Hello! I am Angela from Angela’s Kitchen. I am thrilled to be sharing my weekly menu plans with the readers at Better Batter Flour! My menu plans are all gluten and dairy free, often using freezer cooking techniques, the slow cooker and simple food preserving to feed my busy family and to keep our food budget in check. Menu planning helps me answer the “What’s for dinner?” question so I don’t need to try to figure it out when I have hungry kiddos pacing around the kitchen. So, pull up a chair and join me while we figure out dinner time together. For more menu planning inspiration, check out the gluten free vegetarian menu here at Better Batter from Cindy of Vegetarian Mamma and the Gluten Free Menu Swap organized by Heather of Celiac Family. The swap helps give me ideas for future menus and gets me in touch with amazing, creative bloggers. This week the Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness and she has picked plums as the theme this week.
I adore plums and I am lucky enough to have planted two dwarf plum trees in my back yard a couple of years ago. This year is the very first year we are getting some fruit. (That is a photo of some of my baby plums in the Gluten Free Menu Swap tag. Almost to cute to eat!) I only have 7 plums this year, but it is still very exciting to me. I can’t wait for the years to come when I have enough to harvest to make plum sauce or for drying. For the most part, my family eats plums fresh, but an easy recipe using plum preserves is Slow Cooker Plum-Balsamic Chicken. How do you like to serve plums?
Freezer cooking plan for the week: This week I start a freezer cooking series at Angela’s Kitchen to fill my freezer over the next four weeks preparing for the upcoming school year. I don’t freezer cook for my family by cooking everything in one day for an entire month, as some do, but in smaller easier to accomplish steps. I prefer to double recipes of muffins or a dinner then freeze the extra, or I pull together a few recipes with a similar ingredient (such as chicken) when that ingredient is on sale. I need to get some things stocked up for the upcoming school year to make the first few weeks simpler. 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, but there are alternative recipes listed if you have a favorite Better Batter recipe you would rather bake up.
Breakfast Week – Baking for the freezer: Zucchini Muffins (double batch=3o muffins) or try this yummy looking Chocolate Zucchini Bread baked as muffins. Be sure to reduce baking time. Recipe should make about 12 muffins, so make a double batch.
Breakfast Week – Baking for the freezer: Catch up on any baking that might not have happened, bake up a double batch of your family’s favorite breakfast to freeze, or take a well deserved day off! Join me next week when we stock our freezers with lunches.