{Gluten Free} Meal Plan Monday ~ 1.9.12

My first gluten-free week was actually not nearly as hard as I anticipated.  I had a few struggles with snack foods, but managed to avoid the lure of crackers.  I know the key was planning.  Because if I hadn’t mapped out meals, I’d have been toast on day 3.  (No pun intended.)

This week is a light meal planning week because we have dinner plans one night and then Matt closes two nights, of course.  I also have a lot of leftovers in the fridge, so I won’t have to be so specific on  those nights.

Breakfasts will be a selection from hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola, rice or corn cold cereal, oatmeal, fruit and smoothies.

Lunches will be mostly salads and leftovers.

Dinners are as follows…

Sunday:  Pizza (I’m trying a cauliflower crust variation for myself)

Monday:  Parmesan Tilapia, Brown Rice, Broccoli

Tuesday:  Leftovers

Wednesday:  Mongolian Beef (This was on the menu a couple of weeks ago, but it was sooo good, we decided to go ahead and add into the rotation again)

Thursday:  Dinner out with friends

Friday:  Leftovers

Saturday:  TBD based on weekly shopping

I was also shocked to see that this was the first time in weeks that I hadn’t gone over grocery budget.  And perhaps the change to gluten-free isn’t a fair correlation given that we just came out of the holidays where I was purchasing baking and other special ingredients, but I was pretty shocked that I only spent $114 for two weeks worth of food. 

This didn’t include much in the way of meat since we had quite a bit on hand, but I thought I’d spend more with dietary restrictions.  But I didn’t buy any gluten-free substitutes, so I guess that makes sense.  I’ll be curious to see how it all adds up when I go shopping again this weekend.

What are you eating this week?

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