It’s been so LONG since I meal planned. Between my gallbladder illness and then recuperation, it’s not been a priority.
My family and I are unique because the boys and Hubby are meat eating, gluten loving while I’m dabbling my feet back into the gluten waters and am currently a vegetarian. So planning for suppers is difficult.
Here are my dinners for the week:
- Sweet Potato Chili, Baked Apples, Cornbread
- Red Beans and Rice, I think, and Roasted Veggies
- Lentil Sloppy Joes on Baked Potato
- Mushroom and Spinach Stroganoff over Mashed Potatoes
Here is what I planned for the gentlemen in my family:
- Pantry Chili, Baked Apples, Cornbread
- A freezer meal – I made up several before I could no longer eat meat. I’ll randomly pick one of those out and cook it for them.
- Sloppy Joes, Chips
We will also have leftovers
I’ll have overnight oatmeal and smoothies for my breakfasts. For lunches, I have leftover hummus tray and Hot Head Burritos from this weekend. I will also make a blueberry, goat cheese, and almond salad with balsamic dressing. Yum!
Last week was crazy. I only worked twice during the week. We had below freezing temps. Extremely below freezing temps. The wind chill on a couple of the days registered -20 or so below.
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My plan for this week is to use up foods we have in the pantry/ freezer because on Black Friday I’m going to make freezer meals. I love New Leaf Wellness because she has different freezer meal plans which helps me organize what I’m going to make.
I’m going to follow the 31 Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Crock pot plan. Here is a list of what I’m going to make:
- Cranberry Pork Chops instead of Pork Roast – I already have all of the ingredients for this recipe.
- Chicken Fajitas – This would be delicious over tortilla chips.
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs
- Cilantro Lime Chicken
- Ham and Pinto Bean Soup
- Chicken Teriyaki
- Shredded BBQ Chicken
- Garlic Mint Pork Loin
- Honey Chicken
- Honey Bourbon Chicken
- Italian Sausage and Peppers
- Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings
This week we are having:
Veggie Beef Soup – I made it on Saturday and have 2 quart size jars of it left.
Chicken Rice Soup – We are having that for Sunday dinner with corn bread.
Sloppy Joes with homemade French Fries (Ground beef is cooked and in the freezer.)
Chicken Fried Rice (I’ll be cooking rice one day. I’ll then use the rice to make chicken fried rice.)
Pepper Steak – (I already have this ready to go in the freezer. I’ll serve it with rice.)
Spaghetti – (I have sauce, hamburger, and gluten free spaghetti for this dinner.)
Since tomorrow is Halloween, it’s time to start thinking about our Thanksgiving dinner menu. This year is going to be a little bit different because I eat gluten free.
Here is what is on the menu for our Thanksgiving dinner. Okay this is maybe what is on our menu for Thanksgiving. I’m having difficulty finding the gluten free fried onions at Aldi. I’ve seen them else where so I may pick them up at a different grocery store.
Here is another Thanksgiving menu from two years ago.
We are now on the downward swing of my Write 31 2017. Yeah!
My favorite artist is P!nk. I adore her. Her music is the soundtrack of my life.
On Friday, I got her newest album, Beautiful Trauma. I already have favorite songs that I’ve played on repeat a million billion times.
Everyone interprets songs differently. So when I talk about my feels and thoughts about my two favorite songs from the album, be reminded these are my thoughts and feels.
“I Am Here” – Oh my goodness. I feel as though it is speaking to me about my current situation in my school district. We are in academic distress. One of the lyrics is “I’ve already seen the bottom so I have nothing to fear.” It’s my rally cry.
The song also tells me to live authentically. Live my truth not another person’s truth. The opening line is “I open up my heart. You can love me or not.” I struggle with this bit constantly. It’s a reminder to live my truth.
Finally the song addresses the age old question. What happens when we die. “Where do we go when we go.” Since I am Christian, I believe I go to Heaven.
The other song that speaks to me is “Barbies.” She addresses growing older. Since I’m over 40, 42 to be exact, life is totally different from when I was younger. Sometimes it would be nice to go back to when life was so much simpler. When I did not have to adult all the time. Maybe that is why I love Disney so much. I’m able to put adulting to the side for a while and be childlike while I’m there.
Hubby and I are going to go to see her in Louisville during my Spring Break. I’m so excited. We were able to get the tickets before the price gouging. I’ve read a lot of people complaining about the price of tickets. $500 or more per ticket. The price for our tickets was not cheap and a lot more than I would have spent but Hubby knows how much I love her. Seeing her in concert is on my “Bucket List,” so he was willing to pay those prices.
Now onto our menu for the week. Please continue to the next page.
This weekend we went to an outdoor festival for our lunch on Saturday. We also watched some of the dog jumping, slack line gymnastics, and BMX bicycle tricks.
Here are some photos that I took while we were at the outdoor festival.
I was lucky that one of the food trucks, Harvest, had a gluten free option on the menu. So I had a taco from them. We also love the fries from Harvest. The fries are a combination of sweet potato and russet potatoes with fresh herbs. It is served with a sriracha ketchup that is to die for.
The family minus the Wee One also enjoyed kettle corn that was so fresh that the bag was warm to the touch when we bought it.
We also got frozen lemonade. I got to watch the lady make the lemonade from scratch. She squeezed fresh lemons and added the water and sugar. Then she blended it up with ice. So yummy!
The best thing of all is that all of the food containers were compostable. So neat.
Please continue to the next page for the menu of the week.
I’m traveling to Pittsburgh next weekend to celebrate what would have been Tanya’s 40th birthday.
The Wee One loves to cook so he decided he wants to cook for his dad and brother while I’m gone. So we sat down and planned dinners for while I’m away. They need to be easy because he is a novice cook.
Here is what he’s planned for next weekend:
- French Toast and bacon
- Taco Salad for the Sunday night dinner – I already have the meat cooked. He just needs to add the taco sauce.
- Grilled cheese or cheese quesidillas
We are going to Save A Lot to get what he needs for those 3 days.
Last week I stated that I was going to put up these next two weeks’ worth of meals. However I changed my mind. I’ll share this week’s menu and then schedule next week’s menu. It will go live next Monday.
My mom and I did a HUGE grocery shopping trip on Saturday. Sam’s Club, Aldi, and Krogers. I also went to Fresh Thyme on Friday night. We are stocked up for the next two weeks except for the few items we need for the Wee One’s menu. I’m also stopping at Aldi on Friday night to get a few items for my road trip.
Onto my menu plan for the next week:
Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan, Rice
Tangy Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Hash with left over roast
Sloppy Joes, Celery or Carrots, Chips
Pork chops, hamburger, and roast was on sale this weekend so I utilized those three proteins in our meal plan. Hubby enjoyed the Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan recipe from a few weeks ago so I decided we were going to have that on our menu.
My lunch plan for this week:
- Chicken Salad
- Potato Salad
- Carrots and Cucumber with Hummus
- Blue Tortilla Chips and Salsa
My breakfast plan for this week:
- Green Smoothie or Granola with Yogurt
- Fruit – Grapes, Blueberries, or Mandarin Oranges
- Nut Mix (Snack)