{Gluten Free} Meal Plan Monday ~ 1.2.12

I know today’s title is some pretty obvious foreshadowing, but I’ll explain more about the change in tomorrow’s post.

I will tell you that I am really excited to branch out of my standard dinner favorites and try some new meals in the coming months. 

We have also gradually been putting a greater focus on improving the quality of ingredients we are purchasing and at this point we have transitioned to almost all grass-fed, free-range meat and eggs.

And with the addition of some new kitchen tools over Christmas, I am ready to bust out some culinary awesomeness in the DMB kitchen and prove that it is possible to produce high quality, affordable meals that don’t take hours of slaving in the kitchen.

I’ll also be adding breakfast and lunch ideas to my weekly plan to help me adjust to my new diet.  And in the spirit of full disclosure, I will mention that I am the only one in the house going GF, however, since I do about 90% of the shopping and cooking, there will be significantly less wheaty foods being consumed.  Except for the good ‘ole PB&J.  I don’t think Allison could survive without that.

So here’s the plan…

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

Lunches will probably be a lot of soup and salad for a while because I’m a little short on other ideas.  Although, I’m thinking Taco Bell would offer a variety of options.  (kidding!)  (not really…)

Dinners are as follows…

Sunday:  Hoppin’ Juan with black-eyed peas and chorizo sausage (from the freezer)

Monday:  Butternut Squash Chips

Tuesday:  Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Wednesday:  Chicken Enchiladas, Refried Beans

Thursday:  Grilled Fish TBD by what looks good and is affordable, Frozen Peas

Friday:  Pinto Beans (without cornbread…  sigh)

Saturday:  Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots

That’s seriously a lot of fiber.  My colon sure will be happy.  Which I guess would be the point of going gluten-free. 

Whoops.  I said I wasn’t going to tell you today.  But there’s a lot more information to be shared tomorrow, so that’s not the only reason to come back.  Before I start blabbering it all over the blogosphere I better go…  So I’ll see you tomorrow, m’kay?

Are there any other GFers out there?

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2 Responses to {Gluten Free} Meal Plan Monday ~ 1.2.12

  1. Becca says:

    Followed you over here from MoneySavingMom. I also am a young Mama with Crohn’s, and I get to add mine to seizures & migrines…but I manage. 😉 Would love to hear more about how you cope with your Crohn’s Disease.

    There just is not much out there. I have toyed with the idea of starting a blog purely dealing with my disease management, just as a resource, but am not sure if I can keep up with it right now. (Working full time- though I can’t drive with seizure meds yet- and parenting a 2 & 4.5 year old.) Would love to hear your thoughts on resources for our “gut rot” as my husband so lovingly calls it.
    -Becca

    • Jen says:

      You are right- there isn’t much in the way of resources out there. Especially for preggos and moms. I think much of that is due to ignorance. When I got pregnant, doctors had no idea how it was going to effect my Crohn’s- the rule of thirds, which is a fancy way of saying one of three things could happen. As much as I would love to host a blog for Crohnies, it is a tough subject to write about consistently. Personally I do my best to act as “normal” as possible and that gets me through most days. But then there are the hard days… Fortunately, those have been relatively rare for me lately so something I’m doing must be working.

      The best thing I have done for my disease management is get involved. I joined a CCFA fundraiser effort a couple years ago and met several people living with IBD that have continued to be a wonderful support to me. You also have to be an advocate for your own health. Keep up with research, try alternative/complementary therapies, fight for more than “good enough.” I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but I’m certainly not giving up trying. Thanks for stopping by (I love meeting new IBD friends!) and I wish you the best in your fight. Stay in touch!