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Meal Plan – Week 4

Week 4 grocery list I minus side dishes


  • Water (1 ¾ cup)


  • Ketchup (1/2 cup)
  • olive oil (1 Tbsp)
  • olive oil (divided) (3 Tbsp)
  • Soy Sauce (2 Tbsp)


  • all-purpose flour or 1:1 gluten-free flour (2 Tbsp)
  • Brown sugar (4 Tbsp)
  • Brown Sugar (1/2 cup)
  • garlic (minced) (3-4 cloves)
  • Italian seasoning (2 tsp)
  • Minced Garlic (1 Tbsp)
  • of red pepper flakes (pinch)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • smoked paprika (2 tsp)


  • Butter (4 Tbsp)


  • Frozen Corn (1 cup)
  • Gluten-free meatballs (30)


  • store-bought or homemade gnocchi ((we used gluten-free)) (1 × 16 oz package)


  • Ground Beef (1 lb)
  • Italian sausage (mild or spicy) (16 oz)
  • Ham steak (4)


  • fresh baby spinach (roughly chopped) (3 cup)
  • fresh chopped thyme (1 Tbsp)
  • green bell pepper (1)
  • onion (1 ½)
  • Pineapple tidbits (1 can)
  • red, orange, or yellow bell pepper (1)
  • ribs celery (diced) (3)
  • yellow onion (diced) (1 small)


  • thawed, frozen shrimp – peeled and deveined (8 oz)


  • diced tomatoes (1 × 14.5 oz can)
  • Diced Tomatoes (2 cans) (15 ounce cans)
  • heavy cream or canned coconut cream (1 cup)
  • Kidney Beans (1 can) (15 ounce)
  • Tomato Sauce (1 can)(15 ounce)
  • Taco seasoning (1 pkg)
  • Taco seasoning or one packet of taco seasoning (2 Tbsp)
  • chicken broth/stock (6 cup)
  • flour or corn tortillas, warmed (4)


Brown sugar ham

Sweet and sour meatballs

Shrimp Fajitas

Creamy sausage gnocchi soup

Taco soup

Side Dishes

buttered noodles

Spanish rice

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Meal Plan – Week 1

For years, I shared my meal plan for the week. I need to be more relaxed about posting my meal plan. I love to meal plan. The problem I have is that I don’t always follow through. 

I will share my meal plans to become accountable for cooking for my family. My meal plans can also inspire you as you plan your week out. Having a meal plan gives you a game plan for the week.


Yogurt Parfait

Fruit on the bottom Yogurt


Cottage cheese with jam 

Cottage cheese with blueberries, sliced almonds, and honey

Breakfast burrito

Breakfast Sandwich

Other ideas 1

Other ideas 2




Snack Plates


Week 1:

Monday – sweet and sour meatballs with rice

Tuesday – creamy tomato soup with grilled cheese 

Wednesday – Pad Thai

Thursday – Taco Soup

Friday – Stuffed Pepper Soup

Saturday – Leftovers

Note: Use either ground beef or ground turkey for the taco soup and stuffed pepper soup.

Note 2: Freeze any leftover soup for later.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Rice 
36 frozen meatballs
One 20-ounce can of pineapple chunks undrained with juice
¼ cup water
One tablespoon of soy sauce or coconut aminos
½ cup ketchup
½ cup brown sugar
One tablespoon of dried minced onions
Two bell peppers seeded and sliced 
One tablespoon cornstarch
One c. uncooked white rice 
Creamy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
1 – 15 oz. can think of chicken broth
1 – 14 oz. can of CRUSHED tomatoes
One c. heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. dried basil
One bay leaf
Sliced cheese 
Pad Thai 
8 ounces flat rice noodles
3 Tablespoons oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces chicken, cut into small pieces 
2 eggs
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
2 limes
1/2 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped
3 Tablespoons fish sauce
1 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
5 Tablespoons light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar, or Tamarind Paste
1 Tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce, or more, to taste
2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter (optional) 
Taco Soup 
One lb. of ground beef or ground turkey cooked 1/2 small onion, diced
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 package of store-bought taco seasoning
1 1/2 c. water2 (15 oz.) cans of diced tomato
1 (15 oz.) can of tomato sauce
1 (15 oz.) can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One c. frozen corn
Stuffed Pepper Soup One lb. of ground beef or ground turkey cooked
1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
2 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes with juices
One c. beef broth
1 16 oz. bag of frozen pepper stir fry mix
salt and pepper, to taste
1 c. brown rice, uncooked
cheddar cheese to top the soup

Printable Meal Plan

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Freezer Cooking for the new school year

There are 3 reasons I need to do bulk freezer cooking sessions for the new school year.

  1. Even though there is an increase in the number of gluten-free freezer meals at the grocery store, it is still limited and expensive. I can make my own freezer meals for a lot cheaper.
  2. I’m changing positions this year, plus going after my master’s degree. I need to have meals ready to go for those busy nights.
  3. Inflation is real. If I can get the food at a cheaper price, I’ll have it in my freezer, ready to go.

The other day I went grocery shopping for the week and to do bulk cooking. I spent $148 for 57 items which I believe is a good price. One of those items was a new colander for $10, so I spent $138 for 56 items. One of the best deals was ground beef for $2.99 a pound. I got 5.5 pounds for $16. The only issue was it was 73% ground beef. I usually like a much higher percentage of ground beef. But during inflation, I’ll take a deal when I can.

I also found ground turkey for $6 for about 3 pounds.

Here is what is on my list:

  • Chicken stew
  • Burrito bowls – I cooked up chicken like I make my tacos. I added drained black beans and corn to the mixture. Instead of using the salsa tomatoes, I used Rotel. I did it on the stove instead of the pressure cooker to cook up some cilantro-lime rice.
    In my souper cube, I layered rice, the mixture, a thin layer of salsa, cilantro, and then some shredded cheese. I froze it overnight. Then I vacuumed sealed each block for an easy freezer meal.
  • Hamburger soup
  • Turkey chili stuffed sweet potatoes.
  • Parmesan chicken meatballs – Already made and in the freezer. I have a meatball mold I bought last year from Aldi. I’ll use half for tomorrow’s dinner. The rest will be saved for another meal. (I used gluten-free oatmeal coarsely ground instead of bread crumbs.)
  • Ham and bean soup

I have also made regular meatballs, chicken fried rice, and nacho meat. The nacho meat was also a sort of a take on my taco meat. I added black beans and corn for bulk. Youngest and I taste-tested the nacho meat. He told me it was delicious.

Over the last few weeks, I also got some steak when it was on sale. I marinated the steak for future dinners.

Happy eating,