Easter Celebration and a Gluten Free Holiday Menu

Chandler and I took a leap of faith and celebrated Easter by joining a church and cooking up a gluten free feast! Last summer, we decided to go church shopping.  I grew up Catholic (went to Catholic school, got married in the Catholic church, the whole shebang). For a couple reasons, Catholicism didn’t fit Chandler- no big deal!

Religion is personal and I’m respectful of everyone’s beliefs whatever those beliefs might be. In an honest and raw way, faith isn’t as easy for everyone and dealing with infertility rocked my faith and who I am to the absolute core. Long story short though, we are now a Presbyterian couple infused with a few Catholic traditions. Whatever works. ;)

So, the morning was spent doing some “churchy” stuff and the afternoon was spent preparing a gluten free Easter feast to celebrate the occasion! After a couple of rainy days, the sun was out, which meant dinner was served on the deck. Here’s what we had…

I’ll share some of the recipes in the coming days, but I took no other pictures- oops! I hope you and your family had a wonderful day, no matter how you celebrated!

Food and Exercise for the Week

This is the week I fully intend to jump on the healthy bandwagon! I’m semi-motivated, so it’s as good a time as any to tackle these last 15 pounds. I kind of feel like I’ve got the grandma arm fat wave going on and it’s really irritating me.

Anyway, since going gluten free, I lost about 25 pounds with ease. I certainly don’t attribute it all to my gluten free lifestyle necessarily, but I think that going Celiac has made me much more conscious of what I eat. Grabbing a cookie isn’t quite as easy (or cheap) anymore! Regardless of all that, the weight loss has slowed down, which means I have to start putting a little elbow grease into it.

Truth be told, I don’t regularly exercise, so I guess that has to change. I have some Pinterest workouts I’m planning to try out and the forecast is calling for a gorgeous week so I’m going to grab the dogs’ leashes and go WALK- my favorite form of exercise. Honestly, my plan in this realm is just to do SOMETHING!

Food is a little more planned out though. For your viewing pleasure, here’s my menu for the week…

Breakfast

Cashews and berries

Lunches

Broccoli Egg Muffins (I used nutritional yeast instead of cheddar cheese), apples and cinnamon, and some KIND Granola or Nut Thins

Dinners

Monday-  Grilled Portobello Mushrooms + asparagus + mashed or roasted potatoes

Tuesday- Shrimp and Broccoli stir fry with brown rice

Wednesday- Chana Masala (from the Oh She Glows cookbook) with brown rice

Thursday- out with family

Friday- Homemade Pizza Night

So, that’s it! My plan for the week. What’s one thing you are making for breakfast/lunch/dinner in the next 7 days? 

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Some New To Me GF Favorites

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Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

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Mini Blueberry Coconut Flour Muffins

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