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.

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.

menu plan monday: 11.14.11

I’m doing something a little different this weekend. As we move toward the end of our Whole30, we’re getting a little bit bored with the foods we’ve been eating. To shake things up a little, and to take advantage of the gorgeous yumminess that is Make It Paleo, all of our dinners this week come from the cookbook.

So…no recipes, but I will be posting pictures to my Twitter feed and in a blog post later this week or next weekend. All Make It Paleo recipes are noted with the corresponding page number in the cookbook.

And for this week’s meatball theme at the Gluten Free Menu Swap…I got nothin’. I’ve never been a big meatball eater, but I’m hoping to find a great recipe to take to potluck next Sunday at church. If you have one, leave me a link!

Monday
Skirt Steak with Chive Butter (p. 128)
Roasted Baby Carrots (p. 336)
Tossed Salad

Tuesday
Pulled Pork (p. 150)
BBQ Sauce (p.306)
Cajun Sweet Potato Fries (p.340)
Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday
Butternut Squash Soup (p. 290)
Herbed Chicken Skewers (p. 180)

Thursday
Paleo Pot Roast (p. 288)

Friday
Balsamic and Rosemary Chicken (p. 196)
Grilled Vegetables (p. 354)

Saturday
church event

Sunday
Grandy Ky’s Chicken Soup (p. 294)

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

menu plan monday – 10.17.11

We’re in full paleo mode at our house, and I’ll note any adaptations I’m making to the recipes I’ve linked. It’s been about a month since I started the transition, and I can’t believe how much clearer I feel, how much more energy I have and especially that all paleo recipes are naturally gluten-free – it makes planning so much easier for me.

Monday
Rosemary Apple Butter Pork Loin (I’m using a cranberry apple butter since it was the only one I could find that was sugar free and didn’t include fake sugars)
Sweet Potato Mash
Tossed Salad

Tuesday
Chipotle Chicken Chili  (a few changes: made with grassfed beef instead of chicken, more veggies and skipping the beans)
Savory Almond Muffins (so excited to try these!)

Wednesday
Easy Steak Skewers (with extra veggies)
Curried Cauliflower

Thursday
Chicken and Artichokes in a Garlic Cream Sauce (from Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals)
Steamed Broccoli

Friday
Chicken and Vegetable Lo-Mein (napa cabbage instead of noodles = genius!)

Saturday
We’ve got a wedding at 1, followed by a reception and finally a Halloween party at 6. I’m hoping we’ll be able to put together decent, paleo-friendly meals and avoid the nutritional landmines – not an easy thing when the better part of the day consists of sugar-laden celebrations. If nothing else, I’m keeping a bag of jerky in the car.

Sunday
Church light lunch: tossed salad and bread to go with soup being brought by another member
(maybe homemade artisan bread – there’s an open bag of flour in the pantry that I haven’t tossed yet)
Dinner: we’re having a Pumpkin Party here at the parsonage – pumpkin carving, pizza, treats and watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown outside. I’m hoping to have some leftovers from earlier in the week to eat before the party starts.
*big time finger crosssing*

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and Celiac Family’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap
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menu plan monday – it’s October!

Is anyone else in total shock that today is October third?

I mean, really…that’s just a little crazy.

I’m in my second “official” week of the paleo diet…though I did get an early start due to some stomach issues a few weeks ago that made it hard to eat much of anything and kept me on broth and bland chicken soup for quite a few days. I’ll have a little review of how it’s going for me later on this week, but in a quick nutshell? I like it. A lot.

Lots of new recipes and links this week as we work on finding some new family favorites. One of my favorite things about the paleo/primal diet is that it’s all gluten-free, which opened up tons of new recipes and ideas for me. It’s also left-over friends, so I’m making lots of dinner bigger by about half so I can have planned leftovers for lunches.

Breakfasts are eggs with leftover veggies (I’m obsessed with mashed butternut squash with a little butter, cinnamon and chili powder), bacon or sausage once in a while, and these awesome pancakes about once a week. I’ve got a few paleo-friendly muffins tagged that I’ll try once I get the proper ingredients.

Monday
Grilled Italian Sausage with Bell Peppers and Onions
Marinara Sauce
Spaghetti Squash
Green Salad

Tuesday
Easy Steak Skewers (from Everyday Paleo)
Baked Curry Cauliflower (also from Everyday Paleo)
Green Salad

Wednesday
Pecan Crusted Chicken (hmmm….another Everyday Paleo recipe – but I intend to change the spices just a bit. I’ll share my adjusted recipe if we’re happy with it)
Sweet Potato Mash
some other vegetable…

Thursday
Paleo Chicken and Vegetable “Lo Mein”
Baked Brown Rice (for the kiddos, who are transitioning slower than I am)

Friday
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas (leaving the fat on the roast and using homemade stock)
Avocado
Green Salad

Saturday
I have no idea! I’m helping to give a baby shower that afternoon, so it might be a good day to plan on eating out =)

Sunday
Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

Linked to Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday - check it out for tons of great meal planning ideas!

menu plan monday – 09.25.11

It’s going to be a fun week – one of our MFF’s (most missed friends) is coming to visit from Florida next weekend – and we can’t wait. The weekend menu is a little bit open, but here’s the rest:

Monday
Chicken with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
Brown Rice – looking for a soaked, baked recipe
Sauteed Squash

Tuesday
Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Potatoes, Onions and Carrots

Wednesday
Mushroom Pork Chops (I use this recipe for homemade cream of chicken soup, using half the amount of corn or tapioca starch instead of flour for thickening)
Steamed Broccoli

Thursday
Soutwestern Flank Steak
Green Salad

Friday
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Saturday
Grilled Lamb Chops
Grilled Tri Tip Steaks with Montreal seasoning
not sure what else yet – definitely a great big salad…maybe some grilled veggies and potatoes?

Sunday
quick trip to San Francisco after church – looking for somewhere good to eat, possibly on the water

This post will be linked to Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday. Looking for meal inspiration? It’s a great place to visit!

menu plan monday – 08.15.11

It’s back to school week for us, even though school doesn’t start until Thursday. Add to that 3 nephews, a few appointments and all the other randoms and we’ve got a crazy week.

Which makes me extra glad I took the time to start playing with Plan to Eat last week. I’ve played around with different meal planning sites for a few years now and none have impressed me the way Plan to Eat has. I was able to get the majority of our regular recipes uploaded in a few hours and putting together this week’s meal plan took about 5 minutes. Maybe less and it automatically generated my shopping list!

I’m also hoping to sneak in a little baking to get the freezer ready for school – definitely some breakfast muffins, blueberry muffins and probably some chocolate chip cookies. If I get really crazy, I might do a few waffles to freeze.

So this crazy week’s meal plan?

Monday
Crock Pot Chicken (using on the bone breasts instead of the whole chickens)
Mashed Potatoes
Sauteed Squash (blessed with some homegrown and it is sooo good!)

Tuesday
Tuscan Lemon Chicken
Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese Bake (I’ll share the recipe soon if we like it)
Green Salad

Wednesday
Grilled Chicken Burgers
Carrots
Melon

Thursday
Veggie Stir Fry

Baked Brown Rice

Friday
Easy Chicken Cacciatore
Crockpot Spaghetti Squash
Green Salad
Homemade bread (for those who can eat it)

Saturday
Cuban Rice and Beans (another new recipe)

Sunday
Leftovers or maybe breakfast for supper

When does school head back for your family? Are you ready?

This post will be linked to Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday. Looking for meal inspiration? It’s a great place to visit!

A quick note: I am gluten-free, so any meals with pasta are made with brown rice pasta and I just skip any breads. Baking for my family is usually done with regular flour and anything for me is usually made with Jule’s Gluten-free Flour.