Follow these steps to easy gluten free meal planning so you can prepare each meal stress-free and relax, enjoy cooking, with time to spare for doing what you love.
Today, I am delighted to share four steps to an easy gluten free meal plan because preparing three meals each day for your family can become tiresome. Add to the mix the issue of food intolerance and Mom quickly becomes overwhelmed.
Many years ago, I realized that if I wanted to serve my family with grace and a smile on my face, I would need to take control of the meal planning or it would take control of me.
Serving my family when they’ve been told “No, you can’t eat this and you can’t eat that.” is challenging. Often times they would be disappointed in their meals simply because they missed eating a particular forbidden favorite.
Indeed, that’s why I made a concerted effort to adapt their old favorites using gluten free ingredients.
With a little planning, you’ll be able to complete the bulk of your food shopping in one day, prepare each meal stress-free and relax and enjoy pleasant family time.
Step 1. List your meals
Just in case someone balked because “I don’t want to eat pancakes.”
I could respond, “That’s o.k. because every Monday we’ll have your favorite: frittata.”
When I first showed my list to my children, they were fascinated. They could look forward to a different scrumptious breakfast each day of the week.
I could prepare my shopping list to be sure that I had all the ingredients I would need for the week. Moreover, I wouldn’t have to be stressed in the morning trying to decide what to make for breakfast.
Monday: begin the week with a delicious frittata.
Tuesday: sausage wrapped in a pancake is easy to make.
Wednesday: french toast for the middle of the week.
Thursday: this frittata is a great way to use up leftover ham.
Friday: bacon and eggs! It’s easy when you cook your bacon in the oven.
Similarly, I listed lunch options.
Monday: you can spice up your favorite sandwich by serving it on a garlic bread roll.
Tuesday: sloppy joe tastes great in a sandwich or stuffed in peppers.
Wednesday: Philly cheesesteak is also good on a roll or wrapped in lettuce.
Thursday: burgers with the best toppings!
Friday: paninis are a fun way to end the week.
And for dinner, I have enough recipes for a whole month so we would not get bored. If plans changed, I’d simply move an already scheduled meal to a new date.
Printable Meal Plans
Step 2. Complete your grocery list
I keep a comprehensive shopping list. Checking off the items I’ll need against the week’s meal plan is a snap.
Certainly include wholesome snacks such as fruits, carrots, celery or try hummus that can be spread on gluten free crackers, gluten free power bars, gluten free pretzels, nuts and raisins or popcorn, or gluten free chips and salsa. Additionally, I include ingredients for healthy smoothies.
If you’re low carb, choose recipes for your meal plan from this collection of low carb recipes.
Step 3. Go shopping
Get the bulk of your shopping done in one day. You’ll have all the ingredients you need for the week because there’s nothing more frustrating than missing one ingredient when you start to cook. Then if you’re feeling especially energetic, you’ll have everything you need for meals that you want to cook ahead.
Step 4. Start cooking
Cook up those meals without missing a beat. With your quick and easy gluten free meal plan: the answer to the question, “What’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?” is as easy as 1,2,3,4.
I hope you find these meal planning tips helpful. And if you have any questions, please reach out to me in the comments or shoot me an email, and I’ll respond ASAP!
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