Weekly Meal Plan February 23-27

Andrew and I are attempting to limit our gluten intake.

It’s not easy…I like gluten….

But nonetheless, we are trying.

I found it was not overly hard to remove gluten from our lunches and dinners. You can readily buy gluten free pasta, rice wraps and even bread. (though I ate a gluten free hot dog bun yesterday and it was less than stellar…)

But breakfasts are another story.

We are totally cereal eaters, so trying to rethink that has been very, very difficult. As our cereal stash dwindles, I am not sure what we are going to eat for breakfast. In a complete panic I bought Chex to tide us over until I figure things out. (Note, there does not seem to be nearly enough fiber in Chex for my liking…but I guess it will have to do for now)

If you have any great gluten free breakfast recipes, please do share.

Here is what we are eating this week:

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TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Broccoli Parmesan “Meat”ballsThai Chicken Curry SoupChiliBaked Fish and Sweet PotatoesFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Almonds
  • Broccoli
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Eggs
  • Minced garlic
  • Pasta
  • Your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce
  • Ground beef
  • Taco chips
  • Green pepper
  • Onions
  • Canned mushrooms
  • Red and white kidney beans
  • Tomato soup
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken
  • Celery
  • Red pepper
  • Fresh ginger
  • Chicken broth
  • Coconut milk
  • Green curry paste
  • That fish sauce
  • Cilantro
  • Sweet potatoes
  • flax seeds
  • Thyme
  • Cod or any other white fish
  • Lemon

Monday

I’m excited to try these again, but this time served on top of gluten free pasta.

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs

Tuesday

I’ve been looking for gluten free recipes on Pinterest and in various cookbooks since we made the decision to cut out (or at least cut down) on gluten. My friend Viv gave me her copy of Wheat Belly to look at and read through. Tonight’s coconut chicken curry soup is from that book.

 

 

Wednesday

My favorite, go-to recipe from Company’s Coming Slow Cooker Recipes. I love chili!

Thursday

Another Wheat Belly recipe. I like fish and chips and this seems like it will be very, very similar.

 

 

Broccoli Parmesan “Meat”balls

I was excited about last night’s supper and quite worried at the same time.

I constantly try new meatless dishes with the hopes that Andrew would see that vegetarian options can be healthy, filling and delicious.

Usually it only perpetuates his idea of vegetarian: bean-filled, lentil-ful, strange dishes that leaves him hungry and a little unhappy.

I really didn’t know how this would go over…but it was just so interesting that I was drawn to try it.

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs

In theory this should be a rather filling meal because of the almonds right?…so it should at least fill Andrew up right?…

I started by pulsing up one cup of almonds in my food processor.

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs

I poured that into a bowl and proceeded to process my 4 cups of steamed broccoli.

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs

To the broccoli and almonds I added 1 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese (I bought good stuff…can’t pass off a meal like this without good stuff), 2 eggs, 4 cloves of minced garlic and salt and pepper.

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs

I squished and patted the broccoli mixture into 24 meatballs, placing the meatballs into a greased mini muffin tin.

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs

I baked them for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

As they were cooking I realized that it might be a bit weird eating these on pasta…so I decided to make a meatball sub of sorts on leftover naan bread with some pasta sauce and extra cheese (to hide any weird flavor if necessary)

Once the “meat”balls came out of the oven, I decided it was time for a little shock therapy for Andrew. If he tasted one of the broccoli balls without any of the delicious accompaniments I had planned, then dinner would certainly go better right?

He was editing some photos at the computer.

“Here” I said, “Try a bite of this.”

“What is it?” he asked suspiciously

“Broccoli Parmesan meatballs made with ground almonds….just know its not meat, the recipe didn’t profess it would taste like meat, its not meat.”

He took a bite and chewed slowly and carefully making a pained and unhappy face as he did.

“It tastes….weird” he said after swallowing.

Ok, I have to admit, on their own, without any sauce or extra cheese, they really do have a different flavor…not necessarily bad, just different. The texture is a little meaty, but it tastes like almond…for dinner. It throws you.

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs

But it worked! Once the “meat”balls were on the naan with a little pasta sauce and another sprinkle of cheese, they were actually quite delicious. Even Andrew didn’t mind them all dolled up. I had them for lunch today with a little more sauce and I really enjoyed them. Not sure how they would be on pasta…maybe I will try it with the last few I have left. I would make these again, but I think I would add a lot more spice to them. Maybe instead of an Italian flare, I could make them more like a falafel and serve them with tzatziki or hummus…yum!