Gluten Free Menu Swap – February 4th

gluten free menu swap

Sunday has rolled around again and it’s time for Gluten Free Menu Swap. This week’s Swap is hosted by Sally at Aprovechar, so stop by her blog on Monday to get the full roundup.

My menu this week was based on the staples that I already had in the pantry: rice, beans, and gluten free pasta. I also tried to minimize the meals with tofu, since we ate at least 4 lbs. of it last week. We’ll only eat about half of that this week.

I’m also excited to be using my new slow cooker this week. My mom gave it to me for Christmas, but I’ve been slow to use it. The only recipes I’ve ever cooked in a slow cooker were meat-based, so I need to find some good vegetarian recipes. This week we’ll be trying a stew for supper and oatmeal for breakfast.

Grocery Spending

I just posted the first part of my “10 Strategies to Reduce Your Grocery Bill” series, so I wanted to share my month to date grocery spending:

February 2nd: in-between trip at the Western (a local grocery) $23.75
February 4th: groceries for this week’s menu (Whole Foods) 156.41

Total Month to Date: 180.16
February’s Spending Goal: 600.00

The Menu:
Monday: Book of Yum’s Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Heavenly Peanut Sauce, small Spinach Onigiri

Tuesday: Twice Baked Potatoes, Braised Carrots, Green Beans

Wednesday: Eggplant and Tomato Stew with Garbanzo Beans (slow cooker recipe)

Thursday:Black Bean Tacos

Friday: Nana’s Texas Spaghetti , Green Salad

Saturday: Black Bean Pupusas and Cole Slaw

Sunday: Fried Brown Rice

Week day Breakfasts:

Light & Fluffy Biscuits (I froze 2/3 of the batch I made this morning)

Plantain & Pecan Pancakes (leftover from Saturday morning)

Overnight Oatmeal 2x (slow cooker recipe)

Weekend Breakfasts:

Light & Fluffy Biscuits with Black Bean Sausage

Hashbrowns & Scrambled Eggs


Leftovers or PBJs


Fresh & Canned Fruit

Hummus w/ carrots or tortilla chips

Baba Ghanoush w/ carrots or tortilla chips

Mommy Brag:

Here are a couple of pictures of David playing.




  1. I just love your blog! It has been so helpful to me in figuring out how to eat well gluten free. I also appreciate your tips on saving money at the store, and plan to follow your progress with an open mind — LOL!
    I noticed our bill went up when we began to eat healthier. Then it went up again when I began to cook mostly gluten-free for our home. Of course, you know groceries have also gone up 20% across the board at all stores! EEEK! Blessings to you as you work on tightening that belt!!

  2. i love hummus with tortilla chips or carrots! i’m so addicted to that stuff! ;-)

  3. I highly recommend the cookbook Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. Very tasty recipes, and most main-dish and side-dish ones don’t use gluten (or are easily adapted if they do). :)

  4. I have the book Sally recommends- there is a great recipe for cornbread topped stew that really works. It’s very cool. I have had to add more spices to some of the dishes to give them more kick, but it is a great idea for a compilation book.

    Those pupusas look FANTASTIC!. Actually, the whole week looks very tasty. :D I especially like Monday. (kidding, kidding)


  5. Groceries have definitely gone up. David is way cute. Jude is into hiding places too. :)