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: 10.31.11

Happy Halloween! I’m so excited to take my kids trick or treating tonight in the neighborhoods I grew up going to – a first for us – and Tom will be passing out candy out front of the church. We’re looking forward to a fun night. Still deciding what to do about the candy – I think my young Scrooge McDucks might actually be willing to sell it to me and then I’ll donate it somewhere.

We’ll see.

For this week’s Gluten-Free Menu swap theme of soups and chilis, I’m sharing my cream of tomato soup (it’s yummy and I shared a few adaptations I’m working on down below). I’ll also be sharing my new version of my Chipotle Chili tomorrow – we like it better than the orginal!

This week’s menu plan:

Monday
Spaghetti with Roasted Tomato Sauce – I’m basing the sauce on this recipe (minus the jalapeno)
Zucchini Noodles
Tossed Salad

Tuesday
Steak Tips with Roasted Veggies – a marinade I’ve been working on. I’ll share it once I get it just right.

Wednesday
Garlic Beef Stew – using this recipe as a guideline

Thursday
Southwestern Flanksteak - served on butter lettuce for the adults and corn tortillas for the kids
Avocado
Roasted Cauliflower

Friday
Cream of Tomato Soup – replacing the milk with coconut milk and skipping the cream cheese and possibly using fresh tomatoes (we were given two large bags recently)
Grilled Chicken Skewers (probably in a basic garlic, rosemary and olive oil marinade)

Saturday
Something easy since we’ll be at a holiday bazaar most of the day – I’m thinking a frittata of some sort – I like the looks of this one

Sunday
I have no idea. At all.

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