I thought it might be helpful for some if I were to post my gluten and dairy free menu plan and shopping lists for the week. Please realize I am not a nutritionist or medical professional, just a mom who like to cook and is trying to make healthy, seasonal, tasty meals that are more economical within the confines of the gluten and dairy free diet.
One of the things you will notice about my menu plans are the tinges I plan ahead for by cooling for my freezer. There are fabulous websites that can explain freezer cooking such as 30daygourmet.com (you will have to change recipes to make gfcf, of course). You can also get books at the library on cooking for you freezer. The method I prefer is to cook batches of things based on a main ingredient that is on sale during a particular week. I also like to have “dinner starters” on hand. These are items such as precooked ground meat, beans, precooked chicken, etc. that can help start up a meal quickly when I don’t have a plan, or the time for my original plan for that day.
My menu plans are for 6-8 people, so if your family is smaller or larger, you will have to adjust accordingly. Often I use leftovers for lunches or salad toppings. This is only for five dinners. I like to have a couple of days free per week to account for a left over day, going out, or for a kid’s choice cooking day.
My freezer is pretty empty now and needs restocking. With school coming up and Brownies and Cub Scouts starting. I want to be sure to have some meals simply made so I can enjoy the fall and not crash and burn. I will have my restocking for my freezer incorporated into my menu plan and shopping lists. You may also notice a large amount of certain veggies in our menu currently. My garden is beginning to kick into high gear, so we eat as much out of it as we can. The dids get a big kick out of eating stuff they planted. Even my youngest (picky-eater girl) is trying new stuff just because she grew it.
This menu and shopping list was put together using the recipes and tools at mealsforyou.com
Tuesday: Fresh Apricot & Chicken Thai Salad
Wednesday: Vegetable and Fish Bundles