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Menu Madness Monday

First off, this is me, in all of my ginormous-ity.  I still have a while left….but not to long.
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Since I like to think this baby will arrive before the end of next month (please please please large toddler sized baby come next month), I feel the pressure to get my food in order. 

Having two children who are celiacs, and a family who eats most everything from scratch, three times a day, and no access to restaurants since we live out in the middle of nowhere, means that I need a plan for when this baby comes.

The plan?

Stock my freezer full of cooked meals or meals ready to cook with simple instructions for the hubs.  He’s a great chef….of eggs.  However, I don’t recall him cooking us anything other than eggs in the last six or seven years. 

I NEED organization right now.  I NEED a plan.  I also NEED to keep my budget in check.  Have ya’ll seen the price of food lately? 

So my plan needs to include large meals, easily cooked meals, and meals that consist of mostly whole foods.  They also need to be gluten free or have a gluten free alternative to be served on the same night. 

I’m going to take it slow.  Week by week stock up.

This week:

Items to freeze:

  • refried beans
  • pizza dough both GF and Regular
  • calzones
  • burritos (super easy soaked and cooked pintos, grassfed beef, cheese)
  • burrito bowls for A&T
  • cream of (X) soups-potato, celery, chicken, and mushroom
  • beef and potato casserole x2
  • easy chicken and biscuit casserole x2
  • honey dijon chicken casserole x2
  • lentil soup x2
  • breakfast casserole
  • breakfast sandwiches
  • rice in 2 cup servings

Also make in large batch- gf muffins and granola

Meal Plan:
Dinners-

  • steak, baked loaded potatoes, salad
  • chicken enchiladas and mexican rice (make 2-one to freeze)
  • homemade pizza loaded with veggies and pineapple
  • burritos, corn on cob, brussel sprouts
  • marinara meat sauce over spaghetti squash and broccoli (make 2 batches of pasta sauce-one to freeze)
  • beef and potato casserole, mixed veggies, fruit
  • chicken and biscuit casserole and side salad
  • honey dijon chicken casserole and sauteed spinach and onions

Lunches-

  • sesame chicken salad
  • sandwiches and carrots
  • lentil soup and cornbread
  • loaded baked potato and veggies
  • leftovers

Breakfasts-

  • steel cut oats with varied toppings x3
  • egg scramble w/ veggies (mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, kitchen sink)
  • eggs, bacon, and fruit
  • teff pancakes
  • granola and yogurt

Snacks-

  • green smoothies
  • hard boiled eggs
  • popcorn

Treat-
coconut honey sweetened no-bake cookies

I get a lot of recipes from websites like http://www.kitchenstewardship.com and following links to various carnivals from whole food websites.  I’ve eased up on the standards a bit for our eating, and incorporated more fun foods.  My family is pretty easy to feed.  The hubs likes all food except water chestnuts, and the kids already know they have to eat what is on their plates.  That makes it a lot easier than most moms have it. 

2 thoughts on “Menu Madness Monday

  1. You look beautiful 🙂 There is something so special with being so pregnant!

    I hope you will remain feeling well and that you'll get your freezer and pantry nicely stocked!

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  2. lovely!!! you look lovely!!!!

    having those meals prepared and in your freezer will be a wonderful help to you. take care of yourself and pace yourself – that's quite an ambitious list (would be for me anyway =)

    God bless!

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