Menu Plan Monday–Culinary Freedom

Happy 4th!  I’m having a lazy morning so far and I hope many of you are, too.  Friday was the kick off of our July Self Care Retreat, which I’m hosting with Valerie of City Life Eats and features our guest hosts, Shirley of Gluten-Free Easily, Wendy of Celiacs in the House and Iris of Daily Dietribe.  Valerie has kicked off with our first theme, Self Care through Movement, so go on and check out her reflections.

I’m very excited about it–sometimes I actively practice self care, sometimes I actively practice lip service to it!  It’s constantly a dance for me between taking care of myself and juggling my work and home responsibilities, and it’s my intention to deepen and expand my ways of taking care of myself through this month.  I hope you join us, too!

The theme for this week’s menu plan is culinary freedom.  Sometimes that means I’m resigning responsibility for the week’s food.  Sometimes that means I’m liberating myself from my oven!  Other times it means giving myself permission to experiment with dishes that may or may not turn out well.  So hopefully you can find a way it applies to you, too.

I’ve been cooking and baking very little because I’ve been overwhelmed with all the boxes and the extra demands.  And I have an exciting week planned!  I’ll be speaking on a gluten-free diet for Institute of Integrative Nutrition, which should be fun, and I’m really looking forward to it!

So I will endeavor to cook just 2 meals and drift more towards salads this week. We’ll see how that goes.

Quinoa with garlic and Kalamata olives

Chicken and broccoli w/a “teriyaki” sauce (actually garlic, ginger, broth and komobu boiled for a long time–I will try to quantify and make it into a recipe next time)

Baby greens and hummus

Grilled salmon w/grilled veggies


Calling all hosts/hostesses! Yes you! Drop me a line.

Renee from Beyond Rice and Tofu joins us with a yummy lineup.  She’s recycling some of last week’s meals (I understand completely!) and she has kale producing well!  I’m very jealous.  Her red lentils and kale sounds fantastic.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to Menu Plan Monday–Culinary Freedom

  1. Really like the concept of culinary freedom as you define it: healthy eating, perhaps away from the oven with more time spent on the grill or just following new, fresh recipes. Cooking is fun. Happy 4th of July! Look forward to using some of your ideas for our family cooking this week.

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  3. Got my menu up today:
    Love the idea of the Self Care Retreat. I’ve been trying to work on self-care, too, this spring/summer. Can’t wait to read what everyone else is doing to take care of themselves.

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