My Gluten Free Week
As mentioned in my previous post, this week is Coeliac UK's Coeliac Awareness Week.
If you would like to go gluten free this week to help raise awareness and you're unsure of what to eat, here's a menu plan to help you on your way.
I'm trying to save money on my grocery bills, so I've started planning meals for the week ahead. Here is this week's menu plan and is pretty representative of the type of dinners I usually have.
Stir fried rice with chicken - Stir fry rice with egg, soy sauce, vegetables and chicken. Add chilli, ginger, fresh coriander, whatever takes your fancy (I use chicken off the bone to save money and it's tastier than breast.)
Noodles with tuna - I buy dried rice noodles from the Chinese supermarket but they also have them in major supermarkets. Soak the noodles in hot water from the kettle for a few minutes. Heat a tin of tuna in a saucepan, add chilli, herbs, sweetcorn etc. Add noodles and heat through.
Jollof with sausages - Buy a tub of Jollof seasoning from the supermarket and follow the instructions. Ingredients required are onions, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, rice and meat. I usually add whatever veg I have in the house (usually peppers and celery.) I buy gluten free sausages, such as Doherty's (from Asda) Fry them, remove from the pan and then add the rest of the ingredients. Once cooked through put the sausages back in. Makes a big pan of ricey goodness that lasts for a couple of days.
Pasta with tuna - Heat up a tin of tuna, a tin of tomatoes, add herbs, courgette etc. Serve with gluten free pasta.
Sausages and beans - Fry sausages and or bacon in a large pan, add spices and herbs, celery and onion then add several varieties of beans in their own juices from the can and cook on a very low heat for around 3 hours. Serve on its own or with wedges or a jacket potato.
Chicken Pie - Fry chicken on the bone. Remove meat from the bone. Fry onions, celery, carrot, potato, herbs, spices, stock and milk. Add cornflour towards the end to thicken. Cook in the oven with mashed potato topping or gluten free pastry lid.
Chickpea Curry - See my recipe from my previous post.
If you'd like a more detailed recipe for any of the above, feel free to email me.
For breakfast I usually have crunchy nut cornflakes or a Graze box or two.
For lunch, I normally have instant rice noodles (available from the Chinese supermarket) or soup. Try Ainsley Harriot's soups for gluten and dairy free options.
If you're out and about, you can get gluten free sandwiches from Starbucks, Waitrose and M&S.
And if you really crave a bread roll with your pasta or soup, try the M&S ones. They're lovely :)
Best of luck and please let me know how you got on!