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Time for my second two-week meal plan.  I am posting one week at a time, but I decided in the New Year that I would try planning and shopping for two weeks at a time.  Hopefully, I will save both time and money this way.

So far, I think it is workingDefinitely saving time by not having to drive 25 minutes each week to do my shopping.  And, I think I am saving money – but that will take a few months to really determine.  I am buying so much stuff for the two weeks that I think I am more hesitant to buy anything not on the list!

The other new thing for me with this week’s plan is that I am going to make a serious effort to cut wheat and dairy out of my diet for a time to see if it clears up the really dry, red patches on my nursing baby’s cheeks.  My theory at this time (after trying every lotion under the sun!) is that it could be an allergy/sensitivity or teething.  Let the experiment begin . . .  What do you think?

So, here is my plan for the first of the two weeks:

BREAKFAST:

I am SO TIRED of all of my kids being SO TIRED of the things we normally have for breakfast.  This week I am just going to have a list of things they can choose from and let them choose from the list each morning.  We’ll see if this is even more irritating than their burnout on the usual :).  Oh, and one morning I do plan to make Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes (yum!).

LUNCH:

Black bean and corn salsa w/fresh tomatoes, corn chips

Lettuce Wraps, egg salad, veggies

Baked Potatoes, cheese (none for me, of course :(), broccoli, fruit

Crock Pot Spaghetti, veggies

Lentil Stew, veggies

Leftovers x 2

DINNER:

Vietnamese Fried Rice, fruit

Beef and Cabbage Soup, fruit

Taco Soup, corn chips, cheese (again – not for me), fruit

Honey Pecan Salmon, sweet potatoes, green beans

White Bean Chili, peas, fruit

Roasted Potatoes, Sausage and Green Beans, fruit

Leftovers

SNACKS:

  • Gluten Free Banana Nut Muffins
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cheese
  • Nuts

I have previously cooked black beans in my freezer already, so I will just need to make a big crock pot full of pinto beans this week.  I also plan to make homemade chicken stock and beef stock – to use and to freeze.

What do you have planned for the week?

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Wow – I am still riding the high of last week’s triumphal introduction of five new recipes.  Downright amazing.  This week I am mostly sticking with favorites, but I will be sharing several of my own recipes throughout the week.  I’ll update this post with links as the week progresses.  Expect good things.

BREAKFAST:

Yogurt and fruit (I serve organic whole milk yogurt, sweetened with maple syrup or raw honey) x 2

Homemade granola or oatmeal x 2

Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Icing

Strawberry Shake, Breakfast Cookies

Baked Apple Oatmeal (I never made this last week because I ran out of eggs!)

LUNCHES:

To avoid being repetitive, I’ll tell you now that I always serve raw veggies and Homemade Ranch Dip with lunch.

Baked Potatoes, Cheese, Steamed Broccoli

Bagels and cream cheese

Hot Dogs

Blueberry Muffins, Scrambled Eggs

Black bean Quesadillas

PB & J

Energy Bites (enough to share at church)

DINNERS:

Homemade Mac & Cheese with spinach and carrots, apples

Honey Nut Salmon, Green Beans, fruit

Vietnamese Fried Rice, fruit

Potato Corn Chowder, Oatmeal Bread

Roasted Chicken, Corn Bread, Peas

Homemade Pizza  (this recipe is quick since there is no rise time!) & Movie Night

Leftovers & Whatevers

We’ll see how the plan plays out this week.  Jason is working a lot this week and will only be home for a few lunches and breakfasts and only one dinner.  Sometimes I loose some cooking steam at the end of a long week and start serving oatmeal for dinner :).

Join me over at Menu Plan Monday to see what everyone else has cookin’ this week!

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Meal Plan Monday

I really love this part of my week.  I love sitting down with my meal planning form and my recipe binder and scheduling.  Perhaps because it is the only part of my week I can control :)?  Well, whatever the reason, this week’s menu was a pleasure to put together, and I hope you find some inspiration and maybe even a recipe or two!

MONDAY:

Cereal Bars and Oatmeal Smoothie

Homemade English muffins with PB and jelly, carrots and peppers from the garden

Tuna salad and crackers, peas, apples (lame, I know, but Jason and Sophia will both be gone and I hope to take the other three grocery shopping in the afternoon.  I can guarantee I’ll be frazzled by dinner time.)

TUESDAY:

Oatmeal or Granola

Yogurt with granola and fresh fruit, nuts, fresh veggies

French Toast, roasted potatoes, homemade blueberry syrup

WEDNESDAY:

Bagels with cream cheese and jelly

Pumpkin muffins, steamed green beans, apples and PB

Split Pea soup, fruit smoothie

THURSDAY:

Oatmeal or granola

Baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, fruit smoothie (or pears if I have them)

Black beans and rice, avocados and chopped tomatoes, homemade peach sorbet

FRIDAY:

Bagels with cream cheese and jelly

Black bean quesadillas (using leftover black beans from Thursday, raw milk cheddar and sliced tomatoes – so good), fresh veggies

White Bean Chili soup, steamed green beans

SATURDAY:

Toast or muffins

PB & J, fresh veggies

Meatballs in marinara sauce, whole wheat bread, green smoothie – MOVIE NIGHT!!!

SUNDAY:

Oatmeal or granola

No Bake Energy Bites (This is church potluck day.  I will bring enough No Bake Energy bites to share with everyone)

Leftovers and Whatevers (There should be plenty of soup leftover!)

So, there you have it!  I plan to post recipes for the homemade blueberry syrup and pumpkin muffins this week.  I am joining the oodles and boodles of other ladies who also nerd out over menu planning over at Menu Plan Monday hosted by I’m an Organizing Junkie.  Come and join us!

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Meal Plan Monday

With farmers market still going strong, Jason’s gold buying business picking up for the fall, school getting back to our regular schedule, and adding a new baby this year, my goal is to keep my cooking and shopping S-I-M-P-L-E.  Here is what we will be eating this week:

BREAKFASTS:

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothies (I omit the yogurt and add extra almond milk and extra strawberries since we are dairy free) and cereal bars from Trader Joe’s (a serious treat around here)

Toast, fresh fruit

Bagels x 2, fresh fruit

Oatmeal or homemade granola x 3, fresh fruit (we also love frozen blueberries in our oatmeal!)

LUNCHES:

Just to spare you from reading it 7 times – I always serve fresh veggies with lunch (carrots, peppers, cucumbers and anything else I have)

No Bake Energy Bites

English muffins

Baked potatoes (we enjoy our potatoes with butter, and some of us like either a little salt or ketchup (not me – yuck!) since we don’t do cheese)

Burritos (I spread a whole wheat tortilla with refried black or pinto beans, add fresh veggies, and fold ‘er up – no cheese needed)

Pumpkin Raisin muffins

PB & J

Potluck with church – I’ll be bringing cookies since it is Jason’s 40th birthday this Friday :)!

DINNERS:

Veggie Black Bean and Barley Soup, bread

Sautéed Veggies in Island Soyaki (a la Trader Joe’s), brown rice, homemade peach sorbet

Lentils and Spinach (I’ll throw in any leftover rice from above as well, and a ton of shredded carrots.  I serve with fresh chopped tomatoes and cucumbers.  This is definitely a great lentil recipe – coming from someone who doesn’t love the taste of lentils but appreciates their frugal qualities.), fresh fruit

Pinto Bean Bowls (I cook an enormous crock pot of beans starting in the morning), fresh salsa and guacamole, corn chips

Pizza (or popcorn for the dairy-free among us) and Movie Night, fresh veggies, fruit and veggie smoothie

Spaghetti, sautéed onions, zucchini and yellow squash, green smoothie

Leftovers and whatevers

Let me know if there are any recipes you’d like me to post.  Go snoop around the rest of the meal plans over at Meal Plan Monday.  Happy eating!

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