Menu Plan Monday – 12.03.12

christmas

Hooray for a sort of normal week!

I find myself asking over and over, “how can I simplify this?” lately. For meal planning through the holidays, I’m going to categories I’m just filling in:

  • 2 nights of soups/crockpot (bonus points for soups in the crockpot)
  • 1 brinner (breakfast for dinner)
  • 1 stir fry
  • 1 pasta (which isn’t paleo but for the sake of sanity and simplicty I’m going with using our favorite gluten-free pasta, Ancient Grains)
  • if we’re actually home the other two nights, they’ll be meat and two (meat and two veggie sides).

Once I figured out the categories, it took me less than five minutes to fill them in using Pinterest. This week’s menu isn’t totally paleo – there’s a bit of dairy in there – but I’m working on some compromises to try to get my family eating closer to how I do.

I’m hoping to start a little holiday baking this week. High on my list this year? Samoa brownies from the Paleo Parents (which I want to try in cookie form), Grain Free Molasses Cookies from Real Food Freaks (with a few changes to hopefully mimic my great-grandmother’s Christmas lebkucken) and Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Health-Bent. I’m also stalking a Vita-Cost order for my coconut nectar to arrive so I can make these Paleo Toffee Caramels.

Monday
Tomato Basil Parmesean Soup – I’ve got a little adapting to do, but I think I have a plan. If it works, I’ll try to get it shared soon.

Tuesday
Baked Fajitas
Tortillas (family)
Spinach salad
Guacamole

Wednesday
Broccoli Beef (from Make It Paleo)
Rice (family)
Cauliflower Rice (me)

Thursday
Balsamic and Onion Pot Roast
Carrots

Friday
I’ll probably be home alone…so leftovers

Saturday
out of town

Sunday
Coconut Flour Apple Pancakes (great recipe that we didn’t get to last week)
Bacon

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday , Musings of a Housewife’s Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan, the Gluten Free Menu Swap at Extraordinary Life and the Healthy Branscoms What’s for Dinner.

5 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday – 12.03.12

  1. I love your idea of simplifying the menu plan. My dh and I chatted about our easy dinner options before going to Costco yesterday. However, those options included tortellini and lasagna which I’m not eating. So, I’m stealing your idea for next week’s menu!

    I have Make It Paleo, too. (I’m kicking myself for not picking up Practical Paleo from Costco.) Since I’m craving chocolate, I’m going to try some of the sweet recipes from MIK plus the paprika chicken.

  2. I have that same soup pinned on my Pinterest boards! I’ve yet to try it though. I like your idea of just filling in categories to keep things simple.

  3. I’m making a blog visit from Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday today.
    I have lots of chicken in the freezer so I’m always looking for tasty chicken recipes.
    It’s a sunny and warm day in Las Vegas. I’ve been living on the West coast for 18 years. It’s funny when friends, from Maine, will mention that they’re shoveling snow I caught off guard. That’s right, you’re dealing with snow!
    Hope you have a wonderful and delicious week! The Pot Roast sounds tasty.

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