What’s for Dinner…? #17 – Gluten Free Meal Plan

 What' for Dinner

What do you think is the hardest thing about being on a “diet”? I think often we tend to focus on the things we can’t have instead of remembering what we can have. We also view it as “diet” instead of seeing it as a “life style change”.

Thursday my family began Week 2 of a Gluten Free diet. Well, most of us anyway! I bought bread for my son’s lunches. Having a gluten-free diet means saying “no” to a lot of foods. But there are still so many that I can have.

While I can’t speak for my husband, I have done quite well not thinking about it. Don’t get me wrong.  It truly is a discipline to be at a party and have to pass by the yummy pasta and load the plate up with a salad instead. It’s not easy to refrain from taking a bite of my son’s sandwich that he didn’t finish. After all, I don’t want it to go to waste, right?

This Friday was a hard day because I wanted something quick, but my fruits and veggies weren’t washed and cut up yet. I was so incredibly tempted to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But I practiced discipline and sliced up a little cheese to go along with  an apple with peanut butter on it.

When faced with these challenges I have to remind myself that I am making this lifestyle change to improve my health. And really, I need more fruits and vegetables in my diet, so it’s good if I load up on those a bit more. As the Little Engine that Could would say, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….”

Gluten Free Dinner Plan

Thursday: Bourbon Chicken (from MMM…Café)  with Rice and veggies

Friday: Taco Salad with tortilla chips and fresh fruit

Saturday:  Leftovers

Sunday: Pot Roast with mashed potatoes and green beans

Monday:  Tomato Soup

Tuesday: Slow Cooked Chicken Caesar over salad with sweet potato fries and fruit

Wednesday: Loaded Baked Potatoes (Broccoli, cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, black beans) with fresh fruit

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