Today, I am delighted to share 4 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 have 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 is why I made a concerted effort to adapt their old favorites using gluten free ingredients.
With a little planning, you will 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.
4 Steps to an Easy Gluten Free Meal Plan
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 would not have to be stressed in the morning trying to decide what to make for breakfast.
Similarly, I listed lunch options 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.
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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 bagel chips with cream cheese, 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.
3. Go shopping.
Get the bulk of your shopping done in one day. You will have all the ingredients you need for the week because there is 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.
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.