The Weekly Menu Cookbook: Gluten-Free Casein-Free Favorites

Deana Larkin Evans
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The Weekly Menu Cookbook is a collection of gluten-free, casein-free recipes from a variety of cultures using mostly fresh vegetables, lean proteins, healthy grains and lots of spices!  Basically, the Mediterranean diet with a Texas flair.  It’s all about real food made with minimal ingredients to avoid a pile-on of processed food.  The dinners are delicious, quick and easy to make.

The author, Deana, has a PhD in Biochemistry and a law degree.  As a first year patent attorney, she became bizarrely ill from an unpredictable combination of events.  Propelled into an interesting journey with food and healing, she turned her lab training and years of professional and technical writing skills toward research, recipe development and self-published a series of eCookbooks. 

Cooking became a passion! And because she started making most meals at home, Deana began menu planning and created weekly dinner menus to save time and money.  In order to reduce food waste, most recipes are scaled for 2-3 people unless it’s a soup that freezes well or can be repurposed as sauce.  She published the eCookbooks, The Weekly Menu I-III, in order to share the menus as well as creating the food blog  This cookbook is a collection of favorite recipes from all three volumes organized by appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, side dishes, baked goodies and a few pantry staples made from scratch (bread, coconut milk, ghee, vanilla extract, pickled jalapeños). 

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Deana started cooking gluten-free in November of 2010 and casein-free January 2014 (except for the occasional Parmesan cheese), which led to The Weekly Menu Book food blog and a series of self-published eCookbooks. She loves to make wholesome real food, develop recipes, take pictures and create weekly menus to save time and money while reducing stress and food waste. In the '90s, she earned an undergrad degree in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in Biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. Today she focuses on writing, food, health, her husband & dogs, the environment, Earth, animals, water, wine and equality. 

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Deana Larkin Evans
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Jun 4, 2015
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Can't eat gluten anymore?  Me either. After realizing gluten was making me very sick, I was propelled into an interesting journey with food. And cooking at home became essential then grew into a total obsession.  We try to eat the most natural and unprocessed foods available so most of it is naturally gluten-free.  We try to keep the processed food to a minimum and find the cleanest versions available.  Even if you are lucky enough to not be Celiac or gluten sensitive and just looking for healthier alternatives – this book is for you, too.

I write up a dinner menu each week to allocate out proteins or other ingredients.  It saves a lot of time and money and reduces our food waste.  To share the work I've done for the past few years, I'm writing a series of self-published eCookbooks and started a food blog where you can find current weekly menus, new recipes and helpful information.

This is Volume 2 in the eCookbook series, The Winter Edition, containing the weekly menus starting the week of Thanksgiving.  We are much healthier by this point and moving away from our “junk food” roots.  Most recipes are hearty winter dishes and a variety of ways to dress up chicken.  Basically, a Mediterranean diet with a Texas flair.  Plus more baked goodies that make perfect breakfasts for the week! 

Some favorite dishes include:

Lentil and Turkey Sausage Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Black Bean Soup

Green Bean Beef Stew

Chicken Stew with Mashies

Persian Herb Stew

Black-Eyed Pea Stew with Sausage

Turkey Tetrazzini

Scalloped Potato & Ground Turkey Gratin


Pasta Carbonara

“Beef” Stroganoff

Jalapeño Red Sauce with Chicken and Penne Pasta

Basil Artichoke Sauce, Roasted Chicken, Penne Pasta

Shepherd’s Pie

Pomegranate Molasses & Roasted Chicken; Polenta; Asparagus

Cajun Chicken; Jalapeño Creamed Corn

Chicken A L’ Orange and Carrot Rice

Bacon Cheddar Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

Pizza with Kale Pesto, Turkey Meatballs and Shaved Parmesan

Cauliflower Crab Cakes

Almond Muffins

Chocolate Chip Breakfast Muffins

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins

Orange Marmalade Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Nut Mini Loaves

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The Weekly Menu is a must-have gluten-free cookbook!

The Weekly Menu I is a curated collection of yummy comfort foods from favorite cookbooks, the Food Network or popular food blogs.  The recipes were converted into gluten-free and dairy-light versions of the original.  And they simply taste delicious! 

Over 50+ recipes include favorites like:

Chicken Andouille Gumbo

Sloppy Joes

White Chicken Enchiladas

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders with Buffalo Sauce

Spicy Turkey Meatball Sandwiches

Italian Veggie Popover Pizza

Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

No Cheese Mini Quiches

Mini Pepperoni Pizzas

Carrot Cake Muffins

Sweet Potato Brownies

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

The Weekly Menu makes planning gluten-free dinners simple and convenient.  It is organized into six weekly menu plans with kitchen tips and beautiful color pictures.  Most weeknight recipes are quick and easy to prepare with simple ingredients in the pantry, fresh produce and lean protein.  Once a week, you will find a vegetarian or meatless dish as well.  There are delish breakfast muffins and cookies, as well as finger foods or appetizers that are perfect for entertaining diet-restricted friends. 

Since most of the original recipes made enough food for 4-8 people, portions were reduced to an appropriate meal for two adults in order to save money and reduce food waste.  If you have a larger family, simply double the ingredients or check out the link to the original recipes (it’s much easier to multiply than divide).  Bon Appétit!  

A New York Times cookbook best-seller.

Nom Nom Paleo is a visual feast, crackling with humor and packed with stunningly photographed step-by-step recipes free of gluten, soy, and added sugar. Designed to inspire the whole family to chow down on healthy, home-cooked meals, this cookbook compiles over 100 foolproof paleo recipes that demonstrate how fun and flavorful cooking with wholesome ingredients can be. And did we mention the cartoons?

Nom Nom Paleo kicks off with a fresh introduction to Paleo eating, taking readers on a guided tour of author Michelle Tam's real-food strategies for stocking the kitchen, saving time, and maximizing flavors while maintaining a Paleo lifestyle. Also, sprinkled throughout the book are enlightening features on feeding kids, packing nutritious lunches, boosting umami, and much more.

But the heart of this book are Michelle's award-winning primal Paleo recipes, 50 percent of which are brand-new --- even to diehard fans who own her bestselling iPad cookbook app. Readers can start by marrying their favorite ingredients with building blocks like Sriracha Mayonnaise, Louisiana Remoulade, and the infamous Magic Mushroom Powder. These basic recipes lay the foundation for many of the fabulous delights in the rest of the book including Eggplant "Ricotta" Stacks, Crab Louie, and Devils on Horseback.

There's something for everyone in this cookbook, from small bites like Apple Chips and Kabalagala (Ugandan plantain fritters) to family-sized platters of Coconut Pineapple "Rice" and Siu Yoke (crispy roast pork belly). Crave exotic spices? You won't be able to resist the fragrant aromas of Fast Pho or Mulligatawny Soup. In the mood for down-home comforts? Make some Yankee Pot Roast or Chicken Nuggets drizzled with Lemon Honey Sauce. When a quick weeknight meal is in order, Nom Nom Paleo can show you how to make Crispy Smashed Chicken or Whole-Roasted Branzini in less than 30 minutes. And for a cold treat on a hot day, nothing beats Paleo-diet-friendly Mocha Popsicles or a two-minute Strawberry Banana Ice Cream.

Eating healthy doesn't mean sacrificing flavor. This book gives you "Paleo with personality," and will make you excited to play in the kitchen again.
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