Weekly Grain & Dairy Free Meal Plan

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 *Sorry I didn’t get last weeks meal plan posted, my computer is broken so I am limited to my phone and my hubby’s computer when he can spare leaving it at home.

I spend a lot of time each week planning our meals, so I decided to go ahead and publish my weekly meal plans for those of you who are interested.  While we do not eat Grain Free 100% of the time, when I plan and prepare meals I prefer them to be Grain Free & Mostly Paleo (gluten, grain, dairy, soy, legumes, and refined sugar free) because I believe it’s the best way to heal leaky gut, which my son and I both have.

Helpful Tips:

I know that changing over to a Paleo lifestyle can be difficult, but to reduce the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen, here are a few helpful tips:

1) When you get the cutting board out and are cutting up veggies for dinner, go ahead and cut up all of your veggies for the entire week and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to use them.  This will make dinners the rest of week a bit easier. For this weeks meal plan: cut the veggies for Wednesday, the green beans for Thursday, the zucchini noodles for Saturday, and the veggies for the chicken pot pie all in one setting.

2) I like to boil bone-in chicken once a week and then make homemade chicken stock with the carcass. That way I have homemade chicken stock (which is SO much healthier than the store-bought stuff) to use in recipes and shredded chicken all week long in my fridge for salads, which we eat a lot of for lunch. I will post my exact recipe soon 🙂

 

Dinners:

Wednesday

Hot Wings With Ranch Dressing & Veggies. These are super easy to make after being gone all day. Plus, we eat on the leftover veggies and dip all week and I send them in the kids lunchboxes the next day 🙂

 

Thursday

Baked Salmon With Fresh Green Beans and Dinner Rolls

 

Friday

Chicken Picatta with Zucchini Noodles

 

Saturday

Wedge Taco Salad

 

Sunday

Pizza Night!!! We either have a gluten free frozen pizza, use my Paleo Flatbread, or my Yeast-Raised Grain Free Pizza Crust. I always make or buy enough pizza to send in the kiddos lunchboxes the next day 🙂

 

Monday

Chicken Pot Pie… I’m going to use tapioca instead of arrowroot because it’s a better thickener when baking and roll out the crust on top of the the pot pie 🙂 … make a double crust for pigs in a blanket.

 

Tuesday

Chicken Chili with Paleo Sweet Cornbread Muffins

 

Snacks & Desserts:

When I make my pie crust for my pot pie, I’m going to make a double crust and use the rest to make pigs in a blanket.

Vanilla Pudding – recipe to come!

Baked Apples – I’m basically going to use the filling recipe from my apple pie and just cook it on the stove until tender.

The Spunky Coconut’s Yogurt Recipe – I made this last week and it was De-lish! This time I’m going to try stirring in some Blueberry preserves for blueberry yogurt 🙂

*To save money, I go to Sprouts on Double Ad Wednesdays, I use the Target Red Card which saves me 5%, and I use the Target Cartwheel app for coupons. All of this saves me from 20 to 30 dollars a week!!!

*I know Wednesday is kind of a weird day to publish a weekly meal plan, but it’s the day I plan our meals and get groceries 🙂

 

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4 responses to “Weekly Grain & Dairy Free Meal Plan

  1. Carolyn

    Hi Cassidy,
    Love all your creations & your meal planning. My husband had to go to swing shift so we don’t have an evening meal together + there is no microwave close for him to re-heat meals. Your salads and wraps seem like good ideas. Do you have other suggestions?

    Best regards,
    Carolyn

    • Hi Carolyn – that’s a tough on, lunches are what I struggle with the most! When I pack my kids lunches, they don’t have a microwave either and it’s hard to figure out what to send.

      Outside of salads and wraps, the only other idea would to be to send any leftovers that are good cold – like maybe gluten free pizza or a pasta recipe with chicken and zucchini noodles? Or you could try making corn dog muffins with my cornbread recipe, freeze it (I haven’t tried freezing it, but I’d imagine it would work fine), and send it once a week for awhile. Humm… I’ll keep thinking about it and let you know if I can think of anything else!

      -Cassidy

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