Sunday, January 6, 2013

GF Dinners, Main Dish Meal Planning - Week 1

Okay, life is never the way I picture it should be.  I thought with the new year that I would try to get back into the swing of things and work on more recipes, but as fate would have it, life has offered me a different direction.  The craziness that is my life, tells me that I need to do more meal planning to fit the constant and ever growing schedule of my family.  So, for now I will not be developing or making recipes gluten free, but finding recipes that I can use to meal plan for the week.  I will provide links to these meals and if I have altered a recipe enough, I will publish it.  I hope you enjoy and that these meal help your family out.

I make all my meals on one day, if the recipes lend themselves to it.  I also try to make one freezer meal for the future.  I find it difficult to find the time to do bulk freezer meals.

I do know a week is 7 days, but I grew up where my mother had us eat leftovers on the weekends.  Weekends were not made for cooking!

Day 1:
Pumpkin Chili (you can make a nightshade version)
*I make this a freezer meal but I do NOT add the beans.  I add the beans when I reheat it on the stove.

Day 2:
Grits or Buckwheat Casserole

Day 3:
Italian Marinade Chicken
Make up a batch of this Italian Salad Dressing.  In a gallon plastic bag, place 4-5 chicken breasts with the salad dressing and let marinade for at least 1 hour or overnight.  Bake at 350˚F for about 1 hour or until it is no longer pink.  * I also make this a freezer meal.

Day 4:
Moroccan Chicken
*I make this a freezer meal.

Day 5: 
Alfredo with Pasta
I make this following the recipe but add 1-1/2 tsp of onion powder,  2 tsp of garlic powder, and some nutmeg.  I also add some cooked Italian Marinaded chicken on top and right before serving, I add about a cup of spinach, and let it wilt.

This week I made the all the recipes ahead of time except for the Alfredo with Pasta.  I made that the same day as I was serving.    The grits casserole will last for about 2 days in the refrigerator and can be reheated.  The chicken I prepped ahead of time but will pull it out and cook it the day I will be serving it. 

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