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Gluten- and Dairy-free Menu Plan, Week 2

Dear WordPress,

Right now, I really don’t like you. Even though I’ve saved this several times as I’ve been making it up, you keep eating it. Not only am I struggling to get this done due to ongoing kid illness, but you keep EATING my meal plan. Not helpful, dude. Not helpful at all. >.<



This Week’s Menu:

Sunday, February 10

Breakfast: Bacon Egg Biscuits (Homemade Biscuits* made with GF all-purpose flour)
Lunch: Chicken Soup
Dinner: Roast Chicken and Potatoes


Monday, February 11

Breakfast: Eggs and leftover pancakes
Lunch: leftovers
Tomato Soup and chicken veggie saute

Tasks: Check kombucha, make more chicken broth

Tuesday, February 12

Breakfast: Bob’s Mighty Good Cereal (i.e. “Porridge”)
Lunch: Nitrate-free lunch meat and veggies
Dinner: Breakfast for dinner: bacon, eggs, and these biscuits

Tasks: Make up the gluten-free buckwheat bread recipe found here.

Wednesday, February 13

Breakfast: Banana muffins
Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Cuban beans and Coconut Lime Basmati rice (Cello lesson tonight!)

Tasks: Make Healthy Cookie Dough Balls, bottle up chicken broth, pull out Cuban Beans from the freezer, make rice, Make more of the Oat-Rice flour mix to make more buckwheat bread.

Thursday, February 14

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Casserole and Maple Cinnamon Blender Pancakes
Lunch: Leftovers
Cajun Chickpea Patties with Paleo Herbed Biscuits

Tasks: Pull chickpeas out of the freezer in the morning.

Friday, February 15

Breakfast: Dairy-free banana smoothies, omelets, and gf toast
Lunch: Taco salads with refried beans
Salmon Croquettes with Romanesco Sauce with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Date night?)

Tasks: Pull a chicken out of the freezer to thaw. **Assemble dinner for Saturday and refrigerate. Pull beans out of the freezer for dinner.

Saturday, February 16

Breakfast: Gluten-free pancakes or waffles, chef’s choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken*** and cornbread (using a gluten-free flour)

Tasks: Get dinner started in the crockpot.

*One of the nice things about getting this out a few days later is that I can somewhat review the recipes we’ve tried. The biscuits did not work. /sigh

These biscuits, however, did!

**We’re having so much chicken because I found a GREAT deal on whole organic chickens a few weeks ago. There were six of them marked down for quick sale and I was able to get them all, bring them home and throw them in my deep freezer. I ❤ my deep freezer!!!

***I didn’t get this done last week. There is SO. MUCH. that I haven’t gotten done the last few weeks. /sigh
It’s only a season. heh…I must keep reminding myself of that.

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Goals for the week – highly susceptible to change

I’m going to belly ache for a moment: This cold has kicked our collective tail feathers. Currently, I’m trying to keep ahead of laundry, dishes and meal-making, while taking care of the kiddos. That’s not left a lot of time for anything else. I started this post on Monday, it’s now Thursday and I’m still working through last week’s goals.

Okay…that’s done. Eesh.

Last Week:

Goals for January 28- February 2, 2013

  • Finalize the list of supplements I need to order for our Gluten- and Dairy-Free trial
  • Order said supplements. ;)
    • (Psst! Have you ever ordered from They have fantastic prices!)
  • Continue to research meal ideas for February.
  • Continue to write out my story of nutritional healing so that I can share with it on this blog.
  • Walk/run three times this week.
    • I currently have a cold, so I won’t be running today, but I don’t want to lose my C25K progress either. Maintenance is the order of the day until I’ve beaten the cold off.
  • Work on the kids’ packing list.
    • Nathan and I are going away for a week in March. With four kids going four different places, I can’t let this wait until the last minute.
  • Strain the herbs off of the Herbal Multivitamin Glycerin Tincture so we can start using it.
  • Call the doctors’ offices that have been recommended to me and see if they’re accepting new patients.
    • I got the phone numbers written down. Does that count?
  • Make progress on one of the kid crafts currently in the works.
    (These “No Sew” pennant banners turned out great! Pics and tutorial to follow.)
  • Work on one of the Creativity Challenge projects.
  • Finish “What’s Eating Your Child?” and start “The Mood Cure.”
  • Write a love note to my husband.
  • Get the Romans Project papers glued into a spiral bound pack of index cards and work on catching up to the current week’s memory verses.
    • Anybody want to be a Scripture Memory Skype buddy? :D

This week:

  • Dishes-let’s get them totally done! (And dried and put away. Our unwanted sub-lessees, an extremely tenacious clan of Argentine ants, really like to try to nest in our clean dishes. Over and over and over this happens. /sigh)
  • Snuggle with kiddos.
  • Keep up with laundry.
  • Get on the treadmill at least once. /sigh x 2
  • The remaining stuff on the list above.
    • And, seriously – does anybody want to memorize Romans 1, 8, and 12 with me? I need a Scripture memory buddy and don’t feel like I know anybody well enough here to ask. Skype is really easy to use and it shouldn’t take too long to set up a weekly call. /puppy dog eyes
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Gluten- and Dairy-free Menu, Week One

I LOVE finding new recipes through this intentional meal planning system! Between the various food blogs I follow and searching on Pinterest, I’ve got an abundance of new recipes to try.

From Last Week:

The Salmon Croquettes with Romesco Sauce were fantastic!!! I didn’t have any celery, so I used some chopped apple instead. They were amazing! The baby inhaled them. 😀

And, I must say the Braised Chicken with Butternut Squash was delicious!

Nathan, baby and I really like the Cauliflower and Chicken Fried “Rice”, but the other kids did not. All of the muffins (Banana and Apple Cinnamon) have a been a big hit.

We are now two days into our gluten- and dairy-free trial. My chronically constipated daughter has had two bowel movements today. I don’t know that I can say how ecstatically excited I am by this.

Our Calcium supplements (and other supplements for the trial) came in today and the kids LOVE the Childlife Liquid Calcium with Magnesium. Hooray!

This Week’s Menu:

Sunday, February 3

Breakfast: Bacon Egg Biscuits (Homemade Biscuits made with GF all-purpose flour)
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Super Bowl Party – yeah, this will be interesting. We’re going out and I have no idea what this will look like.

Tasks: Make Crock Pot Spinach Dip for the party. Make chocolate rice pudding as a treat for potty training successes.* Pull a chicken and 2 jars of chicken broth out of the freezer.

Monday, February 4

Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Coconut Flour muffins and oranges or grapefruit
Lunch: Tomato soup
Roasted chicken, baked potatoes, salad and carrot fries

Tasks: Check kombucha, soak pinto beans over night, make grain-free granola

Tuesday, February 5

Breakfast: Grain-free granola with strawberries and rice milk
Dinner: Taco salads with refried beans (Birds on a Wire night!)

Tasks: Cook pintos in crock pot and package leftovers up in freezer bags. Shred potatoes for hashbrowns – freeze the extras.

Wednesday, February 6

Breakfast: Banana muffins and hashbrowns
Lunch: Leftovers

Tasks: Pull shredded zucchini and lamb chops out of the freezer.

Thursday, February 7

Breakfast: Grain-free, Gluten-free Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Muffins
Lunch: Leftovers
Greek Lamb Stew  (Small Group tonight!)

Tasks: Make Healthy Cookie Dough Balls, assemble Rice Pudding before bed, adding chopped apricots and figs. Pull turkey out of the freezer.

Friday, February 8

Breakfast: Crock pot Rice Pudding with Fruit – subbing rice milk for cow’s milk and coconut oil for the butter
Lunch: Leftovers
Gluten-free Turkey Pesto Pasta

Tasks: Assemble dinner for Saturday and refrigerate.

Saturday, February 9

Breakfast: Gluten-free pancakes or waffles, chef’s choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken and cornbread (using a gluten-free flour)

Tasks: Get dinner started in the crockpot.

*We’ve been using M&M’s. But…they’re “milk” chocolate. And, really, it’s not been as successful of a training method as it has been in the past.

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