menu plan monday: gf/paleo freezer cooking

Monday

I don’t have a meal plan for this week. We’ve got dinner at a friend’s tonight and then the kids and I will be visiting Grandma, Grandpa and the cousins for the whole weekend.

Instead, I’m sharing the gluten-free and paleo friendly menu plan I put together and prepped last week using Once a Month Meals. I wrote last week about how this site and it’s tools have saved my brain in a season that’s a little crazier than normal. That’s not an overstatement at all.

I was able to prep twelve dinners for four (two of each) and several lunches in single servings, plus four side dishes we’ll be able to eat twice. And because I have the Pro Membership, I was able to swap some meals out for ones I know my family will love and still print out the shopping list, prep plan, cooking day plan and everything else customized exactly how I needed it.

Total cost: about $220, but that included some breakfast items and snacks and special requests from the kids.

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Here are the dinners I made:

  • Paleo Crockpot Meatballs – we’ll be serving with gluten free pasta or spaghetti squash and a salad for a dinner that’s less than 15 minutes hands on.
  • Artichoke Chicken Thighs – throw it all in a baking sheet and add an easy veggies. Sweet.
  • Bacon Wrapped Coconut Chicken Nuggets – confession: I left out the coconut. My people will like it better that way.
  • Spiced Chicken, Kale and Roasted Squash – 10 minutes or so hands on. We had this for dinner Friday night and it was amazing. Next time, I’ll double the squash
  • Spicy Beef and Broccoli – I’ll serve this with white rice cooked with bone broth.
  • Pulled Pork Shoulder Roast – I totally botched this recipe and turned it into bbq pulled pork. Just throw the roast in the slow cooker with salt, pepper, garlic, a diced onion and several tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and cook for about 8 hours. We pulled the pork, added a a paleo friendly bbq sauce. Serve it on slider rolls or on top of shredded cabbage to keep it paleo.

Lunches:

  • Chicken and Zucchini Poppers – I made these into mini patties to ensure they cooked all the way through. A minute in the microwave or in a frying pan to reheat and they’re to throw on a salad or in a lettuce wrap. Next time, I’ll add more seasoning – maybe some pepper sauce or vaudovon or chili paste.
  • Curried Coconut Cauliflower Soup – really good, especially make with bone broth, but also something I will play with the spices with when I make it again. And I will make it again!

Side Dishes:

  • Garlic and Bacon Green Beans – because all veggies are better when roasted with bacon. I used frozen organic green beans instead of fresh.
  • Maple Bacon Acorn Squash – this is sooo good. So good. Perfect with a roast.
  • Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic – can’t wait to pair this with some steaks
  • Smashed Loaded Red Potatoes – another recipe I sort of flopped because I wasn’t paying attention. I mashed the potoates, added raw shredded cheese, organic cream, scallions, mashed it all together and froze in an 8×8 baking pan. It’s not paleo, but it’s wholefoods and the family is very excited about it.

 

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and the Real Food Roundup with Musings of  a Housewife and Sassy Moms in the City.

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menu plan monday: 11.18.13

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I seriously need it to slow down just a little bit.

I’m still eating Whole30 style, though I did blow it last week. I’m okay with it – I’ve done three perfect ones and I’ve approached this one as more of a reset. And it’s working that way. After having sushi on a date with my son, I didn’t crave more sweet or refined foods. That’s a huge success.

This week’s menu plan is a mish-mash of things that haven’t gotten eaten over the past few weeks. We’re heading to Grandma and Grandpa’s house next Monday for Thanksgiving, so it’s eat up what’s in the freezer and fridge week.

And while I’m eating mostly Whole30, my family isn’t. I substitute sweet potatoes for white and just skip anything like rice or gluten-free pasta.

  • Monday
    Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas (layer onions, bell pepper and chicken breasts in the slow cooker with this seasoning from the Southwest fajita steak for 4 to 6 hours)
    Corn tortillas
    Salad
    Guacamole
  • Tuesday
    Pork Chops (fried up in coconut oil with salt, pepper and garlic)
    Mashed Potatoes (mashed sweet potatoes for me)
    Broccoli
  • Wednesday
    Slammin’ Chicken
    Pilaf
    Whatever veg needs to be cooked
  • Thursday
    Grilled Flat Iron Steaks
    Baked Potatoes (or sweet potatoes)
  • Friday
    Roast Chicken (seriously, the bomb. And the bones make the best stock ever)
    Roast Root Vegetables (carrots, parsnips, red potatoes
  • Saturday
    Brinner – Paleo Swedish Pancakes maybe? (and no, they’re not Whole30, but I’m starting to work on what regular life eating needs to be)
    Bacon (no sugar, no junk)
  • Sunday
    Leftovers/Fend for yourselves!

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and Musings of a Housewife’s Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan.

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menu plan monday: 11.11.13

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On to week two of this Whole24.

I have to say, it’s going really, really well. I had some insane fatigue days 3 to 5, but that’s starting to lift. The bloating in my stomach has gone down quite a bit, I’m sleeping better and that weird little rash I get on my face when I eat things I shouldn’t has pretty much disappeared.

And The Boy is still valiantly working on eating fully gluten free. He had one or two small slip-ups, but nothing major. I’m hoping to get a post up later this week with some pictures, but even after only a week his eczema is looking so much better.

I spent Saturday morning filling the freezer with gluten-free and paleo muffins, and finally was able to get my chicken mango meatball recipe where I wanted it (and I’ll post it tomorrow). While I can’t enjoy the muffins (4 kinds, including a gluten-free cran apple oatmeal muffin that is coming soon), it makes it a heck of a lot easier to have some treats and snacks on hand.

This week’s dinner plan:

  • Monday
    7 Bone Roast (minus the wine)
    Baked Potatoes
    Broccoli
  • Tuesday
    Well Fed Chocolate Chili (double batch for leftovers and some to freeze)
    Sweet Potatoes
    Salad
  • Wednesday
    Just the boy and I, so we’re going out.
    Not sure how that’s going to work with the Whole30
  • Thursday
    Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas (this method, but with the seasonings from this recipe in my freezer marinating post)
    Corn Tortillas or Salad
    Guacamole
    Carrot Stickes
  • Friday
    Pork Stir Fry (with a coconut aminos, ginger and garlic sauce and whatever veggies need to be cooked)
    White Rice
  • Saturday
    Grilled Steaks
    Roasted Sweet Potatoes
    Kale and Citrus Salad (will share once I get the measurements figured out)
  • Sunday
    Leftovers

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and Musings of a Housewife’s Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan.

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menu plan monday: 11.04.13

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It’s been too long without a menu plan! Between that and 3 weeks of passing a cold around, our budget is in seriously sad shape (as are our waists!).

Time to buckle down.

I’m starting a Whole24 today – similar to a Whole30, but only lasting until Thanksgiving. You can find more info on that here. I think The Girl is going to be joining me on that journey, while The Pastor and The Boy go gluten-free . The boy is focusing on eating more “real food” and less…whatever it is that he eats. I’m never really sure.

All I know for sure is that by Wednesday or Thursday, we’re probably going to be really, really cranky!

I’m doing a bit of baking today for those who aren’t going super strict:

This week’s dinner plan:

  • Monday 
    Shredded Beef Taco Roast (slow or pressure cooker)
    Salad
    Corn Tortillas (for the gluten-free’ers)
    Guacamole
  • Tuesday
    Chicken and Vegetable Lo Mein
    White Rice (for the GF’ers)
  • Wednesday
    Slow Cooker Chicken (slow or pressure cooker)
    Baked Sweet or Russet Potatoes
    Roasted Cauliflower
  • Thursday
    Grilled Steaks and Veggies
  • Friday
    Sausage Bake (similar to this, with locally made sausage and homemade stock)
  • Saturday
    Well Fed Chocolate Chili (double batch for leftovers and some to freeze)
    Sweet Potatoes
    Salad
  • Sunday
    Leftovers

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and Musings of a Housewife’s Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan.

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menu plan monday: 08.18.13

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This feels good.

I’ve been scribbling notes and menu plans on backs of envelopes and frantically pulling meals together at the last minute. It’s been a crazy summer and I’m thankful to be at the end of it. It never ceases to amaze me how taking a few minutes to pull together an “offical” meal plan for the week makes everything run more smoothly.

This menu plan is a little different than the last few year’s worth. I’m moving away from a paleo diet (that I alone ate) to more of a clean eating one (that the whole family will eat). More on what that means to me later this week.

New to menu planning? Here’s how I tackle it each week:

Monday
Shredded Beef Taco Roast
Salad

Tuesday
Herbed Chicken (new recipe in the slow cooker – I’m working on a few adjustments and will share once I get it nailed down)
Rice
Salad

Wednesday
Chicken and Biscuits (using the leftovers from Tuesday)
Raw veggie tray

Thursday
Pork Chops (salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder – simple as can be!)
Mashed Potatoes
Some sort of veggie

Friday
California Sandwiches (with the boy’s homemade focaccia)
Grilled sweet potato medallions

Saturday
Breakfast (probably paleo swedish pancakes)
Bacon
Fruit

Sunday
BLT Burgers (bunless)
Tomato basil mozzarella salad

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

menu plan monday: 07.08.13

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I’m not even going to look back and see when the last menu plan was.

It’s been too long.

We’ve had an annual church conference, Vacation Bible School and we moved two and a half hours away in the last three weeks.

Menu planning has been more along the lines of “what’s in the fridge or freezer that we can’t move?” or “let’s just get Subway”.

For reals.

We’re still not totally moved in – just a few boxes left and stuff to hang on the walls, thankfully – but the kitchen is fully functional and we’ve been cooking for the last few days.

It’s time for a plan, and here’s how I do it:

Here’s how I tackle my menu planning each week:

Monday
Chicken and Vegetable Lo-Mein (still a favorite!)
Rice (for the family)

Tuesday
Fajitas
Guacamole
Salad

Wednesday
Grilled Chicken
Pierogies (for the family)
Spinach Salad

Thursday
Shredded Beef Taco Roast
Salad
Guacamole

Friday
Burgers (I’m calling Friday the Official Burger Night of our house)

Saturday
Paleo Swedish Pancakes (I make a few adjustments)
Bacon

Sunday
Mom’s Night Off

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday, Musings of a Housewife’s Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan, the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Angela’s Kitchen and the Healthy Branscoms What’s for Dinner. Need ideas for dinner? They’ve got them!

menu plan monday: 05.13.13

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Good morning, friends!

We’ve got four weeks of school left. I think I might be more excited than the kids. We’ve got big summer plans, and I can’t wait!

I’ve had a couple of weeks of fibromyalgia flare up, but I think I’m finally feeling better (the key: magnesium). There hasn’t been a lot of planning or cooking or eating well going on around here and that’s changing this week.   I’m also hoping to get back to walking and daily yoga and the rest of my May goals while still keeping those much needed margins.

I’m doing a little modified green smoothie cleanse for a few days – which basically means green smoothies for breakfast and lunch and a regular dinner.  And since smoothies don’t do well as the only thing in my stomach, I might make a batch of The Civilized Caveman’s Paleo Banana Bread (as muffins) to have with them. That is one crazy good banana bread recipe, whether you’re paleo or not.

Still working on figuring out how to plan your own menu? I’ve got a few posts about that!

We’ve also been using eMeals for the past month or so and I’m finding the paleo plan really hit or miss for us…but a little heavier on the miss. I think I’m going to switch to the clean eating one next week and see if that’s a better fit.

Here’s this week’s plan:

Monday
Grilled Chicken
Grilled Squash Ribbons (skipping the prosciutto and probably basting with a vinaigrette instead of serving with a dipping sauce)

Tuesday
Grilled…whatever I have in the freezer
Baked Potatoes
Hancock Salad

Wednesday
Pappers and Zucchini in Foil (or maybe just stir fried, probably minus the potatoes)

Thursday
Carne Asada 
Salad
Guacamole
Corn Tortillas (for those that eat them)

Friday
Going to see Star Trek: Cumberbatch after school is out, so dinner out

Saturday
Cousin’s Wedding

Sunday
Paleo Swedish Pancakes
Berries
Sausage

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday, Musings of a Housewife’s Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan, the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Angela’s Kitchen and the Healthy Branscoms What’s for Dinner. Need ideas for dinner? They’ve got them!

menu plan monday: 04.22.13

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I decided to wave the white flag this week and sign up for 3 months of eMeals.  I’m so totally out of ideas and lacking in kitchen inspiration right now, and that generally leads to lots of eating out…which leads to lots of budget stress and bad eating. We’re doing the paleo plan and I’ll note all of their recipes.

I went into it knowing that we’d only eat about half of the meals due to picky eaters and preferences, but I decided having 3 or 4 meals a week planned with a shopping list generated was worth it. eMeals launched a great iPhone app the day after I signed up, and I’m really finding it handy.

It’s easy enough to fill in the rest of the plan with grilled meat and veggies or favorite meals from my Pinterest boards.  Here’s how I use Pinterest to help.

Monday
Grilled Chicken Quarters (eMeals)
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Salad (big salad to carry over to Tuesday)

Tuesday
Shredded Beef Taco Roast
Salad
Guacamole

Wednesday
Tarragon Chicken Salad (eMeals)
Roasted Cauliflower

Thursday
Herbed Grilled Beef Tenderloin (eMeals)
Grilled Veggies

Friday
dinner out – benefit bbq

Saturday
probably dinner at my grandmother’s (after we help clean out her garage)

Sunday
Paleo-ish Teriyaki Chicken (still tweaking)
Cauliflower Fried Rice

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday, Musings of a Housewife’s Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan, the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Celiac Family and the Healthy Branscoms Menu Monday. Need ideas for dinner? They’ve got them!

Whole30 menu plan monday: 04.01.13

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It’s Awesome April! Have you set your goals for this month? Want to join us?

For me, a huge part of staying on track is planning out our dinners. I don’t stress about breakfast too much (because I can eat eggs and berries for years on end) and lunch (which is usually leftovers of some sort), but having dinner planned out – even if that’s not exactly what we eat – is the most important thing I do each week to feed my family well.

I’m also doing an almost Whole30 this month – you can read more about the official rules here. My version for this round is going to include the occasional protein shake, something that’s a no-no in a by-the-book Whole30 but my jaw needs the occasional break.

Monday
Pressure Cooker Chicken (coconut oil instead of olive. love this recipe for the simplicity – the chicken is awesome but since it’s so simple, it’s easy to throw the carcass back in the pressure cooker in with water and veggies for stock)
Broccoli with clarified butter
Red Potatoes (for the family)

Tuesday
Bunless burgers with guacamole
Sweet Potato fries
Spinach

Wednesday
Broccoli Beef
White rice (family – soaked, then cooked with homemade chicken stock)
Cauliflower rice (me)

Thursday
Shredded Beef Taco Roast
Salad
Guacamole

Friday
Grilled Chicken
Grilled mixed veggies

Saturday
Buffalo Chicken Ranch Meatballs
Salad

Sunday
Omelettes
Bacon

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday, Musings of a Housewife’s Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan, the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Celiac Family and the Healthy Branscoms What’s for Dinner. Need ideas for dinner? They’ve got them!

menu plan monday 03.25.13

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This is one of those weeks that I kind of wish I could just blink and have over.

Don’t get me wrong – I love Easter.

It’s just that Holy Week when there’s a birthday, Maundy Thursday at one church, a Good Friday service at the other and cookout, a family picnic in the foothills…and The Pastor doing Easter services at  two churches means things get a little bit hectic.

Add in to that one kid on Spring Break but not the other, and I’m scratching my head.

I’d briefly contemplated starting a Whole30, but set that aside as soon as I realized how crazy this week is going to be. I’m planning to start on the first if anyone wants to join in, and I’ll be sharing more this week about why and how.

This week’s menu plan is focusing on simple. Here’s how I tackle it each week:

Monday
Broccoli Beef (with a little orange juice and zest)
White Rice
Cauliflower Rice

Tuesday
Grilled Chicken
Roasted Veggies

Wednesday
The Pastor’s birthday – dinner out

Thursday
Gluten, Grain and Garbage Free Chick-Fil-A Nuggets (this recipe is amazing!)
Salad

Friday
Cookout – working on a few different drum stick ideas
Maybe a big veggie tray? Salad?

Saturday
Picnic at the ranch for lunch – maybe brinner when we get home? I’m dying to try this recipe for paleo Swedish pancakes!

Easter Sunday
Burgers
Guacamole
Sweet Potato Fries
Salad
Dessert – not sure yet

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday, Musings of a Housewife’s Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan, the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Celiac Family and the Healthy Branscoms What’s for Dinner. Need ideas for dinner? They’ve got them!