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Meal Plan Monday – 2/16- 2/21/2014

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Monday: Creamy Chicken Casserole

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wednesday: Rice and Beans

Thursday: Feta Stuffed Chicken

Friday: Leftovers

What’s on the menu at your house this week?!?! I’m in a bit of a meal planning rut! Help me out. Comment below and share your family favorite recipes!!!

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Meal Plan Monday- 2/10- 2/14/2014

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Meal planning has been on the back burner due to being hit with some flu like crud that attacked half of us (including me). I’m not really sure what we’ve eaten in the last couple of weeks!

Monday: Creamy Chicken Casserole

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wednesday: Montreal Chicken

Thursday: Rice and Beans

Friday: Valentines Day!!!! (mama is NOT cooking)

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Dark Chocolate Gluten Free Brownies

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In lieu of Meal Plan Monday, I’m sharing another recipe.

I would meal plan, but I feel like I’ve lost a week of my life after being sick all last week. I’m trying to pick up the pieces and meal planning hasn’t happened yet.

As I mentioned before, I am just beginning this gluten free journey. It’s honestly not my favorite thing, but I am pressing on.

I tried brownies from a gluten free mix and they were gross… and made our stomachs upset… so I tried my hand and making them from scratch. I made these (egg free) for a friend who just had a baby and she said they were “the bomb”! I’ll take that as a win!

Here’s the recipe:

1 1/4 cups all purpose gluten free flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate)

1 cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup White Sugar

3 eggs (or you can use flax seed as an egg substitute)

1 cup melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

**you might want to add 1 teaspoon of xanthum gum… I have not tried this yet**

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 pan with your cooking spray of choice. Mix all the ingredients together until nice and gooey. Spread into the prepared pan, place in oven and bake for 22-25 minutes.

I’d love to hear if you try this recipe! Comment below and let me know!

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Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

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I recently dropped gluten from my diet. I have Hashimoto’s Disease (a thyroid disease) and have read over and over that a gluten free diet is supposed to help make life easier. I have been gluten free for about four months and really haven’t felt much different. However, when I DO eat gluten (which has only been a couple of times), I can totally feel the difference. So, for now, I am sticking with this whole gluten free business.

At first, I thought it would be no big deal… just substitute gluten free flour for regular flour and go on my merry way. NOPE! I’ve had to learn how to adjust and doctor my recipes to account for the gluten free aspect.

Almost every Sunday, we have pancakes for breakfast. I still make regular ones for the family, but I finally figured out a recipe so that I could enjoy our weekly tradition as well.

Without further ado, here is the recipe:

**makes about 20 standard size pancakes**

3/4 cup milk + 2 Tbs white vinegar (mix and let stand for about 5 minutes)

Mix :

1 Cup Flour (I use the King Arthur Flour Multipurpose Flour )

2Tbs Brown Sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg*

2 Tbs butter (melted)

1 tsp vanilla

**add in the milk/ vinegar mixture**

Mix all ingredients together and cook as you would any pancake recipe

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*you can substitute flax seed (1 Tbs + 3 Tbs water.. mix together and let sit for a few minutes) for the egg if you need egg free pancakes. I’ve done this as well and they are quite yummy.

I like to add things to my pancakes every now and then like pecans or blueberries.

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Meal Plan Monday 1/ 20- 1/ 24/ 2014

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Monday: Creamy Chicken Casserole

Tuesday: Gluten Free Pasta Bake (see below for recipe)

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Grilled Chicken and Veggies

Friday: Homemade Pizza- I’m going to use a Gluten Free pizza crust mix. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Recipe for Gluten Free Pasta Bake:

Ingredients:

1 box of gluten free spiral pasta (prepared)

1 pound ground beef

1 can tomato sauce

1 small can tomato paste

1 Tbs garlic

1/2 Tbs Basil

1 tsp Italian Seasoning

1/2 tsp chili powder

1 8 oz package of cream cheese

8 oz sour cream

Italian Shredded cheese

1. Prepare the pasta according to directions

2. Brown Ground Beef and drain grease

3. Combine Tomato Sauce, Tomato Paste, and spices (you can add a little water if you’d like). Mix into meat. Adjust spices to taste.

4. Combine sour cream, cream cheese, and 1 cup of shredded Italian cheese

5. Layer Sauce, Pasta, Cheese Mixture… continue doing this until you use up all the ingredients.

6. Top with more Italian cheese

7. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes (until cheese on top is brown and bubbly)

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Meal Plan Monday- 1/13- 1/17/14

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Happy Monday! Today is Baby Girl’s Birthday. We will likely go out to eat for lunch to celebrate her birthday and then have a low key dinner like sandwiches.

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wednesday: Creamy Chicken Casserole

Thursday: Lentil Soup

Friday: Leftovers

What’s your go to meal? You know the one you throw together when you are tired and don’t feel like cooking? Mine is bacon and eggs!

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Meal Plan Monday- 1/6- 1/10/2014

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Monday: Tater Tot Casserole

Tuesday: Big Breakfast… bacon, eggs, biscuits, grits, etc.

Wednesday: Loaded Baked Potato Chicken Casserole

Thursday: Big Sis’s Birthday (dinner to be determined)

Friday: Leftovers

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Meal Plan Monday- 12/30- 1/3

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I recently dropped gluten from my diet. What with that and the holidays, my meal planning has been non existent! I’m trying to get back on track this month. I’ll make a plan for this week and see how well we stick to it!!

Monday: Chicken Kiev

Tuesday: New Year’s Eve Party with Friends… I’m taking this dessert… Crock Pot Crack

Wednesday: Tacos (since we didn’t do it Tuesday)

Thursday: Kung Pao Chicken (Crock Pot)

Friday: Leftovers

*I don’t usually plan for the weekends because we either have leftovers, go out, or super Dad gets a hankering for something and cooks it up for us*

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Meal Plan Monday 10/28-11/1

It’s been a while…

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Monday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wednesday: Loaded Baked Potato Chicken Casserole

Thursday: Creamy Chicken Casserole

Friday: Leftovers

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Top Ten Favorite Pinterest Meals

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I have found more and more that I enjoy cooking for my family. There was a time, when the husband was in seminary, that these kids were lucky to get bread and water for dinner. I just couldn’t muster the umph to cook for them. Pinterest has really helped me come up with meal ideas. I like it much better than a bunch of cook books. I need to hurry up and make hard copies of all my favorite recipes.

Here are my top ten favorite meals that I found on Pinterest, cooked and were a hit in our house! Keep in mind that I have four kids, ages 8 and under… three of whom are excruciatingly picky eaters.

(In no particular order)

1. Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole

2. Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole

3. Crock Pot Orange Chicken

4. Taco Pockets

5. Garlic Chicken

6. Tater Tot Casserole

7. Pepperoni Pizza Bites

8. Honey Sesame Chicken (Crock Pot)

9. Taco Stuffed Shells

10. Key West Grilled Chicken

What meals have you tried from Pinterest that you’ve liked? Have you tried any that just turned out all wrong or really gross?

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