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You raised some very interesting questions, some of which I’ve answered by email, but there are some I thought I’d answer here. Here’s the first:

I’ve just discovered I can’t eat wheat or gluten. Can you recommend some websites to help me put together a sample menu for the week?

This must be an issue for a lot of people: where to start? I know what it’s like: you open your cupboard, and everything you see contains gluten. What are you going to eat?

I did a bit of research on this, and there are indeed many great websites to help you get started. Here are just a few I found:

  • The Gluten Free Week gives ideas and recipes for main meals, a week at a time. There are 18 weeks of recipes up there today, so I hope you could find something you’d like.
  • Then there’s the Gluten Free Cooking School, who offers weekly menus:
  • Some time ago, Gluten Free Mommy started a menu swap to provide ideas for dinner each week. Every week, a different gluten free blogger is the host, lots of gluten free bloggers post their menus for the week on their own blog, and the host collates the links to everyone else’s meal plans. Again, this tends to be main meals only, but a bit of digging reveals lots of fab ideas.

    Start here but do follow the links to the other participating gluten free bloggers, all of whom have slightly different slants on living gluten free. For example, here’s the The Celiac Family (menu item of the week: tomatoes), and here’s the Book of Yum on being gluten free and vegetarian (menu item: zucchini – or courgettes, as we call them here in the UK!).

  • The Gluten Free Homemaker has some practical tips on menu planning in general.
  • And here’s Angela’s Kitchen, with a post about gluten free batch cooking, and a breakfast/lunch menu plan for a month.
  • And finally, of course, The Gluten Free Goddess on how to get started with gluten free living. Fabulous.

I must confess I’m not a great menu planner. I like the idea, but never seem to get round to it. How about you? Any suggestions to help this reader get started with sample gluten free menus for a week?