This is week 3 gluten-free. Last week was definitely more challenging. Mostly because I was really busy and ate out several times over the week.
Both places I went out for dinner were bar and grills, which meant not many options outside of sandwiches or enormous entrées. The first night I had a cheeseburger without the bun. It was a really good burger, but it did feel kind of strange just eating a plate of meat for dinner. The next night was some pretty disappointing potato skins. I had really wanted the bison nachos, but was fairly certain that the cheese sauce would have to have flour in it. Or come from a can with all kinds of nasty chemicals. Either way, bad food choice.
Overall, I realized that I need to be a bit more selective on my restaurant choices or be willing to fork over $14 for the chicken entrée because I. am. so. tired. of. salads. Plus I think it’s ridiculous that a restaurant can charge $8 for a pile of iceberg lettuce which costs about $0.43.
But I want to say THANK YOU to Chick-Fil-A for having chicken tortilla soup. At least I think it’s gluten-free. They do also have a roasted chicken nugget kid’s meal that I will totally be getting next time I go.
I will be grabbing dinner out again on Thursday before my cake decorating class, so hopefully I can make a better decision this time.
The rest of the week is going to be insanely busy, so I don’t know how much “cooking” I’ll be doing. But I need to plan vague dinner ideas even if I’m the only one eating it, so here’s the menu for the week.
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.
Sunday: Salads (followed by Steak n Shake cheese fries and a milk shake, which was not part of the original plan)
Monday: Clean out the Fridge Night
Tuesday: Spinach Gnocchi
Wednesday: Crock Pot Chicken, Potatoes, Frozen Veg
Thursday: Chili (from the freezer) for Matt
Friday: Chili (from the freezer) for Jen
Saturday: Fish (bumped from last Saturday since we didn’t make it to the fish market), Rice, Frozen Veg
I made yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and lacto-fermented carrots over the weekend. I still have to soak/roast some chickpeas but I’m excited about our snack options. Plus if the carrots are good, I’m going to be lacto-fermenting EVERYTHING!
This was also a shopping week and I went to two stores over the weekend. I spent $54.58 at Aldi on milk, cheese, juice, chips, oats, and produce. Our other stop was the year round farmer’s market for eggs, meat, and more produce. There was a $7/$30 purchase coupon, so Matt picked out some cinnamon raisin bread and english muffins to get us to our $30 total. After coupons, we spent $29.32 which put us at $83.90 for both shopping trips. I still have to pick up a chicken, fish, and some ingredients to make frosting for my cake class, but I suspect we’ll still be under our $120 budget for the two weeks. *Score*
What happened in your kitchen this weekend?