Menu Plan Monday – December 24, 2012

Welcome back for another menu plan from Angela’s Kitchen!  I am so glad to have you!  :)  Pull up a chair and let’s get started.

~ From my family to yours ~

May the Christmas season

fill your home with family and friends,

your heart with love,

and your life with laughter.

  This week, Heather of Celiac Family is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap.  She picked Holiday Drinks as the theme this week.  For my family, a big slow cooker filled with dairy free Hot Chocolate has to top the list.  For Christmas Eve dinner my family usually has sparkling apple-lingonberry juice and sparkling pear juice.  Mmm…  And this year we are looking forward to making dairy free eggnog with our own home-grown eggs.  What special beverages do you serve over the holidays?

Oh, and speaking of beverages, over at Angela’s Kitchen I have a little Christmas gift for you.  A gluten free dairy free smoothie packet for the upcoming New Year resolution season just around the corner.  To find the link to the packet, scroll down the post to just above the tag that looks just like the “Holiday Drinks” tag below.  Enjoy!

Freezer cooking plan for the week:  Like last week I won’t be making any freezer meals this week.  I’ll be using the meals I have been making a bit at a time over the past few weeks for our dinners.  Having our dinners ready makes the evenings run more smoothly so I can concentrate on enjoying the season instead of what to make for dinner.

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On to the menu plan!  ~ 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, though this week is pretty laid back with just hanging out and being together as a family as the main activities.  Stop by and say “Hi!”

The week’s breakfast options:  Veggie omelette, Gingerbread Pumpkin Waffles, and various fruits.

The week’s lunch options:  Nut or sunbutter sandwiches on Amish Friendship Bread, leftovers, various fruits and veggie sticks.  Because the kids are home this week, they want to make Easy Homemade Pizza Rolls and Spinach and Artichoke Pizza.

Monday:  Our big family meal is always on Christmas Eve.  Due to appliance issues we are having a different dinner than usual.  It should be fun!  This year we are having Pomegranate-Braised Ribs (I am using boneless ribs in this recipe- YUM). rice pudding (my grandma’s recipe), a big mixed green salad topped with poppy seed dressing, sautéed green beans with roasted garlic and toasted sliced almonds.  We’ll have various Christmas cookies for dessert.
Tuesday:  The big meal on Christmas Day is brunch after we open our gifts from Santa.  We are having Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole, Homemade Turkey Sausage, and fruit salad.

Wednesday:  Left over day with a big salad.  I am thinking this Cobb Salad done dairy free is just the thing – so tasty! Thursday:  Pumpkin Enchiladas (from the freezer) and Shredded Balsamic Beet & Kale Salad Friday:  Roasted Chicken Pot Pie (from the freezer) and a big romaine salad with extra chopped veggies with Thousand Island Dressing

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.

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