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Menu Plan

 

We are finishing up schoolwork, so we can enjoy our Spring Break coming up! We have a vacation planned, but it is a surprise for the kids. They know we are going somewhere but do not know where or with whom. 🙂 I am pretty excited to surprise them.

This week’s menu is a simple one. With packing and getting the dog boarding stuff situated (always a joy – NOT) and my husband being super busy at work, I needed to plan some simpler meals. I am still pretty selective with my gluten intake. I have steered clear from some of the more major problem-causing sources, which include store-bought breads. This includes restaurant bread, too….so it was a bummer when my husband wanted Jimmy John’s last week! I am finding it easier when the gluten items are made here at home, so I wonder if it is more the preservatives or fillers or whatever added for the extended shelf life of the store-bought stuff. Not really sure, but I will continue to avoid for now.

With that in mind, I planned out a few alternatives items for myself in a few of the meals. The kids and husband can still have their pasta and breads, but I swapped out a few things for my plate. Not too hard to do, just a few more minutes of prep at dinner time.

Breakfast

Oatmeal

Scrambled Eggs

Pancakes (eggs for me)

Coffee Cake (eggs and bacon for me)

Cereal

Oatmeal muffins and yogurt

Lunch

PB& J for the kids, leftovers or salads for me

Egg Salad

Tuna Salad

Snacky

Dinner

Crockpot Garlic Parmesan Chicken, Potatoes and Carrots

Tomato Soup with Chicken, salad

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans

Sloppy Joe in a Bowl (rice), Salad, Raw veggies and ranch

All-Day Chicken Soup, salad, fruit

Honey Mustard Chicken, Green beans, carrots

Baked Pasta Casserole (salmon cakes for me), salad

Breakfast for Dinner

Honey Shrimp and Veggies, Salad

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

Menu Plan

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We are busy this week! Church groups, visits with friends and family, Arthur’s school work, and, of course, homeschooling…all leave us pretty busy all week. I loaded our menu with easy favorites that should give leftovers for several days, so we can just reheat things for lunches.

(As a side note, some day I will be fabulous with taking photos for these posts. I am just barely staying consistent with posting for now.) 🙂

Breakfast

Eggs

Pancakes

Biscuits and Gravy

Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

Cereal

Lunch

Leftovers

Egg Salad

Ham Sandwiches

PB&J

Lunch Drawers

Dinner

Philly Cheesesteaks

Parmesan Chicken and Orzo

Homemade Pizza

Cobb Salads

Chicken Barley Soup

Crockpot Baked Ziti

BBQ Meatballs

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Chicken Alfredo

Snacks

Granola Bars

Energy Balls

Chocolate Chip Oat Cake

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Apples and peanut butter

Honey Pizza Dough


There is just something about homemade pizza that makes it so much yummier than frozen. We have been using frozen pizza or the Aldi Take & Bake pizzas for our pizza nights lately. I have just not been motivated to make our dough. This week, though, I had a taste for homemade, so we are back at it!

I LOVE this recipe for honey pizza dough. I don’t remember where I pulled it from, but it is the only one I have been using for a few years now. I think the honey in it gives it a unique sweetness! 

Honey Pizza Dough

1/2 cup warm water

2 TBSP yeast

5 cups bread flour

1 1/2 cups cool water (i use room temp)

2 tsp salt

1/4 cup olive oil

2 TBSP honey

Mix yeast into warm water in a largw bowl. Let sit about 10 minutes or until bubbly. Add in cool water, salt, oul and honey. Then add in flour and combine well. 


Dump onto lightly floured surface and hand knead for about 7 minutes. Place jnto a grease bowl, cover and let rise for 30 minutes. 



*I cover with a warm wet towel, like how I cover my bread dough. The humidity creates seems to always be perfect for rising. And I have cute tea towels to use that my in-laws brought back from Australia for me. 🙂

Punch down the dough and divide into the sizes you want (several smalll to make individual pizzas or two larger for big pizzas). Shape into balls and cover to rise. Once doubled, roll out the balls to use for your pizzas!

We did two large pizzas. My helpers did the sauce and cheese. Addy made a pepperoni smiley. Lily made one with a ham heart. 




We baked ours at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes. Yum!

Menu Plan

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Almost forgot to post this for the week! This will carry us through to the 31st, when I will shop again (though I may need to run out for bananas and avocados before then). Lots of simple but filling dinners planned, which will make for a lot of yummy leftovers for lunches! Love when that happens!

Breakfast

Eggs x 3

Cereal x 3

Oatmeal (cooked on stove top with toppings added in)

Baked Oatmeal x 2

Energy Balls and yogurt

Granola bars and fruit

Lunch

Leftovers x 5

Ham Sandwiches 2

PB&J x 3

Snacky

Dinner

Family Dinner at Relative’s House

Frozen Pizza

Chicken Rice Casserole, Applesauce, Bread

Broccoli Cheese Soup, Rolls, raw veggies

Turkey Brats, Chips, Salad

Bacon Mac and Cheese, raw veggies, applesauce

Creamy Potato Soup, biscuits, salad

BBQ Meatballs, Brown Rice, Salad

Homemade Pizza (Yum!)

Scrambled Eggs and Toast

Snacks To Make:

Apples and Honey or PB

Frozen Banana Bites (banana chunks dipped in chocolate and then frozen)

Snack Mix (recipe to come soon)

 

Recipe: Baking Powder Biscuits

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We love bread. Can’t say it is the healthiest food to love, but we do. We especially love homemade breads. They are just so dang tasty. I prefer yeast rolls with dinners, but I don’t always have the time to make them for soup nights. As a runner-up, baking powder biscuits are super yummy. And if you make enough, you can enjoy them the next day for breakfast with butter and jam or as biscuits and gravy (my fave!).

I had been using a recipe from an old cookbook for biscuits, which were okay, but they seemed kind of dry, even with increasing the milk to make them drop biscuits. This newer-to-me recipe results in the perfect wet/dry ratio and consistency. I really like this one much better. I tweaked it just slightly to suit us, and I roll and cut out the biscuits instead of doing drop biscuits. That helps to keep their shape better.

Baking Powder Biscuits

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 TBSP baking powder

1 tsp salt

6 tsp cold butter

1.5 cups milk

Combine flour, baking powder and salt together. Cut in butter (in chunks), until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in milk until completely moistened. Dump onto floured surface and press/roll out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut whatever diameter you want for biscuits (I just use the ring from my canning supplies…perfectly big biscuit size!). Place on slightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes (maybe a little more or less, depending on your oven).

I think this recipe makes about 12 or more biscuits (judging by the picture above), but now I can’t remember if I doubled it last time and ended up with 24 or even more than that. Regardless, it makes a lot. 🙂 And these biscuits are a great pair with a bowl of soup!

Enjoy!!