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Menu Plan Monday 2/23/15

Menu Plan

We’re in “eat what we’ve got” mode around here in an effort to use up the things we have stored in the freezer and the pantry! Consequently, this Menu Plan Monday may consist of some odd combinations! I expect us to stay in this mode for another week or so, so it’s likely to get even more bizarre. Oh well, I’ll be glad to be able to open the freezer without having things tumble out at me. Opening the freezer shouldn’t be hazardous. Plus, I hate when I discover things in the pantry that have expired before we’ve gotten to them. This is our effort to keep that from happening!

With no further adieu, here’s the menu plan for feeding people this week:

Monday

BreakfastGluten Free Pumpkin MuffinsGluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

Lunch: Kids: Banana Dog & PB&J, Adults: Leftovers from Sunday

DinnerMahi Mahi, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach Salad

(We’re also responsible for the snack at Girl Scouts this day, and my daughter has requested her favorite treat – Blueberry Muffins!)

Tuesday

Breakfast: Leftover Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

Lunch: Salmon Patties

Dinner: Potato Soup

Wednesday (CC Community Day)

Breakfast: Cereal and Smoothies

Lunch: PB&J (for DS), Hummus and Carrot Chips (for DD), Quinoa and Brown rice with Garlic (for Me! These have been my favorite grab and go lunch discovery this year! Heat them in the pouch. Then, I like to dump them in aEasy lunch ideas! container to which I’ve already added some feta and black olives. Delicious! If there are leftovers, I just pop the lid on and bring it home for lunch here the next day.I get mine at Costco for a better price than at Amazon, but thought you might want to see a picture. I also found them once at Aldi!)

Dinner: Beans and Gluten Free Cornbread

Thursdsay

Breakfast: Gluten Free Pancakes

Lunch: Leftover Potato Soup or Beans and Cornbread

Dinner: Tenderloin (from the freezer), Butternut Squash, Green Beans

Friday

Breakfast: Leftover Gluten Free Pancakes

Lunch: Boiled eggs, Salad

Dinner: Gluten Free Pizza

Saturday

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal

Lunch: Whatever you can find.

Dinner: Black Bean Soup

Sunday

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal

Lunch: Fruit and/or Veggies Tray for our Home Church group, Beef Stew

Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner

 

Snacks for the week

Homemade: Super Swim Bars (Granola Bars), Popped Amaranth and Bananas, Almonds and Chocolate Chips, Smoothies, Popcorn, Apples/PB/Granola Sandwiches

Storebought: Fruit PouchesFreeze-dried FruitGluten Free Pretzels

 

If you’re looking for a menu plan template, you are welcome to download one by visiting the Printables page.

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Gluten Free Applesauce Bread

Applesauce Bread Gluten Free Quick Bread

There’s just something about applesauce bread. It’s warm and comforting. It smells FANTASTIC while it’s baking. It’s wonderful plain, it’s delectable with butter, and I love it with peanut butter! It even makes a great sandwich for lunch with peanut butter and possibly a little bit of honey. Yum!

Now that I’ve typed all this, I need to go and make some more.  NOW.

Gluten Free Applesauce Bread

Gluten Free Applesauce BreadIngredients

1 1/2 cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour*

3/4 cup Rapadura or Sucanat (or 1/2 cup honey**)

1/2 teaspoon xantham gum

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

3/4 cup applesauce

2 eggs

1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or top looks set and toothpick comes out clean.

* You can buy yours pre-mixed, or there’s a great tutorial by Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, or here’s what’s currently in mine (we like a whole-grain-type flour):

  • 4 Cups Sorghum Flour
  • 3 Cups Brown Rice Flour
  • 2 Cups Potato Starch
  • 1 Cup Tapioca Starch

Basically, you’re shooting for a mixture that’s about 70% whole grains and 30% starches.

** If you choose to use honey, you’ll want to watch it closely. Honey browns more quickly than the other sugars.

Applesauce Bread Peanut Butter

We love Applesauce Bread with peanut butter SO much, that it was impossible for me to take a picture without someone taking a bite out of it first!

Applesauce Bread

And, if you don’t move quickly around here, little hands will suddenly appear in your pictures helping themselves to the subject of your photography. We aren’t the most patient bunch.

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Menu Plan Monday 11/18/2013

Menu Plan

I had a WONDERFUL time at the Ladies’ Retreat with our church this weekend! And, now that I’ve done two days worth of dishes, surveyed the house, declared it a disaster zone, and called off our regularly scheduled plans tomorrow to deal with it, it’s time to get this week on track with a Menu Plan!

You’ll see that tomorrow’s breakfast plan is what I like to refer to as the “out of a box” variety. We don’t actually do cereal all that often. Sometimes, though, it’s just the fastest way to get people fed. A few months ago, I was trying to figure out a way to add flavor to some of the unsweetened cereals we keep around (like brown rice crisps, and quinoa crispies) without just adding honey (or straight up sugar as my, ahem, husband has a preference for), and I decided to try adding some chocolate peanut butter.

Turned out, that was a hit with the kids, too. We’ve tried it two different ways.  The kids prefer it with the Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter (13g fat, 7g sugar per serving), but I prefer it with the PB2 Chocolate Peanut Butter (1g fat, 3g sugar per serving). Have you heard of or tried the PB2 products? They’re very interesting. I like them. Basically, they roast the peanuts for the peanut butter, and then squeeze most of the fat out, and grind the peanuts into a powder. To create peanut butter, you just mix 2 tablespoons of the powder with 1 tablespoon of water. And, if you want to add them to a smoothie or something similar, you can just add the powder without re-hydrating first. Again, I like them! And, I like adding the chocolate peanut butter powder to a bowl cereal to make an “out of the box” breakfast more substantial. Sometimes I re-hydrate it first, sometimes I don’t. It just depends on what I’m in the mood for.

Menu Plan Peanut Butter Cereal

And now, here’s the menu plan for feeding people this week:

Monday

Cereal with Peanut Butter

Leftovers – clean out the fridge!

Oven Baked Salmon, Purple Hull Peas, Panfried Kale

Tuesday

Baked Oatmeal

Pizza with cauliflower crust

BBQ Pork, Corn, Baked Beans, Green Beans

Wednesday

Leftover Baked Oatmeal

Almond Butter Sandwiches on GF Bread, Carrots, Apples and Bananas

Out!

Thursdsay

Gluten Free Pancakes

Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese on GF Bread

Shrimp and Alfredo Pasta, GF Zucchini Patties

Friday

Leftover Gluten Free Pancakes

Hummus, GF Pita (NEW), Carrots and Apples

Salmon Wraps

Saturday

GF Coconut Flour Muffins

Leftovers from the week or Out

Tostadas with Beef and Refried Beans

Sunday

Leftover GF Coconut Flour Muffins

Baked Potatoes with BBQ Pork

Home Church

 

Snacks for the week

HomemadeSuper Swim Bars (Granola Bars), Popped Amaranth and Bananas, Almonds and Chocolate Chips, Smoothies, Popcorn, Apples/PB/Granola Sandwiches

StoreboughtFruit PouchesFreeze-dried FruitGluten Free Pretzels

 

If you’re looking for a menu plan template, you are welcome to download one by visiting the Printables page.

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Great Grocery Deals! 11/10/13

Great Grocery Deals

Saturday evening I was working on my monthly order with Azure Standard. If you have a route in your area, and you like to purchase “whole food” or “real food” type items, you really should check them out. I think you have to create an account in order to see their prices, but they really do have great grocery deals. They brought a route to my area of the country early last year, and I’ve been so glad that they did! They’re opening up more routes all the time, so if there isn’t one near you, contact the company and tell them you’re interested. Maybe they’ll bring one your direction soon!

When I’m shopping with Azure, I like to comparison shop with Amazon and with Vitacost. While Azure has GREAT prices, I do sometimes find lower prices at one of these other places, so I usually check to see.  I already order quite a few grocery-type things from Amazon, but recently I discovered a couple of new items that are great deals and I wanted to share!

Great Grocery Deal: Almond Butter

Barney Almond Butter Great Deal on Groceries

Did you know there’s an almond butter shortage? Until recently, the absolutely best deal on almond butter was at Trader Joe’s, but as a result of the shortage, even Trader Joe’s is struggling to keep it on the shelves. Prices for almond butter have really gone up everywhere and it can be difficult to find at all.  I noticed about a week ago that Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program carries a brand called Barney Butter. It’s a roasted almond butter, not a raw butter, but we like to keep roasted around to make sandwiches, especially when we need to take lunch somewhere that’s not peanut-friendly (we don’t have peanut allergies ourselves). There are three scenarios for ordering from Amazon:

  1. Just order it once: The 3-pack of Barney Butter Almond Butter is regularly $26.97, or $8.99 for a 16 oz jar, which isn’t too bad these days for almond butter.
  2. Order the 3-pack via the Subscribe and Save Program: You’ll get a 5% discount for subscribing (set your delivery increment at anywhere from 1 to 6 months and cancel at anytime), which brings the price down to $25.62, or $8.54 for a 16 oz jar.
  3. Order the 3-pack via the Subscribe and Save Program, along with 4 other items: When you have 5 items shipping to you in a single month in Amazon’s subscribe and save program, you get an extra 20% discount on all of the items that you order. That brings the price down to $21.58, or $7.19 for a 16 oz jar, and that’s a GREAT deal!

Nut Thins Amazon Subscribe and SaveGreat Grocery Deal: Nut Thins

A friend who also has celiac introduced us to these gluten free crackers. They’re delicious, but like most gluten free things, can be kind of pricey at the grocery store. This evening, I was trying to see if I could find a better deal at Azure, Amazon, or Vitacost and discovered that these are also part of Amazon’s Subscribe and Save Program.  Again, that means there are three scenarios for ordering from Amazon:

  1. Just order in once: The 12-pack of crackers is regularly $26.51, or $2.21 per box. That’s actually not a bad price compared to the grocery store
  2. Order the 12-pack via the Subscribe and Save Program: You’ll get a 5% discount for subscribing (set your delivery increment at anywhere from 1 to 6 months and cancel at anytime), which brings the price down to $25.18, or $2.10 per box.
  3. Order the 12-pack via the Subscribe and Save Program, along with 4 other items: When you have 5 items shipping to you in a single month in Amazon’s subscribe and save program, you get an extra 20% discount on all of the items that you order. That brings the price down to $21.21, or $1.77 per box, and that’s a GREAT deal!

I love Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program! I order from them pretty much every month, so it’s usually not difficult for me to find 5 items to order from them in total.  You can see some of the other items that I order from them here. I especially love that you can order something as small as this and it still counts toward your five items and your 20% discount!

What about you? Found any great deals on groceries lately? If so, please share!

Photo of grocery carts source: Code Poet, Creative Commons License

Menu Plan 10/7/2013

Pumpkin-Patch

Time to start easing into the Fall food! Pumpkins and soups, coming up!  It must be Fall, because around here, a lot of leaves got swept up and moved to the chickens’ area this weekend! The chickens are very happy to have some new playthings, but I think the kiddos are going to be vying for their own leaf pile to jump in on the next leaf-sweeping go-round!  In the meantime, here’s the general game plan for feeding everyone this week:

Monday

Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal
Black Bean Soup, Chips, Apples and Melons
Roast Chicken, Roasted Asparagus and Carrots

Tuesday

GF Pancakes
Pasta and Salads, Grapes and Apples
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes with Butter and Roast Beef

Wednesday

Leftover GF Pancakes
Roast Beef Wraps and fruit
Dinner at church

Thursdsay

Lizy’s Special Oatmeal (Chocolate Chip Oatmeal)
Hummus and chips, baby carrots, apples and grapes
Lamb kabobs with peppers and mushrooms

Friday

Cold Cereal
Roast Beef and Munster Wraps
GF BBQ Chicken Pizza, Salad and Fruit, GF Snickerdoodles

Saturday

Bacon, Eggs, and GF Carrot Zucchini Muffins
Goat cheese or Hummus and GF Wheat Thins, Grapes and Apples
Smoothies and Popcorn (Movie Night!)

Snacks for the week

Homemade: Super Swim Bars (Granola Bars), Smoothies, Yogurt and Granola, Popcorn
Storebought: Fruit PouchesFreeze-dried FruitGranola BarsGluten Free Pretzels
 
If you’re looking for a menu plan template, you are welcome to download this one by clicking on the image below. It’s in Word, so you can edit to your heart’s content.

This Week's Menu

 

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Granola Bars . . . or Super Swim Bars!

Granola Bar

I love a good granola bar. The kind that is a little chewy and still a little crunchy. I like them to be sweet, but not so sweet that they have that “burn” that sometimes comes from too much sugar, or especially too much honey.

This summer, we needed some snacks to take to swim meets (hence the alternate name, SUPER Swim Bars!, by which they will forever be known around our house), and I found a recipe for granola bars that I liked, but didn’t quite love.  Now, with a few tweaks, I’m really happy with it and it’s been a hit with the whole family.

Granola Bar Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter, or other seed/nut butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tbsp sucanat, rapadura, or light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flax
Optional, make it even healthier, ingredients:
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp popped amaranth
Optional, make it even yummier, ingredients:
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried apricots, figs, or some combination of these

Directions
  1. If you’re concerned about it sticking, you can spray a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. I’ve actually never had a problem with mine sticking to a pyrex baking dish, even when I don’t spray it.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, peanut butter, coconut oil, rapadura or sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir and cook until mixture just begins to bubble, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  3. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients (except for chocolate chips, if you plan to add those).
  4. Pour liquid mixture over oatmeal mixture and stir gently until well combined.
  5. If you’re adding chocolate chips, stir mixture and allow to cool somewhat before adding the chocolate so it doesn’t melt instantly.
  6. Transfer to baking dish, cover with waxed or parchment paper and press firmly into dish.
  7. Allow to cool completely (will cool faster in the refrigerator). Cut into squares or bars.

These also freeze well. I individually wrap mine and usually keep them refrigerated or frozen until we take them out to take with us somewhere for a snack. I think they hold together just as well as the store bought granola bars I’ve been purchasing lately, and my family enjoys the flavor just as much or more so. And, hey, these can make you SUPER!