The Gluten Free Dairy Free September 2012 menu I wrote is posted today at OAMM. Stop by and say “Hi!” At OAMM the full list of recipe cards, labels, instructions and grocery list is published. However, starting this month those will no longer be available without a paid membership. The past full menus I developed will still be available for free: May 2011 to August 2012. This is the very last menu I will be developing for Tricia at Once a Month Mom. The pay did not in any way reflect the work involved, and if I am really working for almost free, I feel that effort would better be placed with my family and my own blog. I think when it started it was described as being very different from what it had become, and now it is time for a change. There is a season for everything, right? Anyway, it was a good learning experience for me, and I know now what I am willing to do and not do, and learned a lot about what I feel my value is and where my boundaries are, so all around a good experience in retrospect. I wish I could have felt more of the team, but as I can’t be (and don’t choose to be to hang with the fam more – I am a sucker for my kiddos time- LOL) on the computer as often through out the day as everyone seems to be over there that wasn’t in the cards, I think. Anyway, good luck on your next endeavors, OAMM and I hope it all goes well for you! I am interested on how the membership deal works out for her. I personally feel very strongly about always staying free, free, free, but I know the time involved makes membership a good option for some blog owners.
On to the freezer menu for the month! Again, a giant one or two days of freezer cooking isn’t how I really cook up my freezer meals for the month. Here I have the menu rewritten and broken down into mini-menus, which is how I cook them. Also, all recipe cards that have been posted at OAMM will be different than how I post them here. I have adjusted seasonings and methods for what I feel is a better final product and to make things much more understandable. No dividing teaspoons figured out in decimal, or partial egg amounts to mess up the final formulas. Gluten free baking can be fussy with formula changes and I simply like my recipe to be in single batch amounts to serve 6 to 8 people, then double, triple or quadruple the recipe. I need things really clear and to the point and I want the very best final product I can get in the best amount of time. :) If you cook like I do, feel free to follow along.
The grocery lists and labels are for the mini menus and the links for these are with the each menu grouping. You can cook everything up on a mini menu on a Saturday morning or afternoon and be set. OR you can do your shopping on a Sunday and cook one of each freezer meals a day and spread out the work over a week. I do that, too, depending on how busy my week is. Having a busy week or a busy family doesn’t mean I can’t serve healthy meals for my family, and having a stock of them in the freezer is my secret to making that happen easily for me. I hope it helps you also!
I was only able to select a few of my own recipes for each menu, so many of the recipes are adapted from another blog and the link is next to the recipe name back to the original recipe. Be sure to click on the links and go back to the original blog. I think it is important to give these amazing blog authors some traffic (they work hard!) and give credit for the inspiration and work they do. To see the freezer cooking adaptions and how I have broken this month’s menu into mini freezer menus, keep scrolling down and select the menu you wish to cook up.
- GFDF & Nut Free Granola Bars adapted from Carol Kicinski at Simply Gluten-Free. I love this blog and Carol! She is so kind and helpful and her blog is FULL of not just gluten free, but other allergen free amazing recipes and photography. LOVE!!
- Banana Pecan Oatmeal Bread adapted from Julie at Gluten Free with Julie B.
- Cinnamon Apple Muffins adapted from Trish at Gluten Free in SLC. Her blog is gluten free and she has a dairy allergy and he has a soy allergy. Ya know that makes it a perfect blog for me to follow. :) Her blog is a fun read with yummy recipes.
Lunch choices posts and original links:
- Quick Vegetable Minestrone adapted from Silvana at Silvana’s Kitchen. I love her blog! If you ever get a chance to go workshop she is teaching, take it! And her donuts= YUM!
- Ham and “Cheese” Scones adapted from Liv from Liv Gluten Free.
- Garlicky Bean Dip adapted from Catherine at A Gluten Free Guide.
- Turkey Fajita Hash
Dinner choices posts and original links:
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas adapted from Karina from Gluten Free Goddess. Her photos and recipes are divine. She has many vegan and vegetarian options with flavors paired in creative ways.
- Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwich Filling adapted from Stephanie at Crock Pot 365. I started following her blog about a month after she started her “a slow cooker recipe every day” challenge. Slow cooking and gluten free- love it! Plus, she is sweet and funny. Her blog is still one of my happy places. :)
- Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Meatballs adapted from Devan at Accustomed Chaos.
- Chicken with Red Curry and Apples
- Chili Maple Glazed Chicken
- Slow Cooker Arroz Con Pollo
- Garlicky Chicken Thighs in Red Pepper Sauce
- Juicy Apple Turkey Burgers