Menu Plan Monday – 03.26.12

Last week, I shared a couple of my recent favorite cookbooks. This week, I’m cooking from another brand spanking new one.

And I love it.

Eat Like A Dinosaur by the Paleo Parents is a fabulour resource for anyone attempting to “paleo-ize” their kids and turn them toward a grain free, whole foods based diet. I’ll try to get up an actual review later this week, but it gets 4 big thumbs up from our family.

We’ve made three recipes so far…

the kale, bacon and black olive egg pie (p. 74) with the almond crust (p. 207). It was excellent – even if I think I went with a bit deeper pie crust and even after baking for an hour had to resort to the microwave to get rid of the runny egg (I have some serious issues with eggs that run…or move… or glisten). It’s a great combination of flavors, and something we’re going to play with more.

We also just finished up a batch of the teriyaki beef jerky (p. 157).

Really good…but…we didn’t get any sense of teriyaki from it. With the spice profile, it’s actually more reminiscent of Indian flavors to me. Whatever we call, it’s good.

It’s going to a busy week (birthday and Little League), but I’ve got lots more recipes planned from Eat Like A Dinosaur…

Breakfasts/Snacks
ZuCakes (p. 223)
Chocolate Chip Cookies (p. 190 – so excited about these!)
Chocolate Avocado Shake (p. 192)
Anytime Cookies (maybe – p. 170)

Monday
Chicken Nuggets (p. 81)
Zucchini Latkes (p. 112)
Green Salad

Tuesday
Balsamic and Onion Pot Roast
Kale sauteed with bacon
Mashed Potatoes (for the kids)

Wednesday
50/50 burgers (p. 50)
Sweet Potato Fries
Broccoli

Thursday
Shakey Pork BBQ (p. 53) with Texas BBQ Sauce (p. 145)
Apple Bacon Slaw (p. 128)

Friday
Rat on a Stick (p. 99 – I’m going to have to come up with a different name. I’d considered doing meat balls…but I don’t think Rat Balls are all too appetizing either)
Cauliflower Rice (using the method in Eat Like A Dinosaur)

Saturday
Freezer Waffles (p. 230)
Bacon
Scrambled Eggs
Strawberries

Sunday
Mom’s Night Off/Leftovers

I’ll share pictures of some of these meals later in the week.

And while I don’t have any artichoke recipes to share for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week, I’ll definitely be checking what everyone else does. I love a good artichoke simply steamed, but something new is always nice.

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Celiac Family.

Menu Plan Monday: 03.16.12

It’s been over a month since my last actual menu plan – long enough, in fact, that I couldn’t remember my Plan to Eat sign in!

That is not a good sign.

And I’m reminded again that, for me at least, a menu plan is the cornerstone of my homemaking. If I’m not planning meals, the rest of the house tends to be a bit chaotic. If I’m not planning meals, I’m not eating well…and if I’m not eating well, chances are I’m not excercising. It’s a vicious circle, and with all of the changes we’ve made recently, it’s one I’ve been drowning in.

No more. I pulled out my trusty cookbooks, looked through a few Pinned recipes and am ready to go.

Those cookbooks I can’t get enough of right now?

Well Fed – definitely more for an adult palate, but super inspiring
Make It Paleo – I’ve yet to have a recipe from this one fail me. It’s excellent.

Here’s this week’s menu plan:

Monday
Tri Tip
Roasted Baby Carrots
Sauteed Mushrooms
Baked Potatoes (for the rest of the family – I’ll skip it)
Green Salad

Tuesday
Red Curry Glazed Chicken Skewers
Roasted Cauliflower (drizzling with coconut oil and a vadouvan spice mix I picked up recently)

Wednesday (first Little League game of the season and last Lenten prayer gathering – it’s going to be crazy)
Balsamic and Onion Pot Roast
Kale sauteed with bacon
Mashed Potatoes (making extra cauliflower the night before for me. and no, I really don’t mind eating it several nights in a row)

Thursday
Whole 30/Paleo Chicken Curry
Cauliflower Rice (working on roasting first, then ricing – seems less soggy that way)

Friday
Skirt Steak with Chive Butter (from Make It Paleo)
Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli

Saturday
Pork and Cabbage Stir Fry
White rice (for the kiddos)

Sunday
Leftovers/Mom’s night off

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Celiac Family.

menu plan monday: 02.06.12

Just had to share one of my new favorite breakfast sides or snacks – fresh blueberries, coconut flakes, roasted pecans and a splash of coconut milk. And you know what would make it even yummier? A dash of cinnamon. I use cinnamon on a pretty much daily basis in something – my paleo muffin tops, in my mashed butternut squash and I’m working on a spiced coconut milk drinking chocolate that I’m hoping to share soon.

I love the first menu plan of the month – it’s when I’ve done my big Costco trip, we’ve usually hit the big city for Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, and I find I’m always up to trying some new recipes.

This week, I’ve got a fridge full of produce – including a flowering broccoli-ish something I need to do a little more research on, a great big bag of baby bok choy, several pounds of mushrooms and three heads of napa cabbage.

I see lots of veggies in our future and some stir-fry’s coming for lunch! And, as usual, everything is gluten-free and paleo friendly.

Here’s our dinner plan:

Monday
Marinated Tri Tip Steaks and Roasted Veggies (mushrooms, asparagus, onions)
Zucchini Alfredo
Still working on perfecting the marinade for the tri-tip and veggies – hoping to share next week!

Tuesday
Creamy Chicken and Tomato Soup
Tossed Greens
Paleo Muffin Tops – but a little more savory

Wednesday
Beef with Broccoli (from the Make It Paleo cookbook)
Cauliflower Rice (using the roasted technique in this recipe, and pulsed a little less in the food pro so it’s more riced and less mashed. I’m finding roasting as opposed to steaming to be the way to go for non-mushy cauliflower rice)

Thursday
Red Curry Glazed Chicken Skewers (from Make It Paleo, but doubling the red curry paste for more flavor)
Grilled Veggies – whatever needs to be eaten most!

Friday
Smothered Pork Chops
Roasted Kabocha Squash
Mixed Greens Salad

Saturday
no idea – probably breakfast for supper? maybe paleo waffles?

Sunday
Paleo Chicken and Vegetable Lo Mein

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Celiac Family!.

menu plan monday: 01.23.12

Another week of meal planning…made a little bit easier by the fact – yet again – that I threw half of last week’s plans out the window for ones that worked better for time constraints I didn’t expect.

I’m rather excited, though, to have found a non-egg breakfast – those little tasties up there we’re calling muffin tops. It’s a recipe from an awesome paleo food blogger I made a few little tweaks to, and we’re all in love with them…even our pickiest eater!

This week’s menu plan:

Monday
Southwestern Flank Steak
Chipotle Lime Roasted Delicata Squash
Guacamole (mashed avocado, diced onion, lime juice, salt, pepper, a bit of garlic, maybe some tomatoes – super easy!)

Tuesday
Quick and Easy Crock Pot Brisket
Roasted Potatoes (red for the family, sweet for me)
Roasted Broccoli
Kale sauteed with Bacon

Wednesday
Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon
Roasted Baby Carrots
Salad Greens

Thursday
Beef with Broccoli
Cauliflower Rice (both from Make It Paleo)

Friday
Primal Philly Cheesteak Bowl (with about a quarter of the cheese called for)
Salad Greens

Saturday
Pulled Pork BBQ (with Paleo BBQ Sauce)
Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
Salad Greens
(all from Make It Paleo)

Sunday
Elana’s Pantry Pancakes (replacing the agave with half the amount of maple syrup and cooking in coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil)
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Angela’s Kitchen (and check out the pomegranate recipes while you’re there – I know I will!).

menu plan monday: 01.15.12

Lots of meals pushed from last week to this week and another recipe I want to try again and adjust seasonings on. I honestly can’t figure out what happened to last week’s meal plan – I don’t always follow it perfectly, but we actually only ate one of the meals on it and we didn’t eat out more than planned. It’s a mystery…

For the gluten-free menu swap, I’m sharing a smoothie I’m looking forward to trying. I’m trying to stay away from too much fruit while I’m on my Whole30…but as soon as I’m done I’m making this blueberry coconut one from Paleo Parents.

This week’s menu plan:

Monday
Chipotle Beef Chili
Savory Almond Muffins

Tuesday
Quick and Easy Crock Pot Brisket
Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday
Pineapple Glazed Chicken Skewers (Make It Paleo)
Chipotle Lime Roasted Delicata Squash

Thursday
Southwestern Flank Steak
Guacamole (mashed avocado, diced onion, lime juice, salt, pepper, a bit of garlic, maybe some tomatoes – super easy!)
Baby Mixed Greens

Friday
Red Curry Glazed Chicken Skewers (from Make It Paleo, but double the red curry paste)
Cauliflower Rice

Saturday
Grilled Chicken
Paleo Zucchini Alfredo-ish (dairy free, grain free and super yummy! recipe coming to the blog tomorrow – my absolute new favorite…we ate it two days in a row this past week)

Sunday
Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Soup (sooo good! made it as directed the first time, but this time I’ll replace the cream with coconut milk)

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Celiac Family.

menu plan monday: 01.09.12

Long time, no plan!

With the holidays and an extra long Christmas break, we’ve been eating out more than usual (never good) and I’ve been doing a lot of day to day planning (also never good). We’ve still got one more week of vacation, but meal planning is back in progress.

I’ll probably add in some salads with most of these meals – I’m craving mixed greens right now. Lunches tend to be leftovers. I’m starting to feel a bit desperate for new grain and dairy free breakfast ideas…eggs are starting to get a bit old. Any ideas?

Monday
Red Curry Glazed Chicken Skewers (from Make It Paleo)
Cauliflower Rice

Tuesday
Hanna’s birthday – dinner out with her friends

Wednesday
Quick and Easy Crock Pot Brisket
Roasted Broccoli

Thursday
Southwestern Flank Steak
Guacamole (mashed avocado, diced onion, lime juice, salt, pepper, a bit of garlic, maybe some tomatoes – super easy!)
Baby Mixed Greens

Friday
Pineapple Glazed Chicken Skewers (Make It Paleo, again)
Sauteed Kale with Bacon

Saturday
Bacon, Red Pepper and Onion Frittata
Elana’s Pantry Pancakes (replacing the agave with half the amount of maple syrup and cooking in coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil)

Sunday
Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Soup (sooo good! made it as directed the first time, but this time I’ll replace the cream with coconut milk)

A few new recipes and a few old favorites – my favorite sort of week.

menu plan monday: it’s Christmas!

I  have one goal for this week’s meals:

easy!

We’re still in school until the 22nd (seriously nuts). Tom’s heading to San Francisco on Tuesday for a check-in with his cardiologist. We’re heading to Grandma’s house Thursday to celebrate with his side of the family and it’s just going to get crazier after that. I’m thinking soups, crock pot and maybe even soups mader earlier in the day staying warm in the crock pot. Anything to bring a little sanity to this week.

Also, this week’s plan isn’t strictly paleo – more primal. I’ll probably end up adapting the mushroom soup to be dairy free, but this cold, foggy weather has me craving broccoli cheese soup.

Here’s my plan:

Monday
Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Soup (just discovered this blog – stunning and yummy all at the same time! If I can’t find organic cream – always a possibility in my small town – I’ll use coconut milk instead. either way, I’ll halve the amount called for)
Savory Almond Flour Muffins (love these!)

Tuesday
Roast, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Onions and Mushrooms in the crockpot

Wednesday
Roasted Broccoli Cheddar Soup (same on the cream and I’ll probably halve the cheese as well)
Herbed Almond Crackers (if I get crazy)

Thursday
Christmas Dinner out with family

Friday
No idea. I’ll be helping get ready for Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s, so I’m thinking fast and easy like brinner or tomato soup.

Saturday
Christmas Eve – my grandmother assigned me a vegetable. I’m thinking roasted carrots since they’re easy and will be quick to reheat after church.

Sunday
Breakfast:  Paleo Monkey Bread, Scrambled Eggs and Bacon
Dinner: Prime Rib at my parent’s – I’m bringing roasted cauliflower and I think the carrot cake from Make It Paleo.

Have a great holiday week and a very Merry Christmas!

Oh, and if you have any favorite soup recipes – especially if they’re paleo or primal friendly – please share =)

menu plan monday: 12.12.11

Better late than never, right?

I’ve got a lot of new recipes this week – I discovered Health-Bent last week, and just happened to have lots of the needed ingredients for several of their recipes in the freezer. I’m struggling with some serious lack of wanting to cook anything at the moment, and new recipes usually get me excited again.

And I’m kind of bummed I don’t have anything planned with citrus on the menu for this week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap, but I do keep a great big bowl on the kitchen table during this time of the season. My mother-in-law grows amazing mandarin oranges and I’m anxious for my grandfather to decide it’s been cold enough for his navel oranges to taste good. I’m also looking forward to experimenting with some citrus vinaigrettes for my salads.

Here’s this week’s paleo-ish dinner plan:

Monday
Primal Philly Cheesesteak in a Bowl (lighter on the cheese)
Tossed Salad

Tuesday
Smothered Pork Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Purple Cauliflower (olive oil, salt and pepper in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes)

Wednesday
Seriously Tasty Meatloaf
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sauteed Kale (probably with a little bacon and some beef stock)

Thursday
Balsamic and Rosemary Chicken (from the Make It Paleo cookbook)
Roasted Baby Carrots (also from Make It Paleo)
Roasted Broccoli (same as the cauliflower)

Friday
out of town for the evening to see Christmas lights – not sure what we’re eating yet

Saturday
Grandy Ky’s Chicken Soup (yep, Make It Paleo strikes again!)

Sunday
Paleo Chipotle Beef Chili
served with cheese for the kiddos and chopped avocado

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Glutenfree Goodness.

back soon…

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Just a quick note this morning~

feeling a bit overwhelmed…after a weekend full of one child with a stomach virus…a week of chronic pain related to scoliosis with the other one…the realization that the laundry hasn’t been anywhere near caught up in a month…and I’m not sure when I last changed the kids sheets (*shudder*)…and then I woke up at 3 am last night in panic…and knew that something had to change and change quickly.

I’m taking a little break from blogging and a few other things to focus on getting the kids to where they need to be and the house in better shape…and hoping that all of that leads to me feeling a bit more focused and ready to tackle the holidays.

Posting should resume next Monday morning.

Have a great week!

menu plan monday: 11.28.11

Last weeks main menu goal was simple: clean out the fridge before 30 people came over for Thanksgiving dinner.

It was a success, but it was also a great reminder of how much better we eat when there’s a plan in place. We also ended up eating out a bit more than I’d intended with all the holiday craziness, and I’m looking forward to a more regular schedule for the next few weeks.

In addition to the dinner plans, I also need to replenish my chicken stock and I want to try some beef stock. I’m also hoping to make a batch of the Paleo Parent’s Cinnamon Apple Creamed Cereal and am pondering if I can turn this Paleo Pumpkin Gingerbread cake into a lebkucken-spiced cake somehow. The spices are already fairly similar – the biggest difference I see right now is the lack of molasses and addition of pumpkin. A little experimenting might be in order.

This week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap theme is pizza…something I haven’t quite figured out how to do on a paleo diet. If I were to go off plan, though, it would be for this polenta pizza I came up with a few months ago. It’s soooo good!

Monday
Steak Tips and Roasted Veggies (still trying to get this recipe posted)
Roasted Kabocha Squash

Tuesday
Beef with Broccoli (from Make It Paleo)
Roasted Curry Cauliflower

Wednesday
Balsamic and Rosemary Chicken (another Make It Paleo recipe)
Roased Baby Carrots (30 minutes at 400 degrees, drizzled with olive oil and simply salt and peppered)

Thursday
Roasted Tomato and Meat Sauce (in the freezer from some of summer’s great tomatoes)
Zucchini Noodles
Green Salad

Friday
Herbed Chicken Skewers (yet another Make It Paleo – I really do love that cookbook!)
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Chipotle Cranberry Sauce
Stir Fried Napa Cabbage

Saturday
not sure yet – we’re going to help decorate my grandparent’s house for Christmas sometime, and it might be a good night to eat out…or do something simple like omelettes

Sunday
Paleo Beef Chipotle Chili

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and the Gluten Free Menu Swap hosted at Our Frugal Happy Life this week.