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Weekly Menu Plan – Week of May 23

This is my boy’s final week of school before summer break and there are a lot of fun activities going on at school (all involving food of course…which means I’m going to be pooped come dinner time).  Simple and fast, yet healthy and homemade is the name of the game for my allergy-friendly dinner menu plan this week! :-D

Monday:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie from AllergyKids (I’m going to try this with the suggested Golden Milk Recipe, dairy-free of course!), Breakfast Cookies from Comfy Belly and Breakfast Sausage from Food Renegade (I make enough sausage for the entire week and freeze)

Lunch: Applegate Farms Turkey Rollups, Raw Veggies and Hummus, Homemade Coconut Milk Yogurt, Watermelon Slices

Dinner: Greek Chicken Kabobs from My Baking Addiction (I made these last week and they were a huge hit!), Grilled Onion, Zucchini and Yellow Squash (tip: prep the meat, veggies and marinade the night before and place in a gallon size zip-top bag in the fridge, this way everything is waiting for you when you get home and it’s crunch time to get dinner on the table in a jiffy).

Dessert: Mixed Berries

Tuesday:

Summer Party at Sam’s school (take popsicles)

Breakfast: Green Smoothie, Breakfast Cookies and Breakfast Sausage

Lunch: Applegate Farms Soppressata, Raw Veggies and Hummus, Homemade Coconut Milk Yogurt, Apple Slices with Almond Butter

Dinner: Lettuce-wrapped Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Dessert: Crenshaw Melon

Wednesday:

Summer Party at Luke’s School (Take supplies for making ice cream sandwiches, Elana’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies {using carob} and So Delicious Vanilla Bean Ice Cream)

Breakfast: Green Smoothie and Breakfast Sausage

Lunch: Applegate Farms Turkey Bologna Rollups, Raw Veggies and Hummus, Homemade Coconut Milk Yogurt, Orange Slices

Dinner: Grilled Salmon, Steamed Broccoli, Salad

Dessert: Strawberries and Bananas

Thursday:

Last Day of School!

Breakfast: Green Smoothie and Breakfast Sausage

Lunch: Applegate Farms Pepperoni, Raw Veggies and Hummus, Homemade Coconut Milk Yogurt, Strawberries

Dinner: Grilled Steak, Roasted Asparagus, Salad

Dessert: Fudge Popsicles (using carob powder) from Comfy Belly

Friday:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie, Almond Flour Donuts from Comfy Belly and Breakfast Sausage

Lunch: Applegate Farms Grass-Fed Beef Hotdogs with Corn-Free Ketchup, Fruit Salad, Sweet Potato Chips

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash with Marinara and Meatballs, Salad

Dessert: Fresh Pineapple and Bananas

Saturday:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie, Coconut Flour Waffles from Comfy Belly (I will make extra and freeze) and Breakfast Sausage

Picnic Lunch: (going hiking) Chicken Salad using Raw Almond Mayo from AllergyKids, Raw Veggies with Hummus, Fruit Salad and Marcona Almonds and Beef Jerky for snacks

Dinner: BBQ Chicken, Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans

Dessert: Galia Melon

Sunday:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie, leftover Waffles or Donuts and Breakfast Sausage

Lunch: Leftover BBQ Chicken, Raw Veggies with Hummus, Fruit Salad

Dinner: Grilled Shrimp with Dairy-Free Pesto (recipe coming soon), Grilled Summer Squash, Salad

Dessert: Mixed Berries

Be sure to check out this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap, being hosted by Heather over at Celiac Family.

And for more menu plan ideas, be sure to visit Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura of I’m an Organizing Junkie

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a fabulous week for food, Heidi. Hope it's fun and not too stressful being the last week of school. :-) I finally looked at Comfy Belly's recipe for Coconut Waffles that you linked to. Only 2 tbsp of coconut flour … amazing. I know about coconut flour's absorption properties, but still amazing! :-)

    xoxo,

    Shirley

    • Isn't that crazy Shirley? Two tablespoons of coconut flour! If Luke continues to do well with eggs in baked goods, I think I just may stick to using coconut flour…it's a lot cheaper than buying all the GF flours I've bought in the past, LOL! :-D

      xoxo,
      Heidi

  2. I am always so amazed at you organized people who make menus for the week. It is so smart and it looks like you will have some good eating this week!

  3. Looks delicious, especially the chicken kabobs. That would be a great menu for me during ANY week, much less a busy one :-)

  4. Megan says:

    I love this post Heidi. Meal planning is always on my mind, but rarely can I do it for the whole week. You are so organized! I am also curious, are you grain free? I'm thinking about it for various reasons. Do your kids seem more hungry without the grains?

    • Hi Megan!

      Believe you me, organization has not been my strong suit over the past few years! I'm fairly new to meal planning myself (as in, actually writing one out and sticking to it), I think putting it on my blog has helped a lot in that regard, the accountability of it, ya know? So much has changed with our diet, health and other external factors over the past year that I've barely known what to expect from one day to another. Simplifying our diet has certainly helped me to reclaim my life, I'm no longer spending 10 hours of the day in my kitchen trying to make gluten free copycat recipes! ;-)

      To answer your question, yes, we are currently grain-free (including the non-grains like amaranth, buckwheat, tapioca and quinoa), and we are doing this because of the results of our Cyrex Labs test for gluten associated cross-reactive foods (I will be doing a post on this in the near future).

      As for my kids seeming more hungry, that is hard to say. While they appear to be eating a lot more, they've also adapted more of a grazing approach…they nibble all day. I will say that they are DEFINITELY more balanced in the blood sugar department because they no longer have those "oh my gosh, if I don't eat something right now, I'm just gonna die right here!" moments. I can feel it too, I'm very even throughout the day and I've not been as hungry as I thought I would be. I suppose that is due to the high amount of fiber from the fruits and vegetables we consume, along with lean protein and healthy fats plus tons of water…that combination really does make you feel full and satisfied!

      I do still get stuck (mentally) on not having rice or potato with dinner…I can't seem to get it out of my head that a "proper" meal consists of a meat, a vegetable and a starch! :-D

  5. healing123 says:

    These are such great ideas for planning, appreciate the links to the recipes. I often wonder, how my teen, who is graduating next year, will be able to eat outside our home. We are working to teach him cooking with gluten/dairy free/egg free recipes. It is a challenge.

    Appreciate all the resources you have put out.

    Thanks

    • Ah, yes. I worry about that too and you're spot on…we absolutely have to teach our children how to cook, it's a skill they will always need to have. I always tell my husband that whoever dates Sam and Luke someday will be very lucky to get a man who loves to cook (so far, he hasn't picked up on my hints, LOL!) ;-)

  6. bleu says:

    Great post, I see a lot of good ideas!

  7. Carlyn Bergthoff says:

    As a working Mom, I would never survive with out planning our menu for the week. I love your allergy friendly ideas and links to the recipes…thanks! I can't wait to try the Coconut Waffles. The end of the school year is always filled with festivities revolving around food and finding easy ways my gluten-free children can be involved is a challange, however rewarding as it begins to get easier!

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