Menu Plan Monday – April 18, 2011
We have a fun week planned to get ready for Easter. Each day we are preparing something for our family Easter dinner (everyone comes here). For our family, spreading the preparation out in this way helps us to stay better focused on the reason for Easter. During this week’s plan you will see what prep is planned each day this week. I want us to be able to enjoy our family and each other and be relaxed and focused enough to worship without feeling overwhelmed by what I think “just has to” be done. Spreading out preparation also allows the prep to be a blessing to my family that I enjoy, instead of feeling completely overwhelmed by it.
Below you will also see our menu for Easter dinner. It is just a plan and may be scaled back or changes depending on how this week flows and what is on sale. Most of the special touches are things that can be made ahead this week and simply reheated for dinner. I like to make 3-4 different desserts for special family dinners so everyone has a favorite and feels pampered, though again, 3 of the desserts are pretty easy or can be made ahead of time. I generally make smaller sized dessert choices (cookies, smaller bars, min-pies, mini-cupcakes) because then you can taste more than one thing, but not have eaten the equivalent of half a cake by the time you are done! :o)
Other fun things for Easter:
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This week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Cheryl of Gluten Free Goodness. She has picked the theme of Sugar Free Delights. Um… yeah, with Easter this week, often it is easy to just focus on the treats filled with sugar (mmmm…. dark chocolate bunnies…), but there are many delicious alternative sweeteners out there to enjoy. I have a post that shows how I use natural sweeteners in my baked goods that might help you out if you are just starting to explore this subject. A couple of easy favorite recipes that use natural sweeteners are Pumpkin Pie Popsicles (also tasty in an icecream maker) and Watermelon Slush. We are really into frozen desserts in out home! Cheryl’s blog is a great resource for tastiness sweetened without refined sugar. She also has a great list of gluten free Passover links for you.
Monday: Make Spicy-Sweet Nuts/make Hot Cross Buns (freeze)
Quinoa Confetti Salad with Pork Satay
Tuesday: Make Adeena’s Gluten Free Rosemary Teff Dinner Rolls (freeze)
Wednesday: Make cupcakes and freeze/Make sweet potato kale hash browns (freeze)
Clean-out-the-fridge stir fry and salad
Thursday: Make Cardamon Bread/make Cardamon Biscotti/boil eggs to color and for deviled eggs
Mexican Cornbread Casserole (from freezer) with salad
Friday: Make glaze for ham/make ham sauce/make balsamic syrup/make Poppy Seed Dressing
Chicken Mango Curry with pre-soaked brown rice
Saturday: color eggs with the kids/peel eggs for deviled eggs/assemble Scalloped Potato dish/Roast Asparagus/Make Lemon Bars/Make Easter Story Cookies before bed with the kiddos
Leftovers or gf/dairy free grilled sandwiches and soup (from the freezer) with salad
For breakfast before church: Hard Boiled Eggs, Cardamon Bread, Sweet Potato-Kale Hash Browns, fruit
Fruit Platter with Dairy Free Fruit Dip
Mixed Nuts, Olives, Veggie Patter
Spicy Apricot Glazed Ham
Mustard Sauce (for the ham)
Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Leeks
Roasted Asparagus With Balsamic Syrup
Spring Greens with Strawberries, Spicy Sweet Nuts and Poppy Seed Dressing (dressing will post on Wednesday this week)
Adeena’s Gluten Free Rosemary Teff Dinner Roll Recipe
Easter Story Cookies
Cupcakes (Probably… maybe… kind still up in the air depending on how the week goes- leaning toward almond sponge cake with chai spiced frosting. Probably decorated similar to these. So cute!)
This post will also be linked to the Organized Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.
those hot cross buns look amazing (as usual). Love your post on natural sweeteners, too. And the chicken mango curry really caught my eye, too. Enjoy your week!
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