Operation Skinny Jeans: Gluten-Free January - Week 3 Menu Plans

Friday, January 11, 2013

Gluten-Free January - Week 3 Menu Plans

Onto the third week of gluten-free eating!

If you're taking the challenge, how have your first two weeks gone?

As for me, I haven't noticed too many changes with my digestion. I'm still having plenty of GERD-related incidents. I'm also tired a lot, though I'm not sure if that has anything to do with a diet change (it could just be going back to work after three weeks off, lol). I find myself craving some of my favorite gluten-full foods (pizza, pasta, brownies, etc.), but I'm too cheap to buy the gluten-free equivalents and I'm not craving them badly enough to give up on the gluten-free challenge (I take this as an excellent sign -- if I had attempted this at any other time in my life, I would have said screw it and eaten it anyway. The fact that I haven't means I'm actually exercising some willpower for probably the first time in my life).

As with the other menus, feel free to mix-and-match meals from this week's menu, as well as previous menus (trust me, I eat way more eggs, chicken, and Larabars than I put on the menus). If a recipe calls for vegetable or canola oil, substitute in a healthier, natural oil (olive, coconut, safflower, etc.). If a recipe calls for sugar, substitute raw honey, agave nectar, or pure maple syrup.


Shopping List

  • apples (both tart and sweet)
  • asparagus
  • baby carrots 
  • bananas
  • basil leaves
  • blueberries
  • broccoli
  • canteloupe
  • celery
  • cilantro
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • green beans
  • green bell peppers
  • green grapes
  • green onions 
  • lettuce
  • lemon
  • lime
  • mandarin oranges (canned is fine if packed in water, not syrup)
  • mint leaves
  • mixed salad greens
  • parsley
  • pineapple
  • potatoes
  • red onion
  • romaine lettuce
  • salad
  • shallots
  • spinach
  • strawberries
  • turnips
  • thyme leaves
  • butter
  • cheddar cheese
  • eggs 
  • goat cheese
  • Gorgonzola cheese 
  • Greek yogurt
  • half-and-half
  • heavy cream (plain yogurt can be substituted)
  • milk
  • Neufchatel cheese
  • Parmesan cheese (fresh)
  • ricotta cheese 
  • sour cream (natural)
  • vanilla yogurt (organic is preferable)

Spieces/Condiments/Baking Needs
  • apple cider
  • cayenne pepper
  • celery seed
  • cider vinegar
  • cinnamon
  • cocoa powder
  • coconut oil
  • extra-virgin olive oil 
  • garlic salt
  • gluten-free millet flour
  • ground mustard
  • hot sauce
  • kosher salt 
  • lemon pepper
  • marjoram
  • mayonnaise (look for natural oils, like safflower)
  • peanut butter (natural, no added sugar)
  • pure maple syrup 
  • raw honey
  • seasoned salt (look for no artificial flavorings/preservatives/color or MSG)
  • thyme
  • turbinado sugar
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • vanilla extract
  • white wine vinegar

Pacakaged/Frozen Foods
  • bacon
  • beef roast
  • bittersweet chocolate
  • boneless pork loin
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • brown rice
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • canned green chiles
  • chicken drumsticks
  • dijon mustard
  • dried tart cherries
  • espresso
  • frozen broccoli
  • ground turkey
  • ham
  • peach preserves
  • pecans
  • pineapple juice
  • popcorn kernels
  • quinoa
  • sausage
  • tilapia fillets
  • turkey breast
  • walnut halves
  • water chestnuts
  • wild salmon fillets
Bit of a long list this week, but there's a lot of culinary exploration to be had!


  1. good luck with your week 3. being on a specific diet is so tempting, sometimes you crave for foods that not allowed in the diet. how do you handle that?


  2. WHOA! this is a really cool blog! so glad I found you guys ( on blog hop) ... here's me... it's two different blogs.. hope you stop by sometime :)


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