Food as Love–Menu Plan Monday

Happy Valentine’s Day all around! I’ve been a big fan since I was little, and in the past decade, the old-school heart cookies have been replaced with tuxedoed strawberries.   I even made these vegan using Hannah’s white chocolate recipe. (I tried making it sugar-free,which was a total flop!) And since I was meeting people for tea yesterday, I made a chocolate raspberry pie, which I just posted, too (vegan, grain free, sugar-free, magnificent-most).

I chose the theme “food as love” because I’m a feeder.  It’s in my genes.  I’ll delight in feeding almost anyone, and there’s something especially nice about seeing the joy of someone on a restricted diet enjoy the delicious flavors no matter what.  It’s so awesome to share foods from my garden. However, it really is a broader definition of feeding.  I love to give DH massages, love to water my plants, love to feed the kitties with love…  Of course, I’m looking forward to seeing how each of you feed the ones you love.

Speaking of “food” and “love”, check out my “Best of the Best” post on Amy of Simply Gluten and Sugar Free (and one coming soon on Shirley of GFE!.  On a less warm and fuzzy but still interesting note, I posted article on Gluten Intolerance, too.  One of my goals is to start tweeting nutrition info @cherylharrisrd.

Onto the food:


Mahi in homemade tomato sauce with Kalamata olives (I actually won’t be home, we’re doing V-day dinner on Weds)

Yummy Lentil Dal

Malaysian Curry (DH’s favorite)

Thai Curry with broccoli


Sweet treats:
Tuxedoed strawberries
Raspberry Chocolate Pie
Something fun next weekend…TBD. Maybe GLG’s Chocolate Muffins?

And everyone else?

Renee of Beyond Rice and Tofu has a special meal planned for today–pizza, which is her husband’s favorite.  They’ll be enjoying chocolate together, too.  She’s also got pasta with lentils and ginger on the lineup, which sounds fascinating.

Nicola of G-free mom is about done with Valentine’s day, since she’s been working overtime to make things for everyone’s classes.  And I LOVE how she puts it: “Every single meal that I make for my family is made with the sole purpose of providing nourishment and smothering my boys tummies with love.”

Wendy of Celiacs in the House discusses how “food as love” changes with Celiac, and how we all have slightly different diet needs.  Her broiled tilapia with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce looks fantastic!

Michelle of Gluten Free Smiles had a love-filled menu–and then she and her love caught a bug.  So she’ll be having soup and taking it easier than she expected.  Hopefully she gets to make the other dishes because the Thai coconut curry wraps sound yummy.  Send them some warm fuzzies!

Scrumptious knows how to show love–blood orange and kimchi cordial.  The kale and potato gratin sounds delish, she’s got “the best broccoli of your life” and she also has pear skillet bread on the menu.  I totally have to make that soon!

Heather of Celiac Family is on mommy duty like Nicola!  Valentine’s sugar cookies, heart shaped brownies…and she even made a heart shaped pizza, too.  She has a pictoral menu plan as well, so check it out.

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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7 Responses to Food as Love–Menu Plan Monday

  1. We have a favorite curry on the menu too. Now that I’ve had my chocolate fix from your pictures, I feel like I need to go bake. My post is up
    Thanks for all you do to keep our little swap going each week. Sending lots of gluten-free love your way. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Michelle says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    Thanks for hosting! I love those tuxedoed strawberries…I’m thinking that I’m going to have to make some ASAP. Maybe even see about making them for the wedding! My menu is up…although there may be some changes as I think my fiance and I are fighting a flu bug.

    Happy Valentines Day!

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  4. Scrumptious says:

    Those tuxedo strawberries are works of art! Wow. And the chocolate raspberry pie looks and sounds amazing, too.

    I’m super slow today, but my menu is up at last:

    Happy Valentine’s day to you and your husband!

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  6. Renee says:

    Love the strawberries! Oh my goodness! I am so not creative like that. Nor do I have a steady hand these days, so they wouldn’t look like tuxedos! Ha! Thanks for hosting!

  7. Oh my goodness, and gluten-free goodness indeed (pun intended!), on those tuxedoed strawberries. Would it be too much trouble to ask you to make 80 for my Valentine’s Day party on Saturday? Kidding … sort of. I could never do those myself, but wow! That pie looks amazing as well, Cheryl. I love how you “feed” your hubby and other folks. I read a great article yesterday on how we can show love to our partners in just 19 seconds a day. A quick kiss when they walk in the door, a quick touch on the shoulder when they come to bed or wake up, etc. It was really enlightening as I’ve seen myself how greeting my husband with a smile and kiss totally sets the tone for our evenings (and vice versa, of course).

    So tickled I’ll be featured in the best of the best and off to read your write up on Amy. Thanks, Cheryl! Oh, and I’m excited about keeping up with you and all your knowledge on Twitter!


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