enough, one of the things that brings me closer to the memory of my father is weightlifting. Gotta love it. And as I have started weightlifting again, I have become more conscious of my diet.

Like all of us I suppose, I am unhappy with the preponderance of nutrition-less starches and the lack of fiber in the gluten-free diet. I am hoping to gain some perspective on nutrition, glycemic index, and weight loss in the upcoming weeks. My plan is to start with the South Beach Diet and build from there. The gluten free diet has given me the confidence to try a weight loss diet because I know firsthand how food can affect your body. This may sound obvious, but if there is a diet that can make me feel even better, I want in!! In addition, postpartum weight retention increases your risk of gestational diabetes in successive pregnancies. Yuck. Since Dad was a fitness buff (he jokingly called his muscles “grotesque overdevelopment”), I am sure he would be proud.

Since every special diet needs a menu plan, here goes! I already love the simplicity.

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Monday: Grilled Mahi Mahi with Asparagus

Tuesday: Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Wednesday: Shrimp Salad

Thursday: Steak with Roasted Vegetables

Friday: Ginger Chicken with Scallions and Broccoli

Gluten Free Menus:

Book of Yum: Sea’s menu looks fantastic as does the recipe for Garlic Greens with Horseradish Crumble with Tahini Dressing.

Gluten Free Sox Fan: Karen’s menu relys on staples from her menu rotation which is a smart move when you have a busy week ahead.

Cooking Illustrated: Jacki joins us for the first time! Her menu includes Frikadeller, which are Danish meatballs. Let’s hope she will share the recipe!

Fresh Ginger: Ginger’s menu is well-rounded to be sure! She is making Greek comfort food, Moussaka, and Roast Beef with a Garlic Horseradish Crust. Sounds amazing.

Angela’s Kitchen: Angela has a great menu with a few gluten free slow cooker ideas. She is making a gluten free birthday cake this week as well.

Gluten Free in the Greens: Kara has her menu up too! She is making a pizza with a quinoa crust this week.

And of course, Organizing Junkie, where hundreds of menu planners post their links. Not all are gluten-free, but fabulous dinner ideas abound! While you are there, check out some of Laura’s great tips on getting organized!

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17 Responses to “Gluten Free Menu Swap- April 7th”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. I love the way you and your family remember him.

    I hear you about the GF diet. So many low nutrition or nutrition-less starches are used in them. The ready made things are pretty low on nutrition sadly. Good luck with building your weight loss diet.

    Sheltie Girl @ Gluten A Go Go

  2. I’m sending some hugs your way…

    And thanks for letting me join in on the fun! It’s nice to talk to others that have to eat Gluten-Free. Let me get that Frikadeller recipe up, even though I don’t have pictures.

  3. Hey Natalie,

    This is such a poignant post. I’m so sorry that you lost your Dad. But I think it’s wonderful the way you want to remember him!

    I hope things go well with the low carb diet! I’ve never been very good at following one, but I think they are very beneficial!

    I love your simple menu! I hope to get one up this afternoon possibly. ;-) I love asparagus! I wish the hubby did!!

  4. I like your post… working out reminds me of Dad too.
    I’m excited that your blog will have tons of healthy options coming up…Ben has started a workout routine and will appreciate it. I have yet to start mine. The virus I caught is not helping.
    We are on a major budget though and I will probably have to find a way to modify some of them. No Mahi Mahi for us… I am trying to come up with things I can make with canned Tuna. =)
    That is GF right? Any tips on cooking ridiculously cheap would be great. Being newly GF, I have no clue. I can’t just buy Kraft Mac and Cheese and some frozen peas. Not even grilled cheese is a cheap option anymore when I have to make my own bread. I was thinking spaghetti marinara would be cheap…and I may try and come up with a GF tuna casserole. wish me luck!

  5. I was just thinking about your dad this week as well. I love remembering how happy he and your mom were. He was an amazing man and the world is definitely a better place because of him. I miss you!


  6. Wow, that is a startling reminder of war and loved ones. Thank you. Enjoy your time with your memories and siblings today.

  7. I am truly sorry about your Dad, and the anniversary must strike some unexpected notes. Thank you for sharing.

    Good luck with your new diet. I hope it goes well! (As I am sure it will.) I too (as you know) hate the lack of nutrition in the gf flours/starches, and am always looking for more. I will enjoy seeing what happens with your diet, and see if it is something I want to try. :)

  8. Thanks for the great post. It is a nice way to remember. I really enjoyed how honest you were and hope to see you soon.;-)

  9. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself today.

    I have a menu to contribute also:

  10. Thank you for sharing your memories of your dad and for reminding us about the families behind the heroes. He sounds like a very special man.

  11. I’m deeply sorry for your loss. I am indebted to men (and women) like your dad who care enough for our freedom to risk their lives for it. I am forever grateful for your dad and others like him who are protecting us.

  12. Thanks for sharing. If anything positive can be said about this war, I think it’s that no one (or, at least, very few people) blame the soldiers–the government and big interests, yes, but not the “faces” of the war.

    I completely agree with you about the nutritionless starches. I feel like we’re getting to a new stage in gluten-free food and–hopefully–companies and bakers will get on board with baked goods that not only taste good but are good for us. I’m trying to use no more than 1/4 c. starch per cup of whole grain flour–sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve definitely played around with doing some GF baking on the side but am daunted by the risk and responsibility of claiming something is gluten free. Good luck!

  13. I stumbled upon your blog today and am so greatful for the insite you share and for the amazing recipes. I have just (in the last 3 weeks) been diagnosed with Coeliacs and have found myself incredably frustrated.

    Growing up I always had what my mother called a tender tummy but now at the age of 39 we know just how tender it really is.

    I love to cook and bake so the experimenting with different recipes isnt that much of a strain. Involving my 5 year old daughter in the cooking also gives us quality time together and we get to taste yummy things at the end. Having a husband that is totally supportive also maks a huge difference : )

    Must be off ,and thanks once again, we are having Chicken broccoli cheese casserole for dinner tonigh and I cant wait.

    : )

  14. Natalie, thank you for sharing your story about your Dad. He must have been an amazing man. I work for a television station and a few years ago covered a story about a local man whose remains were recently found in Vietnam. The emotions and relief that his family felt were so, very touching. For over 25 years he was MIA. I’m sure you’re well aware, but your Dad was doing such important work.

    I just also wanted to add that my boyfriend is currently deployed in Iraq, but coming home in two weeks (knock on wood that his stay doesn’t get extended) so you’ve got another military-lass in the gluten-free blogging world. : )

    Grotesque Overdevelopment — I love it!

  15. Wonderful post. Just lovely! I believe undiagnosed celiac disease contributed to my dad’s death a few years ago. That’s why I am on this journey to increase awareness and share information. He was an Olympic athlete and an arctic survival specialist for the Air Force. He was in his 80s when he died, but a strong character all the way to the end. And my brother-in-law, whom I never met, died in Vietnam. We are all support for each other. Don’t you just love this little sub-culture of GF friends we’ve created?! Thanks for sharing your story. Sending good energy your way.
    Take care, Melissa
    P.S. FYI — I did a post on my blog specifically dedicated to fiber. :-)

  16. Thank you so much for sharing this story about your dad and teaching us about one more hero!

    Take care!

  17. Hey everyone!

    I really appreciated all of your kind comments and/or emails! You guys are the best :)

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