5 days at a time.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

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I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by the "whole month" thing right now in the middle of exams, so I'm going five days at at time. Here are the first five:

December 1 - Brown Rice & Lentil Salad and Raw mango-lime pie
December 2 - Salmon panzanella
December 3 - Ginger-lime chicken stir fry
December 4 - Maple dijon crock pot chicken with a spinach salad on the side
December 5 - Tuscan white bean soup

PS - Not all of these are gluten-free, but they will be when they're at my house! Like the salmon panzanella - it calls for a whole wheat baguette, but I'll replace it with a gluten-free hamburger bun that I have on hand.  These recipes are all very easily adaptable to a gluten-free diet.

9 comments:

  1. Whitney - meal planning is a great way to ensure that you'll cook at home. One way that I have found to not be overwhelmed is to repeat at least one meal from the week before. Also, I have been using my crock pot A TON since we are also in the middle of finals. I love throwing stuff in there and having dinner ready at the end of the day. I have a great recipe for a lentil soup that's gluten-free...I can send it to you on Facebook if you'd like! Happy cooking!

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  2. i second the crockpot! so easy and such yummy easy meals :)

    another thing, make meals you love and that are easy, with readily available ingredients so you're not forced to shop for the week.

    and dont forget the power of LEFTOVERS!!

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  3. Ahh...ditto the leftovers. We always make enough so that we can have hot lunches the next day instead of eating out or having sandwiches every day.

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  4. Great tips! Thank you!! We just bought a crock pot so I am excited about trying that out a little more. :)

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  5. or freeze the leftovers - i do that too, it just makes grabbing a quick meal at home so much easier if its already done and just needs some heating up.

    take out, home style LOL

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  6. hang in there -- yes, meal planning takes a lot of work, and you'll always tweak it the way that works best in YOUR family. I used to do two weeks at a time, and then we were throwing things, "forgetting" etc. Now I do one week at a time and usually make about 3 o 4 of them because that ends up being plenty to last the week. I second the crock pot also, at least one crock pot meal a week and it's always on our busiest day...it makes coming home so wonderful & simple. Blessings as you embark on this journey and I pray it goes smoothly and easy for you!!! keep sharing your yummy recipes, I may just have to stop over for dinner sometime (although I live in WI). lol ><>

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  7. Way to go Whitney. You are doing a great job, and making the plan is the perfect way to start making more of your meals at home. Keep up the good work, I know it can get tough sometimes with crazy schedules and we end up just grabbing something out. I like to keep boxed soups and some frozen dinners (these can be homemade too) on hand, because I notice that when I can't make something on the meal plan for whatever reason, we have a super quick backup instead of going out to eat.

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  8. Made the Ginger-Lime Chicken Stir Fry last night, thanks for the tip! :)

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  9. Thanks for the encouragement, guys! I've made the first two nights of recipes and they have been SO good!! (And we have enough leftovers to feed an army...) :)

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