Category Archives: Menu Planning

Menu Plan Monday, November 7!

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So–after being busy busy busy last week I didn’t cook much. We only got take-out once though, so I was happy about that. I kind of just cooked a few things and we made meals with those things. For instance, I made 4 cups of rice thinking beans and rice, but we ended up doing fried rice and I used the rest to make Dijon broccoli and rice one day and rice with mushrooms and any other veggies I could find another day. I’m ready for some healthy comfort foods this week! How about you?

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall!

Breakfasts:
pumpkin pie–just the recipe on the back of a can with coconut sugar and 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup. (I always use coconut milk instead of the evaporated milk to make it dairy free.) I also used some leftover snickerdoodle cookies for the crust (usually I just make the pie without the crust!)
Toast–almond butter and jelly toast can take you a long way in the morning!
Eggs

Lunches:
Leftover soup and salad
hot dogs, green beans, and chips for the princess
I’m honestly not sure what my husband is eating!

Dinners: (I am using dairy substitutes for all these soups–my favorite cheeze is the daiya brand)
Potato Soup with biscuits
Breakfast for dinner: probably these pancakes with apple butter
cheddar chowder with muffins
Roasted salmon, potatoes, asparagus
If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family!

Menu Plan Monday, October 24!

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We have a crazy week with fall festivals and field trips and other random stuff happening, so the menu plan–it is super simple. The goal here is to keep us on track budget wise while using stuff on sale and keeping from picking up take-out! I think this plan will do it!

Last week's breakfast/dinner!

Last week’s breakfast/dinner!

Breakfasts:
pumpkin coffee cake (I actually ended up liking this cold? Maybe because its still warm in Florida or it could just be because I’m weird!)
apple cider donuts
Triple Berry Green Smoothie

Lunches:
Ham roll-ups with green beans and crackers for the princess
Sausages with sauerkraut and apples/Italian Sausage Potato Spinach Soup for me

Dinners:
Italian Sausage Potato Spinach Soup
Sandwiches –I’m thinking something like ham and guacamole for me
sausages/hot dogs with sauerkraut and apples, french fries
Out to lunch 😀
Chili and cornbread
If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family!

Menu Plan Monday, October 17!

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So, I completely planned to write out my menu plan…but I accidentally bought a bag of CHIPS (just potato chips, y’all!) that had gluten in them and the Princess ate them all week for school. Between dealing with the attitude and trying to figure out why in the world my daughter was only eating chips and applesauce…yeah that was about all I could handle really. So, I know that she is still sensitive to gluten (in case anyone was wondering)!

Yesterday's Chicken Ala King

Yesterday’s Chicken Ala King

So, let’s talk about food, shall we? Now that we’re eating more than just chips and applesauce this should be more interesting for you to read. I’ve gone back to doing weekly menu plans again–at least for a while anyway.

Breakfasts:
pumpkin bread
apple cider donuts
mango banana smoothie

Lunches:
Homemade gluten-free vegan mac & cheese (yes, the Princess requested this and yes she is spoiled–but also she will be helping to make it!) Recipe coming soon!
Bacon/blue cheese/balsamic reduction sauce wedge salad for the hubby
Soup–I’m torn between cheddar chowder (this link is to a similar recipe–the original was from one of my mom’s cookbooks and you could use ham or bacon and pretty much any potato you wanted) or apple carrot ginger soup. We’ll see!

Dinners:
grilled BBQ chicken, potato salad, veggie
Egg salad on English muffins, side salad
One Pot Taco Spaghetti
Baked potatoes with frozen veggies
Pizza
Fish, roasted acorn squash
Hamburgers
I’m still undecided on how I want to roast the acorn squash. I’ve gotten requests for lots of butter and brown sugar. Each half might end up being cooked differently! And I’m still undecided on the sides for the hamburgers–I’m open for suggestions!
If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family!

Menu Plan Monday, November 2!

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Whew–time change is evil. And 90 degrees in November seems odd beyond belief. So, let’s talk about food instead shall we? 🙂

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is pumpkin!! Pumpkin is one of my favorites and of course I’ve already made pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins for breakfast this week! Check out the links below for the recipes I used and for lots more ideas to help you menu plan!

Breakfast this morning

Breakfast this morning

Breakfasts:
German Apple Pancake
Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins (I used a gluten-free flour blend without xanthan gum to make these gluten-free and coconut sugar to make them a tad healthier.)
Spiced Pumpkin Bread
Eggs
And Hot Cocoa–in hopes that it will get cooler out.

Lunch/Dinner:
Easy Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki Bowls
Vegan Singapore Noodles–only with shrimp instead of tofu, so technically not vegan
One Pot Cheezy Taco Skillet
Breakfast for dinner: Eggs and bacon
Chicken a la King from a really old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook
Chicken nuggets (from Trader Joes) and French Fries
Leftovers
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza, salad

Healthy dessert: um…ran out of time and ideas for this!

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Menu Plan Monday, October 26th!

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And somehow it’s the end of October! It is FINALLY starting to feel a little cooler out and I’m so excited. I can go on a walk now without coming back in a puddle.

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is witches brews and cocktail concoctions! I’m doing a fall festival this week and trick-or-treating, but I’m not sure either one of those is a soup or drink occasion. Maybe I’ll find an orange smoothie to take with us to the fall festival for dinner. I know they will have food, but of course it won’t be of the gluten-free variety. Unless Cotton candy counts as food? 🙂

breakfast
My breakfasts for the week…grain free granola and English muffins! Yummy!

Breakfasts: cereal…grain free granola.Lots of Double Chocolate Blender Muffins–Still going strong on these 🙂
apple crisp
Coconut vanilla almond smoothie
Dark chocolate quinoa bowl–still need to make this.
Flourless Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
Eggs

Lunch/Dinner:
Chili, cornbread
Crockpot chicken, mashed potatoes, peas
Nachos–similar to this recipe
Crockpot Beef Stroganoff over noodles or rice
Tuna apple salad
Pancakes with sautéed apples
Leftovers
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza, salad

Healthy dessert: Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream–still need to make this!

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Menu Plan Monday, October 19th!

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HalloweenTreats

Whew! Who knew fall would be busier than summer! I’m hoping to make time for writing, as I have been missing it a lot. And I am excited to be cooking some more fall dishes! No offense summer but you have over stayed you’re welcome!

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is treats! I’ve been making a “treat” for breakfast only with less sugar. A pumpkin pie this week and then something with apples next week. I can’t wait for a slower weekend to make some Apple dumplings!

Not Chicken Pot Pie

Some Not Chicken Pot Pie I made a few weeks ago! Super yummy, especially with the biscuits on the side!

Breakfasts: cereal…I am going to attempt to make this grain free granola. All store cereal is tasting gross after eating it!
Lots of Double Chocolate Blender Muffins–Still going strong on these 🙂
Pumpkin pie–the recipe on Libby’s pumpkin can, only with coconut milk instead of evaporated milk.
Coconut vanilla almond smoothie
Dark chocolate quinoa bowl
Eggs

Lunch/Dinner:
Steaks, baked potatoes, corn, brussel sprouts
Steak salad
Bbq fish, sweet potatoes, veggie
Fish sandwich
Fried almond butter and jelly with salad
Tuna apple salad
Cheddar chowder (dairy free, gluten-free) I will be converting a recipe. If it works out I will post it!
Beans and rice/hotdogs
Leftovers
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza, salad

Healthy dessert: Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Menu Plan Monday, September 14th!

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We had an exciting adventure cooking dinner Saturday night. I had bought some plain coconut yogurt thinking it would be perfect for the beef stroganoff that I was planning to make. When we opened it to put it in, it had some green fuzzy stuff growing in it! Gross! I was thinking on my feet that night though–I grabbed the dairy free cream cheese I had in my fridge and when the dish didn’t have the desired tang you usually get from sour cream, we added some apple cider vinegar! Ta-da! Diary/gluten-free beef stroganoff that even the pickiest eater in my house devoured!

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is pomegranates! Pomegranates are a funny fruit to try and eat–I remember trying one once as part of a homeschool unit! I prefer to use the juice to flavor a smoothie. It will be interesting to see what kind of recipes you can use pomegranates in!

breakfast

My breakfast this morning–plus a banana! I almost felt normal 🙂 I was hungry for muffins this week, so I made two different kinds and boy are they yummy!

Breakfasts: cereal
Lots of Double Chocolate Blender Muffins–Still going strong on these 🙂
Lighter Blueberry Muffins
Apple Cider Muffins
German Apple Pancakes These were super yummy!!
Sausage Potato Breakfast Taquitos
Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash Still need to make this!

Lunch/Dinner:
Beef Stroganoff over rice
Bacon/Mushroom Frittata This got skipped last week.
Fried Rice
Beans and rice (or hotdogs)
Tomato Soup
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza, salad

Healthy dessert: Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!