Menu Plan April 18

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Last week’s plan of quick and easy meals worked pretty good, even though I didn’t actually make everything on the menu. Fortunately, we had plenty of leftovers to get us through the week. The best part was that the quick and easy meals gave me time to finish some projects and get started on some spring cleaning.

Now for this week. The kids are on Spring Break, my parents are visiting, we celebrate my daughter’s birthday with ALL her friends, and we celebrate Easter with the family. Looks like another busy week. I think I left out play dates, gymnastics, Eater activities, etc. Wow, that list looks long. I guess I better get busy, and keep the menu easy this week, too!

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is hosting this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap. She chose a theme of sugar-free delights. Although I keep playing around with the idea of taking sugar out of our diets, I can’t quite commit to eliminating it completely. Instead, I’ve been working on reducing the amount of sugar in recipes. It’s a start, right? I have a Banana Coffee Cake that I revised with less sugar. I’ve also been working on a recipe for cinnamon rolls that is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and contains less sugar. I’ve been using raw Coconut Crystals to replace the brown sugar. So far, no one has complained, or even noticed the recipes have less sugar. And, for the ultimate in sugar-free delights, I always turn to fresh fruit! The Berry Fruit Salad I make does call for 2 Tbsp of sugar, but it’s really the balsamic vinegar that brings out the wonderful flavors of the fruit. I think I’ll trying using the Coconut Crystals for that recipe, too.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday - Pancakes, Bacon, Fruit salad

Tuesday - Red Potato & Green Bean Salad, Grilled Chicken

Wednesday - Pork Tenderloin with Wild Rice Salad

Thursday - Flank Steak, Potato Wedges, Green Salad

Friday - Corn & Black Bean Salad, Cilantro Lime Shrimp


Saturday – I’ll be preparing food for Sunday’s Easter celebration. So dinner will be leftovers or maybe Boston Market.

Sunday – For our family Easter Celebration, we’ll be preparing Spinach Salad, Mashed Potatoes, and Carrot Cake.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
You’ll find the rules, as well as the current and upcoming schedules, at Gluten Free Goodness.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Hi Heather,
wow, sounds like a crazy/ weekend! wishing you lovely birthday celebrations and Easter, too. It’s great that you’ve looked at cutting down on sugar in your recipes. And for most people, cutting down is where it’s at, not complete elimination. I eliminate because cane sugar gives me fibro symptoms=not worth it!


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Yum, Banana Coffee Cake! Even with less sugar, I bet it’s wonderful. 🙂 I like using the coconut crystals, coconut sugar, and palm sugar when I can. The taste is there (or even better in some cases!) and I don’t feel that buzz afterwards. Plus there’s probably far less going on in my body than when I use granulated sugar … even if I’m not aware of it. I’ve also enjoyed using dates more as a sweetener, like in Maggie’s (She Let Them Eat Cake) recent recipes. Love all the other recipes shown here this week, too, Heather!


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