Menu Monday for Week of April 14, 2008

We had a great trip to Southern California to visit my sister. My 2 youngest boys had a wonderful time getting to know their new uncle (he’s “new” because they just married last December). The boys took full advantage of Grant’s youth and vigor and kept him running around with them at the beach, at the apartment pool, etc. I loved having the chance to see my little sister’s BEAUTIFUL apartment and relished the time to chit chat with her and catch up some. I also loved getting to see the exact place where Grant proposed to my sister. šŸ™‚

My sister made sure there were gluten-free options for me at every meal and everything turned out delicious šŸ™‚ We ate out twice. Once at Red Robin, and they were great about my gluten free instructions (I got a Cobb salad with grilled chicken, although my tummy hurt a bit after this meal, not too much, and I don’t know why). We also ate at an authentic hole-in-wall Mexican place in L.A.’s “fashion district” — yummy Mexican tacos with carne asada with no side orders of stomach pain — woo hoo!

If you live the L.A. area, you have to check out La Habra Ranch Market at 1220 W. La Habra Blvd. The fruits and veggies were priced ridiculously cheap and they had a huge variety. And they sold things like olive oil, dessiccated coconut, ghee, and other ethnic foods at decent prices as well. I stocked up before making the drive home.

The only bummer about the trip was that I drove home with an increasingly bothersome head cold. I must have caught it from hubby before I left, and it just took a few days to show up (he woke up sick the day I left for L.A.). I’m hoping I didn’t share too many germs with my sister and her husband!

Gluten-Free Sox Fan is hosting this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap. For many GREAT ideas, head on over and check it out! (Her pizza crust has wowed me. I love it. Some of our friends, though not gluten-free, are now ALWAYS using this recipe for homemade pizza. It’s that good. Thanks to Carrie for suggesting I go and give this recipe a try!)

Here’s our plan for the week:

Monday —

Irish Oats

Celery w/ PB, quesadillas, Asian pears

Grilled Chicken, Squash, Aspargus (I was going to grill the chicken with just olive oil and sea salt, when I saw this recipe at Ginger-Lemon Girl. We’ll see how tomorrow goes, if I can get around to trying this yummy-looking marinade!)

Tuesday —

Eggs

Snack Stuff that I pick up at grocery store in a.m. (??)

Red Lentil Stew over Rice, asparagus

Wednesday —

Soaked Oats

Leftover lentil stew, carrots and cucumbers

Pot Roast and squash, salad

Thursday —

Leftover Pot Roast

Chicken Oreganato w/ a salad (one for us, one to bring to a family w/ a new baby)

Friday —

GF Waffles

Leftover Chicken Oreganato and GF Mac n’ Cheese

Pork, Apple and Quinoa Casserole from Rachel’s Recipe Box, with green beans

Saturday —

omelettes

Bean and Cheese Tostadas

Leftover Pork, Apple, and Quinoa Casserole

Sunday —

Golden Oats

Out to lunch!

Homemade GF Pizza

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