Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on April 9, 2012

I took last week off of menu planning, both on the blog and in real life. We were out of town part of the week and the other days were filled with so many things…it’s just been crazy around here. This week is looking like it will be just as busy!

Besides all of the stuff we have going on I just found two restaurant coupons that we bought for half off – and they both expire this week. SO, we are going to be eating out free a couple times I guess :)  I buy these coupons for a great deal and file them away, but I always have a hard time remembering I bought them.  Anyone have a good way to keep track of these types of things?  Obviously I could use some ideas!

Breakfast:
Smoothies

Lunch:
Salad with Chicken or Hard Boiled Egg

Snack:
Apples
Hummus and Veggies
Parmesan Almonds
Homemade Granola Bars (I can’t eat these but Daniel can – and they are so good)

Dinner:
Monday- Out to Eat
Tuesday- Dad’s Birthday Dinner
Wednesday- Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs ( I can’t eat soy sauce because it contains gluten, but I’m determined to adapt the recipe because I love it so much), Baked Brown Rice, and Salad
Thursday- Taco Salad
Friday- Out to Eat
Saturday-  Grilled Steak with Pineapple Quinoa Salad
Sunday- Naked Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries, and Deviled Eggs

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Misty April 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

When we get gift cards and coupons to restaurants we have a designated bowl they all go into in our kitchen. Do you have a calendar? You could always write the restaurant name on the expiration date so you know to use them up. The worst thing is having a great coupon or Kohl’s cash that’s you find days after it has expired.

Your menu sounds fantastic! I may just make those kabobs tomorrow night!!! :)

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Katie April 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I put all of our stuff in a designated place too…I just forget. I thought about the calendar idea…maybe the month before they expire write it on there. I will have to try it :)

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Kim April 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hi,

Just wanted to pop in really quickly to let you know about a couple of GF products. There are a few gluten free soy sauces available. Our favorite is Tamari brand, and we buy it at a large chain grocery store. And if you really like your granola bars, there are gluten free oats available (Bob’s Red Mill is the one that comes to mind). There are expensive, but it’s cheaper to make your own granola bars, granola, etc. than buy ready made gluten free (and it usually tastes better!). Hope you don’t mind the suggestions; we’ve been GF for many years and when someone says they can’t have something, I want to help find an alternative (because I’ve been in your shoes).

Cheers!
Kim

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Katie April 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Thanks so much Kim…I appreciate your input so much. I’m only about 6 weeks into this, so it is ALL new :) It’s so much more than staying away from bread!!

I will look out for the Tamari – I think I read about soy sauce alternatives in a forum and they were saying there are alternatives but a lot weren’t very tasty? I’ve seen the gluten free oats, but they were over $6 for a smallish bag…and I couldn’t bring myself to pay it. Plus – I had recently bought a large thing of oats at Sam’s before I knew i couldn’t eat them…so I want to use them up on my husband. But you are right -even though they are expensive it has to be cheaper than buying granola premade :)

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Diana April 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I’ve seen at least three kinds of gluten-free soy sauce at our grocery store, so you may not have to substitute after all.

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Katie April 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Thanks, Diana! I didn’t see it at my local Kroger, but it’s a pretty small one. I will have to go to one with a better selection!!

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Kim April 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

Good luck going GF – it’s challenging at first but gets much easier. Regarding oats, that is something that is considered a ‘gray’ area. Oats can often be eaten by people with Celiac Disease without any problems (but obviously some still need the GF version). When I went GF after my diagnosis, I only ate GF oats. Once I was several months in and knew that there weren’t any traces of gluten in my body, I tried eating regular oats to see how I felt. I never had any symptoms after eating regular oats, so I thought they were fine. I do occasionally buy the GF oats if they are on sale, I have extra $ in my budget at the end of the month, etc. but I don’t feel like I have too. Just something for you to keep in mind as you are trying new things. One other thing, once you find products that you like (which is half the GF battle), you may find that things are significantly less expensive if you buy them at Amazon. You have to buy a quantity, but get a great price and free shipping. They also have a ‘subscribe and save’ feature on many items. If you sign up for the item to be shipped at regular intervals (which you can always go and change or cancel altogether) you get an additional 15% off. I’ve found that some ingredients for bread (tapioca starch for example) are half the price than at the health food store, and some products (crackers, pasta) are not always available at the grocery store so I like having a few extra on hand. Many premade GF foods taste much better now than they did even 6 years ago. Homemade can taste even better, but you may have to try a lot of recipes before you find the one that you like. I have a pizza crust that I like (from scratch) but I also keep a package of Udi’s pizza crusts in the freezer if I need a quick meal for the kids and don’t have time to make one. Good luck!

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Katie April 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

Kim, thanks for the info on the oats. It would be great if I could get by on regular oats – I will have to try reintroducing them and see how I feel!!

I will have to check into Amazon…sounds like a great way to purchase items. Everything is SO expensive, and you are right…finding things you like is half the battle. But I will say that I have been surprised by how good some things are (Udi’s and Rudi’s bread, nut thins, King Arthur brownie mix). I want to venture into making more things from scratch but it’s intimidating at first learning all of the flours and finding good recipes. My mom mentioned she was wanting to try Udi’s pizza crust since we like their bread/bagels so much – glad to hear it is really good! I haven’t eaten pizza in 2 months and I miss it, so I will be buying some this week :) I would love to have you pizza crust recipe if you don’t mind sharing!

Thanks again for being so helpful – I appreciate it so much!

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