My menu plan is now sponsored by the great people over at Better Batter Flour.  The menus will also 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!  Stop by and say “Hi!”

This week we have a birthday coming up.  A big one – my oldest daughter will be 15 on Friday.  Yikes!  I am so proud of her, she is an amazing girl.  It’s hard to believe my kiddos are growing up…


This week, Cheryl of Gluten Free Goodness is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap.  She picked Hazelnuts as the theme this week.  I do like hazelnuts, but I don’t I have very much on the blog using the tasty morsels.  I am going to have to change that!  I do have a Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream and homemade Nutella using hazelnuts.  How do you use hazelnuts in your recipes?

Freezer cooking plan for the week:  G-ma’s Calico Beans and Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole are making their way into my freezer this week.

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The week’s breakfast options:  Banana Nut MuffinsCinnamon Raisin French Toast (done dairy free), and various fruits.

The week’s lunch options:  Roasted Chicken sandwiches on Bavarian Pretzel Sandwich Rolls, hummus, hard boiled eggs, and various fruits and veggie sticks.






Printable grocery list for the dinners this week.



Monday:  orchestra (elementary)/mom works/mom volunteers in school library/XC ski practice

G-ma’s Calico Beans with Blender Corn Bread

For the freezer:  Make a double batch of G-ma’s Calico Beans for the freezer. Make a double batch in a 6 quart slow cooker.  Before dinner, place half of the calico beans in a shallow container in the fridge.  Allow to cool while eating.  After dinner place calico beans in a gallon sized freezer bag, removing as much air as possible, seal, label and freeze.

Tuesday:  jazz band/XC ski practice

Chicken Piccata from Better Batter over “Smashed” Cauliflower and Seasoned Green Beans


Wednesday:  Orchestra (high school)/mom works/XC ski practice

Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole and mixed greens salad with cinnamon chunky apple sauce

For the freezer:  Recipe makes a double batch of Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole, one for dinner and one for the freezer. Wrap second casserole well, removing as much air as possible, seal, label and freeze.


Thursday:  jazz band/mom works/XC ski practice

Chicken & Chilies Casserole with Cilantro Cashew Salad


Friday:  Birthday!!/XC ski practice

Birthday girl’s choice:  Thai Chicken Pizza with Apple, Bok Choy and Carrot Slaw and Gluten Free Snowball Cupcakes (recipe will be posted next week) for dessert.

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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 December GF menu plan at Stockpiling Moms.