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A Loud Mama with a loud family, living imperfect lives glorified through God and breaking free of the bondage of politically correct Religion. We do things differently around the Viking Homestead, and hope that, by sharing our lives, we can help others feel more comfortable with their differences as well.

20 May, 2011

Mama Viking LOVES to make Lists!!

I indeed DO love to make lists. I make lists for EVERYTHING! I have dry erase sheets all over my refrigerator for daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal and yearly chores. I have a binder full of lists(but that is another post entirely!) However, some of my favorite lists to make are meal plans. And, with the recent orders to go gluten free(as per my doctor), I have had to entirely revamp my game plan where meal planning is concerned. Now, I prefer to make a meal plan for several weeks so that I can do the brunt of my shopping in bulk and keep the majority of my weekly trips down to things like milk, eggs, and other perishables. So, without further delay, my meal plan...for the next 8 weeks!! :D
This is usually the easiest meal of the day in our house. It has to be something that I can get on the table quickly, everyone will be happy with AND is gluten free! It used to be either cold cereal or something like that, but, for various reasons I've moved myself and the kiddos off of things like that for several reasons. So, on the menu board for the next 8 weeks are the following offerings:
Crockpot Oatmeal and Eggs
Homemade Granola with Homemade Yogurt
Gluten Free or Grain Free Pancakes
Huevos Rancheros with Corn Tortillas
Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal
Frittata or something similar
Grain Free Muffins
Homemade Gluten Free Pop Tarts
Gluten Free French Toast Frittata

I try to keep lunch simple, especially when the kiddos are out of school and go from content to starving in about 2 seconds flat!
Homemade Gluten Free Hot Pockets or Pizza Pockets
Grain Free Mini Pizzas
Sandwiches on Gluten Free or Grain Free Bread with Fruit or Veg
Grilled Cheese or Quesadillas
Baked Potato or Baked Sweet Potato(one of my FAVORITES!)

Fruit, Veggies, Homemade Yogurt, Cheese, Knockoff Larabars, and Hummus, Homemade Ranch and Yogurt Dip for the fruit and veggies.

Tea, Water, Milk, Water Kefir, Lemonade(and maybe some fermented, probiotic rich lemonade!), limeade and labor-aid!

Yes, I list this BEFORE the main meals...I like to see my sweet options before the savory! :D
Mock Peanut Butter Cups
Coconut Brownies and Coconut Ice Cream
Homemade Yogurt and Pudding Pops
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana "Ice Cream"
Grain Free Crisp/Cobbler

Finally! I know, I know, but this is just the way the list works out on paper...the dinners take up the most space so they go on the back side of the page after everything else is planned out! There is somewhat of a theme to my meal planning. Every Monday, its Breakfast for Dinner! Tuesday is Vegetarian Night. Wednesday is Grilled Cheese or Quesadillas with soup. Thursday is some sort of homemade 'skillet' dinner, usually a one pan, quick and easy sort of do since by that point in the week we are all ready for a break...and a minimum of dirty dishes! Friday is something 'take-outy'. Since I can't really 'safely' do take out, I have something fun on the menu so we still feel as if we are getting a treat. Saturdays are usually something quick and easy, since that is the only day I have to do ALL of my shopping for the week and Sundays are something yummy in the slow cooker....so it SEEMS like a big deal, but really its not much work at all!
Sat 21 May: Crockpot BBQ Beans and Weenies w/ Gluten Free toast or Cornbread
Sun 22 May: Beans and Rice with Sausage
Mon 23 May: Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcakes with Eggs and Bacon
Tue 24 May: Black Bean Enchiladas
Wed 25 May: Quesadillas/Grilled Cheese and Soup
Thu 26 May: Irish Skillet
Fri 27 May: Grain Free Pizzas
Sat 28 May: Pot Roast
Sun 29 May: Venison Stew
Mon 30 May: Gluten Free(and probably Grain Free)Pancakes with Eggs and Bacon
Tue 31 May: Mexican Black Bean Burgers
Wed 1 June: Quesadillas/Grilled Cheese and Soup
Thu 2 June: Tex-Mex Skillet
Fri 3 June: Yakisoba or Stir Fry
Sat 4 June: Fish Fingers(for the kids) and Poboys(for the adults!)
Sun 5 June: Slow Cooker Carnitas
Mon 6 June: Hash Brown Quiche
Tue 7 June: Bean And Cheese Burritos
Wed 8 June: Quesadillas/Grilled Cheese and Soup
Thu 9 June: Cajun Skillet
Fri 10 June: Grain Free Pizzas
Sat 11 June: Orange Chicken with Homemade GF Egg Rolls and Rice
Sun 12 June: Chili with GF Cornbread
Mon 13 June: French Toast Frittata
Tue 14 June: Veggie Burrito Bowls
Wed 15 June: Quesadilla/Grilled Cheese and Soup
Thu 16 June: Asian Skillet
Fri 17 June: Sloppy Joes
Sat 18 June: Spaghetti with Homemade Meat Sauce
Sun 19 June: Beans and Rice
Mon 20 June: Strawberry Shortcakes with Eggs and Bacon
Tue 21 June: Black Bean Enchiladas
Wed 22 June: Quesadillas/Grilled Cheese and Soup
Thu 23 June: Cowgirl Beans and Rice
Fri 24 June: Grain Free Pizzas
Sat 25 June: Nachos
Sun 26 June: Crockpot Lasagna
Mon 27 June: Pancakes with Eggs and Bacon
Tue 28 June: Bean and Cheese Burritos
Wed 29 June: Quesadillas/Grilled Cheese and Soup
Thu 30 June: Green Pepper Steak
Fri 1 July: Sweet and Sour Chicken with Egg Rolls
Sat 2 July: Spaghetti
Sun 3 July: Chicken and Dumplings
Mon 4 July: Hash Brown Quiche
Tue 5 July: Veggie Burrito Bowls
Wed 6 July: Quesadillas/Grilled Cheese and Soup
Thu 7 July: Fish Fingers with Mac&Cheese
Fri 8 July: Grain Free Pizzas
Sat 9 July: Nachos
Sun 10 July: Chicken Enchiladas
Mon 11 July: French Toast Frittata
Tue 12 July: Mexican Black Bean Burgers
Wed 13 July: Quesadillas/Grilled Cheese and Soup
Thu 14 July: Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Fri 15 July: Stir fry with Fried Rice and Egg Rolls.

PHEW!!! Yes, its a long one, but it saves me time and money in the long run! Minimal trips to the store=a better chance of me sticking to the budget! And, I know there are repetitions in the meal plan. I usually make a brainstorming list ahead of time while keeping the total amount of meals I need in mind. So, for example, if I have 3 vegetarian meals I'm really keen to cook and I need 6 vegetarian meals, I will just put each meal on the plan twice. Works out easier that way! All of the meals listed above are going to be homemade and gluten free...and some of it hopefully grain free! Putting this all out at once also gives me the next few Friday's to write about a few other topics I've been thinking on. However, tomorrow is shopping day!! Wish me luck!

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