Menu Plan Monday

Welcome back for another menu plan from my kitchen.  So glad to have you!  Pull up a chair and let’s get started.  :)  What are you up to this week?  Whatever your schedule, making a menu plan helps keep things moving along when the dinner hour hits.  Making a menu plan saves me time, money and worry.

We start school the day after Labor Day and I still haven’t gotten school supplies yet.  Oops!  I better get going on that, especially as meet your teacher night is next week at the elementary school and we can drop our supplies off that evening.  I think I have been a bit lax on getting the school supplies because I am in denial that the summer is ending and the kids are heading off again to school!  Sigh…  On the fun side, my husband and son finished constructing the nest boxes for our chickens as they should start laying eggs in the next few weeks.  Huh… apparently I am ready for my chickens to grow older, but not my kids…  :)

The Gluten Free Menu Swap this is being hosted by Heather of Celiac Family.  She has picked wine as the theme for the week.  Somehow the theme feels appropriate as last Wednesday would have been the 100th birthday of Julia Child who famously said “I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food I’m cooking.”


Freezer cooking plan for the week:  This is week three of my plan to fill my freezer over four weeks to prepare for the upcoming school year.  The first week’s focus was breakfast, last week’s was lunches and this week we are working on dinners.  This year I will have kids in 11th, 9th, and 4th grade.  I don’t have to tell you that with those sweet kiddos comes a bunch of actives.  Having dinners stashed in the freezer makes my life so much easier on those busy nights when making dinner will be the last thing on my mind (but try telling that to teenagers with their crazy appetites!)  I would love for you to join me and fill our freezers together!  To entice you I am providing a grocery list, printable recipe cards and freezer labels.  Below in the menu you will see what I am cooking up each day.  :)

representitive amish friendship bread
Menu highlight from last week:  My family really enjoyed the Dairy Free GF Amish Friendship Bread made with sourdough starter.  I’ll be making a double batch this week (one for the freezer and one for eating now).  I can’t wait to try some different things with the sourdough starter now that I have it made up.  Yum!
On to the menu plan!  I won’t bore you all with our weekly activities, but if you are interested on why I may have certain meals on certain days (slow cooker, freezer meals, and/or portable meals often end up on busier days), I have this week’s activities posted over at Angela’s Kitchen.  Stop by and say “Hi!”
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Monday:  Baked Eggplant Zucchini Spaghetti, mixed greens salad with Green Herbed Dressing and honeydew melon
Dinner Week – Cooking for the freezer:  Make a triple batch Baked Eggplant Zucchini Spaghetti, one for tonight’s dinner and 2 for the freezer.

Taco Chili


Tuesday:  Taco Chili with Garlic Buns (made dairy free by using a gluten and dairy free margarine in place of butter) and peaches

Dinner Week  Cooking for the freezer:  Make a triple batch of Taco Chili, one for dinner tonight and two packaged for the freezer.


Wednesday:  Spicy Sweet Glazed Chicken and Apple, Bok Choy and Carrot Slaw 

Dinner Week – Cooking for the freezer:  Make a triple batch of Spicy Sweet Glazed Chicken, one for dinner and 2 as easy to assemble, dump in a freezer bag freezer meals.  


Gluten & Dairy Free French Bread

Thursday:  Meatball Sandwiches on GF French Bread, Grilled Vegetable Basket and plums

Dinner Week – Cooking for the freezer:  Make a triple batch of Freezer Meatballs.  I will use some for dinner and package the rest for the freezer.  


Friday:  Coconut Lime Tilapia, Coconut Rice, Mixed Summer Veggie Platter (whatever is in the garden) and Tropical Fruit Salad

Dinner Week – Cooking for the freezer: Catch up on any dinner cooking/assembling that might not have happened, bake up a double batch of your family’s favorite dinner item to freeze, or take a well deserved day off!  Next Sunday look for my plan to stock up on snacks and treats over at Angela’s Kitchen.  :)

About Angela

Angela has been cooking dairy free since 1994, and gluten free since 2001 for her family and herself. Her cooking goal after diagnosis was to develop recipes to taste as good or better than the pre-gluten-free days and that fit the needs of a growing, active family. Angela is the owner and author of Angela's Kitchen featuring gluten and dairy free recipes, weekly menus, slow cooker, preserving and freezer recipes. When she isn't blogging or teaching gluten and allergen free cooking and food preserving classes, Angela enjoys spending time with her three children and husband, dogs, chickens, gardening and camping.

5 Responses to Menu Plan Monday

Cindy Cindy says: August 20, 2012 at 8:34 am

Happy Monday! I am anxious to follow your sourdough adventure. I have been wanting to do that too! Looking forward to hearing more! :) Cindy