Menu Plan Monday ~ April 22/13


Hi everyone!  Welcome back to another organized week of menu planning.  So happy you are all here and are able to answer my ongoing questions about random stuff 🙂  Last week it was about eggs this week it’s about gluten free tortillas.   I really don’t miss anything at all being on a gluten free diet EXCEPT maybe wraps.  I adore wraps of all kinds, they are delicious and quick and easy to throw together.  What I don’t adore is gluten free tortillas, which are typically corn tortillas.  They taste like paste to me.  So dry and they fall apart so easily.  I’ve tried a variety of brands without much luck.  My girlfriend made some homemade corn tortillas for me using a tortilla press which were very good but you have to eat them fresh and it’s a lot of work for a “quick” lunch.  So I’m hoping someone can recommend a brand for me to try that are hopefully yummy and non-paste like 🙂

Recipe Criteria:

For those that might be new to here and menu planning I wanted to share one of the best ways to make to the menu planning process as painless as possible.  It all comes down to knowing what your recipe selection criteria is.  You can see my top 10 list of things I take into consideration here.  It makes picking my recipes quick and easy….if a recipe doesn’t meet my criteria I don’t waste my time with it.  It doesn’t mean I still don’t pick some duds now and again but it has saved me from picking something completely unreasonable for my time and talents (which are very minimal in the kitchen!).  It really just helps to write it down and have a list.  Have you created yours yet?

Menu Planning Resource:

Check out this guest post over at my friend Becky’s place Organizing Made Fun:  Get Organized to Eat Healthier

Get Organized to Eat Healthier!

So not much else new going on around here.  I booked my ticket to the Blissdom Canada conference taking place in October of this year in Ontario.  Anyone else planning on attending?  I would love to meet you!


Hope you all have a terrific week!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Sweet Garlic Glazed Chicken served with rice and corn

Tuesday:  Grilled Steaks with Mushroom Sauce served with baked potatoes and grilled zucchini

Wednesday:  Saucilicious Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Sausage and Broccoli Skillet

Saturday:  Dinner Club – Asian theme this month – I’ll be making Asian Shrimp Soup

Sunday:  It’s picking night!!


Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join the growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

One of my favorite menu planning resources:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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35 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ April 22/13

  1. 2
    Cathy @ Chief Family Officer says

    Sorry I can’t help on the tortilla issue, since my friend who is g-f eats corn tortillas. The only thought that occurs to me is to ask if you’ve tried white corn tortillas? I think they’re a little milder than the yellow corn, although maybe that’s just in my head, LOL.

  2. 3
    Lynn says

    I am so with you on the tortillas. I think I miss them more than bread. Corn tortillas and gluten free ones are just not the same. If you find some good ones I would love to hear about them.

  3. 4
    SusieQTpies says

    yummmmyy! We love Asian food and that soup sounds delish!

    have a super week!


  4. 5
    Kimberley says

    Oh I would LOVE to go to Blissdom Canada!!!! I am not sure it is in my blogging budget to go though! I am going to a conference in Philadelphia called Eat, Write, Retreat via a scholarship at the end of May, once I go there I am sure to be hooked! It would be super cool to meet you 🙂

  5. 6
    April says

    I’m not a fan of corn tortillas either … blech! I’ll be reading to see if you find some though!! My first menu plan last week was kind of a failure … not totally, but when 3 of the people who show up at your dinner table are teenage boys and hubby, and then their schedule changes … well, you end up with left over night much more frequently! Alas, I will try again … at least I didn’t have to cook as much! haha!

  6. 7
    Robin from Frugal Family Times says

    I’m trying to get up the nerve to go to Blissdom Canada. I’ve never been to a blogging conference and the thought is exciting and anxiety provoking. I know I should, but…

  7. 8
    Hope says

    My link will not show. What am I doing wrong?

    • 8.1
      Kim says

      Mine won’t either. It says I must create a backlink in my post (and there is already one there) in order to add it to the blog hop.

      • Laura says

        Kim I see your link in the list, you got it to work. Yay!

    • 8.2
      Laura says

      Are you getting an error message at all Hope?

  8. 10
    Sinea Pies says

    Thanks so much, Laura, for hosting! ?

  9. 11
    Heather says

    I buy white corn tortillas on a regular basis, but you do have to find a good brand. And I think the thinner and fresher the better — made locally if possible. I always check them before buying to see how soft and bendable they are. I find the Mission brand tortillas to be too thick and dry. It’s also important to make sure you heat them on a skillet. I know a lot of people are just so used to eating the flour tortillas right out of the bag, or lightly heated in the microwave, but that doesn’t work so well for corn tortillas. I like to spray them with a little oil and cook them in a skillet over medium-high heat. It will only take a few minutes on each side. If you cook too long they will become stiff enough for tostadas.

    You can also buy rice tortillas, but I don’t really enjoy those. They are often stiff and chewy. I sometimes buy rice papers for egg rolls and wraps. You don’t need to cook them, but they do need to be rehydrated with water. They work good, but don’t have the taste and texture of tortillas.

  10. 12
    Jean says

    Sorry, I have no suggestions on the tortilla question but wanted to say thank you for hosting! I went a couple weeks without planning a menu and linking up over here and I really missed it.

  11. 13
    Mridu Parikh says

    Laura, I’m bummed I can’t make it to Blissdom Canada but was hoping to see at the National NAPO conference (which I just returned from on Saturday night). I’m sure you’d be a rockstar there! 😉
    On a separate note, I’ve been trying to get in touch with you about advertising on Orgjunkie but am worried my emails are going to your spam. Hopefully you will get it this way. Please send me info. I’d LOVE to join your amazing community 🙂 xo, mridu

    • 14.1
      Laura says

      They were delicious!!


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