Menu Plan Monday: favorite cookbooks

The first thing I (re) learned this Monday is that when I work late, the whole week gets off to a hectic start (especially when I have to be up early for a Tues morning meeting!) Which makes menu planning and life planning even more important.

Wendy is our lovely hostess this week with the theme of favorite cookbooks. Now, I rarely use cookbooks because that’s not how my brain works, but I love reading them for inspiration. And one of my favorites is Sweet Freedom, by Ricki of Diet, dessert and dogs. It’s vegan, sugar free, and above all, delish! Not ALL recipes are GF, but most are.

So onto a super quick brief meal plan:


roasted rosemary salmon with roasted peppers

Southwestern quinoa black bean salad

coconut curried beef with roasted cauliflower


yummy red lentil dal


Baked good:
hmm…I will be making something for my Saturday class, Living and Loving a GF diet, but darned if I know what!

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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3 Responses to Menu Plan Monday: favorite cookbooks

  1. I’m with you, Cheryl. I love to just read cookbooks for inspiration and then forge ahead on my own. I also like the ones with lots of pictures.

  2. Scrumptious says:

    Another delicious week! Yum yum yum!

    Glad to hear the recommendation for Ricki’s book. I’ve really been enjoying her blog and was thinking Sweet Freedom might be a good resource for vegan, gluten-free treats!

  3. Ricki says:

    Aw, Cheryl, thank you so much! I am so happy you like the book. Thanks for the shout-out! 😀

    I should clarify that about 30% (one third) of the book is naturally GF. Most of the other recipes can be easily adapted by subbing all-purpose GF flour mix (homemade or store-bought) for the spelt in my recipes. When the book was in the testing phases, 2 of my testers were celiac and that’s what they did, with great success.

    I know what you mean about busyness and hectic starts! But red lentil dal is a great standby for a quick dinner. 🙂

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