My menu plan is now sponsored by the great people over at Better Batter Flour.  Stop by and say “Hi!” and check out all the fun.   For more menu planning inspiration at Better Batter Flour, check out the gluten free vegetarian menu from Cindy of  Vegetarian Mamma, the weekly menu from Kristi of Mommy Hates Cooking, and the informative gluten free articles from Gigi of Gluten Free Gigi.  Thank you Better Batter Flour!  All of our sponsored menus will now be published at Start Gluten Free, an online resource made to welcome people into the gluten free living community and help them not feel overwhelmed by new dietary restrictions.  I am honored to be a small part of this vibrant community!

It is Thanksgiving week!  Do you have any special family traditions for the day?  Our family always runs the Turkey Trot (a 5K fun run) on Thanksgiving morning, then head back home to relax while out dinner is cooking.  We try to get some board game time in and, of course, plenty of snuggle time.


This week I am hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap.  The theme this week is Breakfast and Brunch.  How do you like to start your mornings?  A variety of hot porridges made with gluten free grains, eggs from our cute chickies (scrambled with veggies, fried, or baked up into French toast casserole), granola or granola bars, and muffins often find their way into our breakfast routine.  And don’t forget your leftovers!  My kids like to have leftover soup (especially thick ones), stir fry and curries for breakfast.  Protein, lots of veggies and whole grains – not such a bad start to the day!

Freezer cooking plan for the week:  I will be continuing to prep for Thanksgiving this week using my Thanksgiving Guide.  Outside of that, I will not be freezing any extra meals this week.  Too much other food prep will be happening.  🙂  However, I will be sure to freeze enough turkey after Thanksgiving dinner to make Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole with added turkey next week.

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The week’s breakfast options:  Pumpkin Waffles, Hunter’s Breakfast, quinoa porridge, and various fruits.

The week’s lunch options:  Nut or sunbutter sandwiches on Amish Friendship Bread, hummus, hard boiled eggs, various fruits and veggie sticks.

Monday:  Mongolian Chicken over quinoa

Tuesday:  Sausage and Peppers on GF Ciabatta Bread, salad topped with Thousand Island Dressing and chunky apple sauce

Wednesday:  Clean-the-Fridge Omelets with a salad

Thursday:  Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday:  Sesame Chicken Veggie Salad with Ginger Soy Dressing (using turkey instead of chicken) and other Thanksgiving leftovers, including more Impossible Pumpkin Pie

What is on everyone else’s plate this week?
Heather of Celiac Family has an amazing list of brunch items to serve, including Creamed Eggs made with hard-boiled eggs, Banana Coffee CakeBeignets (fried bread dough dusted with sugar), and Tropical Fruit Salad with a Poppyseed Dressing.  Yum!  This week she is serving  Pork Chops with Black Beans, Grilled Chicken with Wild Rice Salad, grilled steaks, Pizza with Spinach Salad and a delicious sounding Thanksgiving feast.

Emily from Our Frugal Happy Life is serving up tastiness with Chicken and Rice with Homemade Cheese Sauce, carnitas (from the freezer), Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Thanksgiving dinner.  Waffles, muffins, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, cold cereal, and yogurt, etc. round out her pick-your-own breakfasts.
Kimberly from The Peaceful Mom is offering Veggie Breakfast ScrambleHomemade Gluten Free Waffles with DIY Waffle Syrup GF french toast, yogurt and GF oatmeal and Easy Baked Apples for breakfast options this week.  I like the idea of baked apples and oatmeal for breakfast!  Mmmm…  For dinner they will be serving Turkey Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese, Baked Chicken with Broccoli Salad with Cranberries and Pecans, Thanksgiving Dinner, Taco Bowls and Crockpot Chili during the week.
Need more menu planning inspiration?  Head over  for Menu Plan Monday at Organized Junkie.  For an awesome month long gluten free money saving menu, see Melissa’s November GF menu plan at Stockpiling Moms.