Week of April 16th to 22nd Menu

Not too much going on this week so I’m looking forward to a relaxing week before we leave for Sanibel on Saturday.  Yay!  This week’s menu is designed to be family-friendly and especially toddler targeted since I’ve been having a bad run of luck lately with pickiness.  Fingers crossed!

In other news, I’ve decided to break down and increase my standard weekly budget to $100.  I think I’ve underestimated the expense of gluten free food.  Also, now that my dining out budget has been severely reduced since I rarely dine out, $100 is probably more reasonable.

Dinner:

  1. Cheeseburger Rice by Linda at Gluten-Free Homemaker.  This recipe screams “Feed me to a kid!” and it also appeals to the kid in me.  Plan to serve with pickles and yet undetermined veggies.  [GF friendly as-is].
  2. Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup by Beth at Budget Bytes.  I can’t wait to try this one!  [GF friendly as-is].
  3. Skillet Meatballs and Marinara by Beth at Budget Bytes.  This is currently my son’s favorite meal and I’ve vowed to make it every week until he decides he no longer likes it. RIP former favorites:  tacos and sloppy Joes. [GF friendly with breadcrumb and pasta substitutions].
  4. Tofu and Soba in Peanut Sauce.  This one’s from my recipe box and I’ll post it later this week.  [GF friendly with whole buckwheat soba or GF noodle substitute].
  5. Broccoli and Cheddar-Stuffed Baked Potatoes by Nicole at Prevention RD.  I plan to serve this with salad.  [GF friendly as-is].

Lunch:

  1.   Greek Salad (Horiatiki Salad) by Kevin at Closet Cooking.  This salad looks so amazing and refreshing.  [GF friendly as-is].

Breakfast:

  1. Apple Carrot Raisin Gluten-Free Muffins by Tracey at Don’t Mess with Mama.  On my recent Omaha trip, we went to my very favorite coffeehouse, Blue Line Coffee.  In addition to amazing coffee, they have great baked goods (that I recall from my pre-diagnoses days).  They actually have a gluten free muffin but its made in the same place as the non-gluten free (sigh).  My son wolfed down two muffins and I had a mild case of envy so this is my solution.  [GF friendly as-is].
  2. Ariel’s Secret.  This is a copy-cat recipe of a breakfast dish I had on the Disney Cruise Lines.  It’s a buckwheat crepe filled with a tofu, egg and spinach mixture and topped with a tomato relish.  Hope it’s as good as I remember!  I’ll post the recipe if it turns out well.

Snack:

  1.  Indian Spiced Cashews from the book, Everyday Gluten-Free Slow Cooking by Kimberly Mayone & Kitty Broihier, MS, RD. [GF friendly as-is].

 

Final Score: Week of April 9th to 15th

Budget Adherence:

$25.33 over (the $50) budget=0/10 points.  Dagnabit!  Not just over, but way over.  One of these days I’m going to get more than 5 points in this category.  So the reason I was so drastically over was due to discovering Aldi.  I’ve been there previously (maybe 10ish years ago) and wasn’t super impressed, but ran across something about their gluten free line and went to investigate (hence a bunch of GF products this week!)  Not only did they have a GF line, but everything was labeled really well and it was super easy to find the specific “gluten free” declaration on tons of products.  So exciting because I’ve been spending tons of time researching brands prior to shopping and avoiding store brands because they won’t specify if they’re GF or not.  I’m pretty sure I’ve converted!

Item  Price
almonds  $       5.69
GF seashell pasta  $       4.49
GF pizza crust  $       2.99
GF wraps  $       3.99
GF frozen pizza  $       4.99
GF crackers  $       1.49
tortilla chips  $       1.19
hot sauce  $       0.85
pasta sauce  $       4.98
boneless skinless chicken breasts  $       8.46
chicken thighs  $       2.72
cucumber  $       0.98
leaf lettuce  $       1.48
Roma tomatoes  $       0.79
strawberries  $       2.50
grapefruit  $       0.99
raspberries  $       2.50
fresh spinach  $       6.98
avocados  $       1.47
eggs  $       0.78
orange juice  $       2.88
cream cheese  $       1.99
cheddar  $       2.69
mozzarella  $       2.69
blue cheese  $       1.99
butter  $       1.49
milk  $       1.29
 $    75.33

Taste/Satisfaction:

  1. Pancakes, sausage, cantaloupe and Classic Kinpira Gobo by Maki at Just Bento.  Rating is for the meal, not just the Classic Kinpira Gobo, which was fantastic on it’s own.  The little guy ate all of his and demand some of his father’s as well.  4.16 Pancakes
    • Me:  6
    • Husband:  5
    • Son:  10
  2. 3-Color Soboro by Maki at Just Bento.  I’ve made this one before and it is pretty great.  I love the way it looks too.  4.16 bowl
    • Me:  8
    • Husband:  8
    • Son:  10
  3. Chicken Parmesan by Linda at Gluten-Free Homemaker.  This was so easy and so tasty.  Super win!  I couldn’t find the tortilla crumbs mentioned in the recipe, but I just crushed some tortilla chips in a food processor and that worked well.4.16 parm
    • Me:  9
    • Husband:  7.5
    • Son:  10
  4. Spicy English 7-Layer Salad by Miss Sriri at AllRecipes.  I’ve made this one before and it’s a great potluck recipe. I took it to a book club potluck and it went over pretty well.  This side shot picture looks pretty cool except for the out of place high chair in the background.  4.16 layer
    • Me:  8
    • Husband:  didn’t try
    • Son:  didn’t offer
  5. A:  Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers by Kathy at Happy Healthy Life and B:  Bomb Baked Potato Wedges by the Frugal Hausfrau.  Well, I liked the burger pretty well, but my husband and son weren’t so impressed.  It had a nice chipotle flavor and the soft texture paired well with the crunchy iceberg lettuce wrap (in my opinion).  Good thing I paired it with the never fail Bomb Baked Potato Wedges (and homemade cranberry applesauce).  4.16 burger
    • Me:  A:  8 B: 8
    • Husband: A:  5 B: 7
    • Son:  A: 0  B: 10
  6. Spinach and White Bean Salad by Beth at Budget Bytes.  I made this one just for me as an easy lunch.  I tend to get in a rut making the same salad all of the time so I like simple suggestions.  I put a easy vinaigrette over this and paired it with GF cornbread.4.16 salad
    • Me:  7
    • Husband:  didn’t try
    • Son:  didn’t offer
  7. Almond Butter Granola Bars by Anja at Anja’s Food 4 Thought.  High hopes, but I thought this was kind of a fail.  Tasty ingredients that just didn’t quite work together.  4.16 granola bar
    • Me:  5
    • Husband:  7
    • Son:  0
  8. Gluten-Free Brownie and Berries Dessert Pizza by Betty Crocker.  I didn’t get around to making this.  It was planned as a potluck dish, but since there was already going to be two desserts, I instead made  Buffalo Chicken Dip by Franks RedHot.  For the vegetarians, I substituted pinto beans instead of chicken.  This went over fantastically well and was gone pretty quickly.  I would be willing to eat this almost daily, but I have a feeling my body would revolt.  Forgot to photograph this one.
    • Me: 9.5
    • Husband:  didn’t try
    • Son:  didn’t offer

My average:  7.5

Husband’s average:  6.5

Son’s average:  6.5

Trying New Things:

Six of the nine recipes were new to me.  New products:  GF Jules pancake mix (good, but but great; I couldn’t get them to brown and they were on the chewy side), Aldi’s liveGfree wraps (best ones I’ve tried so far; they didn’t break at all and the taste was fairly close to “normal”), Aldi’s liveGfree cheese pizza (pretty tasty for frozen…and GF), and Tinkyada brown rice shells (good flavor, but stuck together).  10/10 in this category.

Final Score: 30.5/50 or 3.1/5 stars

Not the best results.  I really need to work on the budget overages.

Week of April 9th to 15th Menu

This weekend, I went on a delightful trip to Omaha!  This week’s menu is a shortened version for the remainder of the week with a budget of $50.

Dinner:

  1. Pancakes, sausage, cantaloupe and Classic Kinpira Gobo by Maki at Just Bento.  This is my lazy meal after traveling using a GF Jules pancake mix.  [GF friendly with GF tamari substitute for soy sauce].
  2. 3-Color Soboro by Maki at Just Bento (I’m using the version from The Just Bento Cookbook by Makiko Itoh, but linking to the version on her website).  I’ve made this one before and love it.  [GF friendly with GF tamari substitute for soy sauce].
  3. Chicken Parmesan by Linda at Gluten-Free Homemaker.  My husband loves chicken parm so I’m hoping this will be a hit!  Serving with veg and GF spaghetti.  [GF friendly as-is].
  4. Spicy English 7-Layer Salad by Miss Sriri at AllRecipes. I’ve made this before and love it.  I’m taking it to a potluck on Friday.  [GF friendly with GF pasta substitute].
  5. Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers by Kathy at Happy Healthy Life and Bomb Baked Potato Wedges by the Frugal Hausfrau.  I’ve been wanting to try the burgers forever.  And what goes with potatoes?  More potatoes.  My guys love the Bomb Baked Potato Wedges.  Also serving this with some yet undetermined veg.  [GF friendly as-is].

Lunch:

  1. Spinach and White Bean Salad by Beth at Budget Bytes.  This looks easy and healthy. [GF friendly as-is].

Snack:

  1. Almond Butter Granola Bars by Anja at Anja’s Food 4 Thought.  I haven’t tried this recipe before, but I find homemade granola bars so much tastier than store-bough.  [GF friendly with GF oats].

Dessert:

  1. Gluten-Free Brownie and Berries Dessert Pizza by Betty Crocker.  This one is also going to the potluck.  [GF friendly as-is]

 

 

Final Score: Week of March 26th to April 1st

Turkey week!  There were a few misses this week, but we also had some nice high points.

Budget Adherence:

$5.08 over budget=5/10 points

Bad news:  I went over budget again.  Good news:  This is the lowest amount over budget I’ve gone so far.  So that’s good, but still only 5 points again this week.  Here’s the damage:

Bella biscuit mix $3.99

GF tortillas $3.69

peanuts $1.89

GF pretzels $3.29

Fritos $3.39

M&Ms $2.99

Mary’s Gone Crackers $3.99

Cheerios $7.99

wild rice $2.29

coconut $1.39

stuffing mix $6.49

sweetened condensed milk $2.29

mild green chilies $0.88

refried beans $0.88

crushed pineapple $1.48

sliced cheese $2.00

shredded cheese $2.50

cream cheese $1.99

milk $2.35

strawberry yogurt $2.99

eggs $3.49

orange juice $2.88

Cool Whip $1.76

So Delicious creamer $0 (used coupon)

ground beef $6.11

smoked salmon $5.49

breakfast sausage $3.00

asparagus $1.99

bananas $0.87

celery $1.28

mushrooms $2.99

kale  $1.99

jalapeno $0.09

lettuce $1.99

parsley $0.99

parsnip $1.15

pineapple  $1.88

red bell pepper $1.28

sweet potato $0.59

russet potato $0.61

tomato $0.30

blackberries $2.99

apples $2.61

Total:  $  105.08

Taste/Satisfaction:

  1. Mom’s Roast Turkey by Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes.  I love turkey so of course this was good!  Life is too short for only one turkey dinner a year.
    • Me: 9
    • Husband:  8
    • Son:  10
  2.  Wild Rice & Smoked Turkey Chowder by the Frugal Hausfrau.  This was healthy without tasting “healthy” at all.  Really tasty mix of veg and wild rice. 4.2 sou[
    • Me:  9
    • Husband:  7.5
    • Son:  0
  3. Chicken Pot Pie Like You Wish Your Grandmother Made! by the Frugal Hausfrau.  Pure comfort food.  I made individual servings and used Bella Biscuit Mix for the topping and it turned out terrifically. 4.2 pot pie
    • Me:  8
    • Husband:  8
    • Son:  0
  4. Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry-Pear Sauce by Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows.  No picture here.  This was a lot of work and I couldn’t get it formed into balls, so it ended up  being a loaf.  It was fairly tasty, but a bit dry.  Missing a photo on this one.
    1. Me:  5
    2. Husband:  5
    3. Son:  0
  5. Taco Night!  from my recipe box.  Delightful as always (for me at least).  4.3 tacos
    • Me:  9
    • Husband:  7
    • Son:  0
  6. Smoked Salmon Dip by Ina Garten at Food Network.  Mmm.  This was quite tasty.  Lower score from me because, surprise, surprise…it didn’t work out that well as a lunch dish.  It was a bit too rich to eat much of and a good amount ended up in the trash.  I’d love to make it again for a party though.
    • Me:  7
    • Husband:  didn’t try
    • Son:  didn’t offer
  7. McDonald’s Breakfast Burrito by Todd Wilbur at Top Secret Recipes.  Actual filling was quite good, but the tortilla was a complete fail.  I used Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas and it broke quite a bit.  I’ll make this again (with a better tortilla). 4.2 burrito
    • Me:  6
    • Husband:  7
    • Son:  0
  8. Sweet N’ Salty Snack Mix (Gluten Free Recipe) by Land O’Lakes.  While it contained everything that makes my inner caveman want to eat (salt, sugar and fat), this could have been better considering the calorie count.  Also, not a very functional snack in that it only made me hungrier.  The toddler was really excited to discover the M&Ms in it though.  4.2 snack
    • Me:  5
    • Husband:  7
    • Son:  10 (although he only ate the M&Ms)
  9. Million Dollar Salad by Elizabeth Sager, 2002 Conference Cookbook in found in Celiac Disease by Sylvia Llewelyn Bower.  Forgot the picture on this one too, but it wasn’t much to look at anyway.  I thought this one was overly sweet.
    • Me: 5
    • Husband:  7
    • Son:  0

My Average:  7

My Husbands Average:  7

Son’s Average:  3

Trying New Things:

7/9 of the recipes were new (everything but the Taco Night! and the McDonald’s Breakfast Burritos).  I also tried Glutino’s Corn Bread Stuffing (close to indistinguishable from regular stuffing mix), Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas (terrible, unless you don’t actually expect tortillas to bend or taste good) and Mary’s Gone Crackers Herb Crackers (decent).

10/10 points here.

Final Score: 32/50 or 3.2/5 stars

This was the lowest scoring week yet (but only the third one).

 

 

Week of March 26th to April 1st

This week, I’m going to pull a turkey out of the freezer that I bought on sale after the holidays.  Turkey is good any time of the year!  I’m also only doing one breakfast recipe since I have lots of granola and Layered Vegetarian Egg Bake (in the freezer) left from last week.  Just nine recipes this  week, but roasting a turkey is no cake walk.  I’ve justified a budget increase to $100 for “entertaining” since I’m taking a couple of dishes to an Easter party.  A bit of a flimsy excuse, but I’m determined to stay under budget his week!

Dinner:

  1. Mom’s Roast Turkey by Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes.  Not the full Thanksgiving, but I’m serving it with dressing, cranberry sauce and green beans. [GF friendly as-is].
  2.  Wild Rice & Smoked Turkey Chowder by the Frugal Hausfrau. Also making her broth for the soup.  This looks like a pretty complete  meal, but I might make some cornbread to go with it.  [GF friendly as-is].
  3. Chicken Pot Pie Like You Wish Your Grandmother Made! by the Frugal Hausfrau. This is my second recipe from the Frugal Hausfrau.  She has a great post on using turkey leftovers here.  Plan to serve this with salad and/or homemade applesauce.  [Need to substitute the flour and use a GF topping to make it GF friendly.  I’m using a Bella biscuit mix for the topping].
  4. Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry-Pear Sauce by Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows.  I’m going to take this to an Easter party.  [GF friendly as-is].
  5. Taco Night!  from my recipe box. [GF friendly as-is].
    • Other possibilities:  leftovers, split pea soup from the freezer, turkey!

Lunch:

  1. Smoked Salmon Dip by Ina Garten at Food Network.  Not sure if this counts as a real lunch or an excuse to eat party food.  Serving it with GF crackers and crudites.  [GF friendly as-is].
    • Other possibilities:  leftovers, freezer leftovers

Breakfast:

  1. McDonald’s Breakfast Burrito by Todd Wilbur at Top Secret Recipes. Pure comfort food!  [Need to sub GF tortillas and find GF American cheese, or other cheese, to make GF friendly  I’m also replacing the onion with red pepper due to family preference].
    • Other possibilities:  leftovers, cereal, frozen waffles

Snack:

  1. Sweet N’ Salty Snack Mix (Gluten Free Recipe) by Land O’Lakes. This is my husband’s request.  I’m pretty excited about this one.  I won’t comment on the health value, but it’s probably going to be rather tasty.  [GF friendly as-is].
    • Other possibilities:  leftovers, granola, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, fruit

Dessert:

  1. Million Dollar Salad by Elizabeth Sager, 2002 Conference Cookbook in found in Celiac Disease by Sylvia Llewelyn Bower. I love a fluff salad!  [GF friendly as-is].
    • Other possibilities:  frozen cookies

 

Final Score: Week of March 19th to 25th

A pretty successful week all in all.  My party went well and I think everyone was pleasantly surprised by the all gluten-free menu (or at least nice enough to lie about it).

Budget Adherence:

$9.77 over budget = 5/10 points.  Sticking to a budget has never been my strong suit.  I actually thought I was doing good until I realized I left several things off the list.  I can do it next week!

Here’s the final tally:

GF tortillas $1.99

GF elbow pasta $2.55

Corn Chex   $2.50

Honey Nut Cherrios $2.99

Bisquick Gluten Free mix $4.79

artichoke hearts $5.78

Tabasco sauce $1.69

ground ginger $1.34

chocolate chips $0 (had a coupon)

coconut oil (skipped)

powdered sugar $1.28

chunky peanut butter $2.5

0canned coconut milk $2.99

fruit pie filing $1.99

Rotel $0.88

rice flour $3.23

mayonnaise $3.99

marinated sun dried tomatoes $3.57

Full Circle Rice Pasta and Cheese $1.89  (By the way, really bad).

sour cream $0.99

shredded Italian cheese blend $1.67

shredded cheddar $3.34

strawberry yogurt $2.99

half and half $2.39

eggs $2.49

eggs $1.69

milk $2.35

orange juice $5.76

mango juice $2.48

frozen hash browns $2.79

frozen kale/spinach $3.38 (went with cheaper spinach)

ham $6.99

potatoes $0.62

bananas $1.45

green beans $0.88

butternut squash $1.66

collard greens $1.99

celery $1.48

red radishes $1.99

cauliflower $2.79

cucumber $1.28

oranges $5.68

sweet potato $1.20

pineapple $3.49

Total:  $109.77

Taste/Satisfaction:

  • African Peanut Stew by Beth at Budget Bytes.  This was unique combo of ingredients, but it was good and healthy.  I had an unplanned night with friends over and this is what I served them (along with a bonus dessert recipe!)3.26 Soup
    • Me: 8
    • Husband: 8
    • Son: 10
  • Layered Vegetarian Egg Bake by Amanda at HeartBeet Kitchen. Mixed results on this one.  Man do I have a lot left over too!                 3.23 Egg
    • Me:  7
    • Husband:  5
    • Son:  0
  •  Indian Fried Fish, Butternut Squash and Green Beans in a Coconut-Milk Curry and Goan Savory Crepes by Ruta Kahate from the cookbook, 5 Spices, 50 Dishes.  I couldn’t motivate myself to make all three, so I skipped the Butternut Squash and Green Beans.  I substituted coleslaw and it went rather well.  The fish was delish and I loved the crepes even though they fell apart on me.   3.23 Fish
    • Me: 7 for the fish/8 for the crepes=7.5
    • Husband: didn’t try
    • Son: didn’t offer
  • Gluten Free Baked Mac N Cheese with Ham, Carrots, and Potatoes by Rachel at Recreating Happiness. I actually screwed this up somewhat.  I forgot to put in the cheese (in Mac N Cheese!), so I ended up stirring it in after baking so the crunchy topping was lost.  However, comfort food to the rescue; this was still great.  3.23 Mac
    • Me:  8
    • Husband:  8
    • Son:  10
  • Funeral Sandwiches by Tina at Syddall Family Eating It Up.  I used a Bella GF Multigrain roll mix for this and it was probably the wrong texture since the original recipe calls for a squishy Hawaiian roll.  I still thought it was fairly successful, but my husband disliked the roll texture.  The toddler merely said “yuck” without tasting it. 3.23 Funeral
    • Me:  7
    • Husband:  5
    • Son:  0
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Quesadillas by Pam at I’m a Celiac.  Hands down our favorite meal of the week.  So easy, tasty, yummy!   3.26 ques
    • Me:  9.5
    • Husband:  8.5
    • Son:  10
  • Baked Cheese Grits by Martha Hall Foose at Chowhound.  Good stuff.  However, I forgot to take a picture.
    • Me:  8
    • Husband:  8
    • Son:  0
  • Healthy Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Breakfast Bars by Monique at Ambitious Kitchen. Nice.  The drizzle wasn’t as drizzle-y as it could have been, but tasty.   3.23 Oatbars
    • Me:  8
    • Husband:  6.5
    • Son:  0
  • Chai-Spiced Granola by Ali at Give Me Some Oven.  I substituted raisins for half of the nuts on this because I like dried fruit in granola.  This one turned out awesome!  Loved the spice flavors and so did my husband.  3.23 Granola
    • Me:  9
    • Husband:  9
    • Son:  0
  • “Everything” White Bean Dip by Beth at Budget Bytes.  I’ve made this several times and it’s still a great snack.  Photo missing yet again.
    • Me:  8
    • Husband: didn’t try
    • Son:  didn’t offer
  • Gluten-Free Fruit Swirl Coffee Cake by Betty Crocker. Sure, it was probably the least healthy thing I made this week, but it sure was good (and easy!)  3.23 coffee cake
    • Me:  9
    • Husband:  9
    • Son:  0

Bonus recipe:  Caramel Apple Crisp with Easy Caramel Sauce by Kristen at Iowa Girl Eats.  I made this one for the previously unplanned company since I already had everything on hand.  This was excellent.  I’m not including it in the rating since I forgot to ask for a score, but loved this one.  3.26 crispMy average: 8.5

Husband’s average:  7

Son’s average:  4  (I would like to state for the record that he did eat this week…just not what I cooked).

Trying New Things:

Ten of the recipes (everything besides the Baked Cheese Grits and “Everything” White Bean dip) are new to me, so an easy 10/10.

Final Score:

34.5/50 points = 3.5 star week.  So tied with last week.  Interesting!

 

 

 

 

 

Week of March 19th to March 25th

This week’s recipes:

This week, I’m hosting a board game brunch for 12 (or 15 including me and my family).  I think this warrants the budget increase to $100 for the week.  I love board gaming and cooking for others, so I’m stoked.  Food is even tastier when you make it for friends and family!  There will be eleven recipes this week. (really 13 with 3 in one meal).  What an overachiever I am😉.  I’ve integrated the dishes for the brunch below, but here’s the full menu for the record:

Layered Vegetarian Egg Bake

Baked Cheese Grits

Ambrosia

Healthy Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Breakfast Bars

Gluten-Free Fruit Swirled Coffee Cake

“Everything White Dip” with crudite

coffee, tea, orange juice and mimosas (champagne falls under “entertainment” in the budget of course)

Dinner:

  1. African Peanut Stew by Beth at Budget Bytes.  Plan to serve with cornbread from a gfJules mix. [GF friendly as-is].
  2. Layered Vegetarian Egg Bake by Amanda at HeartBeet Kitchen. For bunch party. (So not actually dinner, but there’s only so much cooking I want to do in a week).  [GF friendly as-is].
  3.  Indian Fried Fish, Butternut Squash and Green Beans in a Coconut-Milk Curry and Goan Savory Crepes by Ruta Kahate from the cookbook, 5 Spices, 50 Dishes.  I’m enamored with this cookbook.  It’s not completely gluten free, but most dishes are. [GF friendly as-is, except for India Fried Fish which calls for 2 tsp of AP flour; replacing with GF blend].
  4. Gluten Free Baked Mac N Cheese with Ham, Carrots, and Potatoes by Rachel at Recreating Happiness.  Plant to serve with peas.  [GF friendly as-is].
  5. Funeral Sandwiches by Tina at Syddall Family Eating It Up.  Serving with any leftover fruit/veggies.  This is a request from my husband and I’m always happy to get requests.  [Need to sub a GF roll, and check from GF ham and Worcestershire sauce to make this gluten friendly]. 
    • Other possibilities:  leftovers, split pea soup from the freezer

Lunch:

  1. Slow Cooker Chicken Quesadillas by Pam at I’m a Celiac. Plan to serve with fruit/and or coleslaw.  [GF friendly as-is].
    • Other possibilities:  leftovers

Breakfast:

  1. Baked Cheese Grits by Martha Hall Foose at Chowhound.  For brunch party. [GF friendly as-is].
  2. Healthy Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Breakfast Bars by Monique at Ambitious Kitchen.  For brunch party. [GF friendly as-is].
  3. Chai-Spiced Granola by Ali at Give Me Some Oven. Another request from my guy: homemade granola with strawberry yogurt and bananas.  [GF friendly with GF oats].
    • Other possibilities:  leftovers, cereal, eggs and cheese

Snack:

  1.  “Everything” White Bean Dip by Beth at Budget Bytes.  For brunch party; serving with crudite.  I’ve made this several times and it is killer.  [GF friendly as-is].
    • Other possibilities:  leftovers, granola, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, fruit

Dessert:

  1. Gluten-Free Fruit Swirl Coffee Cake by Betty Crocker.  For bunch party.  [GF friendly as-is].
    • Other possibilities:   gfJules Gluten Free Cookie Mix in the pantry