Operation Skinny Jeans: Gluten-Free January - Week 4 Menu Plans

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Gluten-Free January - Week 4 Menu Plans

Hello everyone! We're nearing the end of the gluten-free challenge. I REALLY can't wait to eat some (warm, fresh from the oven) bread (I know what I'm doing February 1!). This challenge has shown me that I have more willpower than I originally thought I did.  As much as I've wanted to eat bread and pasta, I haven't felt the need to, which is an improvement.

I apologize for the delay in getting the menu up; I've been a little busy lately (revamping my personal blog, making my first two Etsy sales, dealing with personal matters, and getting addicted to Hart of Dixie).

 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.

  • chocolate, banana, and peanut butter smoothie (cocoa, frozen banana, milk, PB2 or natural peanut butter, and spinach)
  • tomato basil soup
  • fresh fruit ice pops (puree fresh fruit in the blender, pour into popsicle molds, and freeze)
  • Mexican rice casserole

Shopping List

  • apples
  • asparagus
  • bananas
  • basil leaves
  • bay leaf (one)
  • berries (your choice)
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • carrots
  • celery 
  • chives
  • cilantro
  • clementines 
  • garlic
  • grapes
  • green beans
  • lemon
  • lettuce
  • onion
  • parsley
  • peaches
  • potatoes
  • salad
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • butter
  • cheddar cheese
  • cream cheese
  • eggs
  • feta cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • milk
  • Parmesan cheese
  • sour cream
  • string cheese
Spices/Condiments/Baking Needs
  • black pepper (fresh, like from a grinder) 
  • cayenne pepper
  • chili powder
  • cinnamon (ground and stick)
  • cocoa 
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • cumin
  • curry powder
  • demerara or turbinado sugar
  • dijon mustard
  • dried cranberries
  • garlic powder
  • ground red pepper
  • honey
  • hot sauce
  • kosher salt
  • maple syrup
  • mayonnaise (I recommend safflower oil mayo)
  • olive oil
  • oregano
  • paprika
  • sea salt
  • vanilla bean
  • vanilla extract
  • wheat germ
  • white vinegar
Packaged/Frozen Foods
  • apple juice
  • beef broth
  • black beans (15oz can)
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • boneless, skinless chicken breast fillets 
  • bourbon
  • brown sugar (maple syrup could probably be subbed)
  • brown rice
  • chicken broth
  • granola (or make your own
  • ground beef
  • hummus
  • Larabars
  • merlot
  • natural peanut butter or PB2
  • popcorn
  • red lentils
  • salsa (or make your own)
  • slow-cooking oats
  • snipped, dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • tomato sauce (15oz can)
  • tuna
  • whole peeled tomatoes (three 28oz cans)


  1. I am so impressed with how organized you are with your food plan ready for the month! I really need to do something like this!

    1. Thanks! I've planned meals (well, dinners, anyway) for my husband and myself for awhile, but I didn't realize how much work it was going to be to plan out menus for the blog! I'm debating whether or not I'm going to continue after January.

  2. Hello,
    I found your blog on the blog hop and now I am now your newest follower, would you please due the same for me?



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