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Menu Plan 3/15-3/21

 

Our menu this week consists of several new recipes. I am trying to exclude gluten and a lot of dairy from our meals for right now. After almost 3 months of belly issues (bloating, constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach, blah, blah, blah), I think I have figured out the main problem: an overload of gluten and dairy in my diet. So, I have been gluten-free for about 10 days now, and my bloating has come down. I cut out dairy, except for yogurt and small amounts of milk cooked into meals. Not to be too graphic on a food post :), but my regularity is back….and I could seriously not be happier.

Anywho, I have a whole lot to say on how changing my food intake has helped, but that will be another post at some point. Here’s what we have lined up for this week’s meals:

Breakfast

Eggs, Sausage

Eggs, Bacon

Overnight oats (using almond milk)

Cereal (kids), Eggs (dad and me)

Banana pancakes (paleo, so gluten and dairy-free….the recipe looks so good!)

Lunches

Leftovers

Tuna Salad

Egg Salad

Snacky

Dinners

Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta Soup, tortilla chips, salad

Fire Roasted Paleo Chili, corn cakes, salad

Ranch Stuffed Peppers (me), BBQ Chicken Rice (others), green beans, apple slices

Honey Mustard Chicken, asparagus, roasted carrots

Sneaky Burgers w/guacamole, salad, sweet potato fries

Pizza (others), Salad (me)

Meat “Cupcakes” with cheese, sweet potato chips, salad and veggies

 

Menu Plan

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I am trying a few new recipes this week to kind of change things up a bit. We have a semi-busy week ahead, so I included a couple of crockpot meals and a couple of easy-to-put-together meals. (In case you missed my Facebook announcement, I am taking a break from regular posting on the blog. We are in a busy season of homeschool and my husband’s schooling and church commitments, I need to stay focused on those priorities right now. So, I will post from time to time on here but I am not committing to any regularity.)

 

Breakfast

Wakeup Breakfast Casserole

Egg Sandwiches (mom and dad), waffles (kids)

Eggs (mom and dad), cereal (kids)

Pancakes

cheesy Bacon Potato Frittata

Slow Cooker French Toast Bake (without the raisins and rum) 🙂

Bagels/English Muffins

 

Lunch

Salads

Leftovers x 3

Lunch Drawers

Mac and cheese

Egg salad or pb&j

 

Dinner

Creamy Chicken Parmesan Pasta, salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Chowder, biscuits, salad

Irish Shepherd’s Pie, salad

Pizza, salad

BBQ meatballs, green beans, corn

Creamy Chicken Tacos, rice

Crock Pot Roast, potatoes, carrots

Recipe: Energy Balls

 

My boys love these snacks any time of the day! First thing in the morning, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack….all the time. And since they are pretty healthy and easy to make, I don’t mind accommodating their requests for them. These whip up in about 10 minutes and then chill for a bit before storing them together (so they don’t stick), but they can be eaten as soon as they are made into balls.

 

Energy Balls

2 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips (sometimes we do half peanut butter chips)
1 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/2 cup ground flax
2/3 cup honey (or agave or maple syrup)
2 tsp vanilla

Mix well and roll into balls. Place on cookie sheet in fridge or freezer for a bit to firm them up (not a necessity but helps keep them from sticking to each other) then store in container in fridge.

We most often eat these for breakfast and have yogurt or fruit with it. I tend to grab one or two when we are headed out the door because they are an easy snack for me!

Recipe: Homemade Tomato Soup

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I posted a few years ago the recipe for a Cream of Tomato Soup. This week I made a slightly different version of Tomato Soup, and we really enjoyed it.

Grilled Cheese is one of our favorite things to eat, especially when it is on homemade bread with a variety of cheeses. We LOVE cheese. 😉 So, this week, rather than just grab cans of tomato soup at the store, I decided to change it up a little with the homemade version. It was simple and delicious, ready in less than 45 minutes.

I hope you all enjoy it as well!

Tomato Soup

3 TBSP butter

1 onion, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped

3 cans – 14 oz diced tomatoes, with juice

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

2 cups milk

1 tsp dried basil

black pepper, to taste

salt, optional (I didn’t use it, but if your broth is low sodium you may opt to use it)

  1. Melt butter in stockpot. Add in onions and carrots, cooking til soft…5-10 minutes.
  2. Add in tomatoes, broth, milk and basil. Bring to boil and then simmer with lid on, for about 35 minutes.
  3. Use immersion blender to blend soup to smooth consistency. Add pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with grilled cheese or with cheese sprinkled on top. Yum!

You could add other things like celery or garlic or anything else for more flavor. I was just in a bit of a time crunch and didn’t have time to chop those. 🙂

ENJOY!

Menu Plan: October 31 – November 6

Holy cow! I cannot believe it is November. And we have been jacket-less for several afternoons. It feels amazing! From what I keep hearing, though, it means we’ll have an extra snowy winter. No complaints from me about that!! We haven’t had a decent snowy winter in a couple of years, so I think we are due. 🙂

This week, the kids are on a homeschool break; we finished up Term 1 (12 weeks) last Friday and have taken this week off. It feels amazing. 😉 My husband is also off from work this week, so we have been able to get some things done around the house and just relax…which is something we rarely do. It has been really nice during the days this week to not really have plans.

For our menu this week, I did a mix of different things. Not a lot of slow cooker meals, since we aren’t running around with school and plans. I was able to take my time and make dinner….something I actually enjoy a lot. I also planned several homemade items for snacks and “staples” we like to have, since I had the time to hang out in the kitchen during the day!

Dinner

Ham, garlic mashed potatoes w/gravy, carrots

Pizza

Egg and Sausage Casserole, applesauce

Crockpot Ziti, carrots, green beans

Shredded BBQ Pork sandwiches, salad, pineapple

Chicken tacos, homemade refried beans, rice, veggies and ranch

Broccoli Cheese Soup, homemade rolls, salad

Split Pea Soup, homemade biscuits, salad

Lunch

Leftovers

PB&J

Lunch drawers (I know, I haven’t posted on this yet, but it is coming.)

Breakfast

Pancakes

Baked Oatmeal

Cereal (homemade granola cereal)

Eggs

Granola bars, energy balls

Homemade Items

“Nesquik”

Granola Bars

Honey Granola

Switchel (an apple cider vinegar drink we make…that I just learned has an actual name!)

Elderberry Syrup

Bread (I am in love with a new-to-me Amish sandwich bread recipe…mmmmm!)

I will share some of the recipes in future posts. The homemade nesquik was a huge hit! Super easy to make and store. And I am moving the kids away from so much juice in the mornings, so I am enticing them with chocolate milk using the homemade nesquik. 😉 Still sugary, but less harsh on the teeth than the acidic juice.

Happy Friday!

Menu Plan

What a wild 48 hours we’ve had! Thankfully, I had my menu planned out on Thursday evening, and I am able to fall back on that while we go into an unexpectedly busy week!

Breakfast

Eggs x 3

Cereal x 3

Pancakes

Lunch

Rice cooker mac and cheese

PB&J x 2

Leftovers x 3

Grilled Cheese

Dinner

Sloppy Joes

BBQ Pork and brown rice

Spinach Pesto Fusilli

Split Pea Soup

Homemade Pizza

Bacon brown rice risotto

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

So, nothing real exciting in our menu. Just extremely happy to have it planned out. Are you trying anything new on your menu this week? Would love to hear about it!

 

Menu Plan

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I am not quite sure what the weather is doing around here. Friday we had sun, then clouds, then dark clouds and a weird 5 minute blizzard. The blizzard was these weird balls of ice – like hail but teeny tiny. It looked like miniature packing peanuts. 🙂

With the cold and wet lingering, I haven’t quite put away my soup recipes. I worked a couple in this week, until we can get some consistent weather. We have repeated some meals from the past few weeks because they are so good. And I threw in a new Veggie Quesadilla recipe to try out; I am really hoping everyone just tries them before I have to explain there is no chicken and it is all veggies and cheese! 😉

I went with six meatless meals. Trying to keep the costs down, and we get protein in for breakfast usually, so I figured we could skip a little meat at dinner.

 

Dinner

Split Pea Soup (definitely a keeper!)

Creamy chicken and rice Soup

Mac and Cheese

Spinach Pesto Fusilli

Pizza (Aldi’s Take & Bake)

Pasta e Cici (yum!)

Corn and Potato Chowder

Goulash

Veggie Quesadillas

Lunch

PB&J x 3

Leftovers x 3

Cheese and crackers x 2

Buttered noodles and snacky stuff

Breakfast

Pancakes (new recipe with bread flour – fingers crossed!)

PB& Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Coffee Cake x 2

Eggs x 3

What’s your menu look like this week??